Audiophile PC Speakers: Best Speakers Under $100-$500 (Updated 2018)

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Everyone deserves a great audio experience!

In fact:

In this current age and time, you won't even have to spend $1000's of dollar​s to get studio-like sound listening experience.

Just to prove my point:

I have written this article about Audiophile PC Speakers that offer accurate sound without spending a bomb to get immersive sound listening experience...

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Note: This article features audiophile desktop speakers list from range of $50-$500 and the products mentioned are subjective. You may not 100% agree with our list... if there's any problem with this do let us know in the comments section below.​

Audiophile PC Speakers under $50

#1: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 is the first in line when it comes to cheap Audiophile Level Sound Experience.

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 - affordable audiophile speakers

No doubt; it’s way better than other 2.1 desktop speakers offering available in the market but it also provides an aesthetically pleasing sound for a price under $50.

The package contains two 2” drivers satellite speakers of 6W each, whereas the subwoofer provides sound of 18W.

The total sound wattage of Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 is 30W.

Being generous, the company also throws in a controller knob; similar to the ones we see in Bose Companion 3 Series speakers for PC.

This controller is connected to the subwoofer and has big dial on its top which acts as volume controller.

It also includes one port for Headphone out and another AUX in port, towards the right it has a bass +/- knob whereas on the left it features Power On/Off button.

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 controller - affordable audiophile speakers

Before you buy this; make sure you have enough space to keep the subwoofer as its dimensions are 8” X 10” X 8” (L X H X D) while the satellite speakers will sit on your desk since they aren’t big.

At a price of just under the ballpark of $50; Cyber Acoustics are definitely a steal compared to other pricier models from Logitech and Creative.

Having plastic construction; the build quality is still top notch and isn’t complain-able at all.

Do check out Cyber Acoustics review by clicking here.​

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 will find great application when it comes to watching movies or while playing games.

"Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 will find great application when it comes to watching movies or while playing games."


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#2: Monoprice 8250 Bookshelf Speakers

I am a big fan of Monoprice Audio Products; I along with many other budget audio enthusiasts believe that they provide great sounding audio products at a very cheap price.

Let’s see how this cheap audiophile bookshelf speakers Monoprice 8250 are able to stand in our list of Best Audiophile Speakers for PC.

Monoprice 8250 - 2 Way Audiophile Bookshelf Speakers

As you can see in the image; Monoprice 8250 are bookshelf speakers with a very basic and stripped down design.

It’s just looks like two black wooden boxes with foam grill on the front and very basic Monoprice logo at the bottom of each speakers. (Monoprice 8250 are also known as MBS-650)

One speaker is 12 inches tall, 6 inches deep and 8 inches wide and will require plenty of space to sit on either side of your desktop monitor.

Each speaker contain a 6½” woofer and ½” dome tweeters which produces great low frequency sound.

For price of just under $50; the sound quality is easily comparable to likes of other bookshelf speakers which cost well over $120 from brands like Pioneer and so on…

Monoprice 8250 with box - 2 Way Audiophile Bookshelf Speakers

Look wise they aren’t going to win any prizes…

…however coming to sound; they pack in a lot of punch.

If you want speakers that sound great but don’t act as a style statement when kept quiet, Monoprice 8250 are a healthy option.

Don’t forget to check out CNET’s review of the Monoprice 8250 also known as MBS-650.

Since they don’t come with any internal amplification; you might want to check out our guide about best desktop amplifier under $200.

"Monoprice 8250 are silent warriors that aren't high on hype but definitely high on performance."

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Audiophile PC Speakers under $100

#3: M-Audio Studiophile AV30

M-Audio Studiophile AV30’s are not your average desktop speakers; these are an actual ’active studio monitors’; considered as audiophile grade speakers and definitely deserve a mention in our list about best audiophile computer speakers.

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 - Audiophile Grade Speakers

Size wise these best computer speakers under $100 look similar to any bookshelf speakers, but looks can be deceiving.

The M-Audio AV30 is cheaper alternative to already popular M-Audio Studiophile AV40.

