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Our Top Picks Most Popular: Logitech Z623 at Amazon"Featuring a sleek design with a powerful subwoofer that is sure to boost any music, movie or gaming endeavor."Best Overall: Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers at Amazon"Offering the right mix of sound reproduction with an accurate, balanced frequency response."Best Budget: Cyber Acoustics at Amazon"An excellent and wallet-friendly audio experience for gaming, movies and music."Best Premium: Audioengine HD3 at Amazon"Taking your computer speakers to new heights in sound quality."Best Soundbar: ELEGIANT USB Powered Sound Bar Speakers at Amazon, "With an elegant, low profile that works well beneath desktop monitors."Runner-Up, Best Overall: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System at Best Buy"Giving you that high quality of sound for a totally affordable price."Runner-Up, Best Budget: Logitech S150 USB Speakers at Amazon, "A basic set of speakers that will upgrade your listening experience without breaking the bank."Best Bluetooth: Creative T3250W Wireless 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System at Amazon"Includes a pair of speakers, a subwoofer, as well as an audio control pod for Bluetooth."Best Design: Harman Kardon Soundsticks III at Amazon"You could place them as a centerpiece in a modern home and they’d fit right in."Runner-Up, Best Design: GOgroove BassPULSE LED Computer Speakers at Walmart"With built-in LED tech lets you customize the colors of the lights." Our Top Picks Most Popular: Logitech Z623 Courtesy of Amazon.com 3.7 Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartBuy on Newegg.com The Z623 speakers from Logitech are some of the most popular desktop speakers around. They feature a sleek design with a powerful subwoofer that is sure to boost any music, movie or gaming endeavor you could imagine. And it's pretty cheap. For an extra $30, Logitech throws in a Bluetooth adapter. Interestingly, the Z623 is THX certified, which may be more of a branding component than anything else, but it still evokes that big cinema sound we all love. The 2.1, 200-watt speaker system features on-speaker controls, as well as RCA and 3.5 mm inputs that allow you to connect up to three audio devices at a time. And the subwoofer features a seven-inch driver made to deliver a deep bass sound. Keep in mind, these speakers are mid-range. They’re not meant for recording studios or amphitheaters. But for pretty much any desktop computer application, they’ll deliver a high-quality bang for your buck. Logitech Z623 Speaker Review Best Overall: Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers Courtesy of Amazon.com 4.7 Buy on AmazonBuy on Walmart When it comes to desktop computer speakers, your options are almost as varied as computers themselves. The trick is zeroing in on a pair of speakers that can satisfy the largest variety of circumstances. The Audioengine A5+ 2-Way speakers are those speakers. These dynamic bookshelf cans offer the right mix of sound reproduction with accurate, balanced frequency response. They deliver a deep, rich bass that doesn’t overwhelm, as well as a smooth treble range that doesn’t pierce the eardrums. There’s an integrated digital-to-analog converter that allows you to bypass analog output for a purer signal. Like most desktop speakers, they’re easy to set up, featuring built-in amplifiers (50 watts per channel) that skip the need for a stereo receiver. Just connect them to your player’s headphone jack or USB device. Simple. There’s also a remote control for convenience, RCA inputs and a USB power port for charging mobile devices directly. If you're thinking of upgrading to an even more immersive surround sound system, find out if a 5.1 system is right for you. Audioengine A5+ Speakers Review Best Budget: Cyber Acoustics Courtesy of Amazon.com 3.2 Buy on Amazon The name Cyber Acoustics might not be familiar to you, but their 30-watt desktop speakers are among the best inexpensive options you can find. The 2.1 three-piece system includes the 5.25-inch subwoofer, and the 2 x 2-inch satellite speaker drivers create an excellent and wallet-friendly audio experience for gaming, movies, and music. A separate control panel turns the speakers on and off, adjusts master and bass volume and contains the 3.5mm headphone jack and aux-in jack. Housed in an acoustically balanced wood cabinet, the subwoofer offers clear audio and good bass response. The magnetically-shielded satellite speakers offer clear and open sound to round out the full audio experience. The included five-foot cable offers more than enough cord to connect to a PC, and there is an 11-foot speaker cable to connect both satellite speakers. For more options on the lower end of the price spectrum, check out our picks for the best computer speakers under $50. Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 Speaker Review Best Premium: Audioengine HD3 Courtesy of Amazon.com 4.3 Buy on Amazon When you want to take your computer speakers to new heights in sound quality, your best bet is a pair of Audioengine HD3 speakers. These modestly sized speakers pack a lot of power and don’t even require an external power amp to blast great-sounding tunes. When it comes to design, the Audioengine HD3 speakers have a cool retro look and come in black, cherry and walnut. These speakers also have a ton of versatility. On the back of the speakers, there are multiple inputs to accommodate both digital and analog sources, including a USB audio input and a digital-to-analog converter. They also have Bluetooth connectivity, so you can stream music from your smartphone or tablet on top of playing it through your computer. Customers have been extremely happy with these speakers. They note that the sound quality for Audioengine HD3 is second to none for computer speakers and that the speakers give off great mids, highs, and bass, so every song sounds amazing. While you're at it, check out our picks for the best DJ speakers to buy this