Top 10 Best 2.1 Computer Speakers 2017

Sitting back and listening to music from your computer or laptop can be one of the most enjoyable ways to relax, but the sound quality of your favorite song can only be as good as the speaker system it is being played through. 2.1 speakers consist of two speakers and a subwoofer, which is easily more than enough for most computer systems. The problem is that there are so many available on the market that deciding between the different options can seem intimidating. We have done most of the research for you, and here are the top ten 2.1 computer speakers we have selected.

 

Top 10 Best 2.1 Computer Speakers Comparison Table

 

ProductImageFeaturesPrice 
1. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker SystemTHX-certified

200-watt digital hybrid amplifier

Compatible with gaming consoles and most portable audio devices
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2. Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 aptX Powered Bookshelf Bluetooth SpeakersIntegrated RCA audio inputs to connect optional wired home audio devices

Amplifier: 36 Watt Output Power
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3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with SubwooferIntegrated Bluetooth

Eight full-range transducers

6-Inch down-firing subwoofer
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4. Audioengine A2+ Premium Powered Desktop SpeakersIncludes USB, digital audio and subwoofer output

Integrated USB DAC
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5. Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker SystemControl pod to adjust or mute volume, connect headphones and add another audio device

Bose TrueSpace technology reproduces wide, natural sound
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6. Logitech Z623 Speaker System400Watts of Peak/200Watts (RMS)

RCA and 3.5mm inputs

Two satellite speakers and a powerful subwoofer
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7. Edifier USA Prisma Encore 2.1 Bluetooth Audio64 watts (subwoofer: 40w | satellites 12w each)

Professional amp with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Dynamic Range Control (DRC)
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8. Edifier USA 2.1 Speaker SystemUniquely designed

Wooden enclosed, magnetically shielded subwoofer with 5 1/2 inch driver

Capable of hosting multiple audio sources via 3.5mm auxiliary input, PC to PC signal input and CD to CD signal input
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9. Genius SW-G2.1 2000 2.1 Channel 45 Watts RMS Gaming Woofer Speaker SystemTotal output power 45 watts (RMS)

Dual input jacks for PC, TV, DVD, Game devices

Ultra-rigid MDF wooden cabinet subwoofer
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10. iKross Blue LED Hi-Fidelity 2.1 Satellite SpeakerPackage Content: 2 Speakers, 1 Subwoofer, 3.5mm Cable, Power Cord and Manual

Speaker 8W + Subwoofer 9W = 17W RMS and 34W Peak Power
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1. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System

The Klipsch ProMedia is a great speaker from a not so well known company. This speaker combination, which includes a large subwoofer and two smaller speakers, provide an amazing 200 watts of clear digital sound. These speakers are THX certified, and provide a beautiful sound experience that rivals some of the more known sound competitors like Bose. A fairly unique feature of this speaker system is the inclusion of both a volume and a bass knob at the base of the left speaker. The Klipsch has MicroTractrix Horn technology that allows users to get the most out of their digital music.

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2. Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 aptX Powered Bookshelf Bluetooth Speakers

These Bluetooth enabled computer speakers are small in form factor, but they provide an exceptionally large sound. Designed to fit inconspicuously on a shelf, they deliver amazing accuracy as a result of Grace Digital’s acoustic tuning and modeling. The Bluetooth button is conveniently placed on top of the left speaker, and the speakers themselves support the universal Bluetooth protocol SBC. The speaker output of the Grace Digital is approximately 36 watts. For Smartphone users, there is a convenient USB jack on the speakers for quick recharge access. Currently, the exterior of these speakers can be purchased in a black, white, or red stitched leather textured material.

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3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer

Simply put, the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks are the most beautiful speakers on our list. Currently, one of the previous models of this speaker system is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Both of the futuristic transparent speakers are complete with four transducers that are each one inch in width. The dome-shaped subwoofer has one transducer on the bottom of the device that is raised from the surface by spaceship-like legs. The angle of each speaker is fully adjustable, and the volume control on the left speaker is touch sensitive. Insofar as performance, these speakers deliver an impressive 55 watts per channel.

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4. Audioengine A2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

Audioengine has made a good name for themselves by making small speakers that have amazing sound. The A2+ speakers are 6 inches tall and 4 inches deep. The sound quality from these little speakers approaches the 3D quality that people expect from a good set of headphones. What is most impressive about these speakers is that Audioengine did not include any digital signal processing (DSP). DSP is typically used by speaker manufacturers to artificially boost base frequencies in a speaker system, so the fact that these speakers produce such a rich sound without this feature is impressive. This speaker system is available in black, white, and red.

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5. Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System

Bose is one of the most well known producers of quality audio systems, and the Bose Companion 20 helps extends that legacy into the world of computer speakers. These speakers have an impressive build quality, and include a control pod that allows for easy volume adjustment, headphone attachment, and exterior device connection. The Bose TrueSpace Technology produces an amazing sound, especially when listening to an acoustic or an electric guitar. It also has an active electronic equalization system that ensures a full range of natural sound can be experienced. The inconspicuous silver design means that they can be placed anywhere in the room.

