Best Computer Speakers for Awesome Sound Quality in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 23, 2017
If you wish to enjoy listening to music, watching your favourite film or fully immerse in the atmosphere of a computer game, a good sound is really important. You and your computer deserve the best speakers, and to help you choose we have made this Computer Speaker review! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
SYSTEM TYPE
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER
SENSITIVITY
FREQUENCY
MATERIAL
INTERFACES
 
PROS
These speakers deliver a powerful Dolby Digital sound and have a 3D stereo function. You can control the sound of each speaker and switch between the modes. A remote allows for a wireless control of the device.
CONS
This PC speaker system is rather big and, consequently, requires space.
OUR VERDICT

The Logitech speaker system for PC is perfect for those who adore a powerful surround sound.

detailed parameters
SYSTEM TYPE
5.1
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER
500 Watts
SENSITIVITY
95 dB
FREQUENCY
35 Hz - 20 kHz
MATERIAL
Satellites - plastic, Subwoofer - MDF
INTERFACES
2 digital optical inputs, 1 digital coaxial input, RCA input, 3.5mm input
PROS
The system includes 2 speakers (5 Watts each). Such sound is sufficient for listening to music and watching films. Also, the device provides a peculiar combination of a great sound and low-frequency subwoofer.
CONS
The speakers are quite fragile.
OUR VERDICT

The GoGroove sound system will please audiophiles with its unusual design, amazing LED backlighting, and fantastic sound quality. Three available colours.

detailed parameters
SYSTEM TYPE
2.1
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER
20 Watts
SENSITIVITY
90 dB
FREQUENCY
80 Hz - 20 kHz
MATERIAL
Satellites - transparent plastic, Subwoofer - plastic and MDF
INTERFACES
3.5mm input
PROS

The Trust GXT system has a great sound quality. It is very convenient to plug to a smartphone or tablet through an audio port.

CONS
There is a distortion of low frequencies at the maximum volume.
OUR VERDICT
The acoustic system that can be plugged not only to PC, but also to Wii, Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3.
detailed parameters
SYSTEM TYPE
2.1
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER
60 Watts
SENSITIVITY
80 dB
FREQUENCY
95 Hz - 20 kHz
MATERIAL
Wood and ABS - plastic
INTERFACES
AUX, Mini-jack (3.5mm)
PROS
This Harman Kordon Soundsticks III sound system comprises 8 speakers that ensure an excellent sound. The design of the device is truly eye-catching.
CONS
This sound system shows a better performance at high and medium frequencies rather than at low ones.
OUR VERDICT
This model delivers a high-quality clear sound that can be compared to some top-tier devices. Superb price to quality ratio.
detailed parameters
SYSTEM TYPE
2.1
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER
40 Watts
SENSITIVITY
80 dB
FREQUENCY
44 Hz - 20 kHz
MATERIAL
Transparent plastic
INTERFACES
3.5mm input
PROS
The built-in battery of these computer speakers allows you to enjoy music for 5-8 hours without recharging.
CONS
Removing an SD card from the slot is quite uncomfortable.
OUR VERDICT
It's a portable computer speaker that you can carry wherever you go. Total versatility as the device can be used for voice calls or as an FM radio.
detailed parameters
SYSTEM TYPE
Mono
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER
3 Watts
SENSITIVITY
80 dB
FREQUENCY
100 Hz - 20 kHz
MATERIAL
Aluminium and ABS - plastic
INTERFACES
3.5mm input, FM module, Bluetooth, Micro-SD card slot, Micro USB cable

What are Computer Speakers

Computer Speaker System is designed to produce sound, and it lets you enjoy high-quality powerful sound in your own home. There is a wide variety of acoustic systems you can find on the market, with an even wider variety of features. Sometimes it makes determining the most important features a rather difficult task. In our PC speaker review, we will tell you about five models of PC speaker systems we consider the best and we will briefly analyse their main features so that you could choose the computer speaker system that fits your needs and requirements best.

If you are a video gaming fan then you may find our gaming laptops and gaming mice reviews interesting.

