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Motherboard sound and old speakers

The two eMachine speakers in my old eMachine (circa 2001) plugged into a jack, with no separate power source and worked fine. My new Dell refurbished with Vista came without speakers or a sound card. When I plug the old speakers into the jack on the Dell, I can barely hear the sound (there's no volume control on the speakers and the Windows volume is all the way up.) I've looked at new speakers and they all seem to have a separate power connection with them, but with lots of peripherals and other office stuff I'm out of outlets on my two power strips.
Will USB speakers work with the Dell motherboard sound (Realtek HD Audio Manager) and will the quality be as good as separately powered speakers?
I could move the eMachine sound card to the Dell, but since it's 2001 vintage and eMachine is a low end product to begin with, I'm not sure that's the best solution. Any advice will be welcome. BTW, I'm not a gamer but use the PC a lot for music. Thanks.

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Re: Motherboard sound and old speakers

What really matters is the quality of the usb speakers. check specifications such as wattage first and find reviews if possible. however usb speakers will probably not come close to separate speakers. i'd recommend buying a cheap sound card ($20 or so). these work great overall. $20 spent on a sound card will be a better trade off than $20 spent on speakers. just use your old speakers with the new sound card and you'll have plenty of power. after this i'd recommend headphones as they work great in this case. finally moving the sound card would probably work fine, but i have doubts.

hopefully that helped

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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