How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

The latest brands and designs of TVs in the market will tempt any buyer to buy a new TV without thinking twice! From the slim flat screens to the frameless or curved ones, there’s no better way to enjoy your Saturday Night Football. However, the compact design leaves manufacturers with little space to fit decent speakers, leaving you with low-quality audio that undermines the high-resolution pictures. 

The only way to resolve this issue is to enhance the audio quality. One great way to do this is by using computer speakers. So, if you have a pair of computer speakers lying around the house, you are almost there !

This post tells you how to use your computer speakers with your TV to enhance the audio quality. 

Hooking Up the Computer Speakers to the TV

All PC speakers come with a 1/8” male jack, which normally plugs into the computer’s 1/8” male jack. There are a couple of ways you can plug the computer speaker’s female jack to your TV, but this will depend on the design of your TV.

Your television may have either of the following:

  1. A 1/8” audio out or
  2. Right and left (red and white) audio out

If your TV has the 1/8” audio out, this will be the easiest way for you! This is because you only need to plug the male end of your PC speakers to the female 1/8” audio out. However, if your TV doesn’t come with the 1/8” audio out, the process is slightly more complicated.

Back of  the computer speakers

A TV without the 1/8” audio out

In case your TV doesn’t have the audio out, you might want to look for something that resembles the red and white out (those found on RCA cables for right and left audio). Now, there are two ways to get your 1/8” computer speaker jack hooked to the right/left audio out, but they are basically the same thing. 

The first option, which is also the easier one, is to get yourself a 3.5mm stereo female or two RCA stereo male Y-cable. From here, follow the steps below the get your speakers connected:

Step 1

  • Hook the 1/8” audio jack from your computer speakers to the female end of the Y-cable.

Step 2

  • Hook the red/white RCA cable ends to the red/white audio-out on your TV.

That is all it takes to get your computer speakers connected. The advantage of going with this setup is that it allows you to control the volume of the computer speakers using your TV’s remote. However, this is only possible on limited brands of the latest TV models.

You’ll also have to determine what the volume baseline of the speakers is. One way to do this is to set the TV volume in the middle then manually turn the PC speaker volume to preferably a medium sound setting. At this point, the two will be synced, allowing you to adjust the volume of your computer speakers using the TV remote. 

Computer workplace

The second option of connecting the speakers will apply if you have a Y-cable with a male end as opposed to a female end. This means you’re using a 1/8” male jack instead of the 1/8” hole. Remember to ensure that it matches the 1/8” jack from your computer speakers. 

In such a situation, you will need a cup-link to let you turn the male end of your Y-cable into a female end. Use the cup-link between the 1/8” PC speaker jack and Y-cable, and repeat the two steps above to connect your speakers to the TV.

Just as mentioned earlier, this method also allows you to manipulate the volume of your speakers using the remote control (it will, nevertheless, depend on the TV you’re using). From here, you can play something on your TV, whether music or a movie, to test your improved audio quality. 

Why Do the Newest TV Models Have Poor Audio Quality?

Lately, this is something that is at the top of the list of complaints for most TV buyers. The thing is, as manufacturers put more emphasis on the compactness/slimness of the TV and features that enable such, the speaker ends up being an afterthought in the overall design.

In essence, there is no way to fit a big speaker in the thin design of current television models, and the smaller the speaker, the lower the sound quality. The latest LCD and LED TV models tend to have speakers that can hardly rival the audio of a cheap laptop.

Another thing is that the speakers are usually positioned on the rear end of the TV, especially with the frameless TV designs. With the speakers facing backwards, it's hard to hear everything coming from the audio when you’re watching a movie or listening to music. 

At the end of the day, you have a slim and compact TV with a neat design, high-resolution pictures but the sound is pretty underwhelming. The only remedy for this is to boost the audio with external speakers, whether using soundbars or the computer speakers we’ve been discussing. 

Remember to Choose the Correct Computer Speakers

If you’re going to buy new speakers to connect with your TV, make sure you don’t settle for the first cheap computer speakers you come across. While many inexpensive models will do the job, you still have to check whether they’ll be the perfect fit for your requirements.

Additionally, be sure to position the speakers in front and not behind the built-in TV speakers for better sound production. You can opt for 5.1 speakers to enjoy the bass from the sub. This will also let you enjoy the surround sound when watching the latest action flicks! 

Android TV

Conclusion

So, the next time you buy a new TV and feel that the audio is not what you expected, be assured that you can still get the kind of audio quality you had in mind! The above post explains how to connect computer speakers to the TV for those who want to enhance the sound production of their TVs.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Logitech Z313 Review

Logitech Z313 Review

Logitech Z313 Review – 2.1 PC Speakers On A Budget

I get that there are PC users who have made peace with the underwhelming performance of their no-name $15 speakers.

As lousy as it may be, any speaker is still better than no speaker, right?

Well, at the risk of sounding like a total stuck-up audiophile, you're wrong. Think about the games that you're playing, the movies you're watching, the YouTube videos, and your favorite music playlist. All these things demand to be heard loud and clear – and with a little bass, too.

And as much as you'd hate to admit it, your little $15 speakers aren't cut out for the job.

It's time to start looking into pocket-friendly speaker system alternatives – and what better place to start than my Logitech Z313 review?

Logitech Z313


86/100
our score
  • D25 watts of power is enough for room-filling volumes
  • Compact and easy to blend in with existing PC peripherals
  • Compatible with major operating systems and all devices with a 3.5-mm port
  • Has a dedicated headphone jack and plug-and-play installation 
  • Pretty decent sound separation and clarity throughout the range
  • Clean and bright bass is excellent for listening to music
  • Long cables and a control pod for maximum setup flexibility 

Last Updated: December 1, 2021

Logitech Z313 Speaker System At A Glance: Specs & Features

  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speaker system
  • Speaker System Configuration 2.1-channel system
  • Satellite Dimensions 5.7 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches
  • Subwoofer Dimensions 9 x 6 x 8.66 inches
  • Weight (Satellites) 1 pound total
  • Weight (Subwoofer) 5 pounds
  • Power (RMS/Peak) 25/50 watts
  • Frequency Response Range 48 Hz – 20 kHz
  • System Requirements Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 and onward
  • PC sound card and 3.5 mm audio output jack
  • Warranty 2-year limited warranty

Logitech Z313 Review

The thing is, not everyone needs – or can afford – to spend thousands of dollars on audio equipment. And if all you want is a quick and easy way to boost your sound quality a little, the Logitech Z313 could be it.

Like I said earlier, we're here to take a much closer look at a 2.1 speaker system that's not only ridiculously cheap but insanely popular, too. And more importantly, we're here to help you figure out whether it's the right alternative to the $15 no-name speakers that you're currently using.

I mean, sure, considering the price tag, it's pretty evident that there are going to be certain flaws to this system's performance. You get what you pay for, as they say.

What I want to see, though, is how big of a difference this little system can make in terms of audio quality. 

Logitech Z313: Design & Construction

I don't know if it's the fact that I've tested so many models throughout the years or what, but it was shockingly easy for me to identify the signature Logitech vibe. Even if they didn't have the logo on the front panel, I'm confident that I would still be able to look at them, and say:

Yup, these were designed by Logitech.

And that's a good thing. The speakers Logitech designs have a recognizable "flavor" to them. The blocky subwoofer looks a bit outdated, while the satellites strive to achieve a futuristic vibe – albeit only semi-successfully – with their gentle curves and exposed drivers.

Logitech Z313 Review

There's nothing overly flashy or innovative about them, but that's what allows them to blend in with any PC setup and peripherals you may already have.

As for the build quality, it's, well, okay. The speakers are made of plastic, matte black for the most part – with a touch of glossy, especially on the subwoofer – and that's pretty much it.

Surprisingly enough, they don't feel as "plasticky" as they look.

The satellites measure 5.75 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches each and weigh a pound total thanks to the lightweight plastic construction. I like the slight tilt of the front panel and, while I'm at it, the whole black and silver color scheme that's going on there.

Each of the satellites features one two-inch full-range, seemingly aluminum driver, along with a pretty hefty rubber surround. Bonus points for making the drivers as small as possible; Logitech knew what it was doing here.

While it seems counter-intuitive, with full-range drivers – and without dedicated tweeters – the small driver size is an advantage. That way, the cone breakup usually occurs higher in the frequency range, where human hearing isn't as sensitive.

Also, I didn't expect that I'd like the grilles so much. The mesh-like material hits the perfect balance between protecting the driver and retaining an open design that doesn't cause any disturbances.

Speaker System set up

As for the generic-looking black cube that is the Logitech Z313's subwoofer, you'll notice that it doesn't follow the same design language as the satellites. Still, as geometrical-looking, as it is, it fits in rather nicely.

The composite board cabinet measures 9 x 6 x 8.66 inches, and while the 5-pound weight doesn't seem like much, it does make it five times heavier than the two small satellites combined. Overall, it's small enough to fit into tight spaces – and you know that a compact design is always a plus in my book.

The down-firing design of this subwoofer means that the four-inch woofer driver sits on the bottom of the cabinet. The only thing that you'll find on the front panel is the oh-so-tiny port; my guess is that it measures around an inch or so.

All the wiring – and none of the controls – leads to the subwoofer's back panel, including the power cord, the speaker output port for the satellites, and the control pod cable.

