One of the key peripherals when you’re getting a computer should be your computer speakers. They’ll be responsible when you want to ensure you get a good multimedia experience. This is why getting the best computer speakers within your budget is key.
A thing to note with computer speakers is that you’ll find them in a variety of shapes and sizes, and at different price points. Some might not set you back more than $20 or $30, while others can easily cost thousands. Where it gets tricky is the fact that not all of the more expensive models are worth it. Some come with gimmicks that won’t really impact sound quality, and you’d be overpaying for them. Others are hidden gems – they cost very little, but will surprise you with quality. Some will even get you a soundstage that rivals great headsets, too.
With that in mind, here are a few options for the best computer speakers. We’ll also add a short buying guide to help you find the ones that work best for you.
When it comes to picking out the right set of speakers, there are a few things to keep an eye out for.
The first one is size. Choosing the right size speakers for your setup means that you’ll be able to fit them on your desk without them taking too much space. There are different sizes in the list below, so there is something for everyone, but make sure you pick well.
Next, you want to consider the setup. With the best computer speakers, you’ll usually either get 2.0 or 2.1. 2.0 means that you only have two speakers, which are responsible for the entire frequency range. While these are overall decent, they oftentimes lack bass and don’t have the clearest highs. On the other hand, 2.1 options include a subwoofer. This enhances the bass and lets the small speakers focus on the mids and highs.
Last but not least, consider any extra features. See if they have a volume knob at the front, for example, which enhances accessibility. See if you can connect to them via Bluetooth. Oh, and some of them may even give you a headphone jack at the front. When you want to listen to music in silence, you won’t have to reach back for your PC case.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the best computer speakers out there.
Bose is a well known manufacturer in the audio world, and their Companion 2 Series III is a tried-and-tested set of computer speakers. These 2.0 speakers are small and compact, yet get you a very good experience.
Of course, you do pay a slight premium, but that premium nets you very good sound quality. Yes, a bit of bass might be lacking. But as far as 2.0 speakers go, they’re certainly among the better ones. Everything sounds clear and crisp, and there’s a surprisingly good soundstage.
In terms of extras, you’ve got an additional auxiliary input so you can play from multiple devices, as well as a volume knob at the front, right above a headphone jack. They’re a great overall choice, especially if you want a smaller set of speakers with excellent sound quality.
Razer is oftentimes gamer-oriented, but the Nommo Pro delivers an excellent experience for pretty much anyone. This is a 2.1 set that comes with a volume adjusting knob, THX certification and Dolby Virtual Surround Sound for an overall excellent experience.
The speakers themselves are pretty compact – this goes for the subwoofer, too. They are made to point slightly upwards, so the sound is in your face, and not going behind you. They do sound phenomenal, and the downwards firing sub does add a great amount of bass. The 3 inch drivers have been tuned by THX, which does speak volumes about the overall quality.
Dolby’s Virtual Surround Sound also adds a depth to the soundstage which lets you get great positional accuracy, even though this is a pair of speakers, and not headphones. Pair this with the LED-illuminated control knob for easy access control, and you’ll see why these are a crowd favorite.
Audioengine’s A2+ are a slight departure from what you’re probably used to as the best computer speakers. They’re pricey, they’re a bit big, and they’re heavy. But they sound phenomenal, and are as feature rich as it gets, which makes them a great choice.
The first thing you’ll notice is that they look really subtle. Nothing stands out and nothing screams “look at me”. But turn them on, and the sound you get from these is excellent. While there’s no dedicated subwoofer, they do come with excellent bass.
Where it gets interesting is connectivity. Not only are these wired and come with their own power supply, but you can even use them via Bluetooth, using AptX. This ensures sound quality loss is minimized, and there is little to no delay in the signal. Factor in all of this, and add Audioengine’s reputation for high quality audio, and these are probably the best computer speakers for no-fuss users.
