A speaker is a device connected to a desktop computer, laptop, phone or other sound generating appliances. In a computer, it is connected to its sound card, which outputs the sounds it produces. With regards to Personal Computer (PC) speakers, most International Business Machines (IBM) PC compatible computers make use of a built-in loudspeaker.
Speakers have since been modified to meet the compatibility of different devices, in order to produce loud sounds. These are sold separately, and are equipped with speaker-cable connectors, in order for them to be connected together. If you have concerns with the audio capacity of your built-in or connected speakers and you want to know how to make PC speakers louder, here are some things to note:
First, make sure your speaker, headphone, earphone, or microphone are not defective, and are completely functional. Try checking their cables, to see if they are firmly connected to your Personal Computer (PC). It is also a good idea to remove and reconnect these, as cables may be broken or damaged, if bended, tugged, or chewed by pets or pests.
Second, for Windows PCs, there is a built-in troubleshooter provided by the operating system that helps automatically locate and fix any minor audio issues, experienced by the user.
Third, most computers have a built-in sound card. Check to see if your device has one. These are typically found inside the central processing unit (CPU).
Lastly, check the volume. Speaker volume controllers are usually found at the front or in the side of the device. In headphones, they may be located along the cable cord or behind the speaker itself. If you have located the button, turn it up to increase the volume. If you have already turned it up to its maximum setting, and you are not satisfied with the audio feed, check in the computer’s sound settings.
Steps to make PC speakers louder
A speaker with a chewed-up cable wire or broken connector should be replaced immediately. These cables can cause serious damage, not only to your computer, but also to your office, if precaution is not exercised. If you don’t want to purchase a new cable, here are some ways to fix broken cables:
- Try soldering them.
- You can also cut the broken wire, and join the cut ends together with electrical tape or heat-shrink tubing.
- You can coat the open wire with electrical tape and wrap the joint securely together. For larger cables, heat shrink tubing is recommended.
Locating the built-in troubleshooter for your computer is easy. To troubleshoot, click start, located on the desktop bar, commonly at the lower left corner of the computer screen. Select or choose the “Control Panel” icon, or type it into the search bar in the upper part of the window. The “Control Panel” box will appear, showing different device settings, arranged accordingly.
Look for the word “Troubleshooting”, click on it and then proceed to “Hardware and Sound.” Select the phrase, “Troubleshoot audio playback.” The computer then will try to resolve the issue by asking the user some questions to identify the problem. If troubleshooting doesn’t work for you, check the sound card itself.
If your computer speakers are already at max volume and you are still having volume issues, check the sound settings. If you can’t hear any sound, or if the volume is so low, make sure the volume control is not on mute, or the bar is raised to your preference. This is also located on the desktop bar, usually across from the start menu, on the lower right corner of your screen.
Select the icon that looks like a bullhorn, and adjust your volume level. For more options, click on the mixer, located directly above, and this will lead you to the list of applications which produce sounds. Adjust their volume levels by lowering or increasing the height of the bar. Another option is to locate the volume control of the application you are using and adjust the volume there.
Tips on Acquiring Speakers
How to make PC speakers louder is also dependent on the type of speaker you have. Some speakers can only go so loud. When picking out a speaker, try to get ones that have multiple audio input interfaces, so that you can also plug it into other devices than just your PC. Also, see if it has Bluetooth connectivity, so that you will be able to play audio through a wireless connection.
Check for the speakers’ volume controls, to see if you can level out the bass audio levels and adjust the sound of your music. If possible, research the features and capacity of the specific device, to see if there are any unique tips to using and adjusting it.
An expensive speaker does not necessarily correspond to it a better speaker. Remember that speakers are one of those PC essentials that are always being updated, and every year there comes a more high-tech product than the years before it.
Multiple speakers are not always better, either, because you may be able to bring it up to the volume level you want, but the output will not be as clear as desired, ending up, instead, as a lot of noise. There are factors to consider when setting up your speaker, instead of just placing them at random on your counter, as the audio feeds may clash with each other.
Try considering the accessories you’ll get when purchasing a PC speaker, such as the remote controls, earphones, headset or even speaker cable-connectors, all of which may be compatible with multiple devices.
If you are taking your laptop out to help you with a school project or office presentation, having a portable computer speaker is also handy. There are small speakers that are capable of producing impressively high-quality sound. No matter what kind of speaker you desire, from the size, shape and different designs on the market, don’t forget to test it out before you buy it.
Every individual has different audio preferences. You may think you like loud music, but speakers don’t only feed out simple sounds, but vibrations as well, highs and bass that can change your hearing preferences or the quality of the music itself.
Bring along a device into which you can plug the speaker you want to try, and test out the type of music you like to listen to. Just bear in mind sounds that are too loud and noisy will damage your ears. Keep it under control.