10 Best Computer Speakers 2020-2021 Ranking

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Computer speaker rating

Before we name the leaders of the current year for you, we have done a lot of work, studied the reviews of specialists, user testing, and analyzed a huge number of reviews. Also, when considering products, we took into account the following characteristics:

  • Type of audio system;
  • Sound quality, loudness;
  • Number of speakers;
  • Power;
  • Frequency range;
  • Number of connectors;
  • Food;
  • Functional;
  • Ease of use;
  • Dimensions, weight.

Some models did not manage to get into the top list of Expert’s Choice due to the banal irrelevance of the technologies used. Also, thanks to user feedback, we were able to highlight the strengths / weaknesses of each nominee, weed out equipment of dubious quality.

Best Inexpensive Computer Speakers

If for you one of the determining factors of choice is the price, we suggest starting acquaintance with budget goods. Manufacturers managed to save money by including only basic functions. We reviewed more than a dozen inexpensive, best-selling USB speakers for a computer, but 2 models were considered leaders in positive reviews.

Oklick OK-127

The first budget nominee distinguished itself with a multi-color iridescent backlight, which is activated after a light touch on the top of the left column. The Oklick brand is owned by a Japanese venture capital company.

The first thing to note is the design. In addition to the original design of the case, the manufacturer has built in a backlight that shimmers in different colors. The dimensions of the speakers are 1×60 mm. There are anti-slip rubberized elements on the bottom. Overall dimensions 105×175×78 mm with a weight of 0.77 kg.

Let’s move on to the characteristics. The total power of the pair is 6 W with a reproducible frequency range of 160-20000 Hz. The sound level does not exceed 30 dB. The USB interface serves as a power source.

Of the connectors, it is also worth noting the stereo mini jack input. There is only one front strip through which the main sound channels pass. There is a drum button to adjust the volume.

Advantages:

  • Sufficiently loud, surround sound;
  • Optimal signal-to-noise ratio;
  • Design;
  • multi-colored illumination;
  • sustainability;
  • USB interface.

Flaws:

  • Lack of low frequencies
  • Thin wire.

Stationary speakers reproduce realistic sound without serious distortion. They look spectacular with a PC or laptop, they are connected via a line-in or USB cable. Components fit without gaps, backlash.

Logitech Z120

The second position is occupied by a couple that demonstrates a balance between stylish design, internal arrangement, and quality. The manufacturer is the Swiss company of computer peripherals «Logitech».

Compact stereo speakers with magnetically shielded speakers measuring 1×30.48 mm are distinguished by their miniature size — 88×110×90 mm and weight of 0.68 kg. The design looks expensive — this is a teardrop-shaped plastic case in bright colors.

Let’s go through the main features. The total power of the pair is 1.2 W with frequency fluctuations from 20 to 20,000 Hz. Powered by USB port via 3.5mm audio output. Playback is balanced, volume is low.

Acoustic design is a closed box. Thanks to a special organizer on the rear panel, you can adjust the length of the cables. The control element is a convenient knob on the right column for on / off, volume control.

Advantages:

  • Stylish design;
  • Compactness;
  • Transportability;
  • Balanced sound;
  • Cable organizer;
  • Verified brand.

Flaws:

  • The volume may not be enough;
  • Extraneous noises.

These stylish yet small, easy-to-install speakers are valued for their portability, especially for laptop owners. Their portability is provided by a USB port.

The best wireless speakers for your computer

Wireless speakers for a computer in 2020 are in great demand, as they represent comfort, mobility, ease of use. This is a modernized technique without a lot of wires with excellent technical characteristics, wide functionality. The leaders in this category are 2 models.

JBL Quantum Duo

The largest manufacturer of speaker systems from the states, JBL, offers inexpensive, but powerful speakers for the computer. They attract attention with original light-emitting diode illumination (LED), different color settings.

Acoustics belongs to the premium class, it produces high-quality stereo sound in tandem with a PC. These are two front two-way speakers with a total power of 20 watts. This indicator is provided by a large 2.5-inch bass reflex + 0.75-inch tweeter.

Frequency range — 60-20000 Hz. Power supplies are located on the front side of the case, which simplifies their use. A USB interface is provided for synchronization in a PC. To connect headphones — 3.5 mm jack.

Signal-to-noise ratio 80 dB. Unlike previous products, it supports Bluetooth connection (wireless). Dimensions 89×210×176 mm. Of the additional features, it is worth noting RGB-backlighting, Dolby Digital surround sound technology.

Advantages:

  • High quality;
  • Original LED backlight;
  • No noise;
  • Bluetooth connection;
  • Dolby Digital;
  • Various body colors.

Flaws:

  • Bass is poorly heard;
  • High power consumption.

Reviews note the softness, bass sound, originality of the LEDs. If desired, you can change the backlight modes or turn it off. The lower range sounds clear, without vibrations. The kit includes type-c wire.

Ginzzu GM-425

The next top list position is occupied by inexpensive portable speakers for PC with average technical performance and decent sound quality. The manufacturer is Chinese.

Unlike the previous nominees, here the kit includes not only a pair of speakers, but also a subwoofer. Speaker size 1×76.2 mm, 1×133.4 mm respectively. Speaker dimensions 105×202×116 mm, amplifier 170×312×330 mm. Total weight 5.8 kg.

