How to Hook Up Speakers to the Computer?

In case you’re thinking about buying external speakers for your computer and you have no idea how to connect them to your unit, we’ve got you covered! We know that you want your high-quality sound quickly. Thus, we prepared an easy guide that will get you what you need in no time. So, keep reading if you want to learn how to hook up speakers to the computer in the fastest possible way.

Do you even need external speakers for your computer?

Today, most monitors come with internal speakers. But, in a lot of cases, the sound coming from them is not as good as you would want. External speakers can really make a difference and give the sound a better quality and volume. So, if you need more from your PC, external speakers are the way to go. However, there are a few instances where good external speakers are a must.

HP 24mh monitor with two built-in 2W speakersHP 24mh monitor with two built-in 2W speakers

You own a computer with basic configuration

How many times have you tried to turn your volume way up only to realize that it’s already maxed out? Not to mention the number of instances when your favorite songs sounded a bit off. We believe that those who own both the CPU and monitor with basic configurations, not made for gaming, for instance, need external speakers. Trust us, when you buy your new speakers, you will know how much you were missing.

You are a gamer

If you are a gamer, buying good external speakers is a no brainer. They will make your whole gaming experience out of this world!

You like to entertain

In case you love having guests over, you will definitely appreciate having good speakers. Your guests would be blown away by the quality of music and they’d have a feeling they are in some club and not in your living room.

Connecting four main types of speakers

There are many types of speakers, but today we’ll show you how to work with the most common ones that you can find in stores.

  1. Hooking up Bluetooth speakers

The first step of the process of connecting Bluetooth speakers to your computer is turning on Bluetooth on your desktop. In some operating systems, you will find the option under “device” or “device settings”. In others, you can simply type in Bluetooth settings in the search tab. Then, turn your speaker on as well as Bluetooth if it doesn’t turn on automatically. 

Logitech Z337 Bluetooth speakers for PC

Logitech Z337 Bluetooth speakers for PC

After that, you should let your computer detect devices in the Bluetooth section and pair it with speakers when it finds them. In most cases, you will not have to configure anything after connecting the speakers. The sound will automatically go through them.

  1. Pairing USB speakers

As you can probably guess by their name, these speakers have a USB port that will allow you to connect them to the computer. So, their installation is pretty simple. You’ll just have to plug them into an available USB port in your computer and wait for a few seconds, or minutes until your PC detects them. After that, you might need to set them up by simply authorizing the use of a new device on your computer or install the drivers and you’re good to go.

Logitech S150 USB computer speakers

Logitech S150 USB computer speakers

  1. Connecting speakers with speaker jacks

The third type is also the oldest and the most common version of the four – the one with a speaker jack. For this type of speaker, you might want to turn off your computer to avoid the risks of electrocution. We do believe that computers nowadays are resilient enough, so if you wish to take that risk, you can.

Your speakers will come with a jack that goes into a socket that you’ll find among the sockets of the central processing unit or in the back of the monitor. You won’t have a problem with finding out where exactly should you insert the jack since it goes into the socket of the same color. If you do have trouble finding it, the connector is called Line Out and it’s usually green. So, look for that. Some types of speakers come with subwoofers. If you have one, you should know that the subwoofer is the one that you connect to your PC. Then, you need to connect your speakers to the sub.

Bose Companion 2

Bose Companion 2 – wired PC speakers with an AUX input are the oldest and common type of PC speakers

In most cases, you probably won’t hear the music coming out of your newly installed speakers if you don’t set them as the default device. To do that, you’ll have to open the Control Panel and then go to the sound options. The next step is to find your speakers in the playback tab and right-click to see the options which will allow you to set them as the default device. 

After connecting the sub or your speakers, you should test them out. That way, you’ll make sure you did a good job setting them up. You can do that by simply playing a video or putting on some music.

  1. Hooking up speakers with an optical cable

In case you opted for a more high-end device, your speakers might use a S/PDIF port. That port is located at the rear end of the central processing unit. You’ll easily be able to spot it since it emits a red laser. Connecting these speakers will be a piece of cake because you only need an optical cable that will connect them to your PC. 

Edifier R1280DB - speakers with an optical input

Edifier R1280DB – speakers with an optical input

Even though you will get a better sound quality out of these speakers, keep in mind that not all computers are compatible with them. Therefore, you will have to check the specifications of your desktop. They will show you if the PC is able to detect and connect with the speakers. Or just take a look at the rear panel of your computer and see if there’s an optical output. 

Final thoughts

Hopefully, our guide helped you learn how to hook up speakers to your computer. We think that our guide will also benefit those that aren’t sure which type of speakers to choose and want the whole process of setting them up to be the easiest possible. 

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