June 2022

Computer Speakers: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Computer Speaker rankings posted by key online experts, as of June 2022.

Summary

As of 4 Jun 2022, Audioengine A2 Plus takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed computer speaker with 5 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 computer speaker' this month. It is followed by Logitech Z407 and Logitech G560 , with 6 and 5 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - June 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Computer Speaker
Tom's Guide
PC Gamer
TechRadar
CNET
PCMag
Wirecutter
Laptop Mag
Digital Trends
SoundGuys
IGN
1
- $269
Audioengine A2 Plus
-
-
1
6
-
-
7
1
-
7
2
- $120
Logitech Z407
-
3
2
4
6
-
10
4
-
-
3
- $345
Logitech G560
4
1
3
-
-
-
-
5
4
-
4
- $48
Creative Pebble Plus
-
2
10
3
2
-
-
6
-
-
5
- $40
Creative Pebble V3
3
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
2
3
6
- $142
Razer Nommo Chroma
-
4
-
10
-
-
9
-
-
9
7
- $459
Klipsch The Fives
-
-
-
-
4
-
4
-
-
1
8
- $121
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
2
-
8
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
9
- $300
Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4
-
-
5
9
3
-
-
-
-
-
10
+1 $349
Audioengine HD3
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
-
11
+1 $499
Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless
-
-
-
8
1
-
-
-
-
-
12
New * $199
Pioneer DM-50D
-
-
-
-
9
1
-
-
-
-
13
+1 $140
Edifier R1280DB
-
-
-
2
-
-
6
-
-
-
14
-1 $600
Razer Nommo Pro
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
15
-5 $199
Audioengine A1
-
-
-
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
16
-1 $380
Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5

We ranked Audioengine A2 Plus #1 in June 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Audioengine A2 Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best PC speakers hands down

Pros
Built-in digital-to-audio converter
Uncompressed audio through USB

Cons
No included subwoofer

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CNET

Best sound for under $300

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Laptop Mag

Superb computer speakers that are hard to come by

Pros
Crisp treble, balanced midrange, and bass
Wide soundfield
Compact and stylish
Useful outputs

Cons
Volume control placed in the back

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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers

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IGN

Best Bluetooth Computer Speakers

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We ranked Logitech Z407 #2 in June 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

Best speaker and subwoofer combo for around $100

Pros
Great Price
Wireless control knob
Easy to set up
Booming sound

Cons
Short cable runs

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TechRadar

A whole lotta BOOM for your buck

Pros
Impressive sound with rumbling sub
Classy, versatile and compact design

Cons
Wireless control confusing at first

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CNET

Wireless Logitech for just over $100

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PCMag

Best Affordable 2.1 Audio System

Pros
Powerful audio performance with rich lows and bright highs
Easy to operate
Affordable

Cons
Subwoofer can distort at top volumes
Hardwired cables are a little short

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Laptop Mag

Affordable desktop speakers that don’t skimp on bass

Pros
Immersive audio quality
Innovative dial controller
Stellar connectivity
Small size makes for a great desktop setup

Cons
Not the best for dialogue-related content
Controller is battery powered

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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers with a subwoofer

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

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Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Computer Speakers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for June 2022 ranking

We ranked Logitech G560 #3 in June 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Logitech G560 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best computer speakers with big sound for gamer

Pros
Excellent overall sound
Effective EQ and surround modes
Great bass performance
Impressive lighting options

Cons
Bass levels difficult to control for nighttime gaming
Lighting software can be finicky
Finding space for the large subwoofer may prove tricky

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PC Gamer

The best gaming PC speakers

Pros
Immersive Lightsync RGB lighting
Built in DTS:X Virtual Surround

Cons
RGB LEDs don't turn off in standby mode
Quite loud, even at low volume

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TechRadar

The best RGB lighting on PC speakers

Pros
Brilliant RGB lighting
DTS surround technology

Cons
Expensive

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Digital Trends

The best RGB computer speakers

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SoundGuys

Best for Gamers

Pros
RGB lighting syncs with game audio
Integrated DTS:X surround sound
Easy setup
Wired and Bluetooth support

Cons
RGB can be overbearing
Adding speakerscan get expensive
Surround sound not supported on MacOS

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We ranked Creative Pebble Plus #4 in June 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
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PC Gamer

The best budget computer speakers

Pros
Affordable
Small footprint
Excellent clarity

Cons
Tangle of cables
Bass is a little lacking

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TechRadar

Best budget option

Pros
Cheap
Quality sound for the price
Unique look

Cons
Only 3.5mm input
No other connectivity, wired or otherwise

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CNET

Best-sounding cheap PC speaker system

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PCMag

Most Affordable 2.1 System / Editors' Choice

Pros
Affordable.
Powerful audio performance with bright, detailed highs and rich lows.
Properly angled drivers.

Cons
Lots of wires.
No bass level knob.
Only one input.

