Computer Speakers For Desktops & Laptops

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The sleek soundbar is packed to the brim with technology, highlighted by a virtual surround sound technology that’s meant to create an immersive environment far beyond a standard soundbar’s capabilities. Yamaha’s Clear Voice technology makes sure that dialogue comes across crystal clear, and features like Game Sound Mode aim to enhance specific frequencies to improve your gaming experience. And, at 23 inches wide, it’s the perfect size to fit neatly under most monitors. The Creative Pebble V3 speakers still keep your desk setup simple by using a single USB-C cable for drawing power and connecting to an audio source. You can also connect them to an additional device with a 3.5mm cable if you have an analog audio source. And, with the addition of Bluetooth 5.0, you can connect them to a ton of additional devices while enjoying a stable signal across all of them.

  • Measuring just 102 x 73mm and weighing 488g, this beautifully built aluminium cylinder produces an astonishingly powerful and pleasing sound that will easily fill a small hotel room with music.
  • Also look out for the older R1280T, which lose the digital inputs and Bluetooth but cost just £89.99.
  • If the tones aren’t playing in the right order, the speakers are swapped, and you’ll need to switch them.
  • If you are going to use them regularly to play music, you may prefer bigger, louder speakers.

Stereo speakers consist of only a left and a right speaker, “2.1” refers to a pair of speakers augmented by a subwoofer, and surround sound ideally involves at least five speakers plus a subwoofer. The role of the subwoofer is to cover deep bass frequencies, generally below 100Hz. A solid sub at a reasonable volume can add rumble to film explosions and depth to kick drums, bass guitars, analog synths, orchestras, and more. While the MR1 is hands down one of the best pairs of computer speakers we’ve gotten to mess with, they aren’t gaming speakers. There are no custom EQs or preset game modes though I’d argue that these punchy speakers already do a great job and don’t need to be tweaked. Out of the box, these Ruarks make listening to music an absolute joy and turn chaotic action games like Back 4 Blood into near cinematic experiences.

Jbl Quantum Duo: Best Satellite Speakers For Gaming

For my own home theater, I have a modest but bright and accurate TCL 55R635 TV and a Roku Streambar Pro; bigger and louder would usually be better, but not in a Brooklyn apartment. I keep a Nintendo Switch dock connected to it, along with a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X so I can test any peripheral that comes out no matter what system it’s for. I use an Asus ROG Zephyr 14 gaming laptop as my primary system for both work and PC gaming , along with an aging Samsung Notebook 7 as my portable writing station. I keep the Asus laptop in my home office, with a Das Keyboard 4S and an LG ultrawide monitor attached to it.

Some companies will tout virtual 5.1 to make up for the lack of physical speakers, often at the expense of sound quality, including Windows’ Sonic function. Don’t forget many games use clever 3D audio techniques to generate positional game audio with great accuracy, so you may find you don’t need much of a helping hand. The Razer Nommo Chroma is a huge upgrade from your old dinky desk speakers. The large cylindrical speakers look a bit like the engines of the USS Enterprise but provide crisp, clear audio and deep bass. That bass is driven by rear facing bass ports that offer a more booming response on the low-end than your traditional two-tweeter setup might. There are a few more options to keep an eye out for and they can make life a bit easier.

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The sound controls are conveniently placed on the side of the soundbar, making them easy to use and effortless to control. When combined with a subwoofer, Creative Stage is capable of producing incredible deep bass that captures your music and immersive movies in any room. The Logitech G560 has an integrated Lightsync RGB lighting game-driven lighting functionality that can light up colors and sound effects that get activated by the game audio.


The Sound Blaster Katana V2 is a significant upgrade from last year’s model with a sleeker look and, more importantly, better-sounding tweeters and subwoofer. They’re well placed to face your ears while gaming at a desk and pretty powerful. The subwoofer’s 5.25-inch drivers provide the V2 that little kick in the butt you want when you playing shooters and still have a decent enough soundscape for listening to music.

Although it can’t compete with soundbars packing a separate subwoofer, the built-in subwoofer does a decent job at providing a solid bass thump. No, they’re not as refined as bigger active speakers, but if you’re looking for great sound in a compact, versatile package, they’re hard to beat. The killer feature here is that you can listen to all of the three analogue inputs and Bluetooth input simultaneously. That means you can stream music wirelessly while still hearing notifications and receiving voice or video calls from your other devices – and that’s genuinely handy.

Surround-sound mode boosts in-game immersion significantly, while Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity enables you to use the Quantum Duo to play audio from your phone. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket for those wanting to connect a pair of headphones or gaming headset. Simple to use, space-efficient and packing up to 8W RMS of power, the Pebble V3 are a superb value-for-money way of improving your laptop or desktop PC’s audio performance. They’re also exceptionally well specified, and even include (unusually for sub-£100 speakers) a built-in DAC. This means you can connect them to a USB sound source, as well as via the more usual 3.5mm AUX and Bluetooth inputs.

The Creative Pebble Plus speakers deliver the best 2.1 audio experience you’ll find for $40. Audioengine’s A5+ Wireless speakers deliver a stellar sonic experience aimed at audiophiles with 24-bit upsampling to ensure high-quality Bluetooth audio. However, you can count on most peripheral companies like Logitech, Creative and Razer to produce quality products.

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