Best bud­get com­puter speak­ers

Au­dio up­grades that won’t break your bud­get.

PCWorld (USA) - - Contents - BY MICHAEL ANSALDO

Your lap­top’s built-in speak­ers aren’t do­ing any fa­vors for the gigs and gigs of mu­sic and movies on your hard drive. Even the best ones can leave your au­dio sound­ing thin and life­less. Ex­ter­nal speak­ers—along with a good set of head­phones—are a must for get­ting the best fi­delity from your me­dia files.

A trip on­line or to your fa­vorite elec­tron­ics store will re­veal a head-spin­ning va­ri­ety of op­tions in this cat­e­gory, with some sys­tems cost­ing as much or more than you paid for your lap­top. You don’t need to take out a per­sonal loan to up­grade your au­dio, though. Qual­ity speak­ers can be found even with a bud­get of around $50. And while there is a cer­tain de­gree of “you get what you pay for” at this price level, you’ll be re­warded with sat­is­fy­ing sound if you’re will­ing to make a few com­pro­mises.

We’ve given you a head start by test­ing some of the most com­monly avail­able bud­get mod­els. All cost around $50, some­times sig­nif­i­cantly less. We set up each in a typ­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment—on a desk in a home of­fice— and played a va­ri­ety of au­dio tracks to push their sound ca­pa­bil­i­ties. So check out our buy­ing ad­vice here to help you choose the right model for your needs.

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