Speaker type 2.1, connection method can be wired/wireless. The total output power is 60 W with frequency reproduction in the range of 40-20000 Hz. Signal-to-noise ratio — 78 dB.

Of the functionality, it is worth noting the ability to read memory cards, an FM tuner, wireless synchronization with devices using Bluetooth 4.0, as well as an interface in the form of a USB port, an audio jack. The subwoofer is complemented by a display.

Advantages:

  • Speakers + subwoofer;
  • High performance;
  • Control display;
  • Magnetic shielding of speakers;
  • Support for memory cards, flash drives, radio;
  • Wired/wireless connection.

Flaws:

  • Build quality;
  • background noise.

If you can find ways to eliminate background noise, this is a good speaker system for a low price. Operation is simple, comfortable, as there is a screen and several buttons, a remote control.

Sven HT-200

  • Total power: 80W/sub. 20W, 12W speakers
  • Frequency range: sub. 40 — 125 Hz, speakers 125 — 22,000 Hz
  • Speakers: single-way
  • Remote control: wireless
  • Connection types: card reader, USB-A, RCA, multichannel.
  • Body material: sub. and columns — MDF
  • Subwoofer size: 14 × 27.3 × 28 cm
  • Speaker size: 9.5 × 15.2 × 9.5 cm
  • Total weight: 6.6 kg

If you choose purely by price and design, then this rating will be dominated by 5.1-channel speakers Sven HT-200. Simple and angry audio system with spacious, versatile sound. Acoustics does not particularly stand out for its amazing quality, you need to make allowances for the price, but it copes well with different types of content. Allows you to have a good time watching the latest movies or listening to your favorite songs. No extra interference or white noise was noticed in the pauses, the background is clear. There is a built-in radio, a wireless remote control and connectors for connecting flash drives. The best option for computer acoustics in the all-in-one format, also at such an attractive price. Among the shortcomings, one can note the lack of an optical input, which is expected in principle, and muffled bass, as if the subwoofer does not have enough power. Neighbors are unlikely to be disturbed, although much still depends on the quality of the source, of course. But the management is very flexible. It supports the adjustment of the tops and bottoms, separately for the subwoofer and the volume separately for each speaker (not paired). As for the assembly of cases, everything is also fine, the kit looks solid, dust does not attract.

Best Computer Speakers 2.0

The 2.0 system is by far the simplest speaker option. While providing the minimum needs regarding sound reproduction, this is quite enough to accompany PCs, mobile devices. And the main advantage of this format is affordability. Below, by tradition, there are 2 nominees from VyborExpert.

Sven MC-30

This viewing position is occupied by a two-way speaker system with high sound quality, which is ideal for connoisseurs of volume, saturation. Its manufacturer is a Russian company registered in Finland «Sven».

The flagship computer speaker Sven is made in a classic design. The frequency range is 30-27000 Hz, highs are produced by a 32 mm driver, mids and lows are produced by a 140 mm fiberglass speaker. Total power 200W.

The right monitor includes a Bluetooth transmitter, physical inputs, and an indication is located on the left. The front panel is supplemented with a volume control and frequency correction, there is a standby mode. There is also an infrared port for the remote control, an audio jack.

The DSP is responsible for performance. The nominee has Bi-Amping «double amplification» technology. The MDF case measures 225×255×355 mm and weighs 10.8 kg.

Advantages:

  • Built-in productive DAC;
  • stock volume;
  • Realistic, deep sound;
  • Remote control;
  • Versatility;
  • Bi-amp technology.

Flaws:

  • Holes at the back;
  • Sound quality deteriorates when connected wirelessly.

You can connect such a pair not only to a computer, but also to mobile gadgets, home theater. It is extremely difficult to find a worthy rival in this price segment, so the nominee is included in the review.

Edifier R1280DB

This nominee is represented by the largest in the Chinese market. It’s amazing how such small computer speakers can meet the standards of professionalism and look so elegant.

The two-way system consists of a 4″ mid-woofer, a 0.5″ tweeter. Their total power reaches 42 W with a reproducible frequency range of 55-20000 Hz. These are good «bottoms», good detail, balanced high frequencies.

What is different about the modification? First of all, an updated version of the remote control. It is also a set of relevant interfaces, connectors — RCA / AUX, Bluetooth v4.0, coaxial + optical connection.

Signal-to-noise ratio 85 dB. Shelf Bluetooth column reflex type has a built-in controller on the side panel. Construction dimensions — 146 × 234 × 196 mm with a weight of 4.4 kg.

Advantages:

  • Elegant design;
  • Compactness;
  • Many ways to connect;
  • Convenient remote control;
  • Balanced sound;
  • Cheap.

Flaws:

  • Weak DAC;
  • Do not put close to the wall.

This is one of the best combinations of price and quality, plus a luxurious design option and miniature size. Sophisticated audiophiles rated it highly. The volume is quite enough for medium-sized rooms.

Choosing acoustics for PC

For many users, choosing active speakers for a computer is a very difficult task. And this is not surprising, because there are hundreds of similar speaker models on the market, and information can now be gleaned from numerous sources — from articles in the online and offline press, from manufacturers’ websites on the net. True, sometimes there is only a meager description and a list of practically the same technical characteristics for all models.
The user has no choice but to choose the acoustics that suits him. We will try to help you with this by explaining what you need to pay attention to in the first place, and what to treat with a grain of salt. We will also try to figure out what kind of sound you can hear from speakers of a particular class.

