How to Connect My Laptop to My Surround Sound System's USB

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How to Connect My Laptop to My Surround Sound System's USB
Connect your speakers to your laptop though the USB connections. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

USB powered speakers are ideal for laptop computers since other speakers require you to plug their power cord into an electrical socket in the wall. USB speakers transfer both power and sound through the USB cable, which means that the speakers are powered by your laptop. This also creates less of a tangled mess by cutting down on wires. Since USB devices are "Hot Swappable," USB speakers do not have any software or drivers to install.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Set up the speakers around your laptop. This is easy if you are setting up at a desk at home. However, if you are in the back seat of a car or any other awkward area with limited space, you will need to be creative in the area that you put your speakers. Make sure the speakers are facing you.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB connection into the laptop. Some speakers have the USB cable permanently installed to the speakers, while other speakers require you to plug the other side of the USB cable into a designated side of the speakers.

  3. 3

    Turn on the laptop. Some USB speakers are ultra compact and require that you use the volume settings on the laptop to adjust the volume. To do this, click the speaker icon located at the bottom-right corner of the desktop. Other speakers have designated sound knobs which you must turn clockwise to raise the volume and counterclockwise to lower it.

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