I like that Logitech opted for a standardized speaker plug here – as opposed to something proprietary – and that all the wires are long enough for most desk setups and applications.

Last but not least, the control pod deserves mention, too – and you can see, right off the bat, that this is the cheapest-feeling component of the Logitech Z313.

That's a real shame considering how crucial it is for the rest of the system, especially since there are no controls on the subwoofer's back panel or the satellites – and Bluetooth connectivity isn't an option, either.

Anyway, this little control pod is in charge of turning the subwoofer on and controlling the volume, and you also plug in your headphones into it.

Logitech Z313

I would've preferred a "control center" that feels a little more solid – but oh well, it is what it is. Having a control pod means that you don’t have to reach for the speakers for every minor sound adjustment, though, and that’s always a plus.

Logitech Z313: Performance & Sound Quality

One thing before we talk about the actual sound – and especially bass – delivery:

This speaker system is ridiculously easy to set up. Logitech deserves some serious bonus points for making this system as user friendly as possible.

There are no proprietary cables, no complicated wiring in the back, none of that confusing stuff. Plus, they're compatible with major operating systems, like Windows and Mac. I'm not even mad that they can't connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; that's how much I appreciate the easy setup.

You can have them playing your favorite music in a matter of seconds – straight out of the box!

The entire system is rated at 25 watts RMS, split up among the three units; the subwoofer alone gets 15 watts of power, while the satellites get 5 watts each.

I know that it doesn't sound like a lot at first glance. But how much power do you genuinely need from a set of computer speakers, realistically speaking?

Speaker System 3

Anyhow, I put this Logitech speaker to the test with different music genres, and, well, with all three speaker units working in unison, it sounds pretty good across the range, bass and all.

It sounds much better than I would expect for the money is what I'm saying.

For starters, the audio delivery of the satellites is spot-on. Seriously, it’s mind-blowing how good they sound, especially with their wattage and size in mind:

The separation and clarity are excellent throughout the range – which, by the way, goes from 48 Hz to 20 kHz – and so is the surrounding sound effect.

Even more so, the subwoofer's low-end reproduction is surprisingly refreshing. There's nothing overly "modulated" about it, and it pushes out bright, clean-sounding bass, even if you mostly listen to bass-heavy music.

And yes, they can reach room-filling volume levels. Still, I wouldn't recommend pushing them over the 70-percent mark – not unless you're ready to deal with distortions.

At "normal" volumes, though, the sound is crystal clear.

One complaint here is that, other than the volume dial on the control pod, you have no way to modify the bass. For example, the default settings are suitable for music, but watching a movie is a whole different story:

As small as it is, the subwoofer can overpower the sound system in action-packed movie scenes.

I tried to address this by turning the volume down, but it only rendered the dialogue almost inaudible.

Also, I would suggest that you keep the subwoofer close – but with the port facing away – and as far from walls as possible. It tends to produce a "booming" effect – and not in a good way – and the little port is known to rattle from time to time.

Smart placement can take care of this to a degree, though.

Logitech Z313 Review: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Cheap 2.1-channel PC multimedia speakers
  • Wired control pod has a power button and volume dial
  • Compatible with major operating systems and devices with a 3.5-mm port
  • Control pod has a dedicated headphone jack
  • The cables are long enough for setup flexibility
  • Excellent audio quality across the range and with different music genres
  • Bright and clean-sounding bass and plug-and-play design for easy setup

Cons

  • The control pod feels flimsy
  • Doesn't support Bluetooth connectivity
  • The subwoofer port can rattle at times
  • No way to modify bass levels
  • Experiences distortion at higher volumes
  • Bass can be overwhelming for movie watching

Logitech Z313 Speaker System – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Logitech Z313 work with TV?

A: I have good news for you – yes, you can hook up the Logitech Z313 with your TV for a much-needed boost in sound quality and bass.

If your TV comes with a headphone jack – check both the front and back panels of your TV for the included audio inputs – the process of connecting your Logitech Z313 speakers will be super simple. And by simple, I mean:

Plug the 3.5-mm pin into the TV's headphone jack, and you're good to go.

If it doesn't have one – and features red and white audio out ports, instead – you'll have to get an RCA-to-3.5mm-female adapter cable, and hook up the RCA end to the matching red and white audio-outs on the TV, first.

Q: How do I set up my Z313?

A: Like I already mentioned, this is pretty much a plug-and-play system, which makes the setup surprisingly straightforward. Not only does it already come with color-coded audio cables but features a 3.5-mm pin, too, which makes the Logitech Z313 compatible with any device that has a headphone jack for audio input.

As far as setup goes, all there is to do is connect the two satellite speakers to the port located on the back of the subwoofer, plug in the 3.5-mm pin into the desired device – be it your desktop PC, laptop, or TV – and plug it into a power outlet.

All that's left now is to hit that power button on the included control pod – you'll see an LED light come on when you do – and that's it. Your speakers are ready to play some music.


Conclusion

Z313 Review – 2.1 PC Speakers On A Budget


86/100
our score
  • D25 watts of power is enough for room-filling volumes
  • Compact and easy to blend in with existing PC peripherals
  • Compatible with major operating systems and all devices with a 3.5-mm port
  • Has a dedicated headphone jack and plug-and-play installation 
  • Pretty decent sound separation and clarity throughout the range
  • Clean and bright bass is excellent for listening to music
  • Long cables and a control pod for maximum setup flexibility 

It was a bit hard for me to go all critical and nit-picky in this Logitech Z313 review. Don't get me wrong; this speaker system's far from perfect, and I did my best to point out the potential downsides.

But to tell you the truth, considering the price point that we're talking about here, the Z313 packs quite a punch. Most other sound systems in this price range would show signs of budget cuts in either their construction or their performance – but not these small Logitech speakers.

Even more so, I believe that you'd be hard-pressed to find a better pocket-friendly deal when it comes to PC speakers.

If you'd like to know what else is out there, though, you should try your luck with the best computer speakers under $50.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Best 2.1 Speakers with Subwoofers – For PC, TV and Music

best 2.1 speakers - the ultimate buying guide by Pinnacle Speakers

Best 2.1 Speakers with Subwoofers - For PC, TV and Music

Every computer and TV out there will include one or two built-in speakers – but as you can probably tell by now, these rarely do any of your audio any justice.

Sure, they’re good enough for hearing alerts, beeps, and whatnot – but that’s pretty much it as far as their sound-reproducing capability goes. Music, movies, and games are a whole different story, though – and you’ll never get that intended immersive experience without at least using a 2.1 computer speaker system.

And sure, it won’t exactly give you that surround sound experience, but it’s still better than a regular 2.0 system – and it sure as hell beats those generic speakers that came with your TV or computer.

But how do you pick the best 2.1 speakers for the job?

Well, that’s where I come in:

I took the time to browse the market, pick out a few reliable computer speaker sets worth trying out, and even put together a guide with all essential buying advice and considerations.

I know you’re excited to experience sound on a whole new level, so let’s get to it!

In a hurry? After 29 Hours of Research, We Recommend:

best 2.1 speaker system - Logitech Z623

You won't find better on the market, trust me !

Logitech Z623 200-Watt 2.1 Speaker System

Why they are better?

  • Above-average frequency response range and solid acoustic
  • The computer speakers have unmatched power at 200 watts RMS total
  • Independent, onboard volume control and bass level knobs 
  • Wired inputs for multiple audio devices 
  • The speakers include a headphone jack
91/100
our score
sourses
22

RESEARCHED SOURCES

679

REVIEWS CONSIDERED

29

hours researching

47

products compared

Last Updated: December 1, 2021

By Barry Allen: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding best 2.1 speakers available for those who are interested in the best 2.1 sound on the market. The best 5 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best 2.1 speakers currently available on the market. The FAQ has also been updated.

Top 3 Best 2.1 Speakers – Comparison Table

Product

Driver 
Size

Direction

Power (RMS/Peak)

Power (RMS/Peak)

Our Rating

Current Price

Logitech Z623 200-Watt 2.1 Speaker System

Logitech Z623 200-Watt 2.1 Speaker System

4 inch

Front-Firing

200 watts

35 – 20 Hz

91/100

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker

6,5 inch

Side-Firing

100 watts

31– 20 Hz

90/100

Cyber Acoustics High Power 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System

Cyber Acoustics High Power 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System

 6,5 inch

Side-Firing

40/80 watts

45 – 20 Hz

84/100

How to Pick the Best 2.1 Speakers: Buying Advice & Considerations 

the ultimate buying guide 2.1 Speakers

With so many different brands and options available on the market, picking the best 2.1 speakers can turn out to be a somewhat confusing mess. And for a lot of people, figuring out what works best for their specific needs might not be as easy as it seems. 

So, I’m here to help. 

The first thing I’d like you to do is figure out what’s important to you. Some will appreciate Hi-Fi, audiophile-grade sound quality. Others will settle for decent sound reproduction of their computer speaker, as long as they get to save a couple of bucks. 

Whatever your needs and priorities are, there are a few crucial elements you should pay attention to when buying the best 2.1 speakers for computer, TV, and music. For this, you’ll need a well-rounded, multi-purpose system – and that’s why the factors listed below should be your primary considerations. 

Quality Sound above All Else 

Sound quality is – and always will be – your main parameter and primary consideration here. It’s the one thing that you should never compromise when shopping for the best 2.1 speakers. 

