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Best 2.1 Computer Speakers of 2014

Updated on June 20, 2014
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Harman/Kardon Soundsticks Wireless

Equipped with Bluetooth and award winning design, the Harman Kardon Soundsticks Wireless speaker system is purely stunning. The system features a 6 inch subwoofer, eight full range drivers, 40 watts of amplification and built-in Bluetooth technology. This 2.1-channel system brings a whole new level of excitement to music, video games, and is perfect as a computer speaker setup.

The Design

The Harman Kardon Soundsticks Wireless is the fourth installation in the Soundsticks lineup and its design is based on that of the original Soundsticks speaker system, which became a milestone in design history when became part of the permanent collection at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. The entire body of the speaker system is composed of a high quality see-through plastic which is durable and does not feel cheap to the touch. You may be surprised to find that the subwoofer is larger than it appears in pictures and the two satellite speakers are quite heavy, due to a weighted O shaped base that supports them. What is unique about the Soundsticks Wireless 2.1 speaker system is that the subwoofer faces downward instead of outward like most subwoofers. This ensures a distinct and even distribution of bass that will make the system sound amazing anywhere in the room.

Dimensions of Subwoofer: 10" x 9"

Dimensions of Satellite: 10" x 2"


Included in the box:

  • 2 satellite speakers
  • 1 subwoofer
  • 1 AC plug
  • Instructions

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Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Wireless

The Kipsch Promedia 2.1 Wireless is a powerful speaker system that features a 6.5 inch subwoofer, frequency response of 31Hz - 20kHz at 200 watts, woofer and satellites combined. The system comes included with a USB wireless transmitter that allows wireless listening of your iTunes internet radio and more anywhere up to 30 feet away.

The Design

The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 wireless speaker system puts home theater systems to shame with it's powerful and detailed sound. One of the great features about this system is that the control port on the satellite speaker allows you to control the volume of both the satellites and the subwoofer, leaving out the hassle of going behind the subwoofer and adjusting it manually. It also features a headphone jack, auxiliary input, and removable speaker covers. The overall color of the system is a black finish.


Dimensions of the subwoofer: 9.5" x 9.8" x 10.2"

Dimensions of the satellite speakers: 8.5" x 4.2" x 5.67"


Included In The Box:

  • 2 satellite speakers
  • 1 subwoofer
  • 1 USB wireless transmitter
  • Instructions

Logitech Speaker System Z623

Like the Klipsch Promedia, the Logitech Z623 features 200 watts of power and is THX certified (35 watts from the two satellites, and 130 watts from the subwoofer). The Logitech Z623 is a great speaker system when paired with your computer, TV, DVD player, or gaming console. If you're looking for a system that will deliver home theater quality sound, this is it. The large subwoofer of the Z623 is a powerhouse that rivals that of its competitors.

The Design

The Logitech Z623 speaker system comes in a matte black finish. The two satellites come equipped with 2.5 inch dome drivers with durable mesh grill covers. The control port on the right satellite features a headphone jack, auxiliary input for plugging in a smart device like a smartphone, as well as volume controls for both the satellites and the subwoofer. The massive subwoofer features a a 7 inch pressure driver and durable mesh speaker cover. Due to the fact that the subwoofer is so large, you may have difficulty placing it under a small desk.

Dimensions of the Subwoofer: 11" x 11.75" x 9.25"

Dimensions of the Satellites: 7.8" x 5.4" x 5.6"


Included in The Box:

  • 2 satellites
  • 1 subwoofer
  • Connector cables
  • Instructions

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Bose Companion 5 Speaker System

We all know that Bose has a record for making high quality, compact products that top the market with some impressive price tags. Now having an audio engineer as a brother, I've been told several times to stay away from Bose products. Why? I'll try to simplify it by saying Bose puts its brand before its product. The quality of their products are pretty standard. While their speakers do sound quite impressive, they are very overpriced, technically boring, and even more "surprisingly", Bose doesn't publish the technical specifications of their speakers. This is because Bose believes that their products should not be based on the same specifications of every other brand and want to focus more on how their products can be more compact and sound just as good.

Now with that being said, I have done my best to create an unbiased and honest review of the Bose Companion 5 Speaker System because I do believe they are very unique and do in fact sound great.

The Bose Companion 5 Speaker System truly is an amazing system. They will make any computer, TV, or gaming setup sound amazing. Though it is a 2.1 speaker system, Bose designed it for 5.1 encoded music, games, and movies. What this means is that even though there are only two satellites, the quality sound coming from them makes it sound like a surround sound 5.1 system.

The Design

The Bose Companion 5 multimedia speaker comes features a control pod with a volume dial which makes it easy to control the volume when at a desk. The pod itself features a headphone jack and auxiliary port. The two satellites are raised up on long stands that help to make the sound more pronounced and create that 5.1 effect. The USB cable hookup ensures a smooth transfer of sound quality from device to speakers with no digital to analog conversion, meaning better sound quality. The looks of the Bose Companion 5 are fantastic to some of the other systems out there. The subwoofer is not too flashy and overall gives off a premium look and feel.


Dimensions of the subwoofer: 8.5" x 6.75" x 16.75"

Dimensions of the satellites: 8.9" x 5.8" x 3.8"


Included in The Box

  • 2 satellites
  • 1 Acoustimass subwoofer
  • 1 USB cable
  • 1 AC power cord
  • 1 Control pod

Speaker System Overview

Speaker System
Watts
Range
Wireless Capability
Overall Size
3.5mm Input
Harman Kardon Soundsticks Wireless
40
44Hz - 20kHz
Small - Medium
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Wireless
200
31Hz - 20kHz
Medium
Logitech Z623
200
35Hz - 20kHz
 
Large
Bose Companion 5
N/A
N/A
 
Medium

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