10 Great Computer Speakers Available Now

10 Great Computer Speakers Available Now

As good as you think the speakers in your laptop are, the truth is they're not really that good. Not when you compare them to full-on computer speaker systems. We don't care if you have one of those HP laptops with the Beats by Dre audio—nothing is better than listening to music through stand alone speakers. The good thing is that these days you don't have to drop a grip to get good sound. A lot of good systems retail under $200 and, with a little creative shopping, can be found for even less. Of course, if money is no issue, you can get a set like the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 (seen above). We looked through a ton of computer speaker systems and picked 10 we feel are better than the rest. Some are cheap, some are not, but all are great. 

As good as you think the speakers in your laptop are, the truth is they're not really that good. Not when you compare them to full-on computer speaker systems. We don't care if you have one of those HP laptops with the Beats by Dre audio—nothing is better than listening to music through stand alone speakers. The good thing is that these days you don't have to drop a grip to get good sound. A lot of good systems retail under $200 and, with a little creative shopping, can be found for even less. Of course, if money is no issue, you can get a set like the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 (seen above). We looked through a ton of computer speaker systems and picked 10 we feel are better than the rest. Some are cheap, some are not, but all are great. 

Audyssey Media Speakers

Click here to buy it now at Audyssey, $250

Packing in Audyssey's awesome EQ and BassXT sound processing technologies, the Media Speakers were created to deliver great sound without dominating your desk space. That's why there's no subwoofer. Audyssey opted to rock with passive bass radiators and the aforementioned BassXT tech to make sure your music bumps that way it's supposed to. Aiding in that quest is the array of inputs and outputs which feature a traditional 3.5mm input as well as digital optical audio inputs. No matter what device your media is on, these speakers will make sure it sounds good.

Logitech Speaker System Z523

Click here to buy it now at Logitech, $100

When looking for computer accessories, you'd be foolish not to first check Logitech. The Z523 is your standard 2.1 speaker system. It's 6.5-inch subwoofer pounds the ground with solid bass, while the satellites handled the rest of the duties. Our favorite feature, however, has nothing to do with the sound: We like the controls and inputs found on one of the satellites. You won't need to reach under your desk to connect your computer, or adjust the base and volume-everything is done on the actual speaker. Nice.

Bose Companion 20

Click here to buy it now at Bose, $250

Bose knows a lot about cramming a lot of technology into a compact product. Look at the Companion 20, the set Bose calls its "best two-piece system". You wouldn't think two medium-sized speakers could properly fill a room, but you'd be wrong. The Companion 20, equipped Bose's advanced port design, are able to produce the spot-on, natural sound recreation that we've come to expect from the legendary company.

harman/kardon SoundSticks III

Click here to buy it now at harman/kardon, $170

A lot of companies boast about the design of their speakers, but only one (at least on this list) can say its speakers are a part of the permanent collection at the NYC's Museum of Modern Art. Designed by Apple's Jonathan Ives, the guy that's designed all your favorite Apple products, the SoundSticks have remained one of the best sounding and best looking speaker sets on the market, which is remarkable since the design has remained unchanged for over a decade. On the technical side, you get a powerful subwoofer and two satellites each with four full-range transducers. Functional art at its finest.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers

Click here to buy it now at Klipsch, $150

You should know how we feel about Klipsch. The company's Image S4 in-ear headphones are always on our short lists for best headphones. It's no wonder then that we also dig its computer speaker system, the ProMedia 2.1. Like the name suggests, it comes with two satellites and a subwoofer to crank out great sound for your music, movies, or games.

Orb Audio Mini-T Amp and Speakers

Click here to buy it now at Orb Audio, $300

Orb Audio is primarily known for its resplendent home theater offerings, but the good folks at the New York City-based company would like you to have that same sound while sitting at your computer. The Mini-T Amplifier & Speaker Package provides a way for you to connect your desktop or laptop to two of Orb's speakers (included). If you want to get fancy, you can upgrade to the Booster pack and connect up to four speakers and a subwoofer. It all depends on how loud you want to bump that 2Chainz album.

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

Click here to buy it now at Amazon, $500

At $500 you would expect a pair of speakers to deliver studio-quality sound. Luckily, these Bowers & Wilkins computer speakers do just that. Packed with technology, the MM-1s sports features found in high-end recording studios, like the tweeters are designed after the same speakers that are used in the famous Abbey Road studios in London. Sound is carried from your computer to the MM-1s via USB so the audio is uncompressed and raw, allowing for the best possible sound. Trust us, the $500 is well worth it.

Creative Inspire S2

Click here to buy it now at Creative, $110

Wires not your thing? Creative has just the system for you. The Inspire S2 can connect to your computer or phone via Bluetooth. The S2 comes with a USB Bluetooth transmitter that, once connected, automatically streams music to the speakers so you can chill on your bed and rock out.

Edifier PrismaBT

Click here to buy it now at Edifier, $100

If you're looking for an extremely stylish set of speakers at a more than reasonable price, check out the Prisma. Edifier's desktop model features a cool pyramid-shaped subwoofer that will deliver nice, round bass, a remote that controls volume, and two two-way satellite speakers. You can also cop the Prisma in black, white, or silver-whichever best matches your room.

UCube by UltraLink

Click here to buy it now at Apple, $150

These speakers are diminutive, sure, but you don't want speakers taking up too much desk real estate, do you? Of course not. The good thing about the UCubes, despite being as loud as they are small (each speaker can pump out 15 watts of power), is that all they need to work is a USB port. Both sound and power are delivered through one port, making them easy to disconnect and rearrange. That's probably why Amtrak is planning on bringing these to its quiet cars.

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