Now, I’m guessing that you’ll be doing your shopping online, and I know how tricky it can be to assess the speaker’s audio quality based on product descriptions. That's why I wanted to go over some factors with you. 

The following can reveal a lot about the speaker's ability to keep up with all your needs: 

  • Power Ratings – Even the birds in the trees know this, but one of the essential criteria you should pay attention to when trying to figure out the speaker's sound reproduction is output power. 

Now, since 2.1 PC speakers tend to come as three-piece sets, you have two options – you can look at the individual RMS ratings of the satellites and the subwoofers, or the system’s total power. 

Either way, you should check for both their continuous and peak power-handling capabilities.  

  • Frequency Response Range – Another tell-tale sign of what the speakers sound like is, of course, their frequency response range. The crucial thing here is to find something that matches the natural hearing range of the human ear – 20 Hz to 20 kHz – as close as possible. 

Since you’re working with two satellites and a subwoofer here, the efforts are typically divided between them, with the two smaller speakers handling mid- to high-range output. The subwoofer, on the other hand, is there to ensure a deep, thundering, bass experience. 

Check how high – and low – these components go, and how well they complement each other in that regard.

One might argue that this is merely the tip of the iceberg and that there’s a whole lot more that could play into the speaker’s overall performance and sound quality. 

And sure, these are the bare essentials. However, if you know your stuff, these factors should be more than enough to give you an idea of the output levels and quality you can expect from a set of speakers. 

Get Connectivity Options That Match Your Setup

A limited number of connectivity options doesn’t necessarily make for a worse speaker, but at least make sure that you’re getting the inputs that you do need on a day-to-day basis. 

There’s a handful of notable examples that come to mind here, including 3.5-millimeter jacks, USB ports, as well as RCA connections. 

I mostly consider Bluetooth-enabled connectivity in speakers a matter of preference – and not an actual requirement that could make or break the best 2.1 PC speaker system. 

Why did I decide to bring it up, then? 

Well, considering their wireless mode of operation, which eliminates the need for a physical connection, they offer a level of convenience that wired speakers never will. 

Anyway, I’ll leave you with one last piece of advice: 

Keep in mind that more is more in this case. You probably won’t be using all of these connectivity options on your computer speaker simultaneously. However, the mere fact that they’re there when you do need them instantly increases the overall flexibility and value of your speakers. 

A Few Extra Features and Accessories Are Always Welcome 

We’re all getting a bit spoiled by the continually advancing technology, and as a result, we’ve come to expect a lot from all our devices, speakers included. That’s why I wanted to take a moment to discuss the importance of these extra features: 

They might not be essential, but they’re more than welcome. 

I’ll be the first one to admit that, if it comes down to it, I’ll always choose the speakers that match exceptional audio capabilities with a little something on the side. 

On that note, dedicated bass knobs and other onboard EQ controls, LED lighting – especially for gaming setups – and headphone jacks are all welcome additions in my book. 

Furthermore, I’m always happy to see an excellent remote control – or pad – included in the deal, as well. These are handy when you need to switch up the speakers’ settings but don’t feel like getting up and doing it manually. 

I’m not judging – we all have our lazy days, and that’s what a remote control is for, anyway. 

Looks Matter (More Than I’d Like to Admit

We all have a particular set of stylistic preferences when choosing our tech – be it smartphones, soundbars, computer peripherals, or, in this case, 2.1 speakers. 

Granted, the speaker’s design shouldn’t be the deciding factor – as an audiophile, I still believe that sound quality beats all else. But no one’s going to judge you for checking the speaker’s aesthetic appeal, too. It’s perfectly understandable: 

A quality pair of speakers will become an essential part of your home’s audio setup, and you’ll probably be looking at them whenever you’re gaming, watching a movie, or listening to music. 

So, why not make sure that you’re happy with the view? 

Never forget about real-world use and build quality, though. What might look all shiny and stylish in the pictures could end up being a plasticky, dust-catching, fingerprint-attracting mess. 

Also, don’t fall for temporary, ever-changing trends, because you’ll only end up with something that will look tacky and outdated in a matter of months. Classics are classics for a reason – nothing can beat that touch of class and simplicity. 

Top 6 Best 2.1 Speakers of 2021

I searched the market for you and picked up six of the best 2.1 speakers with subwoofers according to the criteria listed above. And after examining their design and testing their sound delivery, I’m ready to share my findings and honest opinions with you. 

So, let’s get to it!

1. LOGITECH Z623 200-WATT 2.1 SPEAKER SYSTEM - BEST OVERALL  

Logitech Z623 2.1 Speaker
Our Rating: 91/100

The Logitech computer speaker is so much more than your average two satellites, one subwoofer combination: 

Well-designed and incredibly loud, this system is much more potent than any other speaker I’ve included in this list. If you’re after a system that will take gaming and movie-watching to a whole new level with ample power and thundering bass, it doesn’t get much better than this one right here. 

Plus, it’s THX-certified – so, you know you’re in for a treat. 

That’s just a short introduction, though – you can check what else it has to offer in my detailed review!

The Design

The Logitech Z623 follows the standard 2.1 system format, including two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. But unlike typical speakers PC users are used to – with intricate design elements, rough edges, and whatnot – these have none of that. They’re pretty standard-looking.

The satellite speakers measure 7.7x4.6x5 inches each and utilize magnetically-shielded, 2.5-inch full-range drivers, hidden behind metal grilles. The subwoofer is significantly larger – which is to be expected – measuring 11.2x12x10.5 inches, and boasting an 8-inch woofer driver.

You’ll find three separate inputs on them, as well – 3.5-millimeter inputs on both the satellite and the subwoofer, as well as one RCA on the latter. That means that you won’t have to disconnect anything when switching between devices. 

Furthermore, the satellite has a headphone jack, a power button, separate volume control, and a bass level knob.

The Performance

The system has 200 watts of power total – 35 watts per satellite, and whooping 130 watts in the subwoofer alone! So, yes, you could most certainly wake up your neighbors if that’s what you’re wondering. 

How’s that for powerful? 

As you can expect, the subwoofer pushes out an insane amount of bass. I was worried that the satellites would fail to keep up, but they delivered crisp and clear highs and a well-balanced mid-range. 

The sound was surprisingly rich and deep right out of the box – I guess that the THX had something to with it. Plus, they offered what is arguably the most three-dimensional experience I’ve had with a 2.1 system, almost stepping into surround sound realm. 

Pros

  • The system has a total RMS power of 200 watts
  • THX-certified speakers 
  • Nice sound quality
  • Maintains sound quality and clarity even at higher volumes 
  • Features multiple inputs and a headphone jack

Cons

  • It uses proprietary Logitech connectors, making replacements tricky
  • No remote

2. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker - Close Second

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
Our Rating: 90/100

These speakers single-handedly raised the bar on what a mid-priced computer speaker can deliver sound-quality-wise. 

You have to try playing first-person shooters with these babies plugged in and thumping in the background. To call the experience immersive would be an understatement! 

That’s not the only reason why you should seriously consider buying the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, though – the THX certification and the oh-so-tempting price tag are.

The Design

While their all-black finish looks a bit plain, their components and design are anything but:

The two satellite speakers measure 8.5x4.2x5.67 inches each and are fitted with highly-efficient, Klipsch-exclusive MicroTractrix horns, as well as 19-millimeter Poly compression tweeters. I like how they sit on top of metal stands for an added element of stability. 

The lower frequencies are reserved for the 9.5x9.8x10.2-inch, side-firing subwoofer, and its 6.5-inch, long-throw, composite cone driver. 

And while they don’t come with remote control, you’ll find knobs for adjusting volume and subwoofer levels located on the bottom of the right speaker, where they can be easily accessed. That’s where you’ll find two handy AUX connection ports, as well – a 3.5-millimeter input and a headphone jack. 

The Performance

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in tech terms, the THX certificate means that these speakers comply with the industry’s rigorous audio reproduction standards. You can rest assured that the sound they produce will be exactly as intended when it was recorded and mixed. 

Beyond this seal of approval, these speakers boast a rather impressive set of specs, too, including a 31 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range, and a total system RMS power of 100 watts.

The sound balance is what stands out from the get-go, with every note being as clear and smooth as intended. The highs are sweet but avoid the dreaded piercing effect, the mid-range is rich and warm, and the lower end has a distinct smoothness to it that doesn’t overlap with the other frequencies.

Plus, the separate subwoofer volume control is super handy. It gives you the absolute freedom of choice when you want the bass to be loud and bone-rattling – and when you need something a bit more casual. 

Pros

  • Utilizes proprietary Klipsch MicroTractrix horns
  • Exceptional sound clarity and punchy bass with no distortion 
  • Features volume control and subwoofer knob on the right speaker
  • The speakers are THX certified 

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a remote controller

3. Cyber Acoustics High Power 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System - Budget Pick

2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System - Budget Pick
Our Rating: 84/100

If you’re on a tight speaker-shopping budget, you probably think that there’s no way that you’ll be able to get a 2.1 speaker system with decent enough sound delivery, acoustic, and bass output – but you’re wrong. 

That’s precisely why I wanted to include this Cyber Acoustics CA-3810 computer speaker in my round-up: 

Whether you’re more of a gamer or a movie watcher, this pocket-friendly, worth-every-penny option will blow your mind!  

