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Old 04-08-2011, 10:00 PM
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Default That Sweet Sound is Coming from Your Laptop

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://blog.laptopmag.com/best-sounding-notebooks-good-enough-to-be-your-stereo' target='_blank'>http://blog.laptopmag.com/best-soun...-be-your-stereo</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>Every time we review a notebook, we test out its speakers by playing a few tunes and videos&ndash;and usually come away unimpressed. But laptop makers are now paying a lot more attention to both volume and fidelity, in some cases touting sound quality as a reason to buy their wares. With that in mind, we rounded up four systems that boast enhanced audio capabilities.</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/lpt/auto/1302289038.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 0px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>A few years ago, if someone told me that one should expect excellent sound through a laptop, I would have laughed at them.&nbsp; Then stop, take a breath, and laugh some more.&nbsp; Things have changed recently, part of which I think is driven by the increasing use of computers as media terminals for watching movies and music.&nbsp; While I still sincerely doubt that any laptop short of what would be classified as a "transportable computer" could have sound comparable to a proper stereo, they have improved.&nbsp; Unfortunately, to benefit from this, you still appear to have to choose one of the bigger laptops.&nbsp; I imagine this is probably a physical and technical limitation rather than a conscious choice by manufacturers.&nbsp; Still, I find that excluding bass, most laptops, even really light and tiny ones will generally provide "good enough" sound for casual listening.&nbsp; What about you?&nbsp; Are you picky about your listening environment, or do things like stock earbuds and netbook audio do just fine?</p>
 
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