Is the technology world’s direction to head towards ultimate thinness, with phones and laptops stopping you from enjoying your audio? Do you feel a lack of bass and depth when you listen to songs on your computer or laptop? Well, what you need then is a good pair of speakers.
Proper computer speakers come with large drivers and have a lot of space around them to create a much louder, fuller sounding audio. But these speakers seem too complicated to set up and use daily?
Modern speakers come with a ton of connectivity options from Bluetooth to NFC and 3.5mm headphone jack making connecting them very easy. Plus the speakers we’ve suggested do not need any additional amplification and work well with any source.
When it comes to buying a speaker the first thing we suggest is that you understand what you need in terms of sound. Every person has a different taste in music and how it is listened to. Some prefer a lot of basses, some love it balanced while some like treble. Check out our buying guide at the end to understand more. Also, check out all our audio related articles to get the complete picture about audio specifications and jargon.
To find the best computer speakers we read through suggestions from some of the biggest technology websites in the world like SoundGuys, TechRadar, PCMag and Whathifi? So that you do not have to go through them all.
Best computer speakers (5.1 channel)
The Z906 with its 5.1 channel sound makes for a superb addition to your desktop or television because of its depth and punch in almost all the frequencies. You also get two cool ways of interacting with it depending on whether you are using it with a desktop or television.
The Z906’s design is similar to the Logitech Z625 we talked about in our best 2.1 channel speaker article, with the same grey and black finish and a design that's more functional than aesthetic.
The Z906 is made up of four satellite speakers, one centre channel and one subwoofer. Expert Reviews found the build quality to be extraordinary claiming that they felt so premium that they would-be unscathed even after a drop.
In terms of connectivity, you have a lot of options from the more common 3.5mm to specialized ports like RCA, six-channel direct, digital coaxial and optical inputs. Sadly the Z906 lacks Bluetooth and HDMI inputs which is why we had to take a few points off it.
To control such a huge system you have two control options: one is a control console which lets you control the volume, inputs and stereo effect. This is useful if you use the system while paired to a computer and you have the control console next to you on a table.
Logitech also provides you with a remote control for when you connect the Z906 to a Television and you need to sit away and control it.
The Logitech Z906 also comes with THX certification, which is designed to give you a theatre-like experience.
Expert Reviews tried the speaker system with a Blu-Ray of "Avatar" and were surprised by the beefiness of the sound from the speakers. They loved the details that were reproduced faithfully including the depth of the bangs and crashes and the delicacy with it reproduced the sound of leaves rustling. All this combined gives you a cinema surround experience that is not easily reproduced by most laptop and TV speakers.
Talking specifically about the low frequencies, they found it to be excellent, giving you accurate and tight rumble without drowning out the sounds from the other speakers (overlapping other frequencies). These speakers are great with other frequencies as well, giving your crisp dialogue, rich vocals, and good high frequencies.
Logitech offers a 2-year warranty on the product and you need to take the product to their service centre to get it repaired in case of any issues.
The Logitech Z906 comes from a line of speakers by Logitech that is designed for your computer and television alike. Their THX certification means they give you a loud surround sound experience. They offer a lot of sound for what they are priced and are great for movies, music and gaming.
They are priced at around Rs. 17000 which may seem a little high but its really not, given the surround sound effect and the sheer quality of the sound it produces. Whether you want to listen to some tunes or lay back watching an action movie, the Logitech Z906 will surely give you all the rumble you need.
Powerful and loud surround sound
Great value for a 5.1 channel speaker
Useful control panel along with remote control
Dolby Digital & DTS decoding
Lots of inputs (Aux, RCA, Optical)
No HDMI port
Wires not long enough
Where to buy it?
Best computer speakers (2.1 channel)
Harman Kardon SoundSticks III
With an otherworldly design by Sir Jony Ive and a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III are a triumph of design and acoustic design. Delivering an excellent aural experience from the towers and foot thumping bass from the downward facing subwoofer the Soundsticks III deserves to be displayed prominently while you use them. Read our article on 2.1 channel speakers to know more about the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III.
Gorgeous, futuristic design
Loud sound with deep lows
Great audio quality
Decent price for the sound and design
Has a bass and volume controller
Lacks remote control
The bass control knob is on the subunit
Only 1-year warranty
Best computer speakers (2.1 channel)
Logitech Z625 THX
The Logitech Z625 is a brilliant 2.1 channel speaker for people who do not want to go overboard in terms of their budget and space. With thundering bass and a loud, clear sound, they are an excellent addition to your computer, laptop or television. Read more about how they perform in our 2.1 channel speakers article.