The Design 

The three-piece 2.1 speaker system includes two magnetically-shielded, 8.75x3.25x2.5-inch satellite speakers, which feature two two-inch high-efficiency drivers each. They boast an angled design with aluminum-finished stands and removable cloth grills.

The third piece is, of course, the ported, side-firing subwoofer, fitted with a 5.25-inch woofer driver. 

Also, I love that they included a convenient desktop control pod, too. It’s easy to use, yet highly functional, giving you full remote control over the speakers. And when I say “full control,” I do mean it:

You can turn your speakers on and off, see their current power status on the LED ring, adjust the volume levels, or fine-tune the sound according to your preferences using the bass volume control on the side. 

Plus, the control pod packs a 3.5-millimeter auxiliary port for when you want to plug in an alternative sound source, as well as a headphone jack. 

The Performance

The system is driven by a built-in power supply, and has a total RMS rating of 40 watts, with 80-watt absolute peak power. Furthermore, the system boasts a frequency response range that goes from 45 Hz to 20 kHz, which is broad enough to deliver decent enough sound throughout the range. 

They do, however, deliver a sound that is very mid-range oriented. 

Then again, they’re more than capable of filling up an average-sized room with sound. When I first powered them up, I couldn’t stop myself from thinking: 

How can a three-piece speaker system this cheap pump out so much bass? 

Granted, I wouldn’t crank it up all the way, because it messes with the overall sound balance, and I can barely hear my thoughts – but the option is still there.

Pros

  • Compact satellites work well in desktop setups
  • Includes a control pod with controls and two connection ports
  • Powerful enough to fill an average room with sound

Cons

  • Bass can mess with sound balance
  • The sound is very mid-ranged

4. Edifier S350DB Subwoofer 2.1 Speaker System

Edifier S350DB 2.1 Speaker System Review
Our Rating: 88/100

It’s hard to put together a list of the best 2.1 speakers without including at least one of Edifier’s models. And this time, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the Edifier S350DB, because it offers a somewhat unique speaker system: 

Unlike most other models on this list, which include relatively tiny satellite speakers, this 2.1 system comes with two fully-featured bookshelf speakers paired with a massive subwoofer. 

The Design 

It’s quite refreshing to see speakers that hold on to the classic beauty of the retro-style wood finish. 

The fully-featured bookshelf satellite speakers measure 8.75x5x6 inches and are fitted with exposed, ¾-inch titanium dome tweeters, as well as mid-range drivers. The right speaker houses the main onboard controls – the three knobs for adjusting volume, bass, and treble levels – on its side panel. 

The system also comes with a cool-looking, round wireless remote control, which allows you to turn your speakers on or off, switch between different input options, and control the volume from afar. 

On that note, the input options include AUX, RCA, optical, coaxial, and yes, even Bluetooth. 

The massive subwoofer is nothing short of amazing, either, with its 8-inch driver and the bass reflex port located on the side panel. 

The Performance

With such flexibility and classic design, I wanted to see if they hold up in testing as well as they do on paper. 

The deep-hitting subwoofer has a frequency range of 40 Hz to 160 Hz and boasts 70 watts of power. It blasts a loud, thumping bass – and one that you can feel in your entire body, too. There are but a few options that can match its energy in the lower end. 

The bookshelf speakers are there to take care of the mid to high-range sound reproduction and do so with 160 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response range, picking up where the subwoofer left off. They deliver soundstage-filling, balanced sound with brilliant clarity to it. 

The layered soundstage blew me away, and I can comfortably recommend it for anything from movies and music to gaming!

Pros

  • Two bookshelf satellite speakers with titanium dome tweeters and onboard controls
  • The massive, eight-inch subwoofer delivers thumping bass 
  • Built-in amplifier with digital signal processing 
  • Connectivity options include Bluetooth, RCA, AUX, coaxial and optical inputs 

Cons

  • Somewhat bulky
  • The remote doesn’t include bass and treble controls

5. Harman Kardon SoundSticks III 2.1 Speaker

Harman Kardon SoundSticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer
Our Rating: 85/100

I rarely come across speakers that look like a work of art, yet offer sound quality that will satisfy even the pickiest of audiophiles – it’s always one or the other. 

The Harman Kardon SoundSticks III, however, nails that balance of high-quality sound and unique looks – and I’m not just saying that, either: 

These speakers landed themselves a spot in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art! 

The Design 

The original SoundSticks first made their appearance at the turn of the millennium, and even now, there are but minimal changes made to its latest iteration. The clear polycarbonate enclosure and the subtle LED glow are still an integral part of their sleek, futuristic design.

And why would they mess around with something that works, anyway? 

The 2x10-inch satellite speakers are fitted with four full-range one-inch drivers each. They’re compact enough to fit exactly where you need them and can be angled at the desired position, too, meaning that you can optimize the sound to your liking. 

The subwoofer shares the same transparent housing, albeit slightly bigger at 9.2x10.2 inches, and features a down-firing, six-inch subwoofer driver, along with separate volume controls. 

Besides the inspiring looks, another thing that this set of speakers has to offer is excellent compatibility with other audio devices and components thanks to the 3.5-millimeter input. Oh, and it comes with a set of touch-sensitive volume controls, too. 

The Performance

The entire system has a frequency range of 44 Hz to 20 kHz and has an RMS rating of 10 watts per channel. And although their frequency range is a bit limited, this doesn’t affect the overall quality of sound. 

So, how would I describe their overall sound delivery?

The satellites deliver crisp, clear highs, and a smooth and accurate mid-range, with the deep lows coming from the subwoofer. Their strength is in their balance – generous and even throughout the range. The resistance to distortions, even at higher volume levels, doesn't hurt, either. 

It’s the subwoofer – powered by a 20-watt amplifier – that blends everything into a consistent, acoustic, well-balanced sound. That’s what makes it everyone’s favorite part of this three-piece system!

Pros

  • Sleek, futuristic, and oh-so-unique design
  • Features touch-sensitive volume controls 
  • Separate subwoofer level controls
  • Has a 3.5-millimeter port for compatibility with multimedia components
  • Impressive acoustic, and volume levels

Cons

  • Doesn’t include an external headphone jack
  • No remote

6. Best USB-Powered Computer Speaker: Creative Pebble Plus 2.1

Best USB-Powered Computer Speaker
Our Rating: 80/100

Although we all like to see a fully-featured computer speaker with significant drivers and onboard controls, the truth is, not everyone needs – or has the space for – these not-so-compact speaker systems. 

And that’s where the Creative Pebble Plus comes in:

They’re cute, they do the job well, and they’re a perfect addition to computers and laptops! 

The Design 

Their design focuses heavily on minimalism and simplicity that, in turn, blends into any given environment seamlessly: 

The rounded – almost egg-shaped – satellites are made of sturdy-feeling plastic, with matte sides and a black, glossy finish on the front “panel.” They golden speaker cores are home to the two-inch drivers, angled at a 45-degree to better direct the sound. 

The minimalistic design translates to the subwoofer, as well, which was brought into the mix as a part of an update to the original Creative Pebble 2.0 speakers.

It measures 8x5.9x7.7 inches and generally looks like an all-black box sitting on top of four rubber feet that elevate it from the surface – until you flip it over, that is. That’s when you’ll uncover a four-inch, downward-firing driver on the bottom side. 

It’s a shame that they didn’t include onboard bass controls, though.

The Performance

If you keep all your expectations in check, you’ll get your money’s worth with this ridiculously cheap set of tiny, pebble-shaped computer speakers.

The entire system is USB-powered, with the satellites having two watts of RMS power, and the subwoofer delivering four watts. The High Gain Mode does kick things up a bit, bringing their RMS rating up to 8 watts. 

There’s no insane, ear-splitting volume output here. The speakers are more than enough to fill a smaller-sized bedroom with sound, though, and sound lovely at close range. 

They boast a frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz, but the overall sound quality is rather impressive. They sound well-balanced and full of life, with crisp and bright highs, and plenty of mid-range richness and vocal clarity. 

And the bass levels are not too shabby, either – it’s audible and discernible, not at all overwhelming, and doesn’t bleed into the lower mid-range.

Pros

  • Well-made, minimalistic design
  • A high Gain switch increases their output power
  • Well-balanced sound with pleasant bass levels at close range
  • Acoustic precision
  • Ridiculously cheap three-piece 2.1 system

Cons

  • No onboard controls for the subwoofer
  • Relatively messy wiring

2.1 Speakers with Subwoofers – Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What’s the difference between 2.0 and 2.1 speakers?

A: A 2.0 system features two speakers with no dedicated subwoofer, making for a compact, left-and-right speaker setup. Alternatively, a 2.1 system features two speakers and a subwoofer. Here, the left and right speakers are often called satellites and are reserved for higher frequencies, while the substantial subwoofer driver takes care of the lower end. 

The main difference between the two is in their overall size and bass output, with 2.0 ones generally taking up less room on your desk. The 2.1 systems do feature smaller satellites but are accompanied by a large subwoofer unit, which can take up a massive chunk of space.

Q: What is the best 2.1 speaker system for home theater?

A: Based on everything you’ve read so far, you probably have a few personal favorites when it comes to 2.1 speakers for a home theater setup. But if you’d like to hear my recommendations, I’d say that the best one out of the bunch is the Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speaker and Subwoofer.

Q: What is a 2.1 speaker system?

