Tips for Choosing the Right Speakers


Audio technology has completely transformed in the past ten years. Furthermore, the rapid advancements in the field  show no signs of stopping. From tangle-free green earphones to sound-blocking technology, this is only the beginning. While everyone’s happy to have more and better quality speaker options, it can be confusing when you’re trying to design your personal entertainment center. What are some important considerations when you’re looking to buy some speakers?

Portable and Static Setups

There are many different ways to listen to music. For some people, having a light, portable setup that offers more quality than laptop or phone speakers is enough. Being able to easily transport your speakers has become more technologically possible in recent years with the rise of bluetooth speakers. These speakers are less expensive than a big entertainment setup, and can easily follow you from room to room wirelessly. They also work well to take to a friend’s house or party.

However, these speakers are by nature small. Some people find portability a much less important consideration than sound quality. Larger, heavier speakers tend to offer a clearer sound and a more powerful baseline. If you’re looking to create a home entertainment center and have enough room, these kinds of speakers may be more appealing.

Room Considerations

If your speakers are going to stay in one room more of the time, it’s important to consider the room’s acoustics. Some rooms are more conducive to listening to music than others. The shape of the room, the materials the walls and floor are made of, and the furniture in the room are just a few of the factors which contribute to a room’s acoustics.

You can improve a room’s acoustics in most cases if you find yours aren’t up to snuff. However, also consider the size of the room. Your speakers have to comfortably fit in the room you’re putting them in. There also must be room for the wires the speakers need to function. Wires shouldn’t be all over the floor; this is a safety hazard.


One of the main considerations for purchasing speakers is the price. A speaker can run you anywhere from $30 to well over $1,000 depending on the brand, condition, and quality. Obviously, you want to get the highest quality sound for your money. One way to get a very high quality speaker affordably is to look for second hand speakers. Craigslist or your local pawn shop will likely have a lot of options. Used speakers can be in excellent condition, and are typically significantly cheaper than new speakers.

When you’re shopping around, work out a budget while you consider the speaker’s physical specifications.


Buying a new set of speakers is fun and rewarding. You may be shocked at the high quality audio your new speakers bring after you’ve gotten used to just using your computer or phone’s speakers. Do the proper research and you’ll find the perfect speaker set for your needs.



5 Gifts That Help Keep a Man’s Desk Organized

Everybody wishes they were more organized. You hear it every New Year’s Eve – people’s resolutions are to lose weight, give up a vice, travel the world, and get more organized. But then real life takes over, you put on weight, don’t quit your voice, browse YouTube videos instead of maps, and let your workdesk look like the aftermath of a hurricane. Fortunately, the man who lets chaos has options to put things back in order. Here are five gifts that help keep a man’s desk organized.

1. Desk Caddy

Pens, paperclips and other paraphernalia are useful, but they’re always so small and easily scattered or lost. Help your man consolidate all his writing and filing implements with a revolving desk caddy. It’s small, so it won’t take up much room on his desk; and it revolves, so he won’t have to constantly shift it to get access to the rear compartments.

2. Overlap Tray

Balancing comfort and organization can be tricky, but with an overlap try, it might become a lot easier. If his desk is getting just a bit too cluttered, the overlap tray will give him enough room to lean back and get work done without feeling claustrophobic. The recessed arms allowing for storage of pens, accessories and even a coffee cup will make a man feel organized – even if he really isn’t. This may be one of the more odd graduation gifts to purchase, but the luxury it offers is unparalleled.

3. File Box

Papers make the world go around, and files help us keep those papers together. What keeps the files together? That’s where a file box comes in handy. Get that stack of files off the desk and into a box, where they can be neatly arranged and pulled out only when needed, not unnecessarily take up space long after they’ve been used. A file cabinet is a similarly great idea, but a file box might be a preferred option if space is at a premium.

4. Post-It Holder

Post-Its are great, aren’t they? Scribble a note, stick the paper somewhere, and you’ve got a reminder. But what do you do when you can’t find a pad of Post-Its? Or a pen? Imagine if you always knew where you could easily, and simply, just pull off a piece of Post-It paper, and a pen was always there. That’s why a Post-It Holder makes for a great gift. Your man can download all the organization apps his smartphone can handle, but Post-Its will never go out of style, and the holder will always keep them there.

5. Stacking Organizer Trays

On a busy desk, preserving space is paramount, so anything that can stack is very welcome. Anything that provides some form of organization and stacks is a winner. With a set of stacking organizer trays, a man can have all his documents, stationery and accessories neatly arranged when needed, and easily put away when not.

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