September 2021

Computer Speakers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Computer Speaker rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2021.

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Computer Speaker
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
CNET
Wirecutter
PCMag
SoundGuys
Laptop Mag
Digital Trends
PC Gamer
IGN
1
- $269
Audioengine A2 Plus
2
1
6
-
-
-
6
1
-
1
2
- $75
Logitech Z407
-
2
4
-
8
-
9
4
3
2
3
- $200
Logitech G560
6
3
-
-
-
4
-
5
1
7
4
- $57
Creative Pebble Plus
-
10
3
-
2
-
-
6
2
-
5
- $486
Razer Nommo Pro
-
4
-
-
11
-
10
3
-
-
6
- $349
Audioengine HD3
-
-
-
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
7
- $40
Creative Pebble V3
-
-
-
-
-
2
3
-
-
3
8
+10 $95
Razer Nommo Chroma
3
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
9
+8 $199
Audioengine A1
-
-
5
-
5
-
12
-
-
-
10
-2 $499
Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless
-
-
10
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
11
-2 $220
Mackie CR5-XBT
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
4
12
-2 $140
Edifier R1280DB
-
-
2
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
13
-2 $300
Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4
-
-
8
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
14
-2 $799
Klipsch The Fives
-
-
-
-
4
-
2
-
-
-
15
-2 $200
Harman Soundsticks III
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
16
-2 $30
Cyber Acoustics CA-3090
10
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
17
-2 $100
Creative T100
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
18
-2 $107
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
-
8
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
19
New * $499
Klipsch R-41PM
-
-
-
-
7
-
11
-
-
-
20
- $169
Pioneer DJ VM-50
-
-
-
-
9
-
8
-
-
-

We ranked Audioengine A2 Plus #1 in September 2021 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:
Tom's Guide

The best computer speakers for big budgets

Pros
Detailed sound
Balanced bass, treble and mid

Cons
Expensive

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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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We ranked Logitech Z407 #2 in September 2021 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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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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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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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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IGN

Best Budget Computer Speakers

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify 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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked Logitech G560 #3 in September 2021 because:

  • 6 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 for gaming

Pros
Excellent overall sound
Big bass
Fun lighting options

Cons
Lighting software can be finicky
Large subwoofer

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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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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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IGN

Best RGB Computer Speakers

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We ranked Creative Pebble Plus #4 in September 2021 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

Editor's 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 Razer Nommo Pro #5 in September 2021 because:

  • 4 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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PCMag

Best for PC Gamers

Pros
Powerful, bass-heavy sound.
Crisp, clean music performance.

Cons
Relatively expensive for desktop speakers.
THX and Dolby sound modes tend to focus a bit too much on sub-bass.

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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 Audioengine HD3 #6 in September 2021 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 Creative Pebble V3 #7 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 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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We ranked Razer Nommo Chroma #8 in September 2021 because:

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

The best cheap computer speakers

Pros
Impressive sound quality
Loud for its size
Customizable Chroma lighting

Cons
A bit bulky

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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 Audioengine A1 #9 in September 2021 because:

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

Under $200 pick

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PCMag

Most Affordable Audioengine Speakers

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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Laptop Mag

Affordable bookshelf speakers with sonic accuracy

Pros
High-resolution stereo sound
Compact, well-built design
Bluetooth 5.0

Cons
Bass depth could be stronger
Noticeable hum when using line-in cable

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We ranked Audioengine A5 Plus Wireless #10 in September 2021 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

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 Mackie CR5-XBT #11 in September 2021 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 September 2021 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 Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 #13 in September 2021 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 / 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 Klipsch The Fives #14 in September 2021 because:

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

Editor's 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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We ranked Harman Soundsticks III #15 in September 2021 because:

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

Great sound in a cool,aesthetically pleasing package

Pros
Futuristic look
Tons of bass power

Cons
Limited controls

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We ranked Cyber Acoustics CA-3090 #16 in September 2021 because:

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

Big sound on a budget

Pros
Inexpensive
Bright treble

Cons
Muffled bass and midrange

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SoundGuys

Bang for your Buck

Pros
Price
Comes with dedicated sub
control pod

Cons
Bass is a little weak
Satellite speakers are a little small

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We ranked Creative T100 #17 in September 2021 because:

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

Ideal for smaller desks

Pros
Compact design
Good sound quality
Bluetooth 5.0

Cons
Won't blow you away
Limited ports

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PC Gamer

The best all-round speakers

Pros
Crisp and clear audio
Restrained two-speaker design
Great set of features/controls

Cons
Lack oomph

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We ranked Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX #18 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 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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We ranked Klipsch R-41PM #19 in September 2021 because:

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

Best for Subwoofer Owners

Pros
Excellent audio performance with rich bass and clear, articulated highs.
No stereo receiver required.
Excellent connectivity, including built-in Bluetooth.
Handsome design.

Cons
Doesn't automatically pair with recently connected devices.
Not for those seeking sub-bass rumble.

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Laptop Mag

Legacy sound in a fancy design

Pros
Wide soundstage with rich bass
Plenty of connection options
Handsome design

Cons
Stridency at high volume
Bluetooth is clunky

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We ranked Pioneer DJ VM-50 #20 in September 2021 because:

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

Reasonably Priced Studio Monitors

Pros
Powerful, accuracy-focused sound signature
Adjustable DSP aims for flexibility, not sculpting
Relatively affordable as a pair

Cons
DSP cannot be bypassed
No audio cables included

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Laptop Mag

Entry-level speakers with high-end audio

Pros
Accurate sound
Customizable DSP
Sleek construction
Studio-friendly inputs

Cons
Lacks accessories
No Bluetooth

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