A: Your basic stereo speaker systems – the 2.0 ones – consist of two speakers or two channels of sound. Once you add a dedicated subwoofer to the existing pair of standard stereo speakers, you get a 2.1 channel system. The “2” stands for the two stereo speakers – left and right – while the subwoofer makes for the “.1” part of the system. 

One huge benefit of these 2.1 speakers is that they allow you to enjoy music and movies, and make for a much more immersive gaming experience, but don’t require surround and center-channel speakers. Two speakers and a separate subwoofer are all you need. 

Plus, you can avoid all the clutter that comes with the additional wires.

Q: How do I set up a 2.1 speaker system?

A: Considering that you’re working with nothing more than a pair of satellite speakers and a sub, there’s not much to think about here. However, there are still a few things you can do to improve your setup because the placement is – and always has been – a critical step in getting an enjoyable sound: 

Position your satellite speakers symmetrically on the left and right side of your monitor. Also, make sure that they’re directed inwards to create a listening area, with the center being the spot where you’ll be seated. 

As for the sub, the setup is simple – as long as you avoid placing it against the wall, in the corner, or enclosed spaces, you’re pretty much good to go.

After it's all said and done, we recommend:

LOGITECH Z623

You won't find better on the market, trust me !

Logitech Z623 200-Watt 2.1 Speaker System

Why they are better?

  • Above-average frequency response range and solid acoustic
  • The computer speakers have unmatched power at 200 watts RMS total
  • Independent, onboard volume control and bass level knobs 
  • Wired inputs for multiple audio devices 
  • The speakers include a headphone jack
91/100
our score

Conclusion

That wraps up my round-up of the best 2.1 speakers you can currently buy. And rest assured, it will be a worthwhile investment, mainly if you’re used to the poor sound quality coming from your computer’s or TV’s built-in speakers. 

While there are plenty of options for you to choose from, based on everything we’ve talked about, my vote goes to the Logitech Z623 200-Watt 2.1 Speaker System

Let me know which one of these 2.1 speaker systems are you looking forward to buying, though!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Best Gaming Speakers – Picks for any budget

best gaming speakers on the market - Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC

Best Gaming Speakers for 2021: PICKS FOR ANY BUDGET

Have you ever got your ass stomped in a competitive FPS just because you couldn't hear your enemy's movements? All due to your speaker's crappy sound. 

Have you sat down to play your favourite RPG just to have your immersion broken because of the flat, tinny sound coming out of your PC speakers?

Of course, you can get yourself a pair of gaming headphones and continue about your day. However, there are times when you just want to sit down with a controller and enjoy an hour or two (or ten) of Witcher III.

In this article, I'll teach you how to pick the best gaming speakers, followed by reviews of best models from all price categories.

In a hurry? After 27 hours of research & gameplay, we recommend:

best gaming speakers on the market - Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC
Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC PC Gaming Speakers

Why they are better?

  • RGB lighting that actually serves a purpose
  • Crisp and clear sound
  • Very loud for a gaming PC speaker system
  • Excellent sound precision
  • Built-in microphone
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Last Updated: December 1, 2021

By Barry Allen: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding best gaming speakers available for those who are interested in upping their sound quality in games. The best 5 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best gaming speakers currently available on the market. The FAQ has also been updated.

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Buyer’s Guide On How To Pick The Best Gaming Speakers

how to find the best speakers for gaming

You might be thinking - why don't I get a set of bargain bin speakers and be done with it?

You can go that way no problem. But, you'd just be butchering any future prospects of immersion in your favourite game.

This is why it's essential to get a speaker set that is specifically designed for gaming. Not only will they ensure you will have the best possible gaming experience, but they will look cool too. 

More on the looks factor later in the article. First, let's find out what makes gaming speakers different than regular, cheap computer speakers under 50$.

What Makes Gaming Speakers Different To Standard Speakers?

To the best way to answer this question is to start from the basics and go from there.

Speakers move air at specific frequencies by vibrating the membranes. The smaller the membrane is, the higher-pitched the sound will be. The bigger the membrane is, the lower-pitched the sound will be.

The membranes can be made out of a range of different materials, ranging from cardboard to diamond. The more-exotic the material, the crisper the sound will be. However, this also means a higher price.

The best gaming speaker will have membranes that are built out of high-quality fabric. Regular computer speakers under $100  will have the membranes constructed out of cheap cardboard.

Regular computer speaker's membranes often produce a muted, flat sound that just isn't cut for gaming. This is why you should always choose a model designed explicitly for gaming since it will feature membranes that can produce sound in a wide frequency range.

Of course, the quality of the membrane is not the most crucial factor in a gaming speaker. The number and type of membranes are also vital (more on that later).

Let's move on to the magnets since they're the ones that move the membranes. The stronger the magnets, the more powerful the speakers

Most gaming speakers feature strong magnets. This is why you have to look for a model that features appropriate shielding, so it doesn't interfere with other electronics.

The power of the speaker is measured in Watts, which is directly linked to how far the magnet can move the membrane. Most regular computer speakers don't go over 60 Watts, while some gaming speakers will even go above 200 Watts!

Don't let the number of Watts fool you, though. Commonly, the speaker's power is referred to its maximum power output which can be delivered only for a short period. This is why you should look for the speaker's Watts RMS, which represents the amount of power it can generate on a continual level.

Moving on - It's not all about the speaker's drivers . The casings are also important. 

Especially if you want to feel like the aliens you're blasting off are in your room. This is why it's essential to get a gaming speaker setup that features wooden housing (at least for the subwoofer). Not only does wood amplify the sound, but it also gives it a more natural color.

As a gamer, you will want your speakers to have a lot of bass since most sound effects are quite bass-heavy. You will also want to get a compact model, so you have enough room for your mouse and keyboard on your desk.

I'll touch on the importance of size a bit later in the article. First, we have to go over the question of how much bass do you actually need.

Bass or Low Bass?

getting a set of speakers for gaming - what about bass?

Some gaming sound systems feature subwoofers. While they look spectacular, they are rarely utilized to their full capacity. First of all, you probably have neighbors. Secondly, gaming with bass turned up to 11 quickly gets tiring.

This is why it’s essential to factor in bass quality and the technologies behind it before making the final decision.

You can go for a set that doesn’t come with a subwoofer, but you’ll be losing a lot in immersion and sound color. Gun sounds effects will suffer the most. Killing demons with a super shotgun in Doom 2016 feels incredibly flat without a subwoofer. 

This is why you should always go for a gaming speaker set that features a subwoofer. Ideally, you’d want the subwoofer to have a wooden housing because it will greatly improve the sound quality and give it more colour. 

Just having a sound system with a subwoofer isn’t enough. Placement is also incredibly important.

I really like to immerse myself in games and if the sound is off I get annoyed. So, I spent hours finding the best angle for the satellites and the subwoofer. I placed the subwoofer in different parts of my room so I get the best possible experience.

I realize you might not have the time, nor the will, to find the best possible location for your gaming speakers which you can try out a couple of common configurations:

  • You can place the subwoofer on the ground and keep the satellites on the desk. This is the most common type of setup and one of the most effective ones. You will get all the mid and high frequencies delivered directly to your ears while the subwoofer will provide the ever-important rumble from beneath.

  • You can place the entire set below the desk. This isn’t ideal. The sound will be a bit muted and flat because it will reverb a lot between your legs and the table.

  • You can place the entire set on the desk. This also isn’t ideal because the subwoofer will vibrate your desk and impact your precision.

Frequency Range

frequency range gaming speakers

The frequency range of most computer speakers can be between 80hz and 20Khz.

For most of you, these numbers might not mean much. However, there is a great number of games where vocals and instrumentals are essential to the experience.

I was recently playing Homeworld: Remastered Edition which is incredibly immersive. However, if I didn’t have a decent set of 2.1 speakers I wouldn’t feel like a space fleet commander because I couldn’t enjoy the incredible soundtrack and the sounds of combat and radio chatter.

If you want to ensure you have the most immersive experience you will have to go for a model that has a high-frequency range. Thankfully, this feature is becoming more important amongst gamers.

Most manufacturers are adapting their gaming speakers towards more professional-grade technologies. This is why you should go through the specs thoroughly and read the customer reviews.

Connection Type: Wired or Wireless

wired or wireless for gaming

Not all gaming speakers come with Bluetooth connectivity feature. In fact, most models come with the old-school 3.5mm jack. There are even some models that also feature a TOSLINK connection, but those are incredibly rare and very expensive.

I recommend you think about which type of connection is the most convenient for you.

If you're going to use them with your desktop gaming rig, I recommend you pick a set that has 3.5mm connectivity

However, if you're going to use the speakers with your other devices such as TVs, phones and tablets, you should go for a set with Bluetooth connectivity. 

If you have a flat screen TV in your gaming room, you should go for a Bluetooth gaming speaker set.

Why?

Well, most TVs these days have a terrible sound quality because they're too thin for the speakers to reverberate. So the best way to go is find an audio device that would pair and function perfectly with your existing TV. Look for a well-matched speakers or a soundbar recommended for a Vizio TV, if that’s what you currently have.

It all boils down to personal preference. I recommend you get a set that is the most convenient for you.

Size and Additional Features

gaming speakers for yourself - think about the size

Size is one of the most overlooked features of PC gaming speakers.

I know we all love the look of massive speakers, but not everyone has enough space to accommodate them. 

