Top 5 computer speakers for 2021 | Crutchfield

Top 5 computer speakers for 2021 | Crutchfield

Our top 5 computer speakers replace the disappointing built-in sound of your laptop or monitor with sound that is rich, punchy, and full of detail. Whether you want better sound for gaming, music, movies or all of the above, there’s a set of computer speakers for you.

1. Bose Companion 2 Series III:

We’d recommend these to anyone looking for a simple, no-fuss upgrade, and it comes to you from Bose, who has made their mark with un-fussy electronics. You simply connect them to your headphone jack and turn the volume knob up or down. The sound is greatly improved, more rich and detailed than any laptop speaker, and you get the convenience of a volume knob and a headphone jack within reach.

2. Kanto YU2:

The pretty little Kanto YU2 lets you take your sound up a notch by adding a USB DAC, so you can connect to your computer digitally and let the speakers take over the sound processing duties. The YU2 put out a lot of sound for something their size, and they take up very little room on your desk. They’re well built, stylish, and offer detailed, crystal-clear sound for your near-field desktop listening station.

3. Audioengine HD3:

The Audioengine HD3 make for a superlative computer speaker system. They’re small, attractive, and let you make a digital connection to your computer. They’re built well and play bigger and deeper than their size suggests. Like all Audioengine speakers, they provide beautiful stereo separation and pinpoint imaging. On the front of one speaker is a handy volume knob, along with a built-in headphone amp that can power most headphones. The HD3 really are an all-in-one desktop audio solution.

4. Klipsch R-41PM:

The Klipsch R-41PM powered monitors make for great computer speakers if you have the room. They feature a USB input for connecting to your Mac or PC. However, they’re ready for more than that if you’re looking for a two-channel system. They make excellent TV speakers, and offer an optical input for a nice digital connection. There’s even a built-in phono preamp for hooking up your turntable. The R-41PM is more powerful and can fill a decent-sized room with sound if you want them to. They’re also great for PC gamers because they play deep and hit hard.

5. KEF LS50 Wireless II:

Ok, we’re playing around with the format of this video a little here, because the KEF LS50 Wireless II speakers are definitely not “computer speakers” per se. We just love how they sound so much, and they will work with your computer either using Bluetooth or over your home wi-fi network. They’re great for larger rooms because not only do they have a ton of power, but due to KEF’s Uni-Q design, the “sweet spot” is almost anywhere you’re standing.

The LS50II let you connect a bunch of ways. Over your home wi-fi network you can stream hi-res files from a service like TIDAL or Qobuz, or access locally stored digital files using the KEF app or Apple AirPlay 2. There’s an HDMI input with Enhanced Audio Return Channel, so these make excellent TV speakers. If you’re in an open layout and need big sound, the KEF LS50 Wireless II are a good choice.

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0:00 Intro
0:30 What are your needs?
0:53 Bose Companion 2 Series III
1:50 Kanto YU2
3:14 Audioengine HD3
4:58 Klipsch R-41PM
6:41 KEF LS50 Wireless II
9:38 Recap and outro


  1. planck10-43 on June 27, 2022 at 12:40 am

    great selection of Crutchfield sold speakers, but the Vanatoos are far superior.

  2. Minus1234 on June 27, 2022 at 12:41 am

    damn, these are some rich kid speakers

  3. Gianduja Vettorello on June 27, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Best buy: SANYUN SW208! 😉

  4. Political Puppet Theatre on June 27, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Shocked, shocked I say. Subbed, thumbs up, and I will actually order the speakers from you guys within a week. You’re a Canadian company and have the most competitive price on the high end gear shown. Way to go, impressed, glad to learn about you guys, thanks.

  5. Massive Precision Audio on June 27, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Is it only me or does the presenter sound a bit like James Spader?

  6. Some guy on June 27, 2022 at 12:48 am

    "It Bose so it sounds great" That was the moment you lost us.

  7. xthene on June 27, 2022 at 12:48 am

    edifier speakers are the best!

  8. Sky Principe di Eraklyon on June 27, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Klipsch R-41 PM or Kanto YU4?

  9. strictlynineties on June 27, 2022 at 12:50 am

    lol $2800 good one

  10. Valentin T. Mocanu on June 27, 2022 at 12:50 am

    HD3 sounds better with vertical stands, supports, and distance > 1.2 m

  11. DashCamEyes on June 27, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I still love the old Bose companion 5, but I always want the audio engine speakers

  12. Dan Iosubescu on June 27, 2022 at 12:52 am

    KEf LSX

  13. RainingMetal on June 27, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I have the Bose Companion speakers. There’s often a buzzing noise that occurs at random, and I think the back of my audio jack on the device is damaged. Unplugging and replugging the audio jack into it solves the issue but the problem resurfaces constantly.

  14. bertraminc on June 27, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Bose Companion 5.

  15. Vignesh Giridharan on June 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Great collection. I’d upgrade someday, but my 12-year-old Creative SBS 370 2.1-channel speakers simply refuse to retire. 😊

  16. Chubbs on June 27, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Kanto Tuk amazing

  17. frank 78 on June 27, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Kef lsx might be better no?

