2.1 speaker systems are the sweet spot for most users looking to get great sound from their PC without breaking the bank. Without further ado, these are the best picks for 2.1 speakers according to experts and experienced users!
Top Pick: Logitech Z623
The Logitech Z623 manages to check all of the boxes – at a great price point! Most of the other sets on this list (most of the sets on the market, for that matter) sacrifice features or quality in order to hit a competitive price point – or provide additional features that most users don’t need while charging a premium. This set sits firmly in the sweet spot between those extremes.
A list of features could be given but the takeaway is this: If you want to stop researching and deliberating and simply buy the 2.1 PC speakers that do everything you expect at the best possible price, buy this set!
Runner-Up: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 does everything Logitech Z623 does, but better. The increase in price is easy to justify for those who enjoy premium sound. As an added bonus, this Klipsch set features the brand’s classic, subtle visual styling.
Again, a list of features could be made but the units that sacrifice or slather-on features will come later. If you want the set that hits all of the notes (literally and figuratively) go with the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1!
Budget Pick: Creative Pebble Plus 2.1
The Creative Pebble Plus 2.1 wont blow your mind, but it also won’t blow your wallet! There are certainly cheaper options on the market, but nothing else in this price range comes close to the level of customer satisfaction the Creative Pebble Plus has garnered.
What’s the difference? Everything about this set defies expectations – solid build, attractive styling and respectable sound quality. The biggest complaint is that these speakers aren’t especially loud, but that’s the tradeoff when going with USB-powered drivers rather than requiring its own power supply.
Best Soundbar: Razer Leviathan
The Razer Leviathan is a sleek, stylish black soundbar and subwoofer. Despite the unit’s description as 5.1 speakers, it is a 2.1 speaker set by practical standards. Semantics aside, this is a loud, great-sounding soundbar at a respectable price point.
In addition, the Razer Leviathan supports Bluetooth 4.0 for use with a mobile device or listening to music. It is strongly advised (by the author of this article, as well as Razer themselves) that users implement the included 3.5mm cable for use with PC as the latency introduced by older Bluetooth tech will dramatically impact video viewing and gaming.
For a couple more great soundbars, be sure to see our guide to the best cheap speakers for PC.
Best for Luxury Gaming: Razer Nommo Pro
First and foremost, it must be said that the Razer Nommo Pro does not give the best bang-for-buck… but it does BANG! The 2-foot-tall downward-facing subwoofer injects bass directly into your floor while the gorgeous satellite speaker sets and their Synapse-connected RGB lites assault your senses.
Sound like an oversell? It’s not! All of this eye-and-ear candy comes at a high price that is hard to justify for most users, especially those who aren’t hardcore gamers – but if you’re the target audience, you’ll have a hard time resisting the urge to splurge for the Razer Nommo Pro!
Best for Gaming on a Budget: Logitech G560
The Logitech G560 does most of what the Razer Nommo Pro does, but does so much cheaper! Spatial audio, RGB lighting and great sound are all on the menu with this set.
Users who aren’t already invested in Razer’s peripheral ecosystem would be better-served to save a ton of money and go with this Logitech set that turns everything down just a couple of notches at roughly ⅓ the cost!
What to Look for in 2.1 Speakers
The sheer number of options available can be overwhelming! Great sound quality is the obvious 1st priority; consider it a given that every set on this list provides best-in-class sound at its respective price point.
While there are a number of other considerations to bear in mind, these are the key factors to keep in mind when shopping for 2.1 PC speakers:
Most 2.1 PC speaker systems will use classic 3.5mm audio jacks and/or USB – and this is ideal for most scenarios! Many sets will include Bluetooth or have an alternative Bluetooth model – this rapidly evolving technology introduces dramatically increased costs and usually high levels of latency that interfere with gaming and video enjoyment.
If you’re primarily interested in using the speakers for music and appreciate the wireless aesthetics, feel free to go with Bluetooth. Alternatively, the newest versions of Bluetooth (5.0 and newer) are capable of transmitting sound with negligible latency (assuming your PC also supports Bluetooth 5.0+).
Long story short: wired is almost always the optimal choice for 2.1 PC speakers!
Looks aren’t everything, but they certainly come into consideration for most users! Many 2.1 PC speakers will feature elegant designs or even RGB lighting, though these features will typically result in dramatically increased prices. If you’re a streamer/influencer, love to show off or simply appreciate the finer things in life – it may very well be worth paying a premium for great aesthetics!
Great audio is the absolute #1 priority when considering any speaker products, and is a prerequisite for inclusion on this list. Readers can safely assume that all of these products provide great sound relative to their respective price points. However, if you want to take your listening experience to the next level, be sure to consider a set of 5.1 speakers.