Computer Speakers

Dear Lazyweb,

Are there computer speakers you can get that do NOT flake out and get all “buzzy” when a cell phone is near them and active? My speakers (which are a one-off brand called “MasonWare”) get this fuzzy, buzzy sound whenever my phone is active on the network. Now that I have the BlackBerry, that means that I cannot even have my phone within a foot of my computer, because it’s constantly talking over the air and making my speakers buzz. I know that it’s the speakers, because they buzz anytime they are powered on and the phone is near, even if they are not plugged into the computer

Is this something I just have to suck up, or can I get speakers that don’t have this problem?

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~ by Matt Stratton on January 24, 2007.

9 Responses to “Computer Speakers”

  1. Ugh, I have a wireless headset for my phone at work, and that’s why I can’t have external speakers.

    I’m not sure if there are any magical shielded speakers… but if there are, I’ll be they’re expensive. /:

  2. Ugh, I have a wireless headset for my phone at work, and that’s why I can’t have external speakers.

    I’m not sure if there are any magical shielded speakers… but if there are, I’ll be they’re expensive. /:

  3. Short answer – no.

    My cellphone buzzes through my nice M-Audio BX5’s before every call. It’s not constant or anything. Maybe with the Blackberry it is, I dunno.

    Sorry that it’s constant in your end. That would be annoying.

  4. Short answer – no.

    My cellphone buzzes through my nice M-Audio BX5’s before every call. It’s not constant or anything. Maybe with the Blackberry it is, I dunno.

    Sorry that it’s constant in your end. That would be annoying.

  5. Short answer – no.

    My cellphone buzzes through my nice M-Audio BX5’s before every call. It’s not constant or anything. Maybe with the Blackberry it is, I dunno.

    Sorry that it’s constant in your end. That would be annoying.

  6. I have a set of THX-certified 2.1 Logitech speakers (I think the current equivalent model would be the Z-2300) which have never had a problem with cell phones. I do sit about 1-2 feet from the speakers and 4 feet from the subwoofer though.

    They’re about $150 from the Logitech website. Sound quality is, of course, pretty fuckin good.

  7. I’m just throwing this out there, but maybe you could build a small Farday Cage around the speakers. I think it would work. However, I don’t know if you want a metal cage sitting on your desk.

  8. I’m just throwing this out there, but maybe you could build a small Farday Cage around the speakers. I think it would work. However, I don’t know if you want a metal cage sitting on your desk.

  9. I have found two kinds of cheap speakers that do not have this problem.

    1. The attached-to-the-monitor speakers that come with Dell flat panels.

    2. This cube-shaped, USB-powered Speaker and USB hub combo:
    http://www.x-tremegeek.com/templates/searchdetail.asp?productID=11013&sk=MX51419

    (You can also find it from a lot of promotional-item suppliers, so you could get it screen-printed with your name or logo — google for 1650-07)

  10. I have found two kinds of cheap speakers that do not have this problem.

    1. The attached-to-the-monitor speakers that come with Dell flat panels.

    2. This cube-shaped, USB-powered Speaker and USB hub combo:
    http://www.x-tremegeek.com/templates/searchdetail.asp?productID=11013&sk=MX51419

    (You can also find it from a lot of promotional-item suppliers, so you could get it screen-printed with your name or logo — google for 1650-07)

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