I’m looking for a gift for someone who needs speakers for their PC. I know they don’t want them to take up a ton of space but I’m also trying to make sure the sound is good and the upgrade feels significant. Talk about conflicting goals! Bigger is generally better when it comes to speaker enclosures.
I use an Edifier R1700BT for my setup, and they have been solid but I think that is too large at 6” W x 10” H x 8.4” D. I’m looking for something that is 3-4 inches wide and maybe 5-7 inches deep. The height doesn’t matter. Sets with separate subwoofers are out.
Current short list:
If anyone has some compact PC speakers they really like, please tell me about them!
EDIT: Forgot to mention that I am looking for something with a per-speaker RMS of 20W or greater if possible. Even now the T40 is only 16W RMS per speaker :(. This requirement is so my brother can turn up these speakers to listen from another room.
EDIT2: Budget is $200ish with a little flexibility
I was going to suggest a Tivoli Audio model two as I have been using that as my computer speakers for many years and it still sounds fantastic. As a bonus the speakers include an AM/FM radio. Unfortunately it appears that they quit making this.
The Logitech Z200 would meet your size requirements and gets really good reviews.
Are we talking about 3.5mm plug wired speakers? I use a MIDI piano keyboard with a laptop, and I need some speakers to plug into the laptop’s headphone jack, not Bluetooth (due to latency) and also not USB (due to some quirks of how the MIDI input/output works). And the speakers need to have clear midrange without distortion, which is usually quite a challenge for most speakers due to the sympathetic resonance frequencies in piano music.
Do these wired computer speakers have their own power supply for amplification? I haven’t used them for quite a few years so I have no idea what’s available on the market.
I’ve tried tons of options, especially portable Bluetooth speakers that also have a 3.5mm direct input jack (thus bypassing the Bluetooth protocol). I’ve only found one model that has both low/no latency and also has clean audio. Almost all the speakers I’ve tried end up buzzing or breaking up at certain frequency ranges. Another model has great audio but for some reason even in direct aux input mode it still digitally processes the signal and has bad latency. And since they’re portable single-unit speakers they’re not stereo, or at least the physical separation between the two sides is almost nothing.
@Racoon City I had not noticed the T15 before. Looking at the title, I was hoping the speakers were paired wirelessly so that no wire needed to be run between them. Unfortunately, this has the standard number of wires, it just also has bluetooth as a connection option. (gotta love marketing) With a per-speaker RMS of 10W this falls a little short in power—I anticipate my brother turning these up so he can hear them in another room. I didn’t mention any power requirements so that is my bad. I’ll add it to the initial post.
Indeed, the Kanto Yu2 is overpriced for it’s size. It’s incredibly compact for having a 3” driver which is what led me to consider it. The plan was to pool money with some other people also shopping for b-day gifts if I did choose this one. But on closer inspection I’ve realized the frequency response is a bit lacking in the Yu2. (only down to 80Hz)
I had not considered the Creative T20 just because it is less powerful than the 16W/speaker RMS T40. Again, my bad for not mentioning anything about wattage.
Any reason why you wouldn’t get “studio monitor” speakers? Those are designed with your use-case in mind—they aren’t designed to be exciting to listen to but rather to present sound accurately so mixing is easier. You can find them at various budgets. I know Monoprice makes some, Edifier has one, etc. JBL seems to be well respected. Your 3.5mm can convert to RCA if necessary with a simple cable.
I’m hoping that by introducing a little overkill I can bridge the gap between speakers that are audible from a distance and speakers that sound great at a distance. What sounds great is subjective of course. I’m biased towards larger drivers because I got some Cambridge Audio SX-60 speakers a couple of years ago and they convinced me that size/power matters.