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How to Connect PC Speakers

by Ty Arthur

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Things You Need:

  • Speaker driver installation disc (if included)

Having the right speaker set-up changes your PC from a business tool to a viable home theater system. Whether you need a pair of computer speakers for hearing online audio or you want a full seven-speaker surround-sound system with a subwoofer (a "7.1" system) for perfect movie sound quality, there are PC speakers to meet your needs. Once you've found the right speakers, installing them properly is a simple and straightforward process that can be done by anyone with basic computer skills.

Connecting PC Speakers:

  1. If your speaker system came with a subwoofer, position it directly underneath your desk or table. If you are using a 5.1 or 7.1 surround-sound system, the satellite speakers' cables with the shorter cables are meant to go in front; check the cable lengths to see which satellite speakers are meant for front and back.

  2. Arrange the front satellite speakers with the shorter cables an equal distance apart on either side of your desk. Check to ensure the cables will reach the subwoofer (or the port on the back of your computer if you are using a dual-speaker set-up).

  3. Decide if you want the back satellite speakers to remain on your desk or be positioned behind your chair for a surround sound experience. Place the back speakers wherever you'd like but make sure that they will be spaced an equal distance from the listener.

  4. Connect the satellite speakers' cables to the color-coded ports on the back of the subwoofer if you have a multi-speaker system. Plug the cable into the sound-card port on the back of your computer if you are using a dual-speaker system.

  5. Connect the satellite speakers' cables to the color-coded ports on the back of the subwoofer if you have a multi-speaker system. Plug the cable into the sound-card port on the back of your computer if you are using a dual-speaker system.

  6. Connect the control speaker's color-coded cable to the corresponding port on the subwoofer. Connect the subwoofer's three colored audio cables to the corresponding sound-card ports on the back of your computer.

  7. Plug the subwoofer's power cable into a wall outlet. Power on your computer.

  8. If your speakers happened to include an installation CD, insert that CD into your computer's disk drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to install any drivers or other software for the speaker system.

PC Speaker Tips:

  1. Your computer must have a 5.1 or 7.1 surround-sound capable sound card in order to play sound through a multi-speaker setup. A sound card that is capable of using a 5.1 system typically has green, yellow and pink sound-input plugs to work with a subwoofer. Check the manual that came with your computer if you aren't sure what type of sound card it has.

  2. For better surround-sound quality, you may want to put the back speakers slightly above your normal sitting position and angle them downward.

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