When it comes to gaming PCs and laptops, desk space is already scarce. This is why gaming speakers come in many shapes and sizes. Today you can find everything from compact sets that are smaller than a computer mouse, to oversized sets with a huge woofer.

The days of crowded computer desks are long gone. All major brands now advocate minimalist design that is more suited for modern living environments. This is a good thing because most of our desk space is already taken up by the monitor setup and the mouse and keyboard.

This is why most best-rated gaming speakers are not too big and not too small. The overall size of the set is dependant on the size of the subwoofer.

The subwoofer is, in most cases, the part that requires more space than all of the satellites combined. I recommend you go for the size that'll fit on your desk.

When it comes to other accessories, there are two things to consider. If you don't want to reach behind your desk to plug in your headphones, I recommend you buy a model that has a headphone jack.

The second thing you should consider is RGB lighting. I know it's completely unnecessary, but it gives the speakers that pro-gamer look.

If anything else it creates excellent ambient light. This feature is entirely up to you.

Top 5 Best Gaming Speakers of 2021

Now that you know how to pick the best gaming speaker, you can take a look at my selection. I’ve reviewed speakers from all price points and levels of popularity. So, let’s jump right into it!

1. Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC PC Gaming Speakers

best gaming speakers on the market - Logitech G560

Our Rating: 95/100

The absolute winner amongst gaming speakers hailes from gaming peripheral titan, Logitech. The G560 Lightsync speakers will help you experience games on a whole new level.

The design

Most would argue RGB lighting is a gimmick that offers no improvement in gaming performance. However, Logitech's G560 Lightsync gaming speakers RGB feature is everything but a gimmick.

The cone-shaped satellites feature twelve high-powered RGB LEDs that pulse and blink in sync with what's going on on the screen.

You will experience immersion like never before. The satellites will flash when you get hit and pulse red when you're at low health.

It is impressive how much can you feel like you're in the game with the proper implementation of RGB.

The performance

Although lighting is a huge factor when it comes to immersion factor, audio quality is why we're here.

The 220-Watt G560 features Dolby's DTS:X surround technology. While I'm not a big fan of virtual surround sound, I'm happy to report it works perfectly with these speakers.

The audio is crisp and incredibly precise. It will make you feel like you're truly in a room with a 7.1 surround sound. I had no problems pinpointing from where I was being shot at in Apex Legends.

The subwoofer is also incredible. I placed it under the desk and was pleasantly surprised at how much oomph it gave to the gun sounds.

Pros

  • RGB Lighting that actually serves a purpose other than cosmetic.
  • Incredibly crisp and rich sound.
  • Incredibly loud for a PC speaker

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • Companion software can get buggy at times

Conclusion

The Logitech G560 Lightsync speakers take the top of my list because they not only provide superb sound but also increase the immersion with the RGB sync. You will definitely feel more immersed than with other speakers. I definitely improved my gaming performance because I finally got more aware of my health level.

2. Razer Nommo Chroma Speakers

Razer Nommo Chroma Speakers

Our Rating: 95/100

If it wasn’t for the RGB lighting on the G560, Razer’s Nommo Chroma speakers would take the first place.

Razer has a legendary reputation amongst gamers for building high-end gaming computers and peripherals. The Nommo Chroma is an excellent example of Razer's dedication to bringing the gamers the absolute best in technology.

The design

The Razer Nommo Chroma gaming speakers are built out of smooth black plastic and feature a sleek design most gamers can appreciate.

The subtle RGB lighting in the base of the satellites give it an additional cool factor and ensure you feel like a hardcore gamer. You can also customize the RGB lighting to your heart's content with the companion app.

Unfortunately, a couple of times the RGB went crazy on me. Plugging the USB out and then back in fixed that problem. I don’t know what caused this issue, but my bet is on the companion app.

The Nommo Chroma speakers aren't too large standing just about 9-inches tall and are 6-inches in length. This is just perfect and will easily fit on almost any desk configuration. Their tube shape will undoubtedly give your gaming setup a more minimalistic feel.

The performance

The sound quality of the Razer Nommo Chroma is just as impeccable as the design.

Although they're lacking certification from Dolby and THX, they still produce incredibly crisp sound.

The somewhat tiny drivers can produce a high-frequency range and can give you the feeling like you're getting a sound from much bigger speakers.

The rear-facing woofers are nothing short of amazing. I've played some WoW classic with these speakers and was pleasantly surprised by the rumble they produced, especially when I turned up the bass knob.

The only issue I have with the performance of these speakers is their somewhat low power output. When turned up to the max, they are hardly louder than a TV without a soundbar.

Pros

  • Crisp and precise sound.
  • Excellent design
  • Decent low-end for compact speakers

Cons

  • They’re a bit too quiet 
  • Finicky companion software

Conclusion

The Razer Nommo Chroma are excellent gaming speakers - they won't give you the same amount of immersion as the Logitech G560 speakers, but they are certainly close.

They will still give you an edge over others since you'll be able to hear every little sound in the game.

3. Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series Speakers for Gaming

GigaWorks T20 Series Speakers for Gaming

Our Rating: 85/100

Creative T20's have been on the market for nearly ten years, and since then, they were revised only once. Even after the revision, they remain as one of the most popular options for budgets under $100.

The design

The GigaWorks T20 series speakers feature removable grilles. When attached, they perfectly blend in the background.

With the grilles off, the gold-coloured cones and glossy-black fascias stand out, giving you the feel of audiophile quality you'd expect from a $500 sound system.

The subtle glow around the power/volume knob is a great touch. It gives just enough ambient lighting for those days when you want to close the blinds and play your favourite game until the colours on the screen start melting.

Internally, the majority of the housing is empty space to allow for the bass frequencies to resonate. Unfortunately, this results in a thuddy bass response that sounds unnatural in certain situations.

The performance

At normal volume levels, the T20 sounds like a speaker sat way over its price point. The sound is surprisingly crisp and clear with excellent stereo separation.

Unfortunately, the illusion is quickly dispelled the second you turn up the volume. Low frequencies in games like Apex Legends cause strong vibrations through the housing, and the overly bright response from the tweeter drivers gets a little annoying after a while.

Thankfully you can quickly rectify this issue by playing around with the Bass and Treble controls on the T20's front panel.

Pros

  • Superb sound quality for budget gaming speakers
  • Features bass and treble volume controls
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • The low-end can sound flat at times
  • A bit too hefty

Conclusion

The Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II speakers are an excellent solution for a gamer on a budget. They give you the feel of a much more expensive gaming speaker set, that is if you fine-tune them.

4. Razer Leviathan: Dolby 5.1 Gaming Soundbar

Razer Leviathan: Dolby 5.1 Gaming Soundbar

Our Rating: 90/100

When you think of a soundbar, you don’t associate them with gaming, rather you associate them with TVs. However, Razor’s Leviathan soundbar/subwoofer combo proves soundbars can be an excellent audio solution for PC gaming.

The Leviathan soundbar was Razers first non-headphone sound device. And I have to admit that they really delivered. Let's find out why!

The design

The design of Razer Leviathan soundbar is minimalistic yet incredibly stylish. It doesn't scream gamer gear, but it positively oozes with a high-quality feel.

The front of the soundbar features a plain black grill with a white Razer logo in the middle. No RGB lighting, no volume knobs sticking out. It is made to sit below your monitor and not draw too much attention to itself.

The only light it produces is from the control panel, and it's subtle enough to keep your attention to the game.

The downward-facing subwoofer is just as subtle as the soundbar. It looks like a giant keyboard keycap, and I mean that in a good way. It perfectly fits the gamer aesthetic.

The performance

The Razer Leviathan soundbar is powerful enough to fill out an ample living room with clear, and crisp sound.

The sound clarity of this sound system at max volume is nothing short of wondrous. Thanks to Dolby's 5.1 virtual surround sound, I was able to pinpoint my enemies movements in RS: Siege accurately.

The only rattle I experienced was when I was playing Warhammer: Vermintide II when the Chaos Spawn started rushing at my team. Even then it was as short as Chaos Spawn's lifespan when attacking my fully decked out teammates.

The subwoofer is a beast. It will shake your life if you let it. It will shake so much it will make you feel like you're in your fantasy battlefield, and I mean that in a literal sense.

The soundbar can connect through both Bluetooth and AUX. This brings us to my source of frustration. If you use Bluetooth connection, get ready to frantically refresh your device list because soundbar decided to go invisible.

On top of that, it will turn off after 20 minutes of inactivity, forcing you to repeat the dreaded syncing cycle.

Pros

  • Superb sound quality
  • Excellent subwoofer
  • Small enough to fit under the monitor

Cons

  • Dodgy Bluetooth connection
  • Powers off too quickly

Conclusion

The Razer Leviathan 5.1 is worth every penny. If you want to feel like you're in the fantasy battleground of your choice, look no further. The sound is incredibly crisp, and the subwoofer will give you a mild case of PTSD if you turn it up in Call of Duty.

However, be ready for connection issues. The Bluetooth on the Leviathan isn’t up to standard for a brand like Razer. 

5. Bose Companion 2 Series III Speakers

Bose Companion 2 Series III Speakers

Our Rating: 80/100

Bose is a household name amongst audiophiles. And in recent years they gained quite the popularity amongst gamers. The Companion 2 Series III is their most affordable speaker set, and it's incredibly popular for those on a budget. Let's see why!

