If you have ever tried to watch a YouTube video on your desktop or laptop, you probably figured out pretty quickly the sound from the speakers in your computer are just terrible! They usually sound incredibly tinny with no bass at all. Of course, that is to be expected from speakers that are usually smaller in size than a dime!
Most of us spend hours every day in front of our computers both for work and entertainment. Working can be a lot more fun if we have some good music playing in the background and obviously watching a movie or YouTube video is a lot better experience with great sound.
If your computer hangs out in the same area where you like to kick back and listen to music, adding a pair of decent speakers may be just the ticket for getting some good sound into your living space. With computer speakers, the connections are very easy as the speakers have the amplifier and switching built into the speaker. All you have to do is get sound from your computer to them and provide them with power and you are up and running.
There are over 1000 models of computer speakers on the market today. Most of them are an upgrade from the tiny speakers in your computer, but we decided to focus on the ones that sound as good as speakers you would want to put in a home audio system.
To make the cut, these needed to have a very easy way to connect up to your computer and be simple to control. We felt like the speaker system needed to have a USB connection, which makes connecting them super simple. The USB connection also lets you turn up the speaker’s volume control then simply use the volume level on your computer to adjust the output level. All of the models we suggest have a USB DAC built-in for an easy connection.
They also needed to sound great with music and not tire us out if we had them playing for 4-6 hours continuously. We’ve found a lot of inexpensive speakers start to grate on our ears after 30 minutes or so due to some kind of distortion in their cheap speaker components. We wanted them to be able to fit pretty easily on a desk, although we made a couple of exceptions for some models that can really rock the house when you want them to!
Finally, we gave out bonus points if the speakers included Bluetooth for a super easy connection you or your guests can use.