What Features to Compare

The very first thing to consider when you choose a speaker for computer is its Type. The type depends on the number of speakers and on the subwoofer. If you are planning to create a home theater, you will need a 5.1 system - by placing all the satellite speakers around the room you will achieve a realistic sound. These are one of the best Computer Speakers for those loving to watch films with all the special effects. The 2.1 acoustic system has two speakers and a subwoofer, it is good for watching films and listening to music. Portable speakers are small in size and can connect not only to a computer. For example, the Bluetooth technology will help you take them with you when you go for a walk, so you could listen to music in any place.

The most important parameter of the speaker system for PC is its Sound Quality or, in other words, the quality of the sound you hear from your Computer Speakers. That is what you need to pay attention to when analyzing the sound quality:

  • Power. A speaker system for PC includes several speakers, so a total output power must be considered first of all. This indicator is a combination of the power output of each speaker in the sound system. The higher this total output power, the louder the sound. At the same time, you shouldn't aim for the highest numbers because when you turn such speakers to the full power, the sound might become quite unclear.
  • Sensitivity. This is the sound pressure level. This parameter is also directly proportional to the volume of the sound - the higher the sensitivity, the louder the sound. Modern Computer Speakers have this criterion at 80-95 dB.
  • Frequency. This is one more vital characteristic for the sound system. For the best sound quality, the frequency response range must be wide. A human ear is able to apprehend the frequency range from 15 Hz to 22 kHz. PC speakers usually have the frequency from 25 Hz to 20 kHz.

When you have decided on the desired sound parameters, take a look at the Design. It's important to know what materials a speaker system for PC is made of. Most Computer Speakers are manufactured from plastic to make the design more peculiar but a subwoofer is often made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) for achieving high-quality sound and low frequencies.

There are also certain Extras we recommend you to consider. First of all, check out the options of Computer Speaker System connection to the computer. Along with the old-fashioned analogue inputs, modern PC speaker systems are often equipped with digital inputs to plug in a media player or a gaming console. And the Bluetooth technology allows you to establish a wireless connection with smartphones and tablets.

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Logitech Z906

Top-tier Computer Speakers

Multi-channel sound systems are a lot superior to conventional 2.0 stereos. However, multi-channel speaker systems are different and not all of them are worth every pound they cost. But there's certainly nothing to worry about if you choose the Logitech Z906 computer speakers! This sound system delivers an excellent surround sound of fantastic quality. This kind of PC speaker system is a rival of Hi-Fi systems since it's cheaper and doesn't require getting the appropriate speakers and amplifier separately. Also, the Logitech speaker system requires no fine-tuning - you just need to unpack all components and connect them properly. There are two ways of mounting the speakers: you can either place them on any flat surface (they have non-slip rubber feet for this) or mount on a wall (each satellite speaker has a mounting hole on the back panel). No matter how you place the speakers, the sound quality will be perfect thanks to the design of satellites. The cables are rather long so you can place the satellites around your room and feel the whole power of 3D sound. The total output power of the Logitech PC speakers is 500 Watts. Quite a high power taking a small size of the satellites into account! This PC speakers have all the necessary inputs and outputs (including digital ones) for ultimate connectivity. The system is controlled via a wired remote though it's possible to use a wireless one. Logitech made its best to enter the premium segment by introducing this amazing computer speaker system. No doubt, Z906 is a fantastic choice for music lovers, gamers, and common PC users. This surround sound system ensures a clear and distortion-free sound even at high volume!

Review of Logitech Z906

Huge Power Encompassed in a Small Casing

A single glance at this computer speaker system is enough to recognise the peculiar Logitech design - each curve reminds of other Logitech products. Despite a rather high output power of each speaker (67 Watts per channel), they are quite small. Each satellite is made of simple plastic. Each speaker is very durable and rigid, though not lightweight due to the heavy magnetic system inside. In all, this PC sound system includes five identical satellites but four of them are placed vertically and (front and rear ones) and one (central) is placed horizontally. The subwoofer is made of 12mm thick MDF and looks like a cube. The subwoofer is based on a powerful 8-inch speaker covered with a protective metal mesh; there's a phase inverter on the right side. In all, the subwoofer is rather big in order to minimise air whirls and reaching the best sound frequency.