Classification of PC-acoustics by purpose

First of all, you need to decide: for what purposes do you need acoustics, and what are you guided by when choosing it. There are two main uses for computer speakers:

  1. To decorate a computer desk (the reasons may be different) and signal notification of operating system events (such as a welcome gurgle when the computer boots up and sounding the arrival of new ICQ pager messages). In this case, the appearance and design of the speaker cabinet has the highest priority.
  2. Acoustics is purchased for playing CD and MP3, sound in modern games, for sounding a multi-channel track when watching DivX and DVD movies.

Criteria for choosing PC speakers

Consider the three most common circumstances on the basis of which the choice is made:

  1. The most common approach when choosing acoustics is some kind of limited amount of money allocated for the purchase. Very often, readers write letters to us or create topics in our Multimedia conference: “Which 2.1-set to choose in the category under $100” or “Recommend speakers in the range of $20-$50”. In this case, you need to remember that for such small amounts, a compromise between price, quality and manufacturer’s fame is inevitable. You also need to understand that all multimedia speaker sets will never replace even the youngest models of household wooden Hi-Fi acoustics. Further. Computer speakers of the lowest price range (up to $25) are practically indistinguishable in sound quality, so it is advisable to choose among Low-End models solely in appearance based on your taste preferences. Of course, the above does not mean at all that absolutely all more expensive kits sound equally good. Simply, as the cost of the product increases, there is a theoretical chance for the manufacturer to use more expensive and high-quality components.
  2. For some, when choosing, the name of the manufacturer is already enough. It should be noted here that this approach is not entirely correct. A brand that has established itself as a bona fide manufacturer in one particular area of ​​​​computer components is not necessarily a leader in another. The fact is that the production of speakers is a completely separate area of ​​\u200b\u200bproduction, which is usually handled by a completely different division of the company, or speakers are manufactured under contract by a third company (OEM). Also, if a company that has established itself for some time as a quality manufacturer of acoustics releases a new model, then it is not a fact that it will be of the same quality as the previous models. Yes, the chance is great, but no one will give a 100% guarantee in advance.
  3. There is also a category of people who choose exactly those kits that best meet their needs in terms of design, functionality and sound quality. The price factor does not play such a strong role here, and people are ready to pay a decent amount for a really worthwhile thing. And if, when choosing the appearance and design, everyone is his own boss, then there are many other issues that require the right approach and understanding.

As you can see, everything is not as simple as it seems at first glance. If you dive even deeper and start analyzing the currently available range of products and the capabilities / needs of a particular buyer, then for everyone there will be their own best purchase. So it is extremely difficult to advise specific models. However, we can warn the reader against at least elementary mistakes when choosing acoustics.

First of all, we advise you to consider the following:

  • The least worth paying attention to are colorful advertising inscriptions on packaging boxes, which attract the attention of only naive and unenlightened users. Also, do not take seriously the characteristics indicated on the boxes in large letters, since usually they are pure advertising that has no connection with reality (for example, 2500 watts of power for speakers the size of 0.33 cans of Pepsi).
  • Pay special attention to the material from which the case is made. Advantages of speakers with plastic cases: small size, ergonomics, a wide choice of engineering and design shapes and colors, low price. Disadvantages: small size that does not allow reaching low frequencies, rattling at medium and high volumes, mid-frequency resonances in the sound.
  • The advantages of speakers with cases made of wooden materials: an MDF case, which provides less parasitic overtones compared to «plastic» and sufficient internal volume, which, when using a bass-reflex circuit, is a necessary condition for higher sound quality at medium and low frequencies. Disadvantages: large dimensions and weight, usually bulky and conservative appearance.
  • Influence of speaker sizes. It must be remembered that small speakers are not suitable for sounding a room. Due to the narrow radiation pattern of such speakers, family viewing of a movie on multimedia acoustics can be an impossible task. Also, the sound at high volume will be “screaming”, “angry” (with a lot of distortion) and few people will like it. Larger speakers compensate for their bulkiness usually by an order of magnitude better sound quality. At high volumes, in this case, the sound will be voluminous and clear. But the cost of such systems can be several times higher.
  • Dynamic heads play a very important role. An ideal option in multimedia acoustics would be a two-way system with two speakers: high-frequency and mid-range, plus a bass-reflex subwoofer. The range of reproducible frequencies is much wider than that of a speaker with a single dynamic head. And in the presence of a phase inverter (of course, with a sufficient volume of the case and a properly designed acoustic design), the sound will be enriched with low frequencies.

We would like to immediately warn you against hasty conclusions when comparing acoustics according to the technical characteristics given on the manufacturer’s website or in the product data sheet. It must be borne in mind that the marketing department will never miss the opportunity to “outsmart” the buyer and indicate the most profitable data. Whatever numbers you see, do not flatter yourself and be skeptical about them. For example, on some speakers they write: «power 100 W, distortion 0.01%». All this is great, but the problem is that power and distortion were measured separately. Power is at 10% and distortion is at 1W. At the same time, for sure, such “strange” measurement conditions are described somewhere in the corner in small letters, so that in a possible trial, the user would not have grounds for claims.