  18. Jon Snow on June 27, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Great video!

  19. soupistasty5 on June 27, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Yeah, I’ll take the ELAC Navis ARB-51 3-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker over all these choices. Gorgeous finishes, impeccable 3 way sound & the beauty of better amp driving them, instead of a stale, dull class D offering. Not to mention all the features n’ convenience of a true wireless speaker – ready to take any streamed content or a lossless signal – user’s preference.

  20. fırat engin on June 27, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Bose Companion 5 or 50 should be in the comparison. And it will obviously be the winner…

  21. Patrica omas on June 27, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Edifier S350DB 2.1.

  22. ivanteo1973 on June 27, 2022 at 1:00 am

    I am not sure why manufacturers, as of today are still using that century old USB type A/B connector for the digital interface.

  23. sol‣a‣mart on June 27, 2022 at 1:06 am

    I bought a pair of Alesis Elevate 5 MK2 studio/desk monitors about 8 months ago. I was surprised with the sound they produce. I would recommend them to anyone. Superior to any budget friendly Edifiers outhere, they are among the best speakers for studio/desktop music producing or listening that i’ve heard, with a killer 140$ price.

  24. Charlie Maybe on June 27, 2022 at 1:06 am

    i am getting a logitech z625 which has 2 satellite speakers and a sub woofer. how do you think these are for a desktop use or even home theater setup. I right now have a polk audio signa s2 for my tv but is this any better for a tv home theater use?

  25. Tony Nguyen on June 27, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Best for gaming out of these?

  26. Matthew Campbell on June 27, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Would be nice to say the prices

  27. GrowLLLTigeRRR on June 27, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Regarding the headphone jacks on the fronts of these speakers; can they be used for a headset (head phone + microphone)?

  28. Eric Schmit on June 27, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Do you have a top 5 that does not have speakers that cost more than a week’s worth of groceries or more? 😀

  29. Edgar Sánchez on June 27, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I think still in 2021 Klipsch Promedia 2.1 is the Best desktop speaker and so cheap

  30. Ty Lacy on June 27, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Great video! Are there any changes to this list for 2022?

  31. Some guy on June 27, 2022 at 1:17 am

    The KEFs do have a Analog 3.5mm Auxiliary – aka normal computer speaker cable

  32. Dice Flawless on June 27, 2022 at 1:20 am

    What’s a CD player?

  33. Ali Ettienne on June 27, 2022 at 1:21 am

    I got to get me a Bluetooth speaker for my laptop. It seem to be useful. The Klipsch speakers look like the perfect seize for me, bigger is better. The kef ls50 look great too.

  34. Justin Manship on June 27, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Just ordered the Audio Engines today. Planning to connect them to my Mac Mini with aux and my gaming PC with Bluetooth.

  35. Cypeq on June 27, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Kef doesn’t connect to your computer in a usual way. Looks at the back spidf, coax, aux, HDMI. Hmm looks like it’s all the usual ways but USB.

  36. myriadcorp on June 27, 2022 at 1:23 am

    My Logitech 5.1’s are the best computer speakers.

  37. GrowLLLTigeRRR on June 27, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Hey J.R., why do you recommend the Klipsch R-41PM over the much less expensive R-51pm which, I think, has better specs.

  38. Papermonk on June 27, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Had Vanatoo T1’s and those blew everything other than LS50’s away. They now make an encore series and it’s even better. At only $550 they win imo. Unless you can pay $2600 for the wireless II (I would)

  39. Dr Bahaador on June 27, 2022 at 1:25 am

    useful tnx

  40. Meisterling on June 27, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Bose Companion looks like the best bet for me. Great video!

  41. Sabastian Taylor on June 27, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Kef ls50 wireless 2799.00 plus tax. 3k for computer speakers. I think not. Try the JBL studio monitors for less than 300. Great sounding and used in recording studios.

  42. The clones on June 27, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I want those audio engines hd3. but i have no money. so not happening 🙁

  43. googlplusgooglplus on June 27, 2022 at 1:31 am

    What desktop case are you using? Looks great

  44. Faiz Yusof on June 27, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Hello there, may i know if the HD3 headphone output can power 250ohms? Thank you in advance

  45. JKO on June 27, 2022 at 1:36 am

    At the moment, the Logitech Z906 are the best PC speakers

  46. Aydın Gülgün on June 27, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Ik multimedia iloud micros would smoke the first 3, and not sure about Klipschs.

  47. Mark Davenport on June 27, 2022 at 1:36 am

    I’m suddenly in the market for new speakers because one of my Harman Kardon Soundsticks III satellites fell off my desk and came apart. Looking for something that sounds great and can take a fall. Budget is $500-$850 with subwoofer. Does choice 4 make sense for me? Note: I have two desk computers so I use an Apollo Twin X to mix their audio together. Its outputs are all 1/4 inch.

  48. jwrtiger on June 27, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Very well produced and informative video. My experience over the last few decades, one of the best companies for customer service!

  49. Cristopher Henríquez on June 27, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Ls50 is too much, the LSX are in that league

  50. buster brown on June 27, 2022 at 1:39 am

    These maybe good speakers, but can’t beat a good surround system. My Logitech Z906 5.1 is awesome for gaming, listening to music and everything in between. Surrounded by the roar of a 69 Camaro in VR is unbelievable.