using monitor speakers with laptops

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  1. co0ke

    co0ke windowlicker

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    i got a laptop the other day, and linked it to an amp with these two tower speakers attached (phono to 3.5mm)

    kept making this fucked up whining noise, but only when the ac power was plugged in to the laptop. it didnt do it with my logitech desktop speakers

    anyway was wondering if it would be worth getting monitor speakers, is this likely to happy to those aswell? anyone have any experience with this?
     
  2. Reference

    Reference fair shout.

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    are your monitors passive then?
     
  3. co0ke

    co0ke windowlicker

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    i dont have monitors at the moment but i was looking at getting the samson rubicon r5's which are active
     
  4. deadaelus

    deadaelus Laughter in the Slaughter

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    Probably just a shit audio card on the laptop catching a buzz from a fan or something.

    Get a small USB audio card first, then get speakers.

    I recommend this one if you want something decent & cheaper:

    http://www.novationmusic.com/products/audio_interface/nio_2_4

    Or if you are really cheap:

    http://www.m-audio.ca/products/en_ca/FastTrackPro.html

    I do not recommend getting into anything cheaper than those however. 24bit/96Khz processing is about as low as you wanna go, otherwise you start dithering your audio signal with a really shitty soundcard, and this can create a host of unusual issues.