Speakers are devices that convert audio signals to sound and amplify it to allow users to hear it.

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There appears to be a poltergeist in my speakers (no, really)

I've no idea if there's a suitable Stack Exchange for poltergeists. It appears to be software, hardware or virus related, so I thought I'd try here, seeing as Ghostbusters is just a film, so I can't ...
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Is there a difference between speaker and headphone jacks/ports?

I have a 2.1 speaker setup going into my computer, but primarily plug them into the headphone jack as it is easier to access. I do this because I switch between a couple different devices with these ...
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What is the tolerable magnetic field (in Tesla) for a hard disk?

I was wondering what would be the safest magnetic field for a hard drive so that the data inside it is safe and not wiped off? For example I have a 2.1 home theatre system and when I take my android ...
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How do I swap audio output of the left and right speakers?

I have two speakers stereo speakers but when I use the sound control panel applet to test my audio configuration I get sound in the right speaker when the user interface indicates the right speaker ...
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how to hear mic sound over speakers- Ubuntu karmic

I want to hear the sound that goes into the notebook's mic from the notebook's speaker itself. I am on Ubuntu 9.10
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Use all 5.1 speakers with a 2.1 audio source

I just bought a 5.1 surround sound speaker set for my computer in my bedroom. The rear speakers are next to me in bed while the front speakers are at the other end of the bed at my feet. While I enjoy ...
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Static noise from speakers when computer is off

I have a rather old set of Creative speakers called Inspire 2.1 2400. The original cable that connects them to the computer was of poor quality, and at some point I had to replace it. The original ...
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Why do my speakers save me power?

I've got some M-Audio AV40s at home, plugged into a power strip that includes a mac mini and an LCD monitor. If I plug the power strip into a power meter (like a kill-a-watt, except I live in NZ so I ...
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Sound only from the right speaker

I'm using S/PDIF and I only get sound from the right speaker plus the subwoofer. I've checked the balance settings: Adjusting #1 does nothing. Adjusting #2 affects the right speaker. I've also ...
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How to emit sound using built-in speaker from a command line?

How to emit sound using built-in speaker from a command line in Windows and Linux?
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How to get headphones and speakers working at the same time?

I have a Gigabyte P55-UD3 motherboard which comes with a Realtek sound card and audio header for the front panel. My headset is permanently connected to the front panel (mic in, headphones in) and I ...
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How to output microphone directly to speakers?

I want my microphone to directly output to my laptop's speakers. I'm able to do something along these lines by recording then playing, but I want to do it live. Any suggestions how to do this?
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Hook two computers to one speaker?

Is it OK to take the line-out from the audio card on two computers, hook them up to a y-adapter that finally goes to a single pair of speakers? I would just go ahead and try it, but don't want to ...
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Volume control for Windows 7 not fine grained enough

I have a 5.1 surround system that doesn't have its own volume control, meaning it relies entirely upon the computer to modulate that. The speakers always give maximum output. This works great in Linux ...
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Is it safe to keep speakers behind a monitor

Currently my Computer is kept on a small table. The Speakers are kept behind my monitor (LCD). So is it safe to play a song or something on high volume (with high bass) ? Will it affect my LCD ? My ...
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VLC Sound boosting

VLC Media Player is one my favourite players. When I had a talk with my friends, they said that it will make damage with laptop speakers. They claim that VLC uses some boosting techniques that is ...
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PC as Bluetooth speakers

I know that: There are Bluetooth speakers for my phone and for my iPod My desktop computer has Bluetooth dongle My desktop has speakers attached to it;) So, my question is: can I use my desktop PC ...
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Is it possible to change the name of the speaker/microphone on windows XP?

I am currently developing some software and am working with an audio related API which has an odd quirk, if a microphone and speaker have exactly the same name, the API fails to load them properly. In ...
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How can you change the default audio output in VLC to 5.1?

Is there a setting in VLC to change default audio output to 5.1?
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How to play the sound from the microphone?

I would like to amplify my voice using the computer. My Windows won't play the audio from the mic by default. How to configure it to do so? Should I use some app? Which one?
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Is it possible to switch between earphones and built-in monitor speakers?

When I plug my earphones into the front panel of my CPU, I get sounds from my earphones. When I unplug it, it goes to the default built-in speakers of the monitor. Is it possible to set through a ...
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HDMI to DVI audio problem

I have a Samsung T220HD LCD with integrated speakers. When I connect it to my video card via VGA cable, the speakers works fine. But, I recently bought an DVI to HDMI cable, (my video card has dvi ...
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Why do cell phones disturb my speaker?

Sometimes when I receive a incoming call on my cell-phone which is kept very near to my speakers , it disturbs the speaker sound . why does this happen , isn't it safe to keep mobiles near my speakers ...
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How can I disable the feature where OSX launches iTunes when external speakers are connected?

There is that feature where iTunes gets automatically launched on OSX when an external speakers are connected (Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack headphones). I happen to prefer another application to listen to ...
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External speakers make buzzing noise when laptop is plugged in

Any powered external speakers I connect to my laptop make a buzzing noise when my laptop is plugged in. I also have battery-powered noise-canceling headphones that make the buzzing if noise canceling ...
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How do I force Windows to play sound through the speakers only when a USB headset isn't connected?

