If are having issues with correctly setting up speakers with a computer we do not blame you because nowadays speakers are not as well thought out in terms of connectivity and windows with its lackluster optimization also does not help either.
In this article, we have drawn up multiple simple methods that will provide a concrete solution to the infamous how to set up speakers on PC query. We have especially centered them on being as convenient and easy to follow as possible. So without any delay let’s dive into the methods so you can get the most optimal experience at the earliest.
Connecting the Speakers Properly Together
Speakers come in two flavors i.e wireless speakers and wired speakers. As you can judge by the name wireless speakers do not involve wire connections but some wireless speakers are not truly wireless. If you have a single wireless Bluetooth speaker you can skip this method anyway the semi wireless speakers require some sort of cable connection whether it may be between a subwoofer and satellite speaker or satellite to satellite. It is pretty common for these sorts of speakers to be listed as fully wireless while they only connect wirelessly to the computer via Bluetooth so keep that in mind.
Getting back on track with the topic at hand and for setting up the speakers to PC we first have to connect them and then to the PC properly. If your speakers have wireless pairing then skip this otherwise follow the steps below.
- If you are dealing with 2.0 speakers then connect the other speaker at the back of the dominant one. The dominant speaker from the pair is the one that has all the ports at the back of the speaker.
- If you have 2.1 speakers connect both the satellite speakers to the subwoofer. The subwoofer will have separate ports marked for each of the left and the right speakers. Keep in mind that some 2.1 speakers come with a separate control unit that has all the controls. For these speakers connect the subwoofer as well as the satellite to the control unit.
- Most 5.1 speakers come with wireless surround channel speakers and will require you to connect only the left, center, and right channel speakers to the subwoofer. Others will require you to connect all of the satellite speakers to the sub but do not worry they all will have their marked and defined port.
- The 7.1 speakers require a similar connection as that of 5.1. The difference is only the two additional surround sound satellite speakers. They will be either wireless or wired so connect them according to their requirement.
After we have all the speakers connected harmoniously we can proceed to the next step of connecting the speaker to the PC.
Connecting the Speakers to the PC
This will be done either of the two ways depending on your speaker.
If you have a wired speaker it will either connect via the 3.5mm connection or USB. Some speakers might include an RCA connection. Whichever it is make sure to connect it to the correct port of the motherboard.
- For the 3.5mm connection make sure you connect it to the line out port of the motherboard.
- For USB connection make sure you connect it to the 3.0 USB port because that allows for more bandwidth.
If you are wireless speakers granted you have Bluetooth capability on your PC make your speakers and the PC discoverable. When this is done follow the steps below.
- Open the Bluetooth settings of the PC
- Click on the + sign that is flanked by the add Bluetooth device or other device text.
- Choose the Bluetooth option and let the computer run its search.
- When the speaker is discovered click on it and follow the instructions to successfully connect your speaker to PC.
Configuring the Speakers in Windows
The last step is to configure the speakers in windows because most of the time windows does not do a good job at automatically optimizing the experience. The first and the foremost thing is to choose your speaker as the playback device and adjust its volume. To do this follow the steps below.
- Navigate to the sound icon found on the bottom right of the screen in the windows taskbar.
- Click on the icon and then open the drop-down playback menu by clicking on the source found directly at the top of the newly opened window.
- Choose your speakers as the source and now adjust the volume accordingly.
Sometimes the windows can automatically change the source so another thing that can be done to secure speakers as the primary source is as follows.
- Right-click on the sound icon.
- Open the sounds option.
- Switch to the playback tab if it isn’t already displayed.
- Select your speaker and click on the set default option.
- Apply and exit the window.
This will make sure that windows prioritize speakers over all other sound devices. After this is done you are all set and can enjoy your speakers on the PC.
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If you have any trouble with any of these steps you can check out our other articles on some common speaker-related issues where you most likely will find a solution. In this article, we wanted the new user to feel as comfortable as possible and listed steps that can be followed on how to set up speakers on PC. We hope that you found this article to be useful and it helped you in setting up the speakers for your PC.