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The Best Computer Speakers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.

While we’ve aggregated an assortment of tech for portable, studio-quality sound — Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones, for instance — we have yet to dive into at-home sound systems. Here, the best computer speakers (some of which could also accompany a record-player setup or a home-theater system) currently available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best computer speakers under $100

Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers (with 3.5mm AUX & PC input)

“These are great little speakers that really live up to the Bose name. I bought these for my computer at work as I like to listen to music in my office while I work through out the day. I was unhappy with my $20 junk speakers and decided to see if these entry price point Bose speakers would actually be any good. They absolutely are! I listen to my music moderately low so that I don’t bother anyone in the office, at these volume levels they are crystal clear and actually have very very nice mid and bass tones despite not having a subwoofer. These are all I could ever ask for out of speakers at this price point, they have exceeded my expectations completely.”

Edifier R980T 4” Active Bookshelf Speakers

“Amazing what kind of sound you get for $75-per-pair self-powered speakers. They’re not $5,000 audiophile models, but they’re clearly superior to speakers I’ve heard costing three to five times more. This is really a no-brainer. Buy them for an extra room, etc. They are remarkably good, and for $75, they are a screaming bargain.”

Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System

“I am an audiophile, so I know good-sounding speakers. To get this kind of sound for only paying $65 is simply amazing! If you want speakers that are crystal clear … these are it. If you want speakers that have warm mids and smooth highs … these are it. If you want speakers with the look and feel of good design and quality … these are it.”

Best computer speakers under $50

Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with Bass Flex Technology

“This is as good as it gets at this price point. The quality is as good as a speaker over $100. Small compact design but heavy, so you can tell the speakers are built right. Did I say the sound quality is great? Well, it is amazing. Not the slightest feel of echo; it has a rich sound with plenty of bass. Very loud. I tried several speakers on this price range throughout the years, and they always feel lacking. This one sets the tone for an inexpensive speaker with top quality design and parts.”

Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z200 (With Inputs for Multiple Devices)

“These speakers are fantastic. You can hook them up to a USP port to power them or use the AC power cord that plugs into an outlet. It has a spot for audio in and audio out, which is also fantastic. The speakers put out a good amount of sound, and they do not sound tinny, which is also a huge plus. I actually can’t think of anything I don’t like about them.”

Logitech Z130 3.5mm Jack Compact Laptop Speakers

“I can’t believe the quality of these speakers for $20. I just wanted to upgrade my laptop speakers and not surprisingly these are a massive upgrade … I’m very pleased I went with these because not only are they more powerful than other speakers in their price range but they also sound great, too. They don’t distort except at extremely high volumes. They get plenty loud to fill a room with clarity at high volume and also have halfway decent bass. I also really like that these plug into the headphone jack of the computer and don’t require me to use up a USB port. If I want to listen to my headphones, there’s a jack on the right speaker. This is a seriously good value for a pair of computer speakers. Unless you are VERY picky and consider yourself an audiophile snob, these are perfect.”

Best audiophile-grade computer speakers

Audioengine A5+ Active 2-Way Speakers

“Could these be any more beautiful? I put on a wide variety of things and I felt like I was almost in the room with those that had real instruments. But since the majority of music I listen to has synthetic instruments, I listened to more of that, and it was still amazing. I LOVE these speakers and they have given me much joy, and they shall continue to do so for hopefully a very long time. NO cons whatsoever, just close my eyes and enjoy the music … (and tear up more often than not …).”

Audioengine A2+ 2-way Powered Speaker System

“Are you kidding me? I can only describe this speaker as ‘truth to your ears’; such incredible clarity across the spectrum without sounding shrill or amped. I’ve owned these speakers for almost six months and I’ve never enjoyed listening to my music as much as I do now.”

Best-looking computer speakers

Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System

“There are no better computer speakers on the market. The Bose 20s are worth the $249. I’ve tried speakers from all price categories. These Bose 20s beat them all, and it’s not close. The sound output and quality are incredible, considering that these are only a pair of speakers that take up very little room and do not have a separate subwoofer unit. Whether you are listening to Beethoven, Black Sabbath, Slayer, or gaming with Fight Night or Battlefield 4, these speakers won’t let you down.”

