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Hey everyone, I'm working on changing up my computer desk situation, after having my computer finally built just the way I want, I realise that now I have an awesome machine on my desk, I also have a crap ton of wires and ugly looking things. And compared to my office workspace ( which I have over $500 worth of my own personal preifials and input devices considering i use them all 8 hours a day, and the standard issue $2 dell mouse wont cut it for me ) which I really like, is very clean looking, professional, and clutter free.

So here is the deal, ( sorry, don't have pictures right now )

My mouse and keyboard are corded, so thats an easy fix, picked up an apple wireless keyboard, and will order the wireless version of my mouse ( rat 7 )

My monitor is a bit ugly, but I don't think that its worth replacing right now ( am saving up for a used apple dispaly etiher a 30" 1600p, or a 27" 1440p depending on what I can find ) But am also thinking of picking up a LCD arm, that way it hides the ugly cheap

But, the real issue here, is my speaker system, I have a 5.1 system, which is probably dated in the early 2000's at best, and is that dull white/grey color from the 90's, which is now yellow due to it being in a garage for a good while ( but i got it for free at that garage sale! ) and it still sounds pretty good. ( 4 small 2"^3 speakers, and a larger bass unit ) Also the wires are probably a good 15' each, and since i only have them on my desk, I only actually need only 3' max, leaving a giant ball of wire behind my monitor.

So down to it, what are some ways of visually hiding the speakers, with minimal amount of audio direction and clarity lost.


Easy answer, would to just by a wireless headset, but my computer is also my home tv/sterio/dvd player, etc, I can't really do that

I was thinking, of possibly duct taping the smaller speakers to the back of my monitor ( if they will hold ) or possibly, getting crafty, and by using the wall mounting holes on the back of the monitor, rigging up a little frame that could hold everything.


Basically, ( here comes the haters ) I love how clean an professional apple computers look in the stores, no wires, just a screen, a keyboard, and a mouse.
Now thats not very practical, but I would like to get as Close as I can to that.

So, what are some good ideas to hide speakers?
post #2 of 11
You could create some holes in your desk where the speakers are, and run the wires underneath
post #3 of 11
I like the idea of rigging up a mounting system using your monitor mounting holes. Otherwise you could always disassemble and paint the speaker shells a matching color, and then sneak the wires around.
post #4 of 11
I just put mine behind the monitor. There's a raised back panel, with a small gap between that and the desk surface. Wires fit through nicely. You could try and build something like that if the desk doesn't have it? Or try mounting them to the wall behind the desk.
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Paint the speakers.
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post #6 of 11
You have to decide how much of a tradeoff you are willing to make between audio quality/clarity and visual appeal. Placing speakers behind your monitor will dramatically alter the sound compared to having the speakers facing you directly. For me, this would be unacceptable, but you should try it, listen, and see what you think.

Can you wall-mount the speakers? I find that gives a very clean look, and you can obscure the wires with tape that matches the wall color, or with track that you can buy at any hardware store.
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I have a bad feeling you are more after looks/neatness than the best SQ your money can get u tbh @@
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post #8 of 11
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Yup, thats exactly it, Its a border line OCD type of thing,

Here is a pic of where I'm at now, it works, but it still bothers me a little bit.

Basically, I just need a little house plant to the side, and i'm good to go! ( and a good lamp, its dark in here lol )

(due to living in an apartment, I can't wall mount the speaker system or anything like that.

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post #9 of 11
I think it would look pretty good if you just painted them, that way you can have aesthetics and SQ. And if you just push them against that back wall you easily tuck the cables in behind the desk.
post #10 of 11
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Yeah, it kinda sucks, i'm limited on space, ( i don't have my own room where I live ) so I can't really have everything set up as I would like, but oh well.

Painting them could be an option I suppose, But that would require a bit of dissasembly, and even if they looked nice, They would still be seen. But, I do suppose if I do get to
upgrade to a larger 27" monitor, That could hide things much easier...

Basically, If I cant find a good one used, I'm gonna throw some money at the Koreans and see how long it takes to get here.
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