The design

The design of Bose Companion 2 Series III is more akin to generic speakers you'd more likely see in an office rather than in a gamer den. However, if you're the type of person that doesn't care about aesthetics, you won't find an issue with their design.

Even though they look like a set of generic PC speakers, the design isn't so clean as you might think.

There is an uncomfortable number of wires in play. You have to connect the speakers with one AUX cable and then connect them to your PC with another AUX cable. On top of that, you have the power cord sticking out too.

The performance

Although they're quite light, the Companion 2 speakers are quite powerful. Unfortunately, loudness and audio quality are two different things.

These speakers are quite powerful and can deliver a wide range of frequencies. However, they emphasize lower frequencies a bit too much for my taste. I played a couple of matches of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and while the sound wasn't bad, it was a bit muted. These speakers are more suited for playing RPGs like WoW or Mass Effect.

When I played a couple of music tracks, the sound was quite warm, but a bit muted just like in games. I wouldn't recommend listening to metal or jazz with these speakers, but if you're a fan of trap these speakers are the right choice for you.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Decent sound quality
  • Compact

Cons

  • Muddy sound
  • Too many cables

Conclusion

The Bose Companion 2 Series III speakers won't immerse you in your favourite game. Still, they're certainly an upgrade from anything you would get bundled with your PC.

Although they don't provide the clearest and most crisp sound in the world, they really excel in games where ambient sounds are most important. So, if you're an avid WoW player or like to lose yourself in the vast space of Elite: Dangerous, this speaker set is for you.

After it's all said and done, we recommend:

 Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC
Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC PC Gaming Speakers

Why they are better?

  • RGB lighting that actually serves a purpose
  • Crisp and clear sound
  • Very loud for a gaming PC speaker system
  • Excellent sound precision
  • Built-in microphone
95/100
our score

Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Computer Speakers

Long gone are the times when computer speakers were small and irrelevant. Every modern computer setup today should feature a fine set of computer speakers. The industry of computer speakers has bloomed to provide many exciting options for your desktop.

Why not connect your regular speakers, you ask? 

By all means, you could; depending on your sound card, you can have up to 7.1 system connected to your computer. Still, the computer speakers of your choice should be tailored for your needs and preferences.

For example, if you're an audiophile and want nothing but the finest immersion in your experiences, then you should prepare some serious cash.

On the other hand, if you want computer speakers that will fit your desk without much hassle, you can't expect to have fantastic sound experience. Still, the in-between is possible, and we're going to show you how!

A set of good computer speakers will provide versatility to match various tasks; from the leisure of calming work music to the all-out battle sounds in movies or gaming sessions. 

We've reviewed many sets of speakers for you and provided an option for every budget and intention of use. Be it a budget setup for convenience and hassle-free audio, or an immersive battle station setup - we got you covered! 

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Best computer speakers under $50- Cheap speakers guide

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Best computer speakers under $50 - CHEAP Computer SPEAKER GUIDE

We all like to keep our music close to us, even while working on our computer desks.

That’s why we tend to spend a small fortune on high-end headphones just to make sure that you can listen to your favorite playlist anytime you want. 

But when there’s too much to do, it's sometimes good to free your ears from the headphones and allow them to revel in some fresh air without sacrificing your music.

This can simply be accomplished by investing in a set of solid quality computer speakers.  

And the best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to get a nice surround system.

Take a look at the following exciting best computer speakers under 50 that you can use on your desktop or laptop.

In a hurry? The test winner after 19 hours of research:

LOGITECH Z323 BEST PC Speaker under 50
Logitech Z323 Speaker System 

Why is it better?

  • Great design
  • 360-degree sound
  • Crisp high and mid frequencies
  • Easy installation
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Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers Rating: 74/100
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Best Computer Speakers Under $50

Let's see what market has to offer in this subcategory, and review the best picks for quality and value for money:

1. Logitech Z323 Speaker System with Subwoofer

top computer speaker for less than 50
Our Rating: 84/100

This is a great set of affordable speakers from Logitech that you are going to like. With dimensions of 7.9 by 3.4 by 5.3 inches, this stereo system will take minimal space on your desktop. 

The speakers are connected by long cords to a 4-inch subwoofer that can conveniently be placed under the desk to keep it out of the way. Their glossy black exterior and curvy frame give them a satellite design that adds to their overall appeal. 

Unlike other computer speakers you've come across, the Logitech Z323 has no mesh on the faceplates to keep dust from getting to the delicate drivers. This means you might have to improvise a way of keeping the faceplates protected. 

The curved design of the speakers adds to the pseudo-sound effect because of the forward and backward-facing drivers. Each satellite features a connecting wire to connect to the left and right AUX inputs on the subwoofer.

Two extra RCA inputs can be found at the back of the sub if you want to connect your home theater system to the setup.

I really liked the “360-degree sound” feature on the Z323; at just around half the volume mark, the speakers delivered an impressively consistent sound level from every corner of the room. However, the subwoofer produces a notable rattle even at low volumes, which is an indication of its lacking in power and hollow sound spectrum. 

This is despite the 18W that it offers according to the manufacturer's specifications.

An integrated headphone jack allows for private listening when you don't want to disturb your colleagues and the subwoofer, combined with the satellites produce a total RMS of 30 watts.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Affordable price
  • Nice sound quality
  • Decent bass
  • External volume control
  • High watt power
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Indistinct bass

Verdict:

The Logitech Z323 speaker system brings a fine sound to your computer. It is easy to install and will fit greatly on your desk. Apart from the shaky bass quality, this is a nice choice for any PC user who doesn’t want to stay too far from their playlist. 

The best part is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. For a few bucks, you can get yourself a brand-new set of this amazing stereo system.

2. Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP 2.1 Computer Speaker

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP
Our Rating: 80/100

The only 2.1 speaker system featuring an MP3 cradle on our list, this Cyber Acoustics computer speaker set offers a nice bang for the buck. And although you might come across cheaper alternatives, none can rival this system in terms of overall performance.

It comes encased in a wooden cabinet, enabling it to deliver a roaring and booming bass that will reverberate in every corner of your study. It has a handy control pod, and a headphone output jack allows for private listening when you aren’t in the mood to mess with the neighbors.

You also get an AUX input to help redirect audio from your phone, tablet, or gaming system, as well as a master control with bass and volume. The two satellite speakers are fitted with 2-inch drivers that have magnetic shielding for audio clarity and stereo separation, resulting in a very rich audio performance.

Meanwhile, the 5.25-inch subwoofer uses Power Pro to deliver a thunderous bass, which is enhanced by the wood casing. The CA-3602FFP 2.1 produces 62W of power, which is good to engulf an average-sized room.

The control pod on the speaker comes in handy when you want to maintain command over the sound system. You can conveniently adjust the volume up or down, and switch to using headphones whenever you need to.

Additionally, the bass volume control makes sure that you can fine-tune the overall richness of the sound.

If you are looking for a gaming speaker, the Acoustics CA will make a great choice. And while it may not be configured for games or boast an impressive frequency response, it surely produces a booming performance that you’d want to get immersed in the game.

For you to get the most from this speaker, it would be wise to set it up in an average size room so that the sound produced fills every corner. Be sure to tweak the sound settings on your computer to achieve the right output, which also means that you should have an equalizer.

Playing music on the computer or a laptops under $150 is very common for all users, and this is something we always want out speaker system to be adept at. With the CA, playing heavy bass tracks may sound a little off at high volumes, but it’s not something to turn you off.

However, compared to the 2.1 THX speakers from Klipsch, this model clearly takes the day.
What I didn’t like about the Acoustics CA is that the satellite speakers sport a heavy top with a small base. This design makes them easy to topple over with the slightest nudge. So, you want to watch out for this when cleaning your desktop not to end up with a damaged speaker.

And it doesn’t help that the manufacturer used plastic to construct the satellite pieces. A few falls may just be enough to comprise this low-grade material. I think Cyber Acoustics would do users a favor if they redesigned these speakers and made the base bigger. 


Pros

  • Crisp and clear sound profile
  • Powerful subwoofer
  • Convenient control pod
  • Great price for its performance 
  • Bass volume control
  • Long satellite speaker wires

Cons

  • Poor design of satellite speakers
  • Bass gets shaky when you turn it beyond 75% volume
  • Slightly lacks in overall volume

Verdict:

The Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 offers a more than decent performance for its price range. It delivers the crisp and clean treble you want when listening to music and the powerful bass ensures that you have delightful gaming experience.
For just under $40, you’ll be spending cheaply on a practical speaker system that will serve you diligently.

Top Cheap Computer Speakers Under $30

Here we enter the lowest price point on which you can expect some decent quality. Still, the contenders surprised me. Check them out:

1. Creative Pebble 2.0 Desktop Speakers under $30

Creative Pebble 2.0 speakers
Our Rating: 74/100

These USB-powered speakers come with a subtle yet charming aesthetic appeal. Their compact and almost rounded design will look cool beside your PC. With dimensions of only 4.5 by 4.4 by 4.6 inches, they will take very little space and you can find them in black or white.  

To ensure that they won’t slide and fall off your cluttered desktop, these speakers feature a rubber ring on their flattened bottoms. The two deliver a combined 4.4 watts of RMS and they sit at a 45-degree angle to optimally direct the sound waves to you when sitting on your PC desk. 

Built-in passive radiators serve to extend the low-frequency response, which results in a beefier bass. The front panel on one of the speakers has a volume knob that works with the computer’s audio controls to regulate Pebble’s 2.0 volume. 

