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Different Kinds Of Speakers?


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#1 Bat5454

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 03:02 PM

Can someone please educate a newbie ?

I built my 1st computer, fired it up & (amazingly) it all works.

Using onboard audio for now - on this motherboard:

BIOSTAR A770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

I need to get some speakers - not going to be doing any gaming or anything, just wanna listen to some tunes.

Whats the difference between the different kinds of speakers (2.0, 2.1, 5.1)?

& how do I know what kind would work with this motherboard?

thanks
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Posted 14 May 2008 - 05:16 PM

Those numbers represent variables which are sound channels, see [post="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surround_sound"]Wiki Reference[/post]

What follows are really gross simplifications:

A 2.1 speaker system employs two speakers and a subwoofer (sub supplies bass tone).

A 5.1 system employs 5 speakers and a subwoofer...or something that sounds like 5 speakers and a subwoofer.

Looking at your soundchip specs on the motherboard, you have 6-channel onboard sound. If you want anything different, all you have to do is buy a soundcard and install it in one of your PCI slots.

[post="http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B00006HYPD?filterBy=addThreeStar"]This[/post] may be more help than I can be :thumbsup:.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 05:16 PM

The first digit is the number of speaker channels, the second (after the .) indicates a subwoofer/effects channel.

So 2.0 is a standard speaker pair, 2.1 is a speaker pair with sub, 5.1 is surround (L & R Front, Centre, L & R Rear, Sub).

If you just want to listen to music, get a good quality 2.1 setup, try to listen to some in action before choosing as different speakers will vary quite a bit in sound.
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 03:38 PM

Even with a 6 channel sound card you can use 2-6 speakers depending on the model of the onboard chip it will automatically detect what is been plugged in, or you can select the speaker set up in your HD audio settings. Depeding on the volume of the music you listen to a good 2.1 system is reccomended. I have always liked Logitec's. speakers. The higher the power rating of the system the louder they will be. I had a set of the older Z-680's and they were incredible. I will be ordering in a few weeks time a set of the Z-5500s and hooking them up to my DVD player for surround sound.
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 06:49 AM

Thanks all - guess I'll be checking out NewEgg for some 2.1's.

BT




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