Logitech Z906 in the use

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GoGroove Satellite

Awesome LED Lights

Among those who adore listening to music every day, there are quite a lot of people who wish to use a PC speaker system that looks even better than it sounds. If you are exactly this kind of person, the GoGroove Bass PULSE is right for you! This is a 2.1 computer sound system that comprises two 5-Watt speakers and one 10-Watt subwoofer. Therefore, the total output power amounts to 20 Watts whereas the peak output power is 40 Watts. This PC speaker system is quite lightweight so you can use it in any room. Yet, the most important feature that makes this computer sound system so peculiar is a LED lighting on the front part of the satellites and the low-frequency subwoofer. You can adjust the lighting so that it pulses the beat of the music you are listening. And if you want to switch the LED lights off, you can do it with a single click of a button. The sound this PC speaker system delivers is high enough. The total output power allows for a comfortable listening to music on your computer, laptop, tablet, or even a game console. Of course, some audiophiles might find something to criticise about this surround sound system but it's great for a common PC user. If you wish to enjoy a good sound and eye-catching design - this product is a really worthy choice!

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Interesting Fact

Back in 1960, the sound was recorded on a special magnetic tape. Till 1964, the RCA company released a cassette of the following size: 197 x 127 x 13 mm that looked quite similar to more 'modern' audio cassettes you might have seen before they were replaced by discs and flash drives. Those outdated compact cassettes played for 30 minutes per each side (1 hour in total). The first audio cassette had been developed by Philips in 1963 and the following year the production started in Germany. Very soon audio cassettes became widespread and there were many reasons for such a great success. Firstly, there was no license so the production of cassettes was quite cheap for common people. Secondly, any owner of a tape recorder could record and then play whatever he or she wanted. Consequently, tape recorders became a lot cheaper and millions of people could buy them. Back in the 1970s-80s, audio cassettes were the most popular format for recording music. It's hard to believe it today but audio cassettes were even used for recording computer programs! Cassettes were used in language schools and by journalists for recording interviews. The epoch of compact cassettes came to an end in the 1990s when CDs were introduced into the market.

GoGroove Satellite in the use

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If you pick the GoGroove BassPULSE computer speakers with blue lights, it will be perfectly complemented by a decent gaming mouse and a keyboard.

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GoGroove Satellite
GoGroove Satellite
 

Trust Gaming

High-end Sound

Any PC user wishes to enjoy a good sound when he or she is listening to music, playing games, or watching videos. And that's why a 2.1 sound system is indispensable! This Trust GXT PC speaker system combines all the advantages: a reasonable price, decent sound quality, and eye-catching design. Thanks to this device, you will be able to enjoy every single sound! This PC speaker set is versatile - its 3.5mm jack allows connecting to lots of devices, such as smartphones, TVs, mp3 players, laptops, computers, and even gaming consoles (like PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, etc.). GTX 38 2.1 gaming speaker set includes two speakers that show a great performance at high and medium frequencies. Of course, the sound system includes a subwoofer made of quality wood; it has a large speaker for delivering stunning basses and the control dial is on the left side of the unit. The whole set looks amazing - the speakers and the subwoofer will certainly fit into any interior. The PC speaker system comes with a handy wired remote control (that has a 3.5mm jack) and a cable for connecting it to computers, tablets, and other digital devices. Also, the set is energy-saving - if it isn't used for more than an hour, the system switches into the sleep mode though it instantaneously switches on as soon as an incoming sound signal is received, i.e. the set turns on when you click 'Play' on your device. In all, this Trust GXT gaming speaker set will become a great acquisition of any computer user.

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Curious Fact

It's difficult to find a person who's never heard the so-called Wilhelm scream. For the first time, this sound was used in the 1951 film Distant Drums when one of the heroes was dragged underwater by an alligator. Next time the scream appeared in the film called The Charge at Feather River. Fans of The Star Wars certainly heard this sound too! The Wilhelm scream was used in lots of Warner Brothers films and became really popular. In 1970, Ben Burtt, an American sound designer, started using this sound in all his films. As of today, the Wilhelm Scream can be heard in more than 220 popular films and computer games.

