November 2022

Computer Speakers: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 3 Nov 2022, Logitech Z407 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed computer speaker with 5 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 computer speaker' this month. It is followed by Creative Pebble Plus and Logitech G560 , with 5 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Computer Speaker
CNET
PC Gamer
IGN
SoundGuys
Wirecutter
Digital Trends
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
Laptop Mag
PCMag
1
- $100
Logitech Z407
4
3
-
-
-
4
-
1
-
6
2
- $40
Creative Pebble Plus
3
2
-
-
-
6
-
2
-
2
3
- $300
Logitech G560
-
1
-
4
-
5
4
-
-
-
4
- $35
Creative Pebble V3
-
-
3
2
-
-
3
-
3
-
5
- $425
Klipsch The Fives
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
4
4
6
- $269
Audioengine A2 Plus
6
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
7
-
7
- $349
Audioengine HD3
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
2
-
8
- $559
Razer Nommo Pro
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
3
11
-
9
- $125
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
-
-
-
-
4
-
2
9
-
-
10
- $499
Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
11
- $169
Pioneer DM-50D
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
9
12
- $105
Edifier R1280DB
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
16
- $285
Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
17
- $199
Audioengine A1
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
18
- $350
Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2
-
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19
- $250
Fluance Ai41
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
20
- $148
House of Marley Get Together Duo
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
8
21
- $250
Razer Leviathan V2
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10

We ranked Logitech Z407 #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Logitech Z407 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Wireless Logitech for just over $100

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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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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers with a subwoofer

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TechRadar

The best computer speakers overall

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

Cons
Wireless control confusing at first

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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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We ranked Creative Pebble Plus #2 in November 2022 because:

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

Best-sounding cheap PC speaker system

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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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Digital Trends

The best budget computer speakers

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TechRadar

The best budget PC speakers

Pros
Cheap
Quality sound for the price
Unique look

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

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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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Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Logitech G560 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Logitech G560 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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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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We ranked Creative Pebble V3 #4 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Ultra Cheap Computer Speakers

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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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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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We ranked Klipsch The Fives #5 in November 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:
IGN

Best Computer Speakers

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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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PCMag

Best Connectivity Options / 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 Audioengine A2 Plus #6 in November 2022 because:

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

Best sound for under $300

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Digital Trends

The best computer speakers

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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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We ranked Audioengine HD3 #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Computer Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert 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 #8 in November 2022 because:

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

The best computer speakers for gaming

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TechRadar

A premium set of computer speakers designed for gaming

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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We ranked Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX #9 in November 2022 because:

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

If you want a subwoofer

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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

Speakers that pack a punch and home theater-quality sound

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

Cons
Misses some low ends

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We ranked Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless #10 in November 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 / Editors' 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 #11 in November 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:
Wirecutter

Great sound with outstanding flexibility

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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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We ranked Edifier R1280DB #12 in November 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 Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 #13 in November 2022 because:

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

Best design

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PCMag

Most Iconic Design / Editors' 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 A1 #14 in November 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 #15 in November 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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We ranked Fluance Ai41 #16 in November 2022 because:

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

Value powered bookshelf speakers

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TechRadar

The best Bluetooth computer speakers for music

Pros
Full, high-mid forward sound
Multiple connectivity

Cons
No USB or USB-C
Not quite enough volume for large spaces

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We ranked House of Marley Get Together Duo #17 in November 2022 because:

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

An eco-friendly computer speaker you can take anywhere

Pros
Stylish, sustainable design
Bright sound
Can go wireless with one speaker
Reasonable price

Cons
Light on bass
Lossless and AAC Bluetooth codec support is MIA

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PCMag

Doubles as a Portable Speaker

Pros
Attractive, eco-friendly design
Bright, detailed sound signature
One speaker is portable
Can stream audio via Bluetooth or connect to aux/RC input

Cons
Can distort on deep bass
Lacks much true bass depth
Non-portable speaker must be plugged in to work

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We ranked Razer Leviathan V2 #18 in November 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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PCMag

Best Desktop Soundbar for Gamers

Pros
Full, crisp sound with thunderous bass
Good stereo imaging
Customizable RGB lighting

Cons
No 3.5mm or optical audio input
THX Spatial Audio offers limited benefits

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