How To Hook Speakers Up To The Computer
Hooking speakers up to a computer can be done very easily if you have a basic set of two stereo computer speakers and know a little about how to hook speakers up to the computer. Most people have this type, but you can also buy surround speakers, or stereo speakers with a subwoofer. These can be a bit more complicated to hook up. Most people should still be able to do this though, since cables are often color coded for simplicity.
What you will need
- Computer speakers
- Audio cables
- Determine where the speakers are to be positioned. They should be labelled on the bottom or back.
- Place the speakers where you want them to be set up.
- Run the audio cable from the back of the speaker to the back of your computer. In some speaker systems one of the audio cables attaches to the other speaker if there are two stereo speakers only. In other cases if the speaker system uses a subwoofer, the cables from each other speaker attach to the subwoofer. You can check the documentation to determine what type of setup you have.
- If you have installed a sound card on your computer, or are using a surround sound set up, you may need to set up your computer to make use of the speakers. Depending on what operating system and audio software you have installed, you can set this options in either the sound card program or Windows sound settings. Set the options to reflect the number and configuration of speakers you have. If you are using the same type of speakers as you had installed before, this should not be necessary.
- Make sure sound is played from all of your speakers and that they all work. Play some music or use the test function in your sound card program if available. If it is a surround sound setup and you play music, sound may not play through the rear speakers. This is normal, but they should eventually.