We also always advise you to be sure to listen before buying how the speakers you have chosen sound. If possible, immediately compare the sound quality with some alternative solution. Moreover, the smaller the time gap between these auditory tests, the more plausible and correct your conclusions will be. No memorable sensations from listening to the speaker system (such as “I listened to a neighbor last week”) cannot be taken into account categorically. They are not suitable because the perception of sound depends on the psychophysical state of the individual at the moment, plus, the auditory sensations of a person (especially when not used to it) are very fuzzy and quickly erased from memory.

Now about acoustic systems that include several speakers. As you know, among multi-column configurations, there are mainly 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 systems. Outwardly, they differ a little: 5.1-acoustics, unlike 4.1, has one more speaker in the kit (the so-called «center»). But in fact, the difference lies not only in this. It all depends on what sound card is installed in your computer.

If you use a four-channel sound card with a 5.1 set of acoustics, then the center and subwoofer will most likely not play. If you use a six-channel card with a 4.1 set of acoustics, then you will never experience full-fledged six-channel Dolby Digital and DTS formats, no matter what the acoustic manufacturer writes about its super-duper “virtual center channel” technology. The reason lies in the lack of separate inputs for the center and subwoofer on 4.1 systems (although the four-channel operation mode, like the stereo mode, definitely exists for such cards and can be easily selected in the settings).

Detailed decoding of some characteristics of acoustics

Power

Under the word power in colloquial speech, many mean «power», «strength». Therefore, it is only natural that consumers associate power with loudness: “The more power, the better and louder the speakers will sound.” However, this popular belief is fundamentally wrong! It is far from always that a 100 W speaker will play louder or better than the one that has “only” 50 W power. The power value rather speaks not about the volume, but about the mechanical reliability of the acoustics. The same 50 or 100 watts is not sound volume at allpublished by the column. Dynamic heads themselves have low efficiency and convert only 2-3% of the power of the electrical signal supplied to them into sound vibrations (fortunately, the volume of the emitted sound is quite enough to create sound accompaniment). The value indicated by the manufacturer in the passport of the speaker or the system as a whole only indicates that when a signal of the specified power is applied, the dynamic head or speaker system will not fail (due to critical heating and interturn short circuit of the wire, “biting” of the coil frame, rupture of the diffuser , damage to flexible hangers of the system, etc.).

Thus, the power of the speaker system is a technical parameter, the value of which is not directly related to the loudness of the acoustics, although it is associated with some dependence. The nominal power values ​​of dynamic heads, amplifying path, acoustic system can be different. They are indicated rather for orientation and optimal pairing between components. For example, an amplifier of much less or much more power can disable the speaker in the maximum positions of the volume control on both amplifiers: on the first — due to the high level of distortion, on the second — due to the abnormal operation of the speaker.

Power can be measured in various ways and under various test conditions. There are generally accepted standards for these measurements. Let us consider in more detail some of them, which are most often used in the characteristics of products of Western firms:

RMS (Root Mean Squared). Power is measured by applying a sinusoidal signal with a frequency of 1000 Hz until a certain level of non-linear distortion is reached. Usually in the passport for the product it is written like this: 15 W (RMS). This value indicates that the speaker system, when a 15 W signal is applied to it, can work for a long time without mechanical damage to the dynamic heads. For multimedia acoustics, higher power values ​​in W (RMS) compared to Hi-Fi speakers are obtained due to measurements at very high harmonic distortions, often up to 10%. With such distortions, it is almost impossible to listen to the soundtrack due to strong wheezing and overtones in the dynamic head and speaker cabinet.

PMPO (Peak Music Power Output — peak music power). In this case, the power is measured by applying a short-term sinusoidal signal with a duration of less than 1 second and a frequency below 250 Hz (typically 100 Hz). This does not take into account the level of non-linear distortion. For example, the speaker power is 500 W (PMPO). This fact indicates that the speaker system, after reproducing a short-term low-frequency signal, did not have mechanical damage to the dynamic heads. Popularly, the units of power measurement W (PMPO) are called “Chinese watts” due to the fact that power values ​​with this measurement technique reach thousands of watts! Imagine — active speakers for a computer consume an electrical power of 10 V * A from the AC mains and develop at the same time a peak musical power of 1500 W (PMPO).

Along with Western standards, there are also Soviet standards for various types of power. They are regulated by the current GOST 16122-87 and GOST 23262-88. These standards define concepts such as rated, maximum noise, maximum sinusoidal, maximum long-term, maximum short-term power. Some of them are indicated in the passport for Soviet (and post-Soviet) equipment. Naturally, these standards are not used in world practice, so we will not dwell on them.

We draw conclusions: the most important in practice is the value of the power indicated in W (RMS) at values ​​of harmonic distortion (THD) equal to 1% or less. However, comparing products even by this indicator is very approximate and may not have anything to do with reality, because the sound volume is characterized by the sound pressure level. That’s why, informativeness of the indicator «power of the acoustic system» — zero.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity is one of the parameters specified by the manufacturer in the characteristics of acoustic systems. The value characterizes the intensity of the sound pressure developed by the column at a distance of 1 meter when a signal with a frequency of 1000 Hz and a power of 1 W is applied. Sensitivity is measured in decibels (dB) relative to the hearing threshold (zero sound pressure level is 2*10^-5 Pa). Sometimes the designation level of characteristic sensitivity (SPL, Sound Pressure Level) is used. At the same time, for brevity, dB / W * m or dB / W ^ 1/2 * m is indicated in the column with units of measurement. It is important to understand, however, that sensitivity is not a linear proportionality factor between sound pressure level, signal strength and distance to the source. Many companies list the sensitivity characteristics of dynamic heads, measured under non-standard conditions.

