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tinyhub: Do I need an amplifier for my pc speakers?

Updated on July 9, 2011


Simply put: you need an amplifier whenever you have speakers (not earphones) that do not have an internal amplifier and you can find this info in the speakers specification (you should check).

An amplifier in this context is a component that takes the audio signal and 'amplifies' it, meaning it increases its amplitude so the speakers will be able to effectively translate it into sound. Whenever a sound signal is too low for a specific speaker - the sound quality will be significantly reduce. This doesn't mean you should buy huge or cheap amplifiers or ones that promise you "1000W" output and so - these are usually only marketing techniques (unless you want to storm bug halls.

JBL Creature 2.1 system Internal amplifier included in the main component which is also the sub-woofer
JBL Creature 2.1 system Internal amplifier included in the main component which is also the sub-woofer | Source

Which speakers generally don't have an amplifier

Most of the 2.1/5.1 speakers for computers. These speakers usually marketed as speakers for computers and designed to save space having two small satellite speakers and one main sub-woofer which also includes an internal amplifier. For example: the known Logitech Z5500 computer speakers come with internal amplifier. Also all of the Altec 2.1 speakers I know of. Also 5.1 systems like the Logitech 540 (I do not trying to advertise them, though) or the JBL Creature speakers.

Even the Creative T-40/T-20 series have internal amplifier as they targeted for the computer-speakers market segment.

Which speakers generally don't have an amplifier:

Non-computer targeted systems like "regular" 2.0 systems as my Polk RTiA1 speakers.

Polk RtiA1 speakers  (2.0 system) no internal amplifier
Polk RtiA1 speakers (2.0 system) no internal amplifier | Source

Which speakers generally don't have an amplifier

Non-computer targeted systems like "regular" 2.0 systems as my Polk RTiA1 speakers. Again, as a rule of thumb - if it's not a "computer speakers", it usually don't have an internal amplifier, but you can and should read the specs.

Should I buy speakers with an amplifier or without?

No amplifier means you can choose your own, but it usually also means you have to pay more and it also means you have more cables running around.

But mainly, you should buy the ones that fit your taste - sound (read reviews and hear them in the store), dimensions and look.

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      browser 15 months ago

      "which speakers generally don't have an amplifier" and then proceeds to talk about computer speakers having a built in amp. I think that's a typo.

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