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Best PC Speakers 2016

Updated on November 16, 2015

Nearly every PC comes with some sort of basic speakers, generally they are not very good. If you want to upgrade, there are plenty of great alternatives available.

In best PC speakers 2016 we are going to review the best new speakers spread out across a few price categories. Hopefully you can find something that fits your pocket.

I do have a bias towards larger speakers, they tend to deliver better, more full-bodied sound. Also keep in mind that speakers can amplify the sound from anything with a headphone jack, including iPods.

Best PC speakers of 2016
Best PC speakers of 2016

Audioengine 5

If you have the money for it, in our opinion the Audioengine 5 is the best speakers of 2016. I really didn't think they could make speakers with this kind of sound clarity, for less than $400.

With its real life bass effects and compact speakers, the Audioengine 5 brings you a power packed performance. The bass effect is life like and gives you the best output, whether you are listening to rap, classical music or watching movies.

The Kevlar woofers and silk dome tweeters are top of the line. With their cool design these speakers fit in, no matter which part of the house you are installing them in.

The Audioengine 5 works well with mobile phones, flat panel TVs, your Ipod, smart phones and DVD players. It is an ideal fit for satellite receivers, digital radio and even video games. It can deliver a frequency response in the range of 50Hz to 22000Hz. You can also connect other products by using a simple RCA output or 1/8 mini jacks.

The whole device comes in a thick MDF cabinet that creates a rich sound stage.

Best cheap PC speakers 2016
Best cheap PC speakers 2016

Logitech S220

The Logitech S220 is our pick as best budget PC speakers of 2016. The sound isn't as good as some of the other speakers, reviewed here, but it's still better than the standard speakers most PCs come with. I wouldn't go any cheaper than that though.

The slim design is suitable for a variety of configurations. With the Logitech bass effect, you will never lack in true to life music.

There are wired pods that carry the speaker controls. You can place these on the tabletop or even the desktop.

The biggest advantage of this series is its compact design. You can fit it in practically everywhere, without compromising on the quality of sound you are getting. There are effective volume controls and headphone inputs that can add power to your MP3 player, without costing a small fortune. The large volume control dial microphone and headphone inputs are perfect for setups that work with voice over IP setups.

Logitech Z-5 USB Stereo Speakers

These Logitech Z-5 speakers are designed for use with either a PC or Mac. No matter which part of the room you are listening to the music from, you get a uniform and even flow. This is part of the omnni-directional acoustics made famous by this brand and only available on expensive sound systems till now. The Z5 series comes with a remote control that lets you make the most of the unit wirelessly.

The Z5 has USB connectivity. That means you don't have to carry a power cable around with you. You can move the speakers around with your laptop and use it wherever you like.

The Z5 comes with a remote that can be used with both the Mac and the PC. You can now enjoy all the options wirelessly. What’s more, since they are compatible with both, you can practically use these speakers with any computer you want.

Wireless operation and great music that sounds just as good as the original music is what the Logitech Z-5 USB Stereo Speakers deliver.

Altec Lansing FX3022 Expressionist BASS 2-Way Speaker

This Altec powerhouse provides you uniform and state of the art music output that is suitable for any home. The best part of this series lies in its compact design that incorporates a subwoofer which is placed directly inside the speakers. You can now enjoy the clearest sounds and booming bass effects without speakers that take up a lot of space.

The FX 3022 series works well with MP3 players, computers and a variety of other digital sources. It brings prerecorded music to life and adds a separate dimension to all your video and DVD viewing.

Another attractive point to this series is its unique design. There are sleek lines and a rich finish that blends in with the décor in most homes.

You can connect just about anything to these speakers and get the same high quality output.

It comes with a one year warranty that should be convenient for users.

Cool PC speakers 2016
Cool PC speakers 2016

If you enjoyed best PC speakers 2016 you should also check out best desktop PC 2016 and top 10 PC adventure games.


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      jGaunt 6 years ago from London

      Laptop and monitor speakers are generally not great.

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      torkinhedd 6 years ago

      I recently bought an Acer laptop. Powerwise it is a beast but the speakers sound like a child's toy, cheap and tinny. Had to invest in a clipon USB laptop speaker. Extra cash but worth it.

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      AbusivePage 6 years ago

      I bought a set of Z5500 when they first hit the market back around 2004, they were amazing speakers back then for the price they wanted and offered the same options as a $1000 dollar home theatre system (minus the DVD player).

      These days I find they are rather dated compared to what you could buy in the same price region with home theatres and they don't fill out a lounge room with sound as well as most home theatres. If you have an optical output on your computer, go with a quality home theatre setup and you wont be disappointed (you might even be able to score a blu ray player in the process).

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      Poetik 7 years ago

      I agree with anthony. Everyone seems to think the Z5500 is a great system. You can get a Home Theater in a Box for about the same price and it'll sound better.

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      TJ95 7 years ago

      Altec Lansing are very good for the price. But their sound quality isn't too great. I want the logitech z-5500 but I can't afford them. Wish I could though!

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      xera 7 years ago

      I still love my Altec Lansing FX6021 speakers. However they do have their weak points too, but still own other speakers.

      I do not like these bass + tweater speaker setups. You cannot get good mid-range from them.

      If I ever do find something better, I will consider upgrading...

    • profile image 7 years ago from bear, de, 19701

      Really useful hub those who are in idea to purchase speakers thanks for providing such useful and great information regarding PC speakers i think depending on the PC should we select the speakers so by the usage we can select speakers.

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      Anthony 7 years ago

      They forgot the Z5500 because they sound crap in comparison to Audioengine A5's and this is about 2010. Z5500 is a cheap 5.1 setup which is crap for music and mediocre for HT/gaming. Most logitech speakers (including the Z5500) have awful one note mushy bass reproduction. You get better quality sound (especially for music) with the same amount of money if you spend them on a quality 2.0/2.1 setup.

      The A5's are MUCH clearer sounding with highs and mids coming across beautifully. Hear the same song on Z5500's and it sounds muffled and bloated. A5 bass is much tighter and punchy and paired with the S8 sub or a high quality sub it makes them sound even better.

      If you think Z5500's are audiophile quality then you are kidding yourself or haven't heard better due to being sucked into marketing. A5's are in a totally different league and are awesome value for money.

      Top Tier PC Speakers are:

      2.0 Bookshelf type (get a good sub for more bass)

      Akitmate Mini

      Audioengine A5

      behringer ms40

      M-Audio Studiophile AV 40

      2.1 setups

      Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (GMX-A version Discontinued)

      Razer Mako THX 2.1 - Overpriced

      Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II

      Don't believe me? Go and listen to real speakers before coming back pl0x

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      Matthijs van Doorn 7 years ago

      They forgot the Z5500 :( I have a set of those and they are AWESOME. I'm not very optimistic about getting 1 of these 2.0 or 2.1 sets and the sizes aren't very impressive either. Since they promoted 2 Logitech speakers and Logitech promote the Z5500 as top of the line, I assume the Z5500 is better than these 2 sets. I would've prefered to read something about how the Z5500 compares and I don't want to hear anything about the price. The website itself sells the set at 399€ but a store in town sells at 277€ and with a friend working there I can probably also get a discount on that. What's the story? Also, what about the Gigaworks S750?

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      All I needed to know about PC speakers. Great hub !