Sensitivity is a characteristic that is more important when designing your own speaker systems. If you do not fully understand what this parameter means, then when choosing multimedia acoustics for a PC, you can not pay much attention to sensitivity (fortunately, it is not often indicated).

AFC (Frequency Response)

Frequency response (frequency response) in the general case is a graph showing the difference in the amplitudes of the output and input signals over the entire range of reproducible frequencies. The frequency response is measured by applying an electrical sinusoidal signal of constant amplitude as its frequency changes. Moreover, at the point on the graph where the frequency is 1000 Hz, it is customary to plot the level of 0 dB on the vertical axis. The ideal option is in which the frequency response is represented by a straight line, but in reality, acoustic systems simply do not have such characteristics. When considering the graph, you need to pay special attention to the amount of unevenness. The greater the amount of unevenness, the greater the frequency distortion of the timbre in the sound.

Western manufacturers prefer the term FR (frequency response) — the range of reproducible frequencies, which is a «squeeze» of information from the frequency response: only cutoff frequencies and unevenness are indicated. Suppose it is written: 50 Hz — 16 kHz frequency response (± 3 dB). This means that this acoustic system has a reliable sound in the range of 50 Hz — 16 kHz, and below 50 Hz and above 15 kHz, the unevenness increases sharply, the frequency response has a so-called «blockage» (a sharp drop in characteristics).

What does it threaten? Reducing the level of low frequencies implies a loss of juiciness, saturation of the bass sound. The rise in the bass region causes a sensation of mumbling and buzzing of the speaker. In the blockages of high frequencies, the sound will be dull, unclear. High-frequency rises mean the presence of annoying, unpleasant hissing and whistling overtones. In multimedia speakers, the frequency response unevenness is usually higher than in the so-called Hi-Fi acoustics. All advertising statements of manufacturers about the frequency response of a column of the type 20-20000 Hz (theoretical limit of possibility) should be treated with a fair amount of skepticism. In this case, the uneven frequency response is often not indicated, which can be unimaginable values.

Since manufacturers of multimedia acoustics often «forget» to indicate the uneven frequency response of the speaker system, when meeting with a speaker characteristic of 20 Hz — 20,000 Hz, you need to keep your eyes peeled. There is a good chance to buy a thing that does not even provide a more or less uniform response in the frequency band of 100 Hz — 10,000 Hz. It is impossible to compare the range of reproducible frequencies with different irregularities at all.

Harmonic Distortion, Harmonic Distortion (THD)

The abbreviation THD literally stands for Total Harmonic Distortion, but means a well-defined term — harmonic coefficient. The acoustic system is a complex electro-acoustic device that has a non-linear gain characteristic. Therefore, the signal after the passage of the entire audio path at the output will necessarily have non-linear distortions. One of the most obvious and easiest to measure is harmonic distortion.

Harmonic distortion comes from the addition of extra harmonics to the original signal due to the non-linearity of the input/output characteristic. These parasitic harmonics give the sound a new timbre and lead to irreparable losses in the sound. Nonlinear distortions are measured by applying a sinusoidal signal with a frequency of 1000 Hz. With the help of a special filter, extra harmonics are found in the audio signal and their power is determined. In Soviet standards, along with the harmonic coefficient, the non-linear distortion coefficient is also measured, which is closer to the term THD+N. These coefficients generally do not coincide. The coefficient of non-linear distortion is measured either as a percentage or in decibels: [дБ] = 20log([%]/100). The higher the THD or THD+N ratio, the worse the sound will usually be. There is an opinion among audiophiles that certain distortions that make the sound «soft» and «warm» can be pleasing to the ear. However, this does not apply to computer acoustics and transistor amplifiers from the «consumer goods» category.

The THD of the speakers largely depends on the power of the signal fed to them. Therefore, it is foolish to draw conclusions in absentia or compare speakers only by THD, without resorting to listening to the equipment (although even the most reputable publications sometimes follow such an easy path). In addition, for the operating positions of the volume control (usually 30 … 50%), the THD value is not indicated by manufacturers.

Electrical resistance, impedance (impedans)

The electrodynamic head has a certain resistance to direct current, depending on the thickness, length and material of the wire in the coil (such resistance is also called resistive or reactive). When a musical signal, which is an alternating current, is applied, the head resistance will change depending on the frequency of the signal.

Impedance (impedans) is the electrical impedance to alternating current, measured at a frequency of 1000 Hz. Typically speaker impedans are 4, 6 or 8 ohms.

In general, the value of the total electrical resistance (impedans) of the speaker system will not tell the buyer about anything related to the sound quality of a particular product. The manufacturer indicates this parameter only so that the resistance is taken into account when connecting the speaker system to the amplifier. If the speaker impedance is lower than that of the amplifier, there will be non-linear distortion in the sound; if higher, the sound will be much quieter than with equal resistance.

Speaker box, acoustic design

One of the important factors influencing the sound of a speaker system is the acoustic design. When designing acoustic systems, the manufacturer usually faces the problem of choosing an acoustic design. There are more than a dozen types of them.