Package of M-Audio AV30 contains pair of speakers, RCA and stereo cable, power cord, pair of rubberized base and user manual.

Size wise the AV30’s are 8” high, 5.3” wide and 6.3” deep weighing at around 11.7 lbs.

These speakers feature a 3 inches woofer for tight and accurate bass, whereas 1 inch tweeter for clear and pristine highs.

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Connectors - Audiophile Grade Speakers

Back Panel Connectors on AV30's

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 are designed in such a way that they can sit right next to your desktop screen or laptop…

…allowing you to enjoy authentic audiophile sound.

These speakers are mainly targeted at home studio artists who record and produce music…

…so as to get accurate sound response.

The design however looks fairly good when compared to already mentioned Monoprice 8250 Bookshelf speakers and happen to fulfill you fair share of affordable audiophile speakers.

At front; it features an AUX port and Headphone jack, also volume knob is included with blue color backlit which gives it a premium essence.

M-Audio Studiophile Av30 since being a stripped down version of AV40's, there’s lot of cost cutting done to keep the overall price down...

…as the internal amplifier isn’t at par compared to one included in AV40. Hence you might want to invest in a good DAC + Amp under $100.

Do check out its review by clicking here.

"Don’t be mistaken. For any audio enthusiast or people looking a replacement for their crass sounding desktop speakers; the AV30’s are an ideal audiophile best budget computer speakers."


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#4: Bose Companion 2 Series III

Well, till now the speakers that we covered were huge and bulky and err... didn’t looked pleasing to the eye.

Talking about best computer speakers under $100, let’s just change things a little bit and bring style statement back to speakers.

One company, that time and time again delivers great sound experience along with excellently designed audio products i.e. Bose.

Bose Companion 2 Series III desktop speakers are an update to Companion 2 Series II audiophile computer speakers.

Bose Companion 2 Series III - audiophile Computer Speakers

With Series III; Bose introduced a black matte finish design on speakers with foam grill, compared to metal grills on previous iteration.

For a price under $100; the box contains instruction manual, 3.5mm male-to-male wire, sleek power adaptor and finally a pair of Bose Companion 2 speakers.

The right speaker features a volume knob and headphone jack on the front…

…whereas the back houses a connector port to connect the two speakers, DC power port, RCA input and AUX input.

Bose Companion 2 Series III Back Panel - audiophile Computer Speakers

Design of the Bose Companion 2 Series III Audiophile Computer Speakers isn’t very loud and a little off from their usual silver colored speakers.

However it does looks premium and can easily compliment your desktop or laptop with its clean design.

Sound wise they are relevantly better than other 2.0 computer speaker offerings in the market. Make sure to read this entire review before you're in the market to buy them.

"If you’re ready to shell out $100 for great sounding speakers for PC from a premium brand, Bose Companion 2 Series III it is."

#5: Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II

If Bose Companion 2 is not your thing and you feel, you need a little something more bang for your buck without much hassle, then Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II is a great shot. Trust me!

The original Gigawork T20 were a mess, they were lousy, priced high and you probably would’ve hated them…

Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II - best computer speakers under 100

…however these upgraded versions sound as they should (for the price). These happen to be one of the best computer speakers under $100 price range.

Technically spending somewhere around $100 for a pair of 2.0 speakers doesn’t feels like a good investment, however like me if you hate the hassle of managing multiple speakers along with a big subwoofer and live in a small house, they’re pretty much right.

Talking about the design, it’s nothing sort of extra ordinary. However the yellow colored speaker cones does attract attention.

Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II has three set of speakers on a single satellite:

Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II - best budget computer speakers

At the front we have a yellow colored speaker that handles the mid-range sound; below it you have a small tweeter whereas on the top of the satellite you have a Bass speaker that eliminates the use of a sub-woofer.

Right side satellite is the active speaker and has set of control knobs and ports on it.

You get a brushed aluminum finished knobs that have control for Treble, Bass and Volume.

The volume control port also acts as power switch, when it’s turned entirely down the speakers turn off. The volume knob has a cool blue backlit light that indicates the speakers are ON.

Below that you have two ports:

One is a