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Transform your desktop into a concert hall with these computer speakers

Sadly, the built-in speakers lining your laptop or monitor are rarely worthy of high praise. A quality speaker system is essential when it comes to music and movies, though, allowing you to experience more than what’s typically afforded from the chintzy speakers that come stock with your machine. These days, the realm of desktop speakers is more robust than ever before, quickly deviating from the boxy designs of their age-old counterparts with every new iteration, while offering wireless functionality and producing unprecedented sound in an affordable package.

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As such, we compiled our favorite desktop speakers for upgrading your sound quality. We can’t guarantee they’ll make listening to the new Carly Rae Jepsen record any more enjoyable, but at least it will sound better.

The Best

Aperion Allaire ($400)

Aperion Allaire

The Allaire offers the most complete combination of high-end sound quality, versatility, and connectivity in the genre. With Bluetooth, a digital optical input, an analog input, a subwoofer output, and a USB port for charging devices, the Allaire is suitable for almost any installation. However, what really sells us on this set is its outstanding sound quality, which offers rich bass response, pure midrange details, and pristine treble. For a desktop that often doubles as an entertainment center, there is no better choice at this price point. Read our full review.

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The Rest

Polk Hampden ($200)

Polk Hampden

The Polk Hampden hits the sweet spot, and revels in a handsome vintage design that produces robust volume and a sprawling, accurate sound stage. The old-school interface on the front showcases the volume much like an analog flip clock would — adding to the aesthetic — while a button housed on the side allows you to switch the source between digital USB, Bluetooth, and analog 3.5mm. Read our full review.

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Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse ($200)

Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse

The ultra-modern e25 Luna Eclipse are as outstanding in terms of build quality as they are in sound. The slick, moon-shaped speakers produce a clear, open midrange and a surprising amount of bass via the integrated 3.5-inch drivers and dual passive radiators. They offer phenomenal sound for the price, with a bevy of flashy features to boot. Read our full review.

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Logitech Z533 ($100)

Logitech Z533

Logitech’s Z533 isn’t the fanciest set around, but it boasts big, clear sound and strong bass thanks to a 30-watt subwoofer and pair of 2.5-inch drivers. The control knob allows you to quickly change the volume adjust the bass, too, and the black-and-gold design renders the system subtle enough for any desktop setup. Plus, it doesn’t carry the price tag normally associated with high-end speakers.

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JBL Pebbles ($32)

JBL Pebbles

At a mere $30 or so, the JBL Pebbles are the most affordable on our list. Nonetheless, these USB-powered speakers revel in clever cable management, a unique compact design, and a well-rounded sound signature that’s both punchy and tuneful for their diminutive size. We wish they came bundled with a USB adapter, but the plug-and-play dynamics are hard to pass up. Read our full review.

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Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 ($150)

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1

Klipsch’s THX-certified 2.1 system doesn’t offer many frills, but it does offer a proper 130-watt subwoofer to go along with a pair of 35-watt satellite speakers. This provides clear, full sound that’s suited for both music and gaming. Moreover, the system’s digital hybrid amp features a headphone jack and dual stereo analog inputs, so you can connect two sources at once.

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Audioengine A2+ ($250)

Audioengine A2+

Audioengine’s A2+ are popular for a reason. The dynamic bookshelf speakers bask in clear accuracy and nuanced undertones that span the frequency range, while offering an integrated digital-to-analog converter that lets you forego your computer’s analog output in favor of a purer signal. These speakers may lack a bit in the low-end, but they shine with versatility.

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KEF Egg ($500)

KEF Egg

Kef’s oddly-shaped Egg speakers reach new highs in terms of both price and sound quality. You get a class-leading balance and brilliant detail for your money, which amounts to phenomenal sound in a variety of locations. They aren’t just desktop speakers, given they’re just as suitable for your home theater system as for your PC. Read our full review.

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Definitive Tech Incline ($200)

Definitive Tech Incline

Adorned with a wide stereo image and a welcome slew of input options, fans of Definitive Technology will have a hard time resisting the Incline. The compact towers’ rich and powerful soundscape offers a smooth midrange, polished instrumental timbres, and nuanced vocals. The rear firing drivers don’t hurt, creating a more immersive experience than your average desktop pair. Read our full review

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Amazon Best Buy