January 2022

Computer Speakers: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - January 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Computer Speaker
TechRadar
CNET
Wirecutter
SoundGuys
Laptop Mag
PCMag
Digital Trends
IGN
Tom's Guide
PC Gamer
1
- $269
Audioengine A2 Plus
1
6
-
-
6
-
1
1
3
-
2
- $74
Logitech Z407
2
4
-
-
9
7
4
2
-
3
3
- $360
Logitech G560
3
-
-
4
-
-
5
7
7
1
4
- $47
Creative Pebble Plus
10
3
-
-
-
2
6
-
-
2
5
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Creative Pebble V3
-
-
-
2
3
-
-
3
6
-
6
- $349
Audioengine HD3
-
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
-
-
7
- Check price
Razer Nommo Pro
4
-
-
-
8
-
3
-
-
-
8
- $113
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
8
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
9
+3 $300
Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4
-
10
-
-
12
3
-
-
-
-
10
-1 $499
Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless
-
9
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
11
-1 Check price
Mackie CR5-XBT
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
12
-1 $140
Edifier R1280DB
-
2
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
13
- $600
Klipsch The Fives
-
-
-
-
2
4
-
-
-
-
14
- $170
Harman Soundsticks III
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
15
- $199
Audioengine A1
-
5
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
16
- $95
Razer Nommo Chroma
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
17
New * $230
Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2
-
-
-
-
11
-
-
-
-
5
18
-1 $497
LG UltraGear GP9
-
-
-
-
-
11
-
-
-
6

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

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Audioengine A2 Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Big things come in small packages

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 Computer Speakers

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Tom's Guide

The best computer speakers for big budgets

Pros
Detailed sound
Balanced bass, treble and mid

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Logitech Z407 #2 in January 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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 under $100

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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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PCMag

Best 2.1 Audio on a Budget

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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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers with a subwoofer

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IGN

Best Budget Computer Speakers

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PC Gamer

Best speaker/subwoofer combo under $100

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

Cons
Short cable runs

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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Capture Rankings

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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 January 2022 ranking

We ranked Logitech G560 #3 in January 2022 because:

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

An RGB light show

Pros
Brilliant RGB lighting
DTS surround technology

Cons
Expensive

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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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Digital Trends

The best RGB computer speakers

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IGN

Best RGB Computer Speakers

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Tom's Guide

The best computer speakers for gaming

Pros
Excellent overall sound
Big bass
Fun lighting options

Cons
Lighting software can be finicky
Large subwoofer

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

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

Best for budget 2.1 audio / 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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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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We ranked Creative Pebble V3 #5 in January 2022 because:

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

Best for Students

Pros
Minimal design
Portable
Price
USB-C

Cons
Bass can ruin certain songs
Plastic build

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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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IGN

Best Ultra Cheap Computer Speakers

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Tom's Guide

The best computer speakers value

Pros
Big sound from a small package
Stylish design
Plenty of connection options

Cons
Limited bass
Lacks headphone output

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We ranked Audioengine HD3 #6 in January 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Audioengine HD3 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
SoundGuys

Best all around

Pros
Sound quality
Simple design
Built-in DAC and amp

Cons
Price

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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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We ranked Razer Nommo Pro #7 in January 2022 because:

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

The ultimate gaming speakers

Pros
Fantastic sound quality
Razer Chroma

Cons
Razer tax

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Laptop Mag

The best computer speakers for gaming

Pros
Immersive sound
Multiple inputs
User-friendly app and software
Striking design

Cons
Up there in price
Sound modes can make low end overbearing

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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers for gaming

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

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

Excellent speakers with a subwoofer — but no Bluetooth

Pros
Impressive bass
Clear vocals
Wide sound

Cons
No Bluetooth

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

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

Best design

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Laptop Mag

Premium sound in a futuristic design

Pros
Eye-catching design
Deep bass and full vocals
Bluetooth streaming

Cons
Up there in price
Requires extra room for the setup

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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 A5 Plus Wireless #10 in January 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 $500

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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 Mackie CR5-XBT #11 in January 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Mackie CR5-XBT as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Everything you need in a computer speaker

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IGN

Best Stereo Speakers for PCs

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We ranked Edifier R1280DB #12 in January 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
Distortion at high volumes

Cons
Bass presence could be stronger

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We ranked Klipsch The Fives #13 in January 2022 because:

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

Best for powerful, versatile stereo sound / 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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We ranked Harman Soundsticks III #14 in January 2022 because:

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

Great sound in a cool,aesthetically pleasing package

Pros
Futuristic look
Tons of bass power

Cons
Limited controls

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Tom's Guide

Space-age looks with slick sound

Pros
Stylish
Well-balanced sound

Cons
Tall satellites
More expensive than similar-sounding systems

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We ranked Audioengine A1 #15 in January 2022 because:

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

Under $200 pick

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PCMag

Best for DSD-free stereo bluetooth audio

Pros
Accurate stereo audio performance with no DSP
Wired aux in and subwoofer out
AAC and AptX support

Cons
Lacks powerful bass depth
Drivers should be angled upward to align with ears

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We ranked Razer Nommo Chroma #16 in January 2022 because:

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

Best gamer-friendly PC speaker

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PC Gamer

Best computer speaks with RGB

Pros
Fun, subtle RGB
Booming sound

Cons
Bulky

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We ranked Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 #17 in January 2022 because:

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

The best soundbar for gaming

Pros
Wide, spacious sound
Lots of customization and input options
Attractive design with RGB lighting
Ideal for music, movies, and gaming

Cons
Expensive
Added height might not accommodate desktop placement

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PC Gamer

Best gaming soundbar and subwoofer

Pros
Versatile
Well designed
Plenty of connections

Cons
Bluetooth issues
Expensive for a soundbar
Large for some desks

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We ranked LG UltraGear GP9 #18 in January 2022 because:

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

Best for best soundbar for gamers

Pros
Powerful sound
Good stereo imaging
Bluetooth connectivity
Built-in battery
Headset jack supports DTS Headphone:X simulated surround sound

Cons
Expensive
Limited as a portable speaker
Poor microphone

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PC Gamer

Best wireless speaker

Pros
Wireless
Great Surround Sound
Good battery life

Cons
Very expensive
Microphone needs work

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