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Sep 27, 2021 - 7:23:49 AM

BobbyE

USA

2921 posts since 11/29/2007
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I bought a new set of Computer speakers in order to play/practice my banjo along with YouTube videos and other recordings. It has a control pod with a very small on/off switch that I can see wearing out way before the speakers themselves do. Will it do any kind of harm to just leave the speakers on all the time and not run the risk of the switch wearing out by over using it. Us baby boomers were taught to always cut anything off you weren't using but ........ Thanks for any advice.

Bobby

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 10/06/2021 12:08:35

Sep 27, 2021 - 7:57:29 AM
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14250 posts since 10/30/2008

My little cheap computer speakers have on been "on" continuously for years! I wouldn't worry.

Sep 27, 2021 - 8:16:06 AM
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roydsjr

USA

739 posts since 5/17/2007

I have my speakers plugged into a power strip so when I shut down my computer it is turned off when I turn off the power strip.

Sep 27, 2021 - 8:24 AM
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1089 posts since 1/26/2011

My computer and speakers stay on all the time. For years there’s been a debate whether turning them on and off does more harm than leaving them on all the time. Someone will probably give us a detailed analysis of the issue, but I’m sure your speakers will be fine for years if you leave them on all the time.  My speakers are at least 10 years old and have never been off unless there's a power outage.

Edited by - jdeluke137 on 09/27/2021 08:25:36

Sep 27, 2021 - 8:44:03 AM
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YellowSkyBlueSun

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

417 posts since 5/11/2021

I plug my computer and all the peripherals into a single surge protecting power strip. Then I shut the power strip off when I'm all shut down and done for the day.

 

I do this mostly to save electricity costs, because even if you turn the power completely off most digital devices have a phantom draw that ends up costing you a non-trivial amount of money over the course of an entire month. 

Edited by - YellowSkyBlueSun on 09/27/2021 08:47:56

Sep 27, 2021 - 4:16:21 PM

Bill H

USA

1729 posts since 11/7/2010

This is not quite an answer to your question, but I have had the same problem with hearing the audio from my computer speakers during practice. My solution has been to use blue tooth headphones, both for YouTube and metronome. I don't understand why computers have such weak audio.

Oct 5, 2021 - 7:58:39 PM

11763 posts since 10/27/2006

How much did these cost so that you are concerned about wearing out the switch in a few years?

If really a concern, use a power strip or just leave it on.

There are speakers that power down when there's no input signal. I have a pair of the M-Audio BX3 that do this—when I switch to them, it takes a couple seconds to power on.

M-Audio Monitors

They're inexpensive and sound ok but I'm selling mine because I found something even smaller and space is limited.

Oct 6, 2021 - 12:39:11 AM

phb

Germany

2983 posts since 11/8/2010

quote:
Originally posted by jdeluke137

My computer and speakers stay on all the time. For years there’s been a debate whether turning them on and off does more harm than leaving them on all the time. Someone will probably give us a detailed analysis of the issue, but I’m sure your speakers will be fine for years if you leave them on all the time.  My speakers are at least 10 years old and have never been off unless there's a power outage.


I don't know who debated that but leaving the computer and speakers on all the time certainly is more expensive than shutting it down. This is not only due to the energy costs but also because most electronics die from drying electrolyte capacitors. And those dry out from heat. Electronics devices are warmer when running than when shut off.

Edited by - phb on 10/06/2021 00:40:20

Oct 6, 2021 - 6:19:49 AM
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BobbyE

USA

2921 posts since 11/29/2007
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>>How much did these cost so that you are concerned about wearing out the switch in a few years?<<

They were about $75, which is not extremely expensive but still $75. Also, this switch is just miniscule and I was already noticing I had to jiggle the switch in the 'on,' position to get the pilot light to come on, and I had barely started using them. I resolved this issue by installing an 'inline,' switch on the power cord and use it to cut the speakers on and off with. Thanks for all the responses.

Bobby

Oct 6, 2021 - 6:24:26 AM
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phb

Germany

2983 posts since 11/8/2010

For $75 I would expect some good quality. I think my PC speakers cost something like 20-30$ and they have been with me for something like 15 years.

Oct 10, 2021 - 4:52:20 PM
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11763 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by BobbyE

>>How much did these cost so that you are concerned about wearing out the switch in a few years?<<

They were about $75, which is not extremely expensive but still $75. Also, this switch is just miniscule and I was already noticing I had to jiggle the switch in the 'on,' position to get the pilot light to come on, and I had barely started using them. I resolved this issue by installing an 'inline,' switch on the power cord and use it to cut the speakers on and off with. Thanks for all the responses.

Bobby


Hey, if it works, it works, right? Looks like you goot it nailed.

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