Supersize your TV's Sound with Computer Speakers

Supersize your TV's Sound with Computer Speakers

Sonia Zjawinski
Jun 30, 2010

Supersize may be exaggerating a bit, but PC speakers will, at least, double your audio output. You see, most flat screens are equipped with a pair of 10-watt speakers. It makes sense really. You're spending money on the high def video quality, not surround sound. If you want more oomph, you go after market. And while there are tons of options out there -- soundbars, home theater in a box, 5.1- and 7.1-surround -- what if you just want a little extra volume?

We, unfortunately, didn't dream up this idea, but rather caught a glimpse of it in the living room above. Glinting on either side of that white Samsung LCD are a pair of Harmon Kardon SoundSticks II.

We actually had these about 6 years ago and were quite impressed with the audio quality -- the kit includes a pair of satellites and a subwoofer. Each speaker puts out 10 watts of power, while the subwoofer can handle 20 watts. That would double the output of the Samsung's speakers, plus add some bass.

If you think about it, computer speakers make total sense in the media room if you're not looking for some crazy home theater set-up. They are small and relatively unobtrusive, as they're designed to jokey for space on desks, and it's relatively easy to find design friendly models without designer price tags.

Have any of you used computer speakers to pump up the volume on your TV?

Images: Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör and Harmon Kardon

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