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Tip #4: Use Headphones Instead

Another option when it comes to listening to music from your computer is to use headphones—good headphones. I’m not talking about the low-fi earbuds that came with your iPod or iPhone, but rather the kind of covered-ear headphones that provide full-range fidelity.

Old school music lovers know that a good pair of stereo headphones will almost always sound better than a comparably priced speaker system; that’s just the nature of the beast. Plus, they’re quiet—that is, you can crank up the sound without disturbing everyone else in the house.

You can connect just about any set of headphones to your computer via your PC’s mini-jack headphone output. That means you can choose from models from manufacturers such as Koss, Sennheiser, Sony, and Bose. The more you pay, the better the sound quality.

The hottest headphones on the market today are the various units in the Beats by Dr. Dre line. Listeners love the enhanced fidelity (and slightly pumped bass) you get from all Beats models. Most listeners will be satisfied with the $199 Solo HD unit, but if you want true audiophile sound quality, go with the $299 Studio model. You’ll experience world of difference when you start listening through a good set of headphones.

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