I'm using a speaker set connected through the green audio jack and a headset which I connect through USB. My problem is that every time I connect/disconnect my headset, I have to go through a lot of ...
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How can I set up a house-wide sound system?

My house has 2 bedrooms, a living room and a studio (Room for a computer, shelves, etc., don't know how it's called in the US), each one with a RJ-45 connection (LAN, Internet). I want to install ...
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Do integrated speakers exist?

This is probably way off-topic, but do integrated pc speakers (not the "beep" kind..) exist for desktop PC's? I'm building a "mobile" box, and the only cables I need so far are power and monitor ...
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How should I position a subwoofer that is part of a 2.1 computer speaker setup?

I have just bought a 2.1 speaker kit (Corsair sp2500), but I've never had a ".1" kit before and so I have a couple questions about the subwoofer. Is it supposed to actually make music, or just a ...
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How to stop the 'live' mic sound playing through the speakers?

I have an old Toshiba Laptop (Satellite 1900-03) running Windows XP. I recently bought a little microphone to plug into the mic port but discovered that the sound is being fed live through the ...
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External speakers don't work in Windows 7

I'm having a peculiar problem. There is no sound coming from my external speakers. I have an Asus EeePC 1215B with an external set of speakers. And while the onboard speakers of my laptop work ...
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Laptop is treating speakers as headphones

Up until recently, whenever I plugged in my headphones, the sound would switch over from my laptop's speakers to my headphones. Now, plugging in headphones only results in the speakers becoming lower, ...
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Normal Stereo Output to ALL Speakers

I have headphones and some simple AmazonBasics stereo speakers (like $13). They both work great. The AmazonBasics speakers are amplified, powered by USB or batteries. The headphones (Razer), ...
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Why do computers have internal speakers?

Why do computers have speakers inside of them that are pretty much only used for stuff before the OS boots? Are there other uses? Why were they added? Do newer computers still have them?
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Over-Amplification of Volume in VLC or any Media Player harmful to speakers or a myth?

On a laptop purchase from a reputed store, I was instructed not to use VLC Media Player volume more than 100%. I come across this statement very often. I actually see Over-amplifying the volume as a ...
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How can I easily connect and disconnect my bluetooth speakers in windows 8?

I have a bluetooth speaker system in my windows 8.Is there any other way of connecting and disconnecting without re-adding the device with its drivers/going out of range and turning off bluetooth in ...
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How do you disable speakers but enable headphones in Windows 7?

My computer has internal speakers. I want it to never play sound from the speakers, but I want my headphones to work. How do I do that?
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External speakers no longer working

We have a Windows Vista laptop. On Monday we hooked it up to external speakers, as we always do, and they worked fine. On Tuesday, we did the same but then the speakers did not work. Weirdly, the ...
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Does static damage computer speakers?

I recently got a new pair of Klipsch Promedia 2.1's for my laptop. I unplug my laptop a lot to take it around but today the audio plug touched my plug for my monitor and a bit of static came out of ...
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speakers muted automatically for some reason

i have this weird problem that i'm not sure is specific to me, but more of a windows 7 or Lenovo laptop, so any help would be appreciable. the problem is as follows: Whenever i use skype, msn or any ...
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How do I enable the integrated speakers on my monitor?

I hope this is the right site otherwise please let me know which site to go to. I have an HP 2010i monitor with integrated sound. Right now I am using normal speakers but I want to switch to the ...
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Sound goes through speakers eventhough headphone is plugged in on HP notebook

I have a HP Pavilion dv4-1101tu notebook. Currently it is running on Windows 7. All devices are installed correctly with their driver softwares. When I make a call over Skype with my headphone ...
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USB-Powered Speakers

I use a set of external USB speakers at the office which have no power-source other than my laptop USB port. Sometimes they're silent, and at others it sounds like an electric moth is fluttering ...
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Volume normalization

I'm having a a problem with my audio setup. I've used to connect my external speakers (stereo setup consisting of two speakers) to a USB DAC which was connected to the onboard soundcard (Realtek) of ...
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How can I get Windows 7 to switch audio from a monitor (with built-in speakers) to headphones when they are plugged in?

I have an HP dv5t laptop running Windows 7 64 bit with an Acer H235H monitor connected to it via an HDMI cable. The monitor has built-in speakers, which are a huge improvement over the laptop's ...
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Desktop speakers with headphone port and separate volume controls [closed]

I currently use the excellent Logitech X-230 desktop speaker/subwoofer set, which I love for the volume dial on the front which gives me a nice, quick, tactile control of my sound without requiring a ...
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Buzzing noise feedback from speakers when large amounts of text present on monitor?

This is quite possibly the most ridiculous question I've ever asked. I'm not a tech novice by any means whatsoever, but I'm also definitely not crazy. This has been going on for quite some time now ...
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How do I get audio to auto switch between devices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing default playback device on Windows 8 Whenever I'm watching something on Chrome or playing a game and decided to plug a headset in or unplug it and go to ...
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How to feed my speaker to my microphone?

I am chatting on gtalk and want the following things to happen: I am listening a song in Windows Media Player and I want my friend on the gtalk to hear what I am playing on my PC simultaneously I ...
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New MacBook Pro speakers not as loud as older series - how to confirm?

I just purchased a new MacBook Pro Unibody 15" (summer 2009). I'm comparing it to a MacBook Pro Unibody 15" (late 2008) model. The speakers on the older one seem to sound louder and more clear to my ...