Acoustic design is divided into acoustically unloaded and acoustically loaded. The first implies a design in which the oscillation of the diffuser is limited only by the rigidity of the suspension. In the second case, the oscillation of the diffuser is limited, in addition to the rigidity of the suspension, by the elasticity of the air and acoustic resistance to radiation. Acoustic design is also divided into single and double action systems. The single action system is characterized by the excitation of the sound going to the listener by means of only one side of the cone (the radiation of the other side is neutralized by the acoustic design). The dual action system involves the use of both surfaces of the cone in the formation of sound.

Since the acoustic design of the speaker has practically no effect on high-frequency and mid-frequency dynamic heads, we will talk about the most common variants of low-frequency acoustic design of the cabinet in multimedia.

The acoustic scheme, called the «closed box», is very widely applicable. Refers to the loaded acoustic design. It is a closed case with a speaker cone displayed on the front panel. Advantages: good frequency response and impulse response. Disadvantages: low efficiency, need for a powerful amplifier, high level of harmonic distortion.

But instead of fighting the sound waves caused by the back side of the cone, they can be used. The most common variant of the double-acting systems is the phase inverter. It is a pipe of a certain length and section, built into the body. The length and cross section of the phase inverter are calculated in such a way that at a certain frequency, an oscillation of sound waves is created in it, in phase with the oscillations caused by the front side of the diffuser.

For subwoofers, an acoustic circuit with the generally accepted name «resonator box» is widely used. Unlike the previous example, the speaker cone is not displayed on the case panel, but is located inside, on the partition. The speaker itself does not directly participate in the formation of the low-frequency spectrum. Instead, the diffuser only excites low-frequency sound vibrations, which then multiply in volume in the phase inverter pipe, which acts as a resonant chamber. The advantage of these constructive solutions is high efficiency with small dimensions of the subwoofer. Disadvantages are manifested in the deterioration of the phase and impulse characteristics.

The optimal choice would be medium-sized speakers, if possible with a wooden case, made in a closed circuit or with a bass reflex. When choosing a subwoofer, you should pay attention not to its volume (according to this parameter, even computer subwoofers usually have sufficient margin), but to reliable reproduction of the entire low frequency range. From the point of view of sound quality, the most undesirable speakers are those with drilled holes for ventilation, made of thin plastic or very small sizes, barely larger than the speaker.

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Best Computer Speakers 2.1

To immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the movie or game you are watching, we suggest considering high-performance 2.1 speakers for a computer with a subwoofer. It is the presence of the third element of the amplifier that distinguishes this format of acoustics. According to Vyborexperta.ru, 2 products became the leaders of the category.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana

The nominee represents Singapore’s largest brand in the industry, Creative Technology limited. This is a whole UMAS soundbar with technically advanced parameters, elegant design, powerful sound.

The total power of all equipment is 75 watts, 45 watts is only for the panel. The proprietary multi-core DSP sound processor guarantees high performance. Along the bottom panel of the case is a multi-colored Aurora Reactive backlight of 49 programmable LEDs.

The realism of the sound is provided by the Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder, the BlasterX Acoustic Engine application, the Tri-Amping system. Supported media — USB, Bluetooth. There are several inputs — AUX, optical S / PDIF, USB (2 pieces), outputs — RCA for a subwoofer, one more for headphones.

The kit includes a soundbar + subwoofer, remote control, power cable, Micro USB and USB (standard and extended), power supply with several cables, mounting hardware. The front panel is supplemented with an eight-digit display.

Advantages:

  • Gaming soundbar + subwoofer;
  • multi-colored illumination;
  • Professional sound;
  • Multi-core processor;
  • Many connection options;
  • USB flash drive.

Flaws:

  • Headphone jack on the back, which is not very convenient;
  • There is no volume control.

Using a computer, you can set different backlight modes. A flash drive allows you to play music from a third-party source. The display informs about the selected sound source, volume level.

Microlab M-590

The second single-way 2.1 speaker system is offered by the American brand International Microlab. Here, the main distinguishing characteristics are the design and design, as well as the adjustment of treble, bass.

The satellites are made of durable plastic, and the subwoofer case is made of MDF. It is this combination that allows you to deepen the bass, give it power. The total power rating is 32 W, the frequency range according to the instructions is 55-20000 Hz. Signal-to-noise ratio 70 dB.

The front of the case is complemented by treble and bass controls, which allows you to customize the sound to your personal preferences. The design is strict and modern, the speakers are stable, compact, and can be placed in any corner of the workplace.

Dimensions of front speakers 94×160×106 mm, subwoofer 140×230×268 mm, weight 3.8 kg. Interfaces — two inputs, two RCA outputs. The nominee is convenient because all the important elements are on the front panel.

Advantages:

  • Satellites on stands;
  • Magnetic shielding;
  • Separate low-frequency speaker;
  • original design;
  • Quality of execution;
  • Inexpensive.

Flaws:

  • No USB interface;
  • Too bright LED.

The pair function perfectly in tandem with different devices and equipment — music from different sources, a TV player. It is possible to hang it on the wall due to the location of the regulators in the front.

What is acoustics for a computer

Acoustics for a computer is an indispensable device if it is used not only for working with documents, but also for playing games, listening to music, watching videos. You really can’t do without it in many cases, including it will come in handy for work if you are editing video or sound. Unfortunately, only laptops have built-in speakers, and if you are a happy owner of a powerful or not very system unit, then you will not be able to refuse to buy speakers.

