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5 Tips for Quality Notebook Audio

Between streaming tunes via Pandora, watching your favorite shows on Hulu, and all of your iTunes downloads, your notebook is a mini media center. But while it’s easy to identify a high-quality display for watching HD movies, finding a laptop with sweet sound can be hit or miss. Here’s how to hit a bullseye.

What To Look For:

Speaker Placement and Separation

Good speaker placement is easy to identify. Look for laptops with speakers positioned either around the keyboard, along the front-facing rim, or in the display bezel. These locations send sound in your direction. While that would seem like a no-brainer, some notebooks house speakers in the base of the device, where a desk surface or lap can easily muffle the output. Also look for separation between the two speakers. Extreme placement to the left and right is imperative for proper 2.0 channel audio, or input designed to be delivered across two distinct output sources.

Other tips: Branded Custom Speakers, Dolby and SRS Digital Sound Software, Vetting Output, and Testing Driving Speakers.

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  1. Corinn Says:

    tip #6: laptop speakers suck. use headphones.

  2. Techy Says:

    Amen Corinn XD but dolby seems promising, my new laptop will have dolby

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