Ends tomorrow. Lenovo has the Lenovo L1520 2.0 USB Speakers (57Y6359) for $25 - $16 off with coupon code USP1JL440119 [Exp 7/23] = $9 with free shipping. Features 2x2w speakers and a USB power supply.
Retail: $25

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    ironbadge Ben's cred: 361
    Posted 3:48 pm PDT 07/22/14

    I would get one if it has its own PS.

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    CasperImproved Ben's cred: 211
    Posted 6:08 pm PDT 07/22/14

    Why would that make a difference?

    A regular audio 2.0 solution wio a sub-woofer only draws a few watts which the USB bus on a laptop can handle (along with the two or three other things that might also be connected).

    That is how I have mine set-up.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3864
    Posted 6:31 pm PDT 07/22/14

    ^ A typical low cost USB speaker set has no voltage boost circuit in it so being 5V from USB substantially limits output power. While they claim 2W it's probably at something like 10% THD.

    At one point I had a 2.0 setup driven by a 15W/ch Sonic T-Amp and found that a little limiting too. Granted, the speakers had 6" woofers with a fair amount of travel unlike these.

    Whatever they can do at say 0.1% THD may be enough for near-field use with a laptop, but is going to be quite limiting if you're not sitting right next to them.

    Then again a higher powered version with its own PSU wouldn't cost only $9 unless a lot of corners were cut to get there (generic junk).

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    CasperImproved Ben's cred: 211
    Posted 6:43 pm PDT 07/22/14

    Not to mention that if you are not sitting next to your laptop, you are doing it wrong Smile

    Seriously though, I have a cheap pair of 2.0 speakers for my laptop while mobile. At home I plug into a much nicer 2.1 solution with a sub-woofer and it's own power supply.

    Is the audio from the cheap speakers pretty good? I wouldn't go that far, but it beats the hell out of the laptop's internal speaker.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3864
    Posted 8:20 pm PDT 07/22/14

    ^ What if you just wanted to listen to music while traveling? You could use a phone with powered speakers instead but that still requires powered, speakers.

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    ironbadge Ben's cred: 361
    Posted 8:37 pm PDT 07/22/14

    ^ I have a cheap Roland headphone that can handle the mobile needs properly.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3864
    Posted 8:51 pm PDT 07/22/14

    ^ I mean when one doesn't want to wear headphones, and/or there's more than one person.

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    Posted 9:39 pm PDT 07/22/14

    dave_c wrote:
    ^ What if you just wanted to listen to music while traveling? You could use a phone with powered speakers instead but that still requires powered, speakers.


    I have two Sandisk mp3 players both with arm straps and separate noise reduction ear buds. One for exercise/yardwork, the other with mp4 capability for when I want mobile movies. I also have a pair of expensive Boise headphones with heavy noise reduction my ex bought me a long time ago for when I'm out on the garden tractor cutting the 6 or so acres of grass/weeds.

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    Posted 1:17 am PDT 07/23/14

    I always prefer amp'd speakers over headphones, so long as everyone else hearing it doesn't cause a problem... which it certainly could in some situations.

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