How to Connect PC Speakers to Different Devices

How to Connect PC Speakers to Different Devices



PC Speakers, despite the name, are capable of a lot of other audio uses than simply running them through your laptop or computer. They come in different build qualities, with different functions and prices. Other features include controls over elements such as bass and treble equalization.

Unlike laptops, which have integrated speakers and has limited sound quality, desktop or personal computers can either come with a built-in speaker or not. This might be convenient in some respects, but built-in speakers aren’t reliable when it comes to a high-quality setup.

If you have purchased a desktop computer set with some accessories, such as a headset, web camera, printer and PC speakers, you may want to read the manual or instruction guide on how to connect PC Speakers and other accessories to your computer, before you initially set it up.


It’s fairly simple, provided you know the ports and cables that go into your PC. And keep in mind: PC speakers work on other devices, as well.

Basic steps for connecting PC speakers to any device:

Step 1: Turn off device and speaker

Step 2: Locate Speaker connector and audio sockets

Step 3: Turn on device and speaker

Step 4: Check in the device, for further instructions

Step 5: Test speaker

Connecting PC Speakers to a Desktop Computer

Turn Off Computer and Speaker

Firstly, once you have set up your desktop computer, make sure everything is unplugged. The common PC speaker cable now is the phono connector, or the 3.5 mm jack, which you might find at the back of it. This is the cord you will use to plug into your Personal Computer.

Locate Audio out Sockets (Green Color)

Next, check for the relevant sockets at the back of your computer’s central processing unit (CPU). The ones intended for audio are usually colored green and red. The red socket is for the microphone, which may also be marked with a mic symbol, and the green socket is for the speaker, which may be marked with a headphone symbol.  Insert the phono connector there.

Turn On Computer and Speaker

To test if you have successfully connected your speakers, turn them on and increase the volume. Turn on your computer, and it should usually produce a short tune, which you will hear, if your speaker has been set up, properly. If not, some computers do not automatically connect devices, so don’t panic.

New driver detected

When a computer’s startup process is finished, it will prompt a message at the bottom right side of your screen to let you know that you have connected a new device. Click this and follow the instructions carefully. Shortly thereafter, it will inform you if you have successfully installed the device.

Test Speaker

Now, try playing some music on your computer. If you don’t have any audio files stored yet, look for sample videos or sample music in your PC Library. You can also look for music to play online.

Connecting PC Speakers to Laptops

Turn Off Laptop and Speaker

Some computers or laptops don’t recognize the installation of a speaker when it’s plugged directly into an active PC. Take the speaker cable, called the phono connector or a 3.5 mm jack, which is to be found at the back of the unit. This will be the cord you use to plug into your laptop.

Locate Audio out Socket

Most laptops only have one audio socket, located either at the left or right side of the keyboard, usually marked with a headphone symbol. Insert the phono connector there.

Turn On Laptop and Speaker

Turn on your speaker first and set the volume. Then, turn on your laptop and wait for the start-up sound, and if you hear it, you’re good to go. If you don’t hear it, don’t worry.

New Driver Detected

When the laptop start-up is finished, it will prompt a message at the bottom right side of your screen that you have connected a new device. Click this and follow the instructions carefully. Shortly after, it will tell you if you have successfully installed the device.

Test Speaker

Now, try playing some music on your laptop. If you don’t have any audio files stored yet, look for sample videos or sample music in your PC Library. You can also look for music to play, online.

Connecting PC Speakers to a Television

Connecting PC speakers to a TV is possible, but it can be a little difficult if the speaker cable is not compatible with the audio out sockets of your television. PC speakers come with different cable connectors, so it’s best to identify what yours has to know how to connect PC speakers to your television.

However, the steps are almost all the same, given the basic steps above. The difference is that television audio sockets are colored red and white. Insert your speaker into the socket where it will fit. As mentioned, if your connectors cannot match the audio out of your TV, you have other options.

If you have a speaker with a phone connector or 1/8”, you will need a 1 8 mini plug stereo connector. Basically, this plug is Y-shaped, where the tail is a socket where you can insert the phone jack, and the splitter is what you insert in the red and white audio out of your TV.

Connecting PC Speakers to a Playstation 4

The PS4’s audio jack is different, compared to that of a PC or TV, in order to connect a speaker to your PS4. You need to purchase a digital optical cable or an HDMI, which will make a direct connection from the speaker to the console’s digital signal.

It is not limited to connecting PC speakers because both connectors can pass multi-channel audio, but HDMI can also pass video signals. HDMI cables are also common to mp3’s, iPods, tablets, notebooks, or the latest models of cell phone. That is why this type of cable is highly recommended.

There are many kinds of speakers and connectors you can find anywhere, whether it’s at your local electronics store or shops online. They come with different types of cables, so be sure to first check what your device needs, in order to know how to connect PC speakers to any device.

If you are continually having problems with sounds, check to see if the speaker is in good condition, or look into your computer, to confirm whether there is a sound card, and see to it that it’s not damaged.

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