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6. Logitech Z623 Speaker System

Logitech is well known for creating quality speakers at a reasonably low budget. The tiny, yet powerful Z623 speaker system is one of the best that the company has produced so far. For everyday listening, users will be able to get crystal clear sound while only needing to turn the volume up a third of the way. The bases of the speakers are padded to assure that vibrations do not damage the surface that the speakers are housed upon. In addition, there is a convenient connection for headphones and external devices right on the front of the right speaker. When it comes to sound quality, these speakers are THX certified.

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7. Edifier USA Prisma Encore 2.1 Bluetooth Audio

The Edifier USA Prisma speaker system has one of the more unique looks on our list. The subwoofer sports a rounded pyramid shape, and the speakers themselves are angled towers. The subwoofer transducer is oriented downward; and as a result, the design takes on an even more futuristic shape. This sleek styled speaker system is available in glossy black and white. In addition, a wireless remote that controls the volume and the audio source selection is included. Volume and playback features on this speaker system are touch sensitive. The Edifier USA Prisma produces a crystal clear sound quality of 64 watts.

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8. Edifier USA 2.1 Speaker System

This is another uniquely designed speaker system from the folks at Edifier. The USA 2.1 speaker system is a seamless blend of features, consisting of the unique visual styling that Edifier is known for combined with quality components at a very reasonable price. The system also comes with a master volume controller that is padded to help avoid damaging any surface that it’s sitting on. The controller itself is a uniquely designed dial that is positioned above two 3.5 inch jacks for audio output and input. Under the volume dial is a glowing blue LED which looks nice in low light. Finally, the system has an output of about 16 watts, but produces a great overall sound.

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9. Genius SW-G2.1 2000 2.1 Channel 45 Watts RMS Gaming Woofer Speaker System

Emblazoned with a scorpion on the subwoofer, the Genius SW-G2 is clearly designed with gaming in mind. This system comes with two speakers, a subwoofer, and a rather large control module that everything else plugs into. Each transducer is colored a brilliant metallic blue that is almost luminescent. The volume knob is also illuminated by a color changing LED. When you change the source settings on the controller, the LED changes color as well. There are input jacks on the controller for line in, mic, and the standard 3.5mm headphone connector. The total output power for the unit is 45 watts, which is a good amount of power for gaming. This system is also rated not just for PCs, but for Android and iOS devices as well.

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10. iKross Blue LED Hi-Fidelity 2.1 Satellite Speaker

By far the brightest speakers on the list, the iKross Blue LED speaker system looks packed with otherworldly power when fully illuminated. The illumination on these speakers is accomplished by using ambient, glowing blue LED lights that are encased in plexiglass on each speaker unit. Connections to a myriad of devices are made with a simple 3.5mm audio jack. When it comes to power, the iKross has two powerful full-range neodymium drivers that provide a great high fidelity sound. The speakers also produce around eight watts of power, which isn’t incredibly strong, but they deliver great sound.

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2.1 Computer Speaker Buyer’s Guide

 

Price

Pricing will set the tone for every other category. First establish how much you want to spend. You can get an impressive 2.1 computer speaker setup for under $100 and a good setup for around $50, but they won’t have the bells and whistles or range of sound that a unit running at a higher price range will offer.

 

Ease Of Use

Ease of using the volume controls and power button are easily missed, but of great importance for frustration’s sake. If your 2.1 computer speakers are going into the perfect little nook that they just fit in, you will really want the controls on the front and the line inputs easily accessible.

 

Size

Speaking of space, different 2.1 speaker setups will have vastly different space needs. Some units offer onboard subwoofers in the regular speakers themselves, making them much bigger, but without the added space of a separate subwoofer unit. Most 2.1 speaker setups have a separate subwoofer unit, however, and here sizing can vary wildly. Consider your own desktop needs when shopping.

 

Frequency

For the quality of the sound experience itself you will need to consider a 2.1 computer speaker setup’s given frequency range. Speaking generally, higher frequency speakers are easy enough to find. You will want to look out for the lower end of the subwoofer’s range. The human ear can hear a rough range of 20Hz – 20kHz, so the closer that subwoofer comes to 20Hz the better. That said, your experience would be far from subpar with a subwoofer that can reach 50Hz. Note that with better range will come a heftier price tag.

 

Distortion

Another quality of sound note is researching into a speaker’s sound distortion at higher volumes. This isn’t a specification that will be listed on the box, but usually a quick search through product reviews can bring to attention a tendency towards that jarring, crackling fuzz at the breakdown of your favorite song.

 

Connectivity

Note what kind of input your computer will require. RCA input, 3.5 mm input, and Bluetooth are used in various combinations on each separate 2.1 computer speaker set. If your computer only has a 3.5 mm port and your speakers only come with RCA input it’ll take an unnecessary haul to your local electronics store to get the required adaptor. If you want to play music from your phone and keep it on hand while you do chores you’ll definitely want to find yourself a 2.1 speaker setup with Bluetooth connectivity.

If your speakers are going to be on-the-go or if you just want a sleeker looking speaker you may want to shun any 2.1 speaker setups with plastic casings. More durable materials can get expensive, but a sudden drop from a bag can be much more so if your computer speakers break.