The best computer speakers will save your ears from potential damage if you rely too heavily on a set of headphones. Your eardrums can only take so much, and they're not exactly designed to have video game explosions funneled into them for five straight hours a day. Of course, a good gaming headset should be your go-to choice of audio device for most games, but if you're playing an open-world adventure, a platformer, or an RTS, a decent set of PC speakers will give you a quality audio experience while letting your lugs recover safely.
The best gaming PCs truly benefit from a set of the best computer speakers, since a great majority of monitors don't have speakers built-in, and if they do, they probably won't be very good quality. If you're willing to spend a little more, there are plenty of amazing speakers that will fit atop a desk without taking up an enormous amount of space. There are some great, and very versatile options out there just now. The majority will connect via Optical cable, aux cable, or even Bluetooth. Regardless of your PC's build, there's bound to be a great set of speakers to suit you.
Of course, when you're gaming, different hardware can come in handy for different reasons. If you're playing a competitive multiplayer game, it's probably best that you whip on a gaming headset so you can hear every footstep and audio cue. Then again, if you're playing something a bit more relaxed, like an open-world exploration game that makes use of ambient music, some of the best computer speakers will help the experience wash over you. Not to mention, if you work from home or need audio solutions for general PC use, speakers are the way to go.
The best computer speakers in 2024
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The Logitech G560s are perennially and perpetually renowned as the best computer speakers. And that's for a number of reasons, one of which - brace yourselves - is that these actually use RGB... tastefully. I know, shock news, right? Whereas we're used to gaming gear having garish lighting and any excuse is made to slap some more RGB here and there, the Logitech G560 speakers use lighting to genuinely enhance their main function. Their lighting heightens immersion by providing rich color in a 'normal' RGB way, acting as an audio visualizer by matching in-media sounds and beats, or by matching what's on-screen - like ambilight TVs - to create a cohesive lighting experience. Pushed against a wall at the back of a desk, and these will illuminate your setup very pleasingly.
In addition, they actually sound very good too! A big plus when you're looking at speakers, we know. For the two small satellites and one woofer, the sound is excellent and made better by the DTS:X Ultra surround sound which extends to 3D positional audio, heightening the immersion further.
The subwoofer is large which is something to consider if you're light on space, but otherwise allows for great bass audio. A great, great set of computer speakers for the price, and very worthy of the top spot here.
The Ruark MR1 Mk2 speakers are up there with the best gaming sound systems thanks to their great versatility, classy style, and top drawer sound quality. They're marketed as a set of Bluetooth speakers first and foremost, but we found that they work just like any other PC speakers. If anything, the Bluetooth support simply adds another string to their bow. There is the option of going for the BackPack model, which means you can even take one of them on the go without powering them from the mains.
The Ruark MR1 Mk2 speakers look beautiful on a bookshelf, desk, or TV stand thanks to their classy wooden design. They're available in a walnut or soft grey colour, and either will help to bring your gaming setup together. For your money, you even get a handy remote that lets you control volume and source input on the fly. If we could pick any potential flaw, it would be that there's no USB connectivity, but even without it, they're some of the most versatile and stylish speakers you'll come across.
Perhaps most importantly, these speakers offer excellent sound quality at high and low volumes. When we tested them, they showed no weaknesses at all in sounding crystal clear along the full lengths of the musical spectrum. We were particularly impressed with their gaming chops - even audio design geared at headphones was represented accurately, and that was without a subwoofer.
Read more: Ruark MR1 Mk2 speakers review
Given the price point of these speakers, the value here is undeniable. The T100s are extremely competent and a bit plain overall, but they are definitely worth the money. They have a very plain and ordinary aesthetic of just black, and no RGB, lighting, or flair to speak of. Even the remote is a plain-looking thing. However, the true qualities of the T100s are deceptive and lie underneath those plain exteriors.
The remote is easy to use and comes with enough presets to activate, the speakers have a small footprint to reduce the need for lots of setup real-estate, and the connectivity is also good, with a Bluetooth option further reducing their need for space. The audio is also deceptively rich and strong. For speakers that at first look underwhelming, these ones can do it all, even in the absence of a dedicated woofer. Of course, they might not blow your socks off, but if you're looking for something that can handle it all, and provide solid sound no matter the task without spending hundreds, then these are worthy of your consideration.