These speakers do a good job of reducing the clutter on your desktop by being hardwired together. All you’ll need to do is plug the USB cord into any of your computer ports and the 3.5-mm input goes into your headphone jack. 

Furthermore, both of the cables are attached to the right speaker so that you won’t lose them.

The Pebble 2.0’s rich audio will definitely surprise you. The sound quality does not suffer as is the case in AC-powered models. The speakers produced crisp and clear highs, while the bass had a clear presence. Overall, the audio had depth and detail for all the genres of music that I tried playing.  

And even though expected distortions at higher volumes appeared, the Pebble managed to hold its own when I played bottom-heavy music like dance and dub.

Pros

  • Sleek and modern design
  • Very good sound
  • Quite cheap

Cons

  • Distortions at louder volumes
  • Only one input

Verdict:

The Creative Pebble 2.0 is a functional stereo system that you can use in your bedroom or office. It delivers impressive overall sound quality, especially when you consider that it only costs under $25.

2. Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers

Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers
Our Rating: 74/100

If you are a fan of UFOs, then you’ll fall in love with these speakers from Sanyun. They come shaped like “flying saucers” and feature high-quality plastic and metal on the construction to minimize vibrations when the music is playing.  

You can find them in a black or silver shade with a blue curvy lamp ring that shines around the speakers, which only serves to enhance their aesthetic appeal. The Sanyun SW102 truly shines when it comes to the design. 

The sound produced by this stereo system may not match the delivery of the design, but it is still good enough to be considered average. The two saucers combine to offer a maximum power of 10 watts, which is not that loud. This will, however, be ideal for low volume users. 

When it comes to the bass end, these pocket speakers offer surprisingly outstanding quality, going by tiny speaker standards. A built-in bass diaphragm amplifies the low frequencies to result in a strong and audible bass. 

These speakers also have a 3.5mm audio interface that is compatible with most music players - MP3 player, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy tablet, iPad, etc. The USB cable conveniently plugs into the USB port on your PC for easy use.

Another thing I liked about the Sanyun SW102 is that you get a convincing 3-year warranty when you buy the speakers. There is also an unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee, which ensures that there is little to no risk in acquiring these cool little speakers.

Pros

  • No vibrations
  • Strong construction
  • 3-year warranty
  • Funky design
  • Bass diaphragm enhances bass output
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Low max volume for some
  • LED light can’t be turned off

Verdict:

The Sanyun SW102 stereo system not only shines in its design but also holds its own when it comes to sound performance. Considering its 520-gram build, you’ll be impressed by its stability and the punishment it can take.

What’s even better is that it comes with a long warranty and a money-back guarantee that you won’t easily find in its competitors in the market. It will cost you less than $25.

3. Moloroll Computer Speakers for Desktop PC

 Moloroll Computer Speakers for Desktop PC
Our Rating: 72/100

The Moloroll computer speakers are another practical stereo system that you can acquire for a ridiculously low price. They feature a nice compact design that will save you a lot of space on your desktop.

With dimensions of 3.15 by 3.15 by 3.15 inches and a weight of only 1.15 pounds, this speaker system will comfortably sit on either side of your computer. The M4 speaker drivers are protected by a metal mesh that keeps dust from getting to them.

These are also secured in place by four screws to maintain their stability and provide them with the durability you require. Unlike may small speakers that use boring plastic colors, the Moloroll speakers M4 surface features a fine rubber oil painting that gives them a charming look and sleek touch feeling.

When it comes to power output, the two speakers produce a total of 6W RMS, which is good for clean and crisp audio with a slight bass that you can use for gaming, music, and movies. The speakers are also compatible with all PCs with a USB port and earphone jack.

Unfortunately, these speakers don’t come with a dedicated subwoofer, meaning you can’t expect much from the bass. The M4s have a passive membrane on the rear side that won’t create a booming bass, but it is definitely better than nothing.

A convenient independent volume controller makes it easy for you to adjust the volume of the music or movies you are enjoying. Furthermore, you can still adjust the sound level from your computer.

This plug-n-play computer speaker system comes with a standard 3.5mm AUX plug, as well as a 2.0 USB plug to get you started straight out of the box.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Inexpensive
  • Great sound quality for the price
  • Volume controller
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Low bass
  • No subwoofer

Verdict:

Moloroll computer speakers will be great for your computer. Whether you are buying them for gaming, music, or movies, you can trust that they will not let you down. Despite their small build, they deliver clean audio that you can work with.

While you won’t get much bass, you can’t blame a speaker system that costs as cheap and the Moloroll. Besides, you get a 2-year warranty for the device, which makes the deal even sweeter.

Top Picks: Laptop Speakers under $50

To finalize our roundup, let's add a cheap laptop speaker system to the mix:

4. ARVICKA Computer Speakers for less than 50

ARVICKA Computer Speakers
Our Rating: 65/100

This is another small stereo system you’ll want on your desktop. These babies come at just the size of my fists and will have an easy time sitting on either side of your computer. The design has a modern appeal that also makes them appear bigger than they actually are. 

The speakers don’t have grid protection like the old school designs. A light blue LED glow that can be turned on or off enhances the appeal of the speakers and will greatly improve the outlook of your desktop. 

The sound from the speakers is not the best I’ve heard, but you have to consider their tiny build and the cheap price tag they come with. However, they will impressively fill your room with music and the surround on your video games will be on point. 

You don’t have to worry about a buzzing or humming noise in the background; just a pure sound is produced when they’re on. Volume control comes in handy on workspace settings when you don’t want to disturb your mates.  

This stereo is playable straight out of the box, thanks to the easy setup that it offers. Simply plug and play! The USB cable is for power whereas the aux is for sound. These are compatible with any device that has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, including a laptop, desktop, tablets, projectors, etc.  

Despite all this quality that the ARVICKA USB-powered speakers provide, you’ll be surprised by their pricing. And to sweeten the deal, the company offers a hassle-free 1-year warranty, in addition to a lifetime provision of customer service.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • 1-year warranty
  • High compatibility
  • Great customer support

Cons

  • Quality control issues

Verdict:

Overall, the ARVICKA speaker set is a great acquisition. Not only are they extremely affordable but they offer a sound quality that will rival higher priced models. They’ll be a nice addition to your desktop and their small size means there will hardly be added clutter. 

Even when you happen to receive a set with defects, the customer support is always on hand to help out and if possible, replace it with a proper speaker system.

Computer Speakers Under $50 - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What makes a good cheap speaker?

A: Just because a computer stereo system is cheap, it doesn’t mean that it has to perform below par. There are many affordable speaker models that can still offer you impressive sound quality. In many cases, such models have the following characteristics:

  • They have a warranty
  • They are easy to install
  • They produce a clear sound
  • Big sound for a small package
  • Easy to carry around
  • Great battery life

Q: What are the best computer speaker brands?

A: There are numerous brands in the computer speaker market. However, those that are deemed to offer higher quality products are:

  • Logitech
  • Creative Labs
  • Sanyun
  • Harman Kardon
  • Edifier
  • Cyber Acoustics
  • Klipsch
  • Bose

Q: Can I use TV speakers for my computer?

A: It is possible to use your TV speakers to listen to music or play a game on your computer. What you’ll need is a standard 3.5mm jack to plug in your headphones to connect to a dual RCA male on any of your TV’s idle composite or component inputs.

If you are using a Mac and the TV has an audio input, you could also run a 3.5mm optical adapter from the combo headphone to the TV’s optical input to get better quality. But then again, most internal speakers found in TVs are generally crappy, plus there’s no woofer. 

Therefore, your best bet would be to invest in a small set of external powered speakers.

Q: Where do I plug my speakers into my computer? 

A: At the back of your computer tower, you’ll locate several small, round, and color-coded sockets. The green one is usually meant for the speakers, but it may also be labeled “Audio Out” or have a “headphones” symbol. This is where you insert the 3.5mm jack pin connected to the speaker cable. 

Push the jack firmly into the socket until there is a good connection - you will hear a pop when it’s locked in. Beware not to do this too hard, lest you end up damaging the sound card on the computer's motherboard.

After it's all said and done, we recommend:

LOGITECH Z323 SPEAKER
Logitech Z323 Speaker System 

Why is it better?

  • Great design
  • 360-degree sound
  • Crisp high and mid frequencies
  • Easy installation
87/100
our score

Conclusion

Whether you’ve just bought a new desktop or acquired a laptop, getting the ideal 2.1 speaker system set can be a daunting task, especially when your budget is limited. After all, there are so many brands and models in the market, it’s easy to get caught in the moment.

The above options provide you with an assurance that you’ll be getting quality products for the little that you have. So the next time you are out shopping for computer speakers, be sure to first consider the models that we have suggested to you!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Best Computer Speakers under 100: Quality with Very Few Compromises

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Budget speakers guide: Best computer speakers under 100

Assembling a PC that runs the latest games at 60 fps at 4K without hiccups can be quite an expensive task.

That means that we often need to prioritize the essentials like motherboards and graphics cards and deal with compromises when it comes to peripherals like speakers.

Well, I’m here to break some good news – the quality doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg.

On the contrary, take a closer look at the available offers, and you'll find quite a few excellent speakers flying under the $100 mark.

So, let's take a look at some of the best speakers under $100 together!