Logitech does have a lot of computer speaker options, but the Z625 is an interesting proposition. This 2.1 set comes with compact speakers and a subwoofer that adds quite a lot of bass. The result? Excellent sound in a small package.
The THX tuning does make a difference here, and it’s something you’ll notice instantly. Wide soundstage, clear highs and deep, punchy bass are all present here. Not only are these great for gaming, but you can also use them for a high quality music listening, too.
Logitech have added plenty of connectivity as well, with an optical input, RCA inputs and a regular 3.5mm jack. You also have both a volume, and a bass knob on one of the speakers, making things easily accessible when you want to adjust them. Overall, while they might be pricy for a 2.1 system, they’re a good choice.
Creative’s Pebble 2.0 are some of the smallest computer speakers out there, and yet they’re on our list of best computer speakers. Why? Because for the price, and the size, they deliver a fantastic sound experience.
The drivers are pointed upwards, towards you, which makes things a bit more immersive, and the sound overall is pretty good. Yes, a bit of bass might be lacking, but that’s not too much of an issue. If it is, the Pebble Plus come with a subwoofer, so they might be a better choice.
On the other hand, they’re powered by a single USB port, making them ideal for use with a laptop, for example. And if you find the power lacking, and have a USB-C port to use, the newer, Pebble V2, come with twice the power and a USB-C connector. Plenty of choices.
Harman Kardon has been around for a good while, and many of their speakers are praised for high quality sound. The SoundSticks III 2.1 live up to those expectations, and come with a design that you either love, or can’t stand.
If you love it, though, they look really nice and futuristic, with a transparent design that lets you see the internal speaker units and all the wiring. They’re pretty compact, taking up minimal desk space, which is neat.
Sound quality is pretty good, with excellent reproduction throughout the entire frequency range. This is especially true for the bass, because that subwoofer does a great job. You have volume control on it, which is nice, and the performance is overall very, very good.
Of course, if you don’t like the design, not much can be done about that, but if you do like it, by all means give them a chance.
The ProMedia 2.1 THX by Klipsch have been around for years now, but they’re still considered some of the best computer speakers out there. There is even a newer version, which many people say sounds worse, which is why we’re focusing on the originals.
This 2.1 setup comes with small speakers and a rather compact subwoofer, which lets you place them wherever you want with them taking up minimal desk space. The exclusive MicroTractrix horn allows you to get really, really good sound quality, and we loved that part of the ProMedia 2.1. They just sound phenomenal regardless of what you’re listening to.
Of course, they aren’t the cheapest speakers out there, and you do pay for the name a bit. But if that’s not a problem and you appreciate finely tuned speakers that get you great sound quality, they’re very much worth it.
If you have room for more than two speakers, you should check out Logitech’s Z606 5.1 system. Yes, it’s expensive, but you’re looking at five speakers (left, right and center at the front, and left and right at the back), plus a subwoofer, which results in a very immersive experience.
The sound quality is really good, although the bass could be a bit overpowering for some. The immersion and soundstage are great, and you can easily identify footsteps or anything else that requires directional accuracy. The 5.1 system really makes a difference, and the extra long cables for the rear allow you to set them up pretty much anywhere you want to.
Logitech have also added a bit of extra functionality with both 3.5mm and RCA connectivity, and you also have Bluetooth so you can play music from your smartphone, too. Overall, if you have the room for a surround setup, go for it.
While not technically a speaker set, we just had to include the Razer Leviathan soundbar. This is a virtual 5.1 setup, and it does sound very, very good, even though it’s expensive.
At the front, you have the soundbar itself inside it are four speakers that result in very clean and crisp mids and highs, and a decent soundstage. The virtual 5.1 surround does make a bit of a difference in terms of depth, but not as much as a dedicated, physical 5.1 one would. And the subwoofer does a great job when it comes to emphasizing the bass, which is something the soundbar itself does lack a bit.
Whether you want to use this for gaming, or for music listening, the Leviathan does have a lot going for it, which is why it has made its way on our list of best computer speakers.
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