year. Audioengine HD3 Speakers Review Best Soundbar: ELEGIANT USB Powered Sound Bar Speakers 2.5 Buy on Amazon Rather than opting for traditional clunky computer speakers, consider a soundbar for a different aesthetic. This ELEGIANT soundbar has an elegant, low profile (2.4 x 15.7 x 2.2 inches) that works well beneath desktop monitors and conveniently connects via USB for plug-and-play usability. Alternatively, it can also be used with laptops, TVs, tablets, and smartphones for crisp, 360-degree stereo sound. The volume/power knob is positioned on the left end of the soundbar and a small blue LED light signals that the soundbar is on, while the USB and headphone connections are located on the back. The sound quality is also pristine, especially if you’re used to listening through your computer’s built-in speakers. Elegiant USB Powered Soundbar Review Runner-Up, Best Overall: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System Courtesy of BestBuy.com Klipsch, as a brand, offers plenty of reputation for any consumer home speaker system, so bringing that expertise to your desk is a smart move. This 2.1 system gives you that high quality of sound for an affordable price and they throw in some extra features, too. It offers a total of 100 watts of output, with 65 watts relegated to the subwoofer and 18 watts each per satellite speaker. That subwoofer contains a 6.5-inch cone for full, deep, extended bass. The system produces sound ranging from 35 Hz all the way to 22 kHz, so the range doesn’t cover the full bottom end of the hearing spectrum. But that’s to be expected for a small, unassuming system. So the power and response are pretty impressive when you consider the size. Round that sound out with the versatility of plugging the system in via 3.5mm so you can connect to most computers’ aux systems and the added convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, and you have a truly modern system with a breadth of capabilities for your home or office. Volume and power controls are located right on the unit. A headphone jack silences the system for private listening. See more reviews of our favorite Klipsch speakers available for purchase. Runner-Up, Best Budget: Logitech S150 USB Speakers Buy on Amazon If you’re looking for a basic set of speakers that will upgrade your listening experience without breaking the bank, the Logitech S150 USB digital speakers are a great choice. They don’t have a lot of extra bells and whistles, but they do provide quality acoustic stereo sound — especially for speakers of this size and price. When it comes to features, the Logitech S150 USB Speakers keep it simple: volume control (including a mute button), easy-to-use USB connectivity, and an LED power indicator so you can make sure everything is in working order. They don't even require a separate power cord — just plug into a single USB port and you're ready to listen. Ideal for a dorm room or office, these speakers will bring out the best in your favorite songs, videos, movies or games. Best Bluetooth: Creative T3250W Wireless 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartBuy on Jet If you want your computer speakers to do more than just pump sound from your desktop or laptop, that’s completely understandable. We listen to music from our phones a lot, so it makes sense to seek out computer speakers that also work with Bluetooth, so you can play songs, audiobooks or anything else from all your devices. The Creative T3250W 2.1 speaker system offers all of this and more at a relatively low price. This system comes with a pair of speakers, a subwoofer, as well as an audio control pod that enables Bluetooth connections and controls overall volume. Customers have noted this system offers good audio quality relative to the price and that the Bluetooth connection works well for smartphones and computers alike. One important note several users mention is that the bass can sometimes be booming and there’s no way to turn bass down on the speaker. The fix for this is using software equalizers to control bass and treble, which many streaming services (Spotify, for example) and computer control panels offer. Best Design: Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartBuy on Best Buy Take one look at these speakers from Harman Kardon and the next time you hear the words "futuristic design," you’ll think of them. Guaranteed. These things look like something out of Minority Report — more like chemistry equipment than computer speakers. You could place them as a centerpiece in a modern home and they’d fit right in. So, yes, the design on these speakers is truly unique and impressive — but what about the sound? By all measures, it's top-notch. The SoundSticks include four, one-inch full-range transducers per channel powered by a 10-watt amplifier. There’s also one, six-inch low-frequency transducer with a 20-watt amp for room-filling bass response. Through the 3.5 mm stereo connection, you can connect the speakers to virtually any device. However, some users have complained about the speakers’ out-of-the-box frequency balance. Depending on your preferences, you may want to compensate through a digital equalizer, but it’s really up to you. Runner-Up, Best Design: GOgroove BassPULSE LED Computer Speakers Courtesy of Walmart.com Buy on Walmart The GOgroove certainly makes for an eye-catching accent piece for your desk. The sleek glass alone of the two left-right speakers gives you a modern look, but the built-in LED tech lets you customize the colors between bright blue, deep red, and sparkling green. While the sub-woofer unit doesn’t have the full see-through glass look, it does provide a lighted accent section on the front that will match whichever colored mode you’ve activated on the main speakers. Let’s talk about sound features now: the speaker set offers 20 watts of RMS, which is pretty low for loudspeakers but will probably be sufficient for most desktop office setups. You can push the speakers up to 40 watts, but extended use at the volume might blow or fatigue the system, so it’s best to plan on sticking around the 20-watt zone. The satellite speakers are directional, though, so they’ll maximize that wattage, and the side-firing subsystem gives you a nice, full, clear bass channel to add oomph to the system. It’s your standard computer set, so no compatibility concerns are necessary because it’ll connect via 3.5mm aux cable to any computer that has that input, from PCs to Macs. Want to read more reviews? Check out our selection of the best speakers for under $100. Tested by How We Tested We bought five top-rated computer speaker sets and our reviewers tested them for more than 200 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these speakers, from design to sound quality. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping. What to Look for in Computer Speakers Sound quality - Obviously, the sound quality varies from set to set. You can spend the value of a popcorn and soda for a decent set of desktop speakers or break the bank on a system that’ll fill your room with excellent sound. Either rely on reviews to assess a speaker's sound quality or head to your local electronics retailer to test it out for yourself. Additionally, if you’re looking for heavy bass, make sure you pick up a system that includes a subwoofer.Design - You’ll have your chosen set of speakers sitting on your desk, so you might as well pick a pair that’s visually appealing. Beyond aesthetics, consider how the size of the speakers will fit into your existing setup. For example, if you select an option with a subwoofer, will you have room for it under your desk?Wireless - If you're using your new speakers with a laptop, consider choosing a set with built-in Bluetooth capabilities so you can be completely wireless at your desk. Test Results: Logitech Z623 (Most Popular) 3.7 Buy on AmazonBuy on WalmartBuy on Target What We Like Ideal for movies and games Booming bass Great overall value What We Don't Like No Bluetooth capability Heavy and hard to move around Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Our tester loved that these speakers had a booming bass response: "The volume and bass are both really impressive, which makes [these speakers] really fun to listen to," he said. In terms of negatives, he pointed out these speakers’ lack of Bluetooth capability, which he said made the large size of the subwoofer especially inconvenient. "The subwoofer is cumbersomely large," he noted, "but if it had a wireless connection, it wouldn’t be so hard to tuck it on a shelf or down on the floor." Overall, though, he felt that they were a solid investment: "These speakers are absolutely worth the price of admission, especially if you’re into watching big Hollywood blockbusters and playing the latest AAA video games," he said. Test Results: Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers (Best Overall) 4.7 Buy on AmazonBuy on Walmart What We Like Sturdy build quality Excellent sound Booming bass Beautiful aesthetic What We Don't Like Pricey Need a DAC to experience fully Heavy Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Our tester loved these speakers for their "fantastic" sound quality and solid build: "It's legitimately hard to find speakers that are more rigid," he said. "The Audioengine A5+ speakers feel like they'll last years." The downsides? He noted their high price tag, as well as their heavy weight: "Moving them around isn't the best experience," he said. Overall, though, he felt that if you could swing the cost, they’re worth buying: "It's hard to imagine better speakers for your computer without paying 2-3 times as much," he said. "The fact that you can use them for your record player, too, is a huge bonus." Test Results: Cyber Acoustics (Best Budget) Buy on Amazon 3.2 What We Like Extremely affordable Lightweight Decent sound for the price What We Don't Like Lots of details lost in the mix Distortion at higher volumes Cheap build quality Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire These speakers were a hit with our tester because of their affordable price. He also liked their "robust" bass response and their volume level: "These aren't the best sounding speakers in the world," he acknowledged, "but they will fill the room." On the other hand, as expected with a budget model, there were some concessions: "These speakers are cheap—and they feel cheap," he said. "The cables don't seem super secure coming out of the satellites, and the satellites themselves feel like they'll break if you look at them wrong." Test Results: Audioengine HD3 (Best Premium) 4.3 Buy on Amazon What We Like Aesthetics Good sound quality Built-in DAC Built-in headphone amplifier Bluetooth What We Don't Like Expensive Bass and high end a bit lacking Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Our tester thought that these speakers’ sound quality was impressive, especially for their small size. Their built-in DAC was also a highlight, as was their design: "Frankly, these speakers just look amazing," he said. On the other hand, he thought their bass response was weak—and, because of their high price tag, the thought of buying a separate subwoofer was "a hard pill to swallow." Overall, though, he felt they were worth buying, "especially if you’re looking for a decently high-end pair of desktop speakers with plenty of features." Test Results: ELEGIANT USB Powered Sound Bar Speakers (Best Soundbar) 4.3 Buy on Amazon What We Like Cheap Lightweight What We Don't Like Lightweight Awful sound quality No unique features Easy to topple over Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Although this soundbar is lightweight and very inexpensive, our tester felt that its shortcomings outweighed its positives: "The cheap design, subpar audio, and low quality make this a device that most people should skip," he said. "The only reason we’d recommend it is if your computer monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers, or if you have a TV or laptop with blown-out speakers. Everyone else should just save their money."