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Digital Trends

The best budget computer speakers

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We ranked Creative Pebble V3 #5 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best computer speakers for style and value

Pros
Impressive sound performance
Space-saving design
Good selection of connectivity options
Price

Cons
Limited bass output
No headphone jack socket

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Laptop Mag

Best budget computer speakers

Pros
Unbeatable price
Amplified audio mode
Compact enough to travel with and a fit in any space
Bluetooth 5.0

Cons
Crackling at max volume
Won’t replace your home theater system

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SoundGuys

Best for Students

Pros
Minimal design
Portable
Price
USB-C

Cons
Bass can ruin certain songs
Plastic build

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IGN

Best Ultra Cheap Computer Speakers

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We ranked Razer Nommo Chroma #6 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

Simple yet stylish computer speakers

Pros
Fun, subtle RGB
Can go very loud

Cons
Bulky
No dedicated subwoofer

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CNET

Best gamer-friendly PC speaker

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Laptop Mag

Overachieving gaming speakers for cheap

Pros
Shockingly good sound
Striking, yet stealthy design
Bass and volume knobs

Cons
Same custom drivers as the Nommo Chroma
Lacks some of the features of its high-end siblings

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IGN

Best Gaming Speakers

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We ranked Klipsch The Fives #7 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Klipsch The Fives as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Most Forms of Connectivity / Editors' Choice

Pros
Excellent sound signature with crisp, detailed highs and round, rich bass depth
Handsome design, with removable tweed grilles
Lots of connectivity options, including Bluetooth, HDMI, Optical, and an input for turntables
192kHz/24-bit decoding from USB inputs

Cons
Expensive
No app or EQ support (yet)

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Laptop Mag

Monstrous speakers with monstrous sound

Pros
Stellar sound signature
Beautiful design and controls
Plenty of connection options
Can be paired with most turntables

Cons
Massively sized

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IGN

Best Computer Speakers

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We ranked Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX #8 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best speaker and subwoofer package for immersive multimedia

Pros
Impressive sub-bass performance with level control
Great clarity with music vocals
Wide stereo soundstage
THX certified for high-quality audio experience

Cons
No Bluetooth support
Finding space for the subwoofer may prove tricky

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TechRadar

THX-certified speakers that pack a punch

Pros
THX-certified, home theater-quality sound
Stunning value

Cons
Misses some low ends

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Wirecutter

If you want a subwoofer

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We ranked Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 #9 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Great for the artsy crowd

Pros
Powerful sound
Beautiful, artistic design
Great Bluetooth connectivity

Cons
Limited controls on offer
Not cheap

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CNET

Best design

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PCMag

Most Iconic Design / Editor's Choice

Pros
Balanced, powerful 2.1-channel audio performance
Iconic transparent design
Long cables for ideal stereo separation

Cons
All physical controls are located on the subwoofer
No adjustable EQ or sub settings

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We ranked Audioengine HD3 #10 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Audioengine HD3 as #1.
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Laptop Mag

Elite bookshelf computer speakers with hi-fi sound

Pros
Crystal clear sound
Built-in DAC and headphone amp
Handsome design
Strong wireless performance

Cons
Not for bass lovers

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SoundGuys

Best all around

Pros
Sound quality
Simple design
Built-in DAC and amp

Cons
Price

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We ranked Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless #11 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best PC speakers under $600

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PCMag

Best for audiophiles / Editor's Choice

Pros
Excellent audio performance with solid bass depth and clarity throughout the frequency range.
High-quality Bluetooth streaming with 24-bit upsampling.
Wired connectivity options.
Can be used with a subwoofer.

Cons
No source knob.
Limited remote control.

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We ranked Pioneer DM-50D #12 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Pioneer DM-50D as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Accurate Mixing on a Budget

Pros
Accurate and detailed sound signature
Dual audio modes
Multiple wired input options

Cons
Lacks sub-bass rumble
Limited EQ control

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Wirecutter

Great sound with outstanding flexibility

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We ranked Edifier R1280DB #13 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best PC speakers under $150

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Laptop Mag

Solid build quality and sound

Pros
Sophisticated and reliable construction
Well-balanced mids and highs
Bluetooth connectivity and bundled remote control

Cons
Distortion at high volumes
Bass presence could be stronger

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We ranked Razer Nommo Pro #14 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best computer speakers for gaming

Pros
Fantastic sound quality
Razer Chroma

Cons
Razer tax

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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers for gaming

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We ranked Audioengine A1 #15 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Under $200 pick

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PCMag

Audioengine's Only Wi-Fi Speakers

Pros
Rich, natural, and detailed audio with no digital signal processing
Multiroom playback via app
Wired aux input and subwoofer output

Cons
App doesn’t have an EQ
Not for those seeking powerful bass
Drivers aren't angled upward for ideal playback

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We ranked Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 #16 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

Best gaming soundbar

Pros
Versatile
Well designed
Plenty of connections
Designed for gaming

Cons
Bluetooth issues
Expensive for a soundbar
Large for some desks
Cumbersome app

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IGN

Best Surround Sound Speakers for PCs

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