Speakers is a simplified name for a speaker system. Yes, even a low-channel model is already a system. It can contain from 2 to 8 separate devices, including: a satellite or front speaker that plays high and medium frequencies; the subwoofer is used only for bass, that is, low frequencies; central; rear speakers.

Small speakers are great for a laptop
Small speakers are great for a laptop

Now on the market there is a huge selection of a wide variety of acoustic systems, which differ not only in brand or price, but also in type, purpose and a number of other factors. Depending on this, they are divided into several categories. Let’s get to know them.

First, let’s find out which columns are depending on the purpose of use. Yes, different types can be suitable for all general use cases, but in some cases it is still worth taking specialized devices.

Table. Types of columns by purpose.

Type of Description
Office The cheapest, smallest speakers, most often having only two channels. They are not loud, low power and usually do not have high sound quality. Used to listen to voice messages, operating system alerts or create background music while working.
Homemade Usually these are 2.0 or 2.1 speakers, which have a slightly better sound quality than office ones, give out a louder sound. They can be used not only during work, but also for listening to music by an unpretentious person, watching movies, and playing games. Universal option.
Gaming Most often — multi-channel 5.1 options, which will allow you to get high-quality surround sound that provides a comfortable orientation in the game world. Suitable for amateur or professional gamers.
home theater They are focused on watching movies and are often connected not to a computer, but to a TV. Create surround sound that allows you to deeply immerse yourself in the movie and feel it. 5.1 or 7.1.
Portable Small mono or stereo products, suitable for trips to nature, use in the garage or in the country. They connect to both a computer and a number of mobile devices. Powered by battery or USB.

Logitech G560 - for games and more
Logitech G560 — for games and more
Speakers can also be divided into several types depending on the number of channels, that is, the elements of the system through which the sound comes out.

Table. Speakers depending on the number of channels.

Number of channels Description
2.0 Only two standard small columns. Low-power, stereo pair of two identical devices. Most often used in offices.
2.1 Home options with two small front speakers (satellites) and a subwoofer (subwoofer). The latter is a special type of speaker that has a large speaker, giving out a powerful and deep bass sound. Suitable for watching movies, playing games, listening to music up to heavy metal.
5.1 and 7.1 A system that has five speakers and a subwoofer (or seven speakers and a subwoofer). Often these are gaming options or home theaters. They have not only front speakers and a subwoofer, but also a central one, as well as rear ones.
Soundbar A long speaker with many small speakers inside. Ideal if you want to get good sound, but there is very little space for installing acoustics.

Important! Remember that it is not always possible to connect an acoustic system with more than 2.1 channels to a computer. It depends on the technical parameters, the configuration of the system unit, namely, on the number of outputs on the motherboard or sound card. Before buying speakers, check which option you can use.

The best speakers for a computer 5.1

Active computer acoustics 5.1 is one of the most popular modifications. This is a whole complex with large satellites, a subwoofer, an amplifying section, a switching panel, and control electronics. A key characteristic of such products is the provision of surround sound. Vyborexperta.ru presents 2 nominees.

Dialog AP-555

Powerful, but inexpensive Hi-Fi acoustics for a computer is offered by the Russian trademark «Dialog». It supports the function of expanding memory with an SD card and has all the relevant interfaces for interacting with different devices.

The total power of the complex (subwoofer, center, front, rear satellites) is 100 W, this indicator guarantees the absence of distortion, comfort for hearing. The frequency range ranges from 40 to 20,000 Hz. The signal-to-noise ratio is 80 dB.

It is worth noting the bright design, a combination of black + orange. Thanks to magnetic shielding, the front of the satellite eliminates interference when connected to a PC, TV, which is inherent in the first versions of the models.

There is an option to support a memory card. An information display and a remote control are provided for control. It is possible to adjust the «bottom». FM tuner catches about 20 stations. Connectors and interfaces — RCA, USB Type A.

Advantages:

  • Decor;
  • Performance;
  • Clear surround sound;
  • Memory card;
  • Radio support;
  • Ease of management.

Flaws:

  • Short cords;
  • The subwoofer may hum when idle.

Among similar complexes, this is the best option in terms of price and quality. The kit includes everything you need to use. Reviews especially praise low frequencies and bass.

Logitech Z906

The review is completed by the nominees from the previously introduced Logitech brand. This is the most atypical format of all the modifications under consideration. The set includes 4 front speakers, rear speakers, a subwoofer and a center channel.

The total power is 500 W with frequencies from 35 to 20,000 Hz, which is the highest figure among the nominees. So, the system can be used even for home parties. The signal-to-noise ratio is 95 dB. Dolby Digital, DTS decoders provide clarity, loudness, surround sound.

Connectors and interfaces — optical S / PDIF, RCA, coaxial S / PDIF, 3.5 Jack for headphones. It is possible to adjust the «bottoms», the kit is supplemented with a remote control. As with the previous nominee, magnetic shielding is provided here.

Along with high volume, the model demonstrates compact dimensions. Construction materials — plastic, metal. Regulators are smooth, light indication is moderately bright. The design is stylish and elegant.

Advantages:

  • The highest power setting, volume;
  • Better signal-to-noise ratio;
  • Lots of inputs;
  • Compactness;
  • Built-in decoders;
  • THX certificate.