Excellent great bass
Lots of inputs (Aux, RCA, Optical)
Great for movies and games
Has a dedicated volume and a bass knob at the front
Not for Audiophiles
Lacks in the treble region
Lacks remote control
Best speakers for laptop (2.0 channel, Budget)
Logitech Stereo Speakers Z120
The Logitech Z120 produces clear sound with decent bass in a cool looking package that's not just small on your table but light on your wallet as well.
The Z120 is a 2.0 channel speaker that has only the volume and power control on itself and is powered via USB and takes in audio through a 3.5mm jack. There's no other connectivity option like Bluetooth, but for the price, we can’t really complain.
Its polar white colour and black front give it a nice snowman like look which will go really well with your laptop or computer.
It also comes with a cord winder at the back so you can reduce the length of the cord and just enough to prevent clutter on your desk. Thoughtful addition there Logitech!
The sound of the Z120 manages good low end and treble doing justice to vocals and instruments despite the tiny 1.2W speaker. However, being a budget speaker it has limitations, as the voice crackles at high volumes but the balanced wholesome sound still makes it a great buy. In fact, it easily outperforms your smartphone, tablet or laptops, puny speakers.
You also get a 1-year of warranty on the product and you have to take it to a service centre in case of any issues.
The Logitech Z120 with its budget price is designed primarily for use with Laptops and Desktop, this is because of the fact that it draws power from the USB port. Also compared to the other picks this is going to be much softer so do not use this if you have a very large room.
Priced at nearly Rs.850, the Logitech Z120 is pretty much unbeatable in its category due to its tiny size, clean sound, and good bass. This makes it one of the best budget computer speaker around.
Clear and Loud audio
Distortion at high volume
No bass controller
Buying Guide to the best computer speakers
As we have said many times before, recommending an audio product is difficult due to the sheer variation in tastes of people. So we always recommend people to listen to an audio product before making a purchase.
The next important thing to keep in mind is not to get carried away with specifications and marketing tagline. Audio is one of the few categories where specifications and certifications don't always convert into a good experience.
We had previously written about speakers in our Best 2.1 channel speakers and Best Bluetooth speakers articles. The Bluetooth speakers are great when you use with a phone or even an MP3 Player as they give you portability and still sound better than the speaker on your smartphone. But they do lack when you pair them with a laptop or a desktop and you need a much more fuller sounding experience for your PC.
This is when you need 2.1 channel speakers as they give you the high frequency as well as reproduce low frequencies much better due to their dedicated compartments. But these are not the only options available for your laptops and desktops as you can get high-quality studio speakers (2.0) or Bluetooth speakers (2.0) and even proper 5.1 channel speakers that will take your desktop movie watching to another level.
Still, have some questions about speakers? Check out the FAQs section below.
- Is there support for Bluetooth?
Only a few products in our list support Bluetooth
- Can this be connected to television?
- Can these speakers be used on a laptop with single 3.5mm audio out port?
- What is the use of the part that labelled "console"? (Logitech Z906)
The console is the controller for the Logitech Z906 through which you can control the input, volume and more
- Does it have USB support?
Only a few of our best picks have this feature
- Does it have Surround Speaker?
The Logitech Z906, Harman Kardon Soundsticks and Logitech Z625 are true surround speakers as they use a subwoofer and speaker arrangement. The Logitech Z120 is a very basic speaker with left and right channel but its not the best surround experience.
When we talk about computer speakers we talk about a large category under which there are different types of speakers. You can have a high end 5.1 channel speaker with its multiple speaker arrangements or you can have something small like a 2.0 channel. Given the varied tastes and budget, we have four different picks for you.
For a speaker that gives you a cinematic experience with the surround effect at a great price the 5.1 channel, Logitech Z906 is what you must pick if you want to treat your ears. Its dedicated subwoofer can produce rumbling bass while the speakers give your clear sound without distortion.
If you, however, are more artistic and will detest the drab greys and blacks of the Logitech products, you can pick the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 channel speakers which looks more like a sculpture that resonates sound. These are not as value for money as the 5.1 channel, but good design is rarely cheap!
For nearly half the price of the Z906 and Soundsticks III, the Logitech Z265 sound excellent and offer you a great catalogue of connectivity so you can connect it to any type of device.
But if you do not want to spend a lot and just need a pair of speakers that's better than what your laptop or desktop offers than the Logitech Z120 will suit your needs perfectly. It is a no-nonsense basic pair of speaker that sound good and cost less than Rs.1000.
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