Best-looking computer speakers set with subwoofer

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer

“The sound is very crisp and clear. The design is beautiful. I hooked it up in ten minutes. I do like to ‘feel’ the bass as with older speakers and subwoofers. I don’t really want this subwoofer under anything … it’s just too nice. I can hear a slight difference when turning up the bass, which is also the on/off button. Overall, I love this product. It’s not cheaply made either, another plus. I definitely recommend this for those that love the inner components of products. Very cool!”

Best computer speaker set with subwoofer under $100

Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers — Easy-access Volume Control, Headphone Jack

“All right, for the 99 percent of you that don’t care about cables, these are great speakers. I’ve had Logitech speakers for as long as I can remember, and each time I get a new set, they are better than the last by a big margin. The sound quality in music is absolutely tremendous. It’s not too crazy on the bass, and the high notes are just crisp as can be. For PC gaming, these have actually caused me to hurt myself a few times. When you crank them up, and in some combat games (Battlefield V in this example) when you get hit by a sniper, the sound of the round cracking through the air is so lifelike and sharp, it’s caused me to flinch and bump into things. I think that’s absolutely amazing … that a set of speakers can get me to react like that, and I paid less than 100 bucks for them!”

Best THX-certified computer speakers for streaming Netflix

Logitech Z623 THX 400 Watt Home Speaker System, 2.1 Speaker System

“I bought the Logitech with a little fear that the sound would be off in some way. Shrill or muddy? I work in film and supervise the sound mixes for my movies, so I have a pretty fussy set of ears. To my relief, these speakers are compact and yet give a nice focused, resonant sound. The sub tucks away behind my iMac, but still distributes the base, and the outriggers give a nice full sound with good top end. A happy purchase.”

Best computer speakers for gaming

Razer Nommo Full Range 2.0 PC Gaming Speakers With Rear-Facing Bass Ports (And Bass Control Knob)

“Words can’t describe how great these speakers are, but damn it, I’m going to try. The sound from these speakers is just absolutely amazing! … Everything sounds clear and crisp, and the added bass knob is a plus, as I can now adjust my bass levels without tinkering with any settings in Windows Media Player. I know they’re labeled as ‘gaming speakers,’ but these are great for everyday use as well. And the $99 isn’t too bad if you’re looking for great sound quality.”

Best USB-powered computer speakers

Creative Pebble 2.0 USB-Powered Desktop Speakers for PCs and Laptops

“These speakers are remarkably well-balanced — and provide an incredible amount of clarity at their softest (which is much quieter than other speakers at this price point) and loudest (no distortion; granted, I haven’t had much reason to test their upper limits). The bass is perfect at close proximity … the speakers are obviously oriented to serve one pair of ears sitting near the source — and they do that marvelously.”

Best computer speaker sound bar with Bluetooth

Avantree AptX Low Latency Bluetooth Sound Bar

“Buy it. We got this solely to upgrade our MacBook Pro laptop’s wimpy speakers. We used to have to turn everything off and strain to hear the audio. WOW, what an incredibly clear, crisp, and loud improvement!”

Best budget computer speakers

Logitech S120 2.0 Stereo Speakers

“I was very pleasantly surprised by these speakers. We thought, based on the price, that we would not be able to turn these up very loud, but they are plenty loud enough for my one-bedroom apartment. This is the best $10 I’ve ever spent.”

Best budget computer speaker and subwoofer set

Logitech Z313 Speaker System

“Fantastic value! Honestly, they are worth at least double what Logitech sells them for. Setup was a breeze; my only gripe is that the cables are very long (and create clutter if not managed properly). The subwoofer definitely packs a punch, nothing wall-shaking, but definitely perfect for a bedroom.”

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The Best Computer Speakers, According to Amazon Reviews