Trust Gaming in the use

Useful to Know

If you plug headphones into a microphone input, you can actually use them as a microphone! Without going into technical details, the design of a mic and headphones is fairly similar: a membrane is connected to a coil around a magnet. In headphones, the sound signal turns into vibrations of a membrane while in a microphone it's vice versa.

Detailed review of Trust Gaming

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Trust Gaming
Trust Gaming
 

Harman Kardon Wireless

Speakers for Any Music Style

For many years the Harman Kardon company has produced PC speakers (SoundSticks) for common users. The company's products are known for the high quality and exceptional design. Developing this computer speaker system, Harman Kardon took its highly successful SoundSticks Wireless model and upgraded it. The product looks stunning and it's a merit of Apple's chief designer who took part in the development process of the SoundSticks. As for upgrades, this PC speaker system now has a built-in Bluetooth adapter so you can connect it to nearly any device. No need to mention, this wireless computer speaker system requires no wires and you can save some space in your room. Of course, Harman Kardon SoundSticks III is compatible not only with Apple gadgets but with other types of smartphones, tablets, mp3 players, etc too. This model has sensor volume controls so turning music up or down can be done easily with a touch. Two speakers deliver a truly clear sound that even audiophiles will appreciate. And a low-frequency subwoofer boasts a powerful bass. Harman Kardon 2.1 computer speaker system is a good choice for people who like different styles of music. Good sound and incredible design - it's all about Harman Kardon SoundSticks III!

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Unusual Design

When Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon founded the Harman Kardon company back in 1953, they decided to make their devices not only sound but also look great. At the time, most sound systems looked quite similar to each other and that's why Harman Kardon's innovative design became popular very quickly. In 1999, the company (in cooperation with Apple) presented its sound system that included a transparent subwoofer and two tabletop satellites. The company's products are nowadays displayed at the Museum of Morden Art in New York - quite a strong evidence of success! Harman Kardon SoundSticks III PC wireless speaker system is a great example of company's amazing style - the subwoofer and satellites are made of high-quality transparent plastic so you can actually see how the sound is 'born'!

Harman Kardon Wireless in the use

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Harman Kardon Wireless
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EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth

Music Always at Hand

Millions of people use laptops and other portable devices today. Thus, they can't use a large sound system with several satellites and a sub. That's why the EasyAcc company developed its portable Bluetooth speakers. Apart from using at home, you can take this speaker and go camping, walking, cycling, and so on. Though this is a mini portable speaker, it delivers the output power of 3 Watts and the sensitivity of 80 dB. As a result, the sound is good enough, particularly for such a small device! This 1.0 sound system connects to any device - from a laptop to mp3 player. The unit is battery-powered and it can work for up to 4-5 hours on a single charge. Then, you can use any USB port to recharge the device. Also, the speaker has a built-in microphone so you can use it even for phone calls. You can connect the speaker to a smartphone via Bluetooth and make calls. And the sound quality is going to be good enough! We particularly recommend this device for cyclists since riding a bike and wearing earphones might be quite dangerous. Surely, EasyAcc will be utterly helpful for people who like outdoor activities and countryside trips. No doubt, this is a truly win-win choice!

Review of EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth

Cutting-edge Music Technologies

A neuron network for composing music has been created at Sony Computer Science Laboratories. Sony engineers created a huge music database comprising around 13,000 tracks of different singers and genres. To create a new music track, you need to choose a genre, then the program will analyze hundreds of tracks and compose a unique track. The neuron network has already proven its efficiency! A French composer Benoit Carré created a music track in a style of The Beatles with the help of the neuron network. Having analyzed all songs of the world's most famous band, the program offered several tracks for creating a totally new unique one. Benoit made musical notations of the new track that was named Daddy's Car. In the future, more composers will be able to create new music tracks this way.

EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth in the use

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EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth
EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth
 

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