klewlis wrote:the stereo unit that you would plug the ipod into is much better quality than any computer speakers (I have yet to hear computer speakers that actually sound good).
But as far as I know, computers can hook up to any speakers. My dad has his computer hooked up to a high-quality stereo system which he's had since before I was born (and it still sounds great after all these years).
But then, my dad's stereo system is hooked up so he can like convert LP to MP3, audio cassette to CD, and even MP3 to audio cassette (I once had to do this, astonishingly enough). But it is a complex system, and things often have to be adjusted, so I can see why most people don't have this type of setup.
However, my computer (or rather, the computer over which I have the most exclusive use because it's 40 miles away from my parents) doesn't have any sound at all. I like that, since it encourages me to keep my room relatively quiet. And when I really need sound, I find ways to get it (such as using my dad's computer when I'm at my parents' home).