If you have a compact or slightly cramped space for gaming - or maybe you're looking for something unfussy - then these are a great option, offering a cheap way to get some of the best computer speakers.
If you're on the lookout for premium speakers then the Razer Nommo Pro system is perfect. It is premium in every way, from build quality to design, and from audio quality to (inevitably) price. However, the quality speaks - and sounds - for itself here.
I have these speakers and use them every day for everything from Zoom calls to music (of all kinds) to gaming and watching TV or films. The audio is incredibly crisp, clear, and rich in all of the above. Teamed with Razer's Synapse app, the customization and flexibility at your disposal increases exponentially and you can really tune the THX-certified audio to your precise liking. There's also a control dial and switch which sits neatly on your desk and means you're not reaching around every speaker for dials and buttons, which is obviously great.
You will still have to get the positioning of the speakers right and they are quite sizeable, taking me by surprise when I received them (the woofer being a particularly large boi). But they are slick and chic and ooze that Razer aesthetic, and yes, including the RGB glow we all know and love.
During sales events, the Nommo Pro has been seen having price cuts of 40-50%, so when these do happen, that's the time to get some serious bang for your buck in the best computer speaker department. A great set of premium PC speakers that will give even the biggest gaming sound systems a run for their money.
Known for its audio pedigree but less so for computer or gaming speakers perhaps, Yamaha and the SR-C20A All-in-one soundbar exemplify the former and then smashes through the barrier of the latter.
This neat, compact, and brilliant soundbar is such an easy recommendation on its design and audio quality alone - compact enough for under a monitor, and rich and loud enough to fill a room easily. However, when you throw in its value-busting price tag too, it's the perfect, perfect choice for someone looking for a simple one-and-done solution in their computer speaker search.
First the audio quality: as an all-in-one soundbar, there can be an immediate thought and worry that there just won't be any bass. However, bass is not lost here. I haven't ever felt that a subwoofer was necessary, and have enjoyed fulsome, rich audio blasting into my face no matter the media. It really is that good.
Secondly, the design: it is sleek, well-built, and compact enough that it can neatly slot on your desk under a monitor, or under a TV in smaller living spaces. And with there being no need for a subwoofer, it's immediately neater and tidier, losing that cable that others demand. However, while it is near-perfect for gaming and a desk setup but at its heart, it is of course a Yamaha soundbar: the design doesn't tilt up toward your face (like the Razer Leviathan V2), nor does it have a USB connection - but this doesn't, on the whole, keep it back or stop it performing excellently.
Caveats are only a few and feel a bit nitpicky on the whole when everything else is considered. The volume gauge could be better and a bit clearer, or more tangible - it relies on the same lights as the inputs are assigned, and increases the amount that is lit from left to right as volumes goes up. The remote is a bit plain and plasticky, but it is clear and helpful enough for those who will use this under a TV or sit back from it from time to time. And that lack of USB input would be a nice option to have as Yamaha promotes the soundbar as perfect for gaming too.
However, for the price, we really haven't tested a better all-in-one soundbar for gaming. An easy choice as your next do-it-all set of computer speakers.
The successor to the original Leviathan, this V2 variation looks to improve and take things further than what came before - and it largely succeeds, but not without a couple of small caveats.
However, what the Leviathan sets out to do in so much as offer a compact, quality soundbar solution to be your best computer speakers is definitely achieved. It's a neat solution to providing you with quality audio without sprawling all over your desk. And not only is it great for compact spaces, but it's also good for having the audio come straight at you without any directional 'differences' or discrepancies. And the audio quality is actually very, very good; it's rich, detailed, and really enjoyable, packing a punch in whatever media is playing - and it's surprisingly layered and detailed for a soundbar too. That's thanks to the expanded number of speakers that the V2 offers now. These really do make the sound beefier, even if it can't quite match the immersion of dedicated left and right speakers. Having said that, it still does share a lot of what makes the best soundbars great too.
And, of course, it has RGB, because Razer. This is actually pretty tastefully done, though it's harder to appreciate in the daylight and when the Leviathan V2 has its angled feet on. In low light or in the evening, however, it really does provide a pleasing look on the front of one's desk. The two sets of feet are handy and enable you to have the soundbar parallel with the desk's surface or have the front pointed up toward you more - though the second is so much more pleasing for looks and audio, I'm not sure why one would pick the flat option now (though that is better for seeing the RGB).
