If you want some seriously good sounds without taking up too much space, a desktop speaker offers a solution.
Whether you want to hook up your laptop, phone or tablet, there’s an audio system available which won’t sprawl out on the shelves.
Dinky in size but offering a powerful sound, here’s 9 Of The Best Desktop Speakers ($31-$2526).
Behringer MS40 Active Stereo Nearfield Monitors
A compact system from one of the leading manufacturers, the Behringer MS40 Active Stereo Nearfield Monitors ($157) offer powerful amplification with no loss of clarity. High-resolution converters provide crystal clear audio plus there’s an inbuilt magnetic shield for use near computers. Suitable for use with your computer or MP3 player, you can digitally connect to eliminate any potential analog line-loss. Delicate tweeters and beefy woofers mean the audio is perfectly balanced and rich, with easy to use controls for you to adjust the output to your specific requirements.
Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speaker System, Series III
One of the premium names in the audio market, the Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speaker System, Series III ($99) may be compact, but the results are big. Every sound uttered is crystal clear and of the highest quality, with no compromise on clarity or fullness. Superior technology help to explain the extraordinary audio that you can extract from such a small speaker system plus a smart design means it’s simple to operate. The TrueSpace system used by Bose means that only two speakers are needed to enjoy natural sounds without any loss of audio.
Philips SPA2210 Speakers
The Philips SPA2210 Speakers ($31) are a great budget option that delivers the quality you’d expect from such a big-name brand. There are no mains lead required and a cable reel which helps to keep everything tidy; simply plug in using a USB port. Desktop speakers that are specifically for use with your computer, you can now enjoy rich audio with great clarity of sound.
Ruark Audio MR1 Wireless Active Speakers
A desktop design for those who are serious about sound, the Ruark Audio MR1 Wireless Active Speakers ($468) have some outstanding features. The LED changes color to indicate the source and switches to blinking when it is in standby mode. There’s a sub-woofer output, audio grade components used throughout and an impressive neodymium magnet system. The input switch allows a variety of devices to be connected while the Bluetooth provides CD quality output.
Yamaha NX-B55 Bluetooth Desktop Speakers
A small and compact design that will fit conveniently on your shelves, the Yamaha NX-B55 Bluetooth Desktop Speakers ($200) have been created to deliver maximum performance. With full Bluetooth functionality and a sleek gold or titanium trim finish, these desktop speakers tick all the boxes for both appearance and quality of sound. The cabinet style means that none of the clarity is lost. The inclusion of a bass port in the front means that you’ll have the benefit of a rich booming audio that you’d normally only get from a much bigger system. Proof that size isn’t everything!
M Audio AV32 Two Way Desktop Reference Speakers
With 10 watts of power per channel, there’s no shortage of sound with the M Audio AV32 Two Way Desktop Reference Speakers ($99). The two-way design means there’s plenty of meat on the bass while the high notes are clear and precise. The cabinet casings are acoustically inert which means that you won’t lose any resonance or clarity. Compatible with all audio sources with an output for headphones too, you can enjoy music, gaming or videos to your heart’s content.
Harman Kardon SoundSticks Wireless 2.1 Desktop Speaker System
An exquisite design meets surprisingly rich sound with the Harman Kardon SoundSticks Wireless 2.1 Desktop Speaker System ($230). Featuring Bluetooth for smooth streaming ability, the shape has been acoustically optimized, allowing the sound to soar to the rafters. Touch controls that are super sensitive allow you to tweak the volume in an instant, whether you are listening to music or audio from a phone, tablet, PC or MP3 player.
SoundScience QSB – 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology
Despite their diminutive size, the SoundScience QSB – 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology ($90) are packed full of power. Adopting the NXT DyadUSB package, these desktop speakers use just 2.5w of electricity to boom out 15W per channel audio! At just 8.5 x 8.5 x 8.5cm, they have a contemporary metal casing and a metal grill along with rubber guides. The guides keep them stable at the highest sound levels. A rubberized travel case completes a package that is so perfect that it scored an impressive 5/5 from What HiFi.
Blue Sky Pro Desk 2.1
If you want a complete desktop audio solution of the highest possible quality, you will struggle to beat the Blue Sky Pro Desk 2.1 ($2526). The system provides incredible sound for desktop speakers and includes a subwoofer and two SAT 5 Mark 1 speakers. An electronic crossover, 60W amps, and an adjustable operating voltage mean the system can be set up to your individual configuration requirements. Go on treat yourself!