Flaws:

  • No tweeter on satellites;
  • Price.

For a clear positioning of the sound in the room, the correct placement of the kit is important. The THX certification is a confirmation of the high quality of the acoustic parameters, and it is not so easy to get it.

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How to choose speakers for your computer

So, you met the leaders of 2021, after which the logical question arises — what to choose from 10 offers, what to buy? First, designate the operating conditions, and then pay attention to several characteristics — the type of audio system, wired or wireless connection method, the proposed frequency range, functions.

Audio system type

If you are considering inexpensive products, such portable acoustics will have one channel, operating in mono mode. Slightly better sound parameters are demonstrated by computer speakers with stereo mode. Only a portable system with a subwoofer and improved lows can surprise you with “colorful” playback.

Wired or wireless

Wireless technologies simplify the issue of connection and operation. No need to think about the compatibility of connectors, cables, equipment, and besides, this is a sign of mobility. But this type of connection often affects the playback quality in a bad way. Wired connection is still the most stable, reliable and noise-free method.

frequency range

According to this parameter, goods differ into 3 types — high-, medium-, low-frequency. Mobile acoustics, most often, demonstrates the upper indicator of the reproducible frequency from 10,000 to 55,000 Hz. It is important to understand that the higher it is, the closer reproduction is to natural sound.

Housing material

This parameter indirectly affects the quality of playback, since the case performs the task of shielding «unnecessary» sound from the back of the speakers. Therefore, give preference to those models in which the materials of construction demonstrate high soundproofing properties.

Additional functionality

Additional options are a little more expensive, but more useful in operation. For example, Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi or NFC for wireless communications with appliances and gadgets, radio, the ability to connect memory cards or listen to music directly from your phone.

Edifier R501TIII

  • Total power: 93W/sub. 38W, 11W speakers
  • Frequency range: sub. 38 — 95 Hz, speakers 150 — 20,000 Hz
  • Speakers: single-way
  • Remote control: wireless
  • Connection types: card reader, USB-A, RCA, multichannel.
  • Body material: sub. and columns — MDF
  • Subwoofer size: 28.8 × 41.4 × 27.2 cm
  • Corner speaker size: 11.8 × 17.2 × 11.2 cm
  • Center size. columns: 26.4 × 11.6 × 10.8 cm
  • Total weight: 12.2 kg

The budget half of the rating is opened by inexpensive computer acoustics Edifier R501T «mark three». The system is assembled quite qualitatively, completely from MDF. The speakers do not crack and do not emit any extraneous sounds. The manufacturer tried to ensure good compatibility with built-in and external audio cards. Everything is easy to install and configure. It is possible to connect USB and SD flash drives. Also a nice bonus is the wireless remote control. A power of 93 W is enough with a margin, however, in rooms larger than 20 square meters. You can’t deploy the system, the wires are short. Edifier’s speakers are slightly larger than those of Canton, so they are not so convenient to place on the desktop. The subwoofer produces a strong, heavy bass, the intensity of which varies significantly depending on conditions unknown to me. Sometimes everything is balanced, and sometimes the sub starts to hit on the ears and you need to turn it down. For fans in general. When listening to music on the Edifier R501TIII, the detail of the instruments is not very impressive, but in games and movies the situation is better. Increasing the volume also has a positive effect on the sharpness of the sound.

What are the best speakers for a computer

The presented 10 nominees differ both in external design and internal content (“stuffing”). Which speakers to buy is a purely individual question, it depends on preferences and budget. A comparative analysis of Vyborexperta.ru identified several «bright» representatives of the top:

  • Oklick OK-127 — powerful and inexpensive speakers for a computer with multi-color illumination that reacts to touch;
  • JBL Quantum Duo — high-end wireless speakers with original LED backlight and surround sound;
  • Sven MC-30 — flagship, high performance, realistic, deep sound;
  • Microlab M-590 — original design, satellites on stands + separate bass speaker;
  • Logitech Z906 is an atypical soundbar format, the most powerful, loud nominee in a compact size.

If you’re looking for inexpensive speakers, go for ones that have a warranty longer than 1 year so you don’t have to change them often. If these are goods from well-known brands, there service lasts at least 2 years. If you want to enjoy deep bass, consider bass-reflex equipment.

Comparison table of characteristics

For a more visual comparison of the models presented above, we use a comparative table of characteristics.

Model Power, W) Frequencies (Hz) Noise Reduction (dB) Weight, kg) Price, rub)
OKLICK OK-127 6 160-20000 thirty 1.6 from 959 to 1509
Edifier R980T 24 70-20000 85 2.3 from 1211 to 1872
SVEN MS-302 40 40-20000 75 3.7 from 3 216 to 4 019
Edifier R1280T 42 75-18000 85 2.8 from 5 785 to 6 454
Dialog AP-225 65 20-20000 80 4.8 from 4 312 to 5 220
OKLICK OK-441 fifty 35-20000 85 4.4 from 4 993 to 5 695
Creative Pebble eight 50-20000 75 3.1 from 1 568 to 2 209
OKLICK OK-162 eight 150-20000 45 1.3 from 1120 to 1892
Edifier R1580MB 42 55-20000 85 2.6 from 4 128 to 5 569
OKLICK OK-128 6 150-20000 60 0.6 from 487 to 702

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