The 8 Best Computer Speakers to Buy in 2017

Jamming out to music on your computer just got way better

Whether you’re a gamer, musician, film buff or YouTube star, you need a decent set of desktop computer speakers. Maybe your neighbors feel differently, but sometimes you just need to crank that volume. But where to begin? This is a complicated market with lots of variables to consider. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best desktop computer speakers for all purposes.

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Best Overall: Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers

Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers
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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 an 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 watt 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.

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Best Value: Logitech Z623

Logitech Z623
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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.

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Best Budget: JBL Pebbles

JBL Pebbles
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JBL is perhaps best known for its line of stylish and affordable headphones, and the Pebbles follow that same ethos by delivering a stylish little sound package at a sub-$80 price point. These nifty little cans, which look like something out of Star Wars, are about as simple as it gets. They plug directly into your computer via USB and have an Aux-in port for connecting to your phone, tablet or computer. The built-in volume control knob syncs with your computer’s volume control. The Pebbles come in four different color scheme (bllack, orange, white, and silver/white), with some pricing differences between them. They’re small, lightweight, affordable and stylish—not a whole lot of room for buyer’s remorse. As far as the sound quality goes, they’re sure to satisfy most users, but if you’re more of an audiophile in the market for some serious sound at a budget, we recommend checking out the Logitech Z623 speakers.

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Best Bluetooth: Creative T3250W Wireless 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System

Creative T3250W Wireless 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System
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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.

Amazon reviewers 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 reviewers 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.

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Best Premium: Audioengine HD3

Audioengine HD3
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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.

Amazon reviewers 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.

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Best Design: Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
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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 measure, 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.

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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Edifier USA e25 Luna Eclipse 2.0

Edifier USA e25 Luna Eclipse 2.0
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The Edifier USA e25 Luna Eclipse 2.0 desktop speakers are our pick for the runner-up, best overall computer speakers. Unfortunately, they aren’t completely wireless (they must be wired to each other and then to a power brick), but they connect to your PC via Bluetooth 4.0.

At nearly eight pounds, they are heavier than they look, but with 15 watts of power for each tweeter and 22 watts of power for each midrange driver, there’s a system power rating of 74, which is great for speakers this size. At 12.52 x 21.61 x 5.59 inches, they fit neatly in line with other desktop speaker sizes, but outpace the competition in both sound and looks. Edifier even added digital sound processing and digital room correction to offer enhanced sound. There’s little bass distortion and the midrange sound is clear and warm.

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Runner-Up, Best Budget: Cyber Acoustics

Cyber Acoustics
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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.

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