Best Stereo Pair
- Audioengine A2+
Best With Subwoofer
- Edifier S350DB
- Kanto SYD
If you’re constantly listening to audio at your computer, be it music, video, gaming, or anything else, then you will want to enjoy the best sound quality available. While you can get decent speakers, even in budget price ranges, and you can get solid results from mid-range hardware; if you’re wanting the best experience, you’re going to need to put some more money down for a high-end model.
The high-end speaker range, realistically, blends into full home theatre setups. A full home theatre sound system, with surround speakers and height speakers, is a bit overblown for typical PC or laptop usage, though it certainly has its place. To help you find the best high-end computer speakers our recommendations come at a high, but reasonable, price point, while still being feasible to implement on a desk next to a normal computer.
- THX certified
- Large 8-inch subwoofer
- 200W RMS
- Connectivity: optical, coaxial, line in, Aux
- Drivers: 2x 2.75-inch drivers, 1x 8-inch driver
- Channels: 2.1
The Edifier M3600D is a THX-certified speaker set that speaks to the high quality that it can produce. The core of the system is the 8-inch subwoofer, which comes with two 2.75-inch satellites for a combined 200W RMS. The styling of the subwoofer may not appeal to everyone, while the extra-large grille will be obvious, not everyone will appreciate it.
One of the things that may put you off is that the vast majority of the price is for the subwoofer. While this makes sense as it is bigger and more powerful, the satellite speakers are available as a lone pair, for just $30, while they’re good, it feels like they could be better. A number of users have reported quality control issues, however, by all accounts, the customer service provided by Edifier is excellent, with the 2-year warranty being reliably honoured, and replacements being shipped in good time.
- aptX Bluetooth support
- Integrated DAC
- Small form factor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth aptX, USB Audio, Aux, RCA
- Drivers: 2x 2.75-inch drivers, and 2x 0.75-inch silk-dome tweeters
- Channels: 2.0
The Audioengine A2+ is a small form factor stereo speaker set. Now while you’d be right to expect more than to channels from a high-end model, it does feature excellent connectivity. Bluetooth aptX support means you can get high-quality wireless audio from a range of up to 100ft. The integrated, high-quality DAC means that the USB connection is ideal for your computer, allowing it to take full advantage of the power of the speakers.
While it doesn’t come with a subwoofer, one can be connected if you want, though this will of course cost extra. The 3-year warranty is particularly good. The lack of a subwoofer means that the bass of these speakers suffers, and while they do well for a stereo pair, a subwoofer would improve them. The matte finish looks particularly vulnerable to scratches that will then be very noticeable.
- Bluetooth aptX
- Centre channel design
- Phono preamp
- Connectivity: Aux, Bluetooth, Optical, RCA
- Drivers: 2x 4-inch drivers, 2x 1-inch driver
- Channels: 2.0
The Kanto SYD is designed as a centre channel speaker for a home theatre setup, this gives it a more soundbar like form factor, enabling it to fit under monitors rather than having to sit to the side. Unfortunately, this also means that the stereo separation of the left and right speakers is quite low. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but it may be noticeable. The inclusion of a phono preamp makes this suited to working with turntables.
It comes with an angled stand that is padded to dampen vibrations. The remote control lets you adjust the volume, bass balance, and play/pause (though only over Bluetooth). While the majority of reviews are extremely positive, a few users have reported some audio quality issues over Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth aptX
- Wireless desktop control hub
- Cherry wood styling
- Connectivity: Aux, RCA, Optical, Coax, Bluetooth aptX
- Drivers: 2x 2.8-inch drivers, 2x 0.75-inch driver, 1x 8-inch driver
- Channels: 2.1
The Edifier S350DBis a 2.1 speaker system where a decent amount of the budget has been spent on the satellite speakers, rather than all on the subwoofer. Controls can be found on the side of the right-hand side of the right speaker making them easier to get to than controls on the back. Once, you’ve set the balance with the on speaker controls, you can use the wireless remote control to chose inputs, change volume, play/pause, and turn the speakers on and off. Unfortunately, the design of the remote isn’t great with the Bluetooth input button and the power button being directly next to the volume down and up buttons, making them easy to press by accident.
Connectivity is solid, however, the connections between the speakers and subwoofer use proprietary cabling, which means there is no way to extend the separation beyond what the cables allow. The two-year warranty provides peace of mind that the product is reliable and that you’ll get good customer service if you do run into any issues. The cherry wood panelling of the speaker is certainly distinct looking for computer speakers, however, it may not appeal to everyone.
That was our roundup of the best high-end computer speakers in 2022. Have you recently bought a high-end computer speaker? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.