I love watching TV. But I have a little unwelcome feelings towards TVs from 19459003 . Nearly every modern flat screen suffers from two problems: the dreadedand weak, thin, pointed speakers.
It is easy enough to deal withbut overcoming terrible audio data requires slightly more work. Although home theater enthusiasts will tell you to invest in a multi-channel receiver and many speakers, I am here to call cheaper options.
Adding a Soundbar
If you want to spend at least $ 50 initially, you'll get a decent soundbar. For the moment, for example, Best Buy has this Insignia 2.0-channel Soundbar with Bluetooth for only $ 49.99 . It's pretty simple, but should bring a noticeable improvement. (Plus: double as a Bluetooth speaker!)
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Spend a little more and get a soundbar with a subwoofer that really boosts the TV audio game. For example, in this letter, this Subwoofer Abox Soundbar will cost you $ 99.99 if you cut off the attached coupon above $ 10. (I like this too because it has a small display showing mode, volume, etc.)
Read More: The Best Soundbars for 2019
I will not list the more expensive options because the goal here is to do this cheaply. In fact, a $ 50 sound bar is the most expensive thing. Continue reading for more affordable solutions.
Reviving old PC speakers
You know that an old desktop PC collects dust in the closet? Break the speakers. Plug it into your TV and your Presto: bigger, louder sound.
In a flat screen TV, space is limited, so your TV's speakers are most likely pointing down or even back.
That's why even cheap computer speakers can make a big difference. If your TV has a headphone jack, you can connect the 3.5mm audio cable directly. If not, you may need an adapter to connect the cable to the RCA audio output jacks on the TV.
I'm not sure if I'm & # 39; d would actually recommend buying computer speakers for this purpose, although the Logitech S120 would cost something like only about $ 10 .
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See if you could crawl a set from the attic or basement or a friend or family member. If not, a sound bar will look better and get better results, and you'll most likely be taking advantage of Bluetooth – not much dough.
Remember that with this setting you may need to decide on the settings menu of your TV and change the sound to "external". From there you should be able to adjust the volume of the speakers to, for example, 75 percent. Then use the TV remote control to adjust the volume. (Their performance may vary.) Not all televisions are suitable for external speakers, especially those connected to the headphone jack.)
Align the sound on your face
As mentioned previously, the problem with television speakers is a large part the way they are in front of you. If you point to the ground, there are a few products that can help.
Let me introduce you to the introduction: Have you ever noticed that the sound gets louder when you put your hand around the speaker of your phone or tablet and clearer, because it's now focused on your head?
The same principle works with TV speakers. TVSoundScoopz and Soundverter Turboscoops are plastic-made blades that connect to your TV and set the tone for you.
The former is a discontinued product, but it is still available from Amazon for about $ 15 .
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Regarding the turbo-co's still in production, they have $ 20 for a single pair, plus $ 5 for shipping. I did not see (or hear) them in action, but the design seems pretty similar to me.
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Both products work on the same principle of sound control, and both let you avoid the hassles of power, wiring, extra remotes and so on.
Do not expect miracles. These things do not reinforce them, they merely redirect them. However, there is definitely an improvement (based on my informal tests of TVSoundScoopz), and you can not beat the simplicity. For the price, it might be worth a try. (Pro Tip: You could experiment with some DIY solutions, such as cutting an oatmeal can into similar "scoop" shapes – they might look a bit silly, but if nothing else helps to prove or disprove the concept. )
Skip the speakers in total
Are you alone? Then forget the speakers: choose headphones instead. In my experience, even a cheap pair of earphones outperforms the built-in speakers in a TV.
Although some newer televisions offer a Bluetooth audio option, these are not all. You can buy an adapter, but make sure it supports at least Bluetooth 4.2 (for connecting two instead of just one headset) and promises low latency. This TaoTronics adapter is a good option and costs about $ 32.
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Interestingly, this small device is also a receiver, so if your TV already has Bluetooth, but if you want to connect a wired headset, you can do just that.
If you frequently use Amazon Fire TV and / or Roku streamers, you probably know that most of the current gene models can pair directly with Bluetooth headphones. Fire TV users can easily jump into the settings to set up this pairing, while Roku users can access the Private Listening feature in the Roku app (using headphones that are already paired with your phone).
Watch live TV? Try Tunity, a free app that transmits live TV audio to your phone (and which headphones you use). Side Bonus: It's a marriage saver that lets you watch TV in bed while your spouse sleeps.
If you have found another inexpensive way to overcome the lousy TV speakers, tell us in the comments!