If I can’t listen to my favorite songs via high quality products, I get annoyed. I spend a lot of time working on my computer – a.k.a. notebook – and using the simple, basic speakers is not really my style – which is why I opted for a 2.1 surround system from Harmann/Kardon. But that’s not enough when you’re oin the mood for some loud music, or a party. So, feel free to check out this guide to the 10 best desktop speakers on the market.
10. Edifier Exclaim Bi-Amped 2.0 Speaker System
One of the few 2.0 channel systems worthy of this list, the Exclaim is best suited to college dorm rooms, home offices, and fleshing out a basic desktop setup. They offer good mid and high range sound and although these won’t make you the envy of all your friends, they will give you simple, expressive audio, for only $70.
9. Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
The T20’s make use of BasXPort technology to offer solid bass without needing to add a sub. The 28 watts you’ll be getting minimize distortion even at high volume. Simple, yet powerful, GigaWorks will set you back $85 and are totally worth it.
8. Bose Companion 2 Series III
A Bose set of desktop speakers for only $100 is a bargain. The Companion 2 series desktop speakers come with a subwoofer, offering that sweet Bose quality sound without draining your bank account. Now, this is not actually studio quality product, but you will enjoy quality with limited space. The classic design is also enjoyable.
7. M-Audio AV-40
The AV-40 speaker set shines by being great for a computer, as well as via various interfaces which allow them to be attached to a mixer, an existing amplifier, a game console, or even a phonograph. They were meant for electronic music, and to benefit extensive power for only $120 sounds just about right.
6. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
If you want to be cool and feel the same way while going through your playlist, then the Soundsticks from Kardon are just the thing for you. Though they feature a strange design, there is nothing strange about the incredible sound they produce. These tiny desktop speakers give you highs right where you need it while the 2.1 channel sub with 20-watt amplifier will get your ear-drums satisfied while looking artistic. Even the $150 price tag is stylish.
5. Altec Lansing MX6021 2.1 Expressionist Ultra
Altec has managed to develop a sound system powerful, as well as small. The subwoofer can throw noise like a champ while the midrange driver and the neodymium tweeter will give anyone very crisp sound as they get closer to the computer. The industrial look is only complemented by a post-modern touch, and the 200 watts surely don’t hurt. The Expressionist is the perfect $190 compromise between high-end consumer desktop speakers and professional equipment.
4. Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500
The Corsair speakers will allow you to hear every head-shot in Call of Duty and every insult being thrown around by your guild’s tank in World of Warcraft. That’s right, this system was meant for professional gamers; make no mistake, they pump 232 Watts will scare the hell out of your neighbors, no matter what you’re listening to. At $230, I’m thinking I want a set for myself.
3. Edifier Spinnaker
The Spinnaker series are aimed at someone who wants versatility coupled with a very modern look. The speakers can work wired or wireless, and feature an optional optical interface for anyone looking to upgrade down the line. The design is somewhat strong, so you will either love the Spinnakers instantly or hate them; no matter the case, they will give you the most interesting sound quality for $240.
2. Audioengine 5+
The 5+ seems expensive at $400, but I guess sound quality is uof the utmost importance. They don’t have a dedicated subwoofer, but the 50-watt power amp compensates for that. These speaker don’t have an unique or stylish design, but the 2.1 channel system will provide a rich, deep sound for you DJs out there.
1. Paradigm MilleniaOne CT
Obviously most people don’t have $1,200 bucks to spend on speakers, but the painful truth is that the MilleniaOne CT had to be at the top of this list. The system includes a 2.1-channel subwoofer capable of hitting deep lows, while the small 4-inch mid-range and 1-inch tweeters can also make Mozart’s Magic Flute truly come alive. I wonder how my latest Black Sabbath record sounds on that!