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Hello,

Basically I'm looking for a new set of speakers that will help me get the best possible sound quality out of my laptop within my budget (sub£100). I've looked around on the internet and the consensus seems to be that 2.1 'computer speakers' are far inferior to regular 2.0 bookshelf speakers in terms of sound quality for the same sort of price. Recommendations for speakers on my budget have included:

http://www.planetgizmo.co.uk/roth-au...tml#googlebase

http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-2442-whar...kers-pair.aspx

The problem is I'm pretty **** with technology and have no idea how I'd connect them to my laptop if its even possible at all. I'm assuming there's something else I'd need to buy but I've no idea what?
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(Original post by PurpleMonkeyDishwasher)
Hello,

Basically I'm looking for a new set of speakers that will help me get the best possible sound quality out of my laptop within my budget (sub£100). I've looked around on the internet and the consensus seems to be that 2.1 'computer speakers' are far inferior to regular 2.0 bookshelf speakers in terms of sound quality for the same sort of price. Recommendations for speakers on my budget have included:

http://www.planetgizmo.co.uk/roth-au...tml#googlebase

http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-2442-whar...kers-pair.aspx

The problem is I'm pretty **** with technology and have no idea how I'd connect them to my laptop if its even possible at all. I'm assuming there's something else I'd need to buy but I've no idea what?
Depends whether they are powered or not. If they are then theoretically I guess you could connect them up, if they aren't you'll need an amp and the amp can cost more than the speakers. Most affordable speakers aren't powered.
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Depends whether they are powered or not. If they are then theoretically I guess you could connect them up, if they aren't you'll need an amp and the amp can cost more than the speakers. Most affordable speakers aren't powered.
So basically without a load of other equipment, regular speakers aren't instantly compatable with computers? I don't want to spend any more money than £100 on the whole set up.
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So basically without a load of other equipment, regular speakers aren't instantly compatable with computers? I don't want to spend any more money than £100 on the whole set up.
Essentially. Here's an example of powered speakers:

http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/100...sku=1000114229

They're just the first thing that came up on Google so I'm not recommending them or anything, but those could be connected up to a laptop straight away with no extra expense. The Wharfedale 9.1s I believe aren't powered and therefore you'd need to buy an amp, and you'll find that's the case with most bookshelf speakers.
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Essentially. Here's an example of powered speakers:

http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/100...sku=1000114229

They're just the first thing that came up on Google so I'm not recommending them or anything, but those could be connected up to a laptop straight away with no extra expense. The Wharfedale 9.1s I believe aren't powered and therefore you'd need to buy an amp, and you'll find that's the case with most bookshelf speakers.
Ok, cheers. I don't suppose you have any recommendations for powered speakers I can directly connect to my PC?
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Ok, cheers. I don't suppose you have any recommendations for powered speakers I can directly connect to my PC?
I'm afraid I don't sorry, I knew quite a lot about it when I was looking for bookshelf speakers last year but since I gave up on that due to money I've forgotten most things about it. Unfortunately I do remember that most powered speakers come in at more than £100, but eBay is a good place to look if you know what you're looking for.
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