A niche complaint is that when I am using the Leviathan V2 on my standing desk and have it set to a standing position, the bass from the woofer doesn't travel too well. Though this can be mitigated by fiddling with the EQ settings. The amount of connections has been slimmed down and should be fine, but this reduction in ports also removes the trusty failsafe that is a 3.5mm jack and also the optical port. The lack of the latter means the V2 is firmly positioned away from console payers and more at PC and laptop gamers.
Small gripes aside though, the V2 is a great upgrade and next evolution in the Leviathan line and should be at the forefront for anyone looking for a soundbar solution on their desk. A shoo-in for our best computer speakers guide - though not the cheapest.
Read more: Razer Leviathan V2 review
This gaming soundbar is a great fit for your desk just under your monitor, especially if you don't have a laptop between you getting in the way. While the 5.1 surround sound aspect is certainly overplayed, there is a left/right audio distinction that's handy for playing competitive shooters, but only when sat at a desk - you'll lose the distinction if playing on a TV from your couch. We've seen plenty of Razer headsets perform much better on the immersive audio front though, especially with something like the Razer Nari Ultimate. Though, given how compact the Leviathan is, the sound it provides is impressive.
The rumbling bass supplied by the large down-firing subwoofer adds some real weight to audio though, and not just explosions. Flying a helicopter around Hope County in Far Cry 5 really nailed that repetitive thwomp-thwomp of the blades as you flew over the deranged cultists.
The Razer Leviathan is TV/console-friendly and works especially well if your TV's feet or table stand can't accommodate a full-size soundbar. We would have liked the controls to light up while in use though, as they're generally tilted away from you so it's difficult navigating them before committing the buttons to memory. There's also no visual representation of the volume making it very difficult setting 'safe' volume levels for different times of day - that subwoofer means you'll want to be very careful of annoying the neighbors too. We experienced a very slight audio lag, using the Leviathan on our consoles and TV with all connection options, but muting the TV's audio got rid of the irritating echo.
All in all, a nice tidy audio solution for a desktop gaming setup, r for those looking fr a soundbar-shaped solution in their search for the best computer speakers that will have a decent crack at gaming and movies on your TV as well. Simple tap and connect NFC connections make it very useful for playing music from your phone too.
Note: as this has been superceded by the V2 (above), and V2 Pro, we aren't sure how long and how readily available this Leviathan will be going forward.
Best computer speakers: FAQs
Which is the best speaker for computer?
Our guide to the best computer speakers is not our longest page but is filled with top picks that culd be the best computer speaker set up for you. With a gaming lean, and being as objective as we can, we still think the Logitech G560 takes some beating given it's audio quality, design, price point, and Logitech pedigree. However, if you're looking for a soundbar, the Razer Leviathan V2 is a new addition and a perfect compact setup.
What should I look for when buying computer speakers?
As usual with gaming tech purchases, you want to balance off a small range of things when it comes to eyeing up the best computer speakers. You'll want to get as good an idea as you possibly can (given that you might not hear them in real life first) on their audio quality from reviews and guides. This goes no matter what you're looking at - be it a compact soundbar solution, or something more premium like the Razer Nommo Pro speakers. THen you do need to think about connections that you need, and, of course, budget - the price tags vary greatly so set yourself a ceiling, but also know what you can possibly stretch to.
Are soundbars worth it for PC?
Yes! Soundbars can absolutely be worth it for your PC setup and even offer up some of the best computer speakers given their design, and pedigree. You'll find two gaming soundbars in our guide, both from Razer (until we see some more), and they are perfect options for PC. Providing compact desk-top designs, the audio in these soundbars is excellent and while different from traditional speakers in terms of the direction the audio is presented, can be rich, detailed, and provide excellent immersive experiences.
How we test computer speakers
Just like the other go-to gaming audio givers - headsets - when it comes to testing out the best computer speakers, we put them all through long and arduous 'live in' tests and use them like you would - as if they were our own. We use them everyday at our desks for work and play for hours and hours and hours. We use them for work meetings, and the music we listen to during the day. But then we also pump out some of the biggest, baddest games out of them, covering most genres and types from shooters to RPGs and everything in between, ensuring the audio up and down the ranges doesn't impact our in-game enjoyment. We also blast a range of music out of them, and ensure we can use them for watching TV or binging Netflix. We then compare them, when appropriate and possible, to other units and make sure that the price point is competitive for what the speakers offer.