The 10 Best Desktop Computer Speakers

May 27, 2020

Category: Tech

One of the best ways to stay productive and happy during the workday is by piping some music into your ears. Typically, in non-quarantine situations, that usually calls for headphones so you aren’t spoiling the day for those in the office around you who might not have the same aural tastes. However, now that most of us who are lucky enough to still be employed are largely working from home, there are other options.

If you’ve found that wearing headphones all day can be uncomfortable and/or a bit of a hassle, you could always opt for a loudspeaker system instead. And while a pair of bookshelf speakers could work in theory, a lot of them are a bit on the bulky side and could take up too much of your workspace’s room. Instead, we suggest having a gander at some more compact options, like our picks for the 10 best desktop computer speakers on the following guide.

Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System

Proof positive that you don’t need to dig into your savings to get a solid pair of desktop speakers, the Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia speakers are some of the most favored around, yet they cost just $70 a pair. An improvement over the previous generation, these ones have precision-tuned two-way 28-watt speakers, built-in BasXPort technology to ensure that you get solid low-end sound without the need for a subwoofer, and they offer simple knob controls.

Bluetooth: No
Subwoofer: No

Purchase: $70

Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers

As one of the biggest and most lauded names in audio equipment, it should come as no surprise to see Bose on this list. For less than a Benjamin, you can get their exceptional Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speakers — which offer crystal-clear audio, have a secondary aux input for connecting a second device, and (while minimal) they look pretty damn good for the price point. Not to mention, they’re perfectly sized to give you great sound without getting in the way.

Bluetooth: No
Subwoofer: No

Purchase: $99

Razer Nommo PC Speakers

For video game fanatics, the name Razer should sound very familiar. And — while they mostly trade in control-based peripherals, PCs and laptops, and displays — they also trade in gaming-focused audio devices, like their Nommo PC Speakers. Designed with full-range speakers for clarity and immersive audio, these tiny titans can produce high highs and the lowest of lows without the need for additional equipment like a subwoofer. Of course, if you want to upgrade to the highest-end option for $600, you’ll also get two additional tweeters, a massive subwoofer, and customizable RGB lighting.

Bluetooth: No
Subwoofer: No

Purchase: $100+

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX-Certified Computer Speakers

When something gets the THX stamp-of-approval, you should probably pay at least a little attention. And that’s definitely true of the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX-Certified Computer Speakers with their room-filling HD sound, a beefy booming 200-watt subwoofer, the brand’s exclusive Microtractrix Horn technology, and ultra-simple control scheme. If you’re not George Lucas, you might not need these cinematic speakers — but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to want them.

Bluetooth: No
Subwoofer: Yes

Purchase: $149

Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC 2.1 Bluetooth Gaming Speakers

Founded back in 1981 and still amongst some of the most respected and recognizable names in computer technology, Logitech knows what they’re doing. And their G560 LIGHTSYNC 2.1 Bluetooth Gaming Speakers prove that. Not only does this surround-sound kit offer crisp highs and booming lows (thanks largely to that hefty under-desk subwoofer), but it also has wireless Bluetooth technology, so you can keep your workspace free of the clutter of wires. For gamers, there’s another bonus to be found in customizable RGB lighting that automatically adjusts based on in-game events.

Bluetooth: Yes
Subwoofer: Yes

Purchase: $200

Razer Leviathan Desktop Soundbar

We’re not entirely sure why there aren’t more desktop PC-focused hi-fi soundbars, like the Razer Leviathan, out there — especially because this one looks and functions so well. Maybe it’s because the rest of the industry needed Razer to be the trendsetter. Either way, this immersive audio bar and its accompanying subwoofer — along with built-in aptX technology — are phenomenal when it comes to immersive audio and work as well for Zoom conference calls as they do for in-game cinematics.

Bluetooth: Yes
Subwoofer: Yes

Purchase: $230

Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System

If the low-end Bose option on this list doesn’t quite do it for you, perhaps their higher-end option — the Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System — might work better. They’re sleeker, have a dedicated equally-sleek intuitive controller, and they have their own built-in equalizing technology to ensure that you don’t blast out your eardrums with unexpectedly loud audio. The brand themselves say that this is their best two-speaker system; and who are we to say otherwise?

Bluetooth: No
Subwoofer: No

Purchase: $249

Edifier e25HD Luna HD Bluetooth Optical Speakers

There are not a lot of good-looking, interesting desktop speakers around, which is one of the reasons we love Edifier’s e25HD Luna HD Bluetooth Optical Speakers. But there are a lot of other reasons they’re so superb — including wireless connectivity, a sleek wireless controller, Digital Signal Processing built-right-in, and optical input for connectivity to numerous multimedia consoles — like video game consoles. Hell, these speakers are so good, you might not want to use them just on your home desk.

Bluetooth: Yes
Subwoofer: No

Purchase: $250

Harman Kardon SoundSticks Wireless

When it comes to computer desktop speakers, there are probably none that are quite as iconic and recognizable as the Harmon Kardon SoundSticks. And while the regular ones are pretty spectacular, we’re partial to the clutter-free wireless edition — for obvious reasons. Boasting 40 watts of amplification, a two-speaker and one subwoofer setup, and custom tuning to ensure the best performance every time you use them, these aren’t just computer speakers — they’re an audio powerhouse.

Bluetooth: Yes
Subwoofer: Yes

Purchase: $270

Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System

If money is absolutely no object and you desire the best of the best from your compact desk-ready speaker setup, then we suggest shelling out the big bucks for the Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System. It’s pricey, but it has the features to back up the cost. That includes THX certification, a whopping 200-watt output, proprietary Phase Plug drivers for unrivaled audio recreation, a long-throw subwoofer, a simple touch controller, and an included adapter system to ensure whatever you want to plug in works the first time.

Bluetooth: No
Subwoofer: Yes

Purchase: $1,500

The 8 Best Bookshelf Speakers

If your computer and workspace are all sorted, you might want to look into something a bit more suited to blasting out your favorite tunes via your turntable of choice. In that case, our collection of the best bookshelf speakers may be more up your alley.

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