Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Speaker Shopping: What To Look For

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Multimedia

Whether you own a desktop, tablet, smartphone or iPod, chances are that the built-in speakers aren’t delivering the best quality sound. For times when you’re hosting a big party and want to share your music collection with large groups of people, it is essential to have high-quality speakers to ensure that your guests can fully enjoy high-end, quality versions of their favorite tunes. Nevertheless, before you head to your local electronics store or start searching the web, here are a few basic tips to remember for choosing the perfect speakers to really amplify audio, regardless of what device you own.

Overall Sound Quality

The important thing to keep in mind when determining the sound quality of speakers is this: disregard the specifications outlined by manufacturers. Because there really is no science behind testing sound quality, details such as frequency-response numbers are pretty pointless to consider. The best thing to do for deciding whether you are truly happy with the output quality of speakers before purchase is to depend on your own ears! Test them out in the store before buying to see if the overall sound quality truly meets your expectations. Most importantly, be sure to take your time and try out a wide range of songs.

A good way to tell that speakers are of high quality is if they offer a balance between the upper, middle-range, and lower frequencies. As a result, sounds will be produced in a very full and rich tone, with the details of the song being clearly audible. Another thing to keep in mind when searching for speakers is to steer clear of extremely boomy, loud or thumpy systems. A big red flag should be raised in your mind when you notice that bass or treble details are prominent in the audio. Many times, these types of speakers are featured in displays simply because they pack a big punch, especially at an overly noisy, crowded store.  Overall, it is best to stick with speakers that offer low frequencies to help produce detailed, rich sounds.

Speakers Main Image

Speaker Controls

Instead of opting for basic speakers that don’t offer system controls, it is better to search for a system that allows you to tweak volume levels and other essential sound elements. For example, several speaker systems enable the user to set their own bass and treble levels, making the listening experience more suitable for any specific atmosphere. So, whether you’re hosting a big party or just looking to kick back and enjoy the melodic musings of your favorite singer, you’ll be able to make the appropriate tuning adjustments.


Last but not least, we all know that price plays a large determining role in which speaker set you ultimately choose. Usually, the more you decide to spend on a system, the better the overall sound quality will be. Additionally, you will likely find more advanced and wide-ranging features for ensuring high-quality tuning and audio output. The good news is that speakers fall under the category of most generously discounted tech accessories. Regardless, remember to take your time and really shop around until you find the best fit for your listening needs!


Tags: , , ,

One Response to “Speaker Shopping: What To Look For”

  1. Mark says:

    Nice article for those that like to listen to music on their computers. However for me that just has no appeal. If I want to listen to music I am going to go to my living room, put a CD in my CD player, or connect my iPhone to my surround sound, sit in my easy chair, lean back, and enjoy. I am not going to hunch over my computer in a less comfortable chair. Also if I want music while I am working at my computer generally I am not going to steal performance from my computer I just put a $30 boom box on the desk and use it. So for me, and I realize others feel differently, all I really need is just a basic set of speakers that will let me hear an occasionally YouTube or other video, and let me listen when I rip and burn CDs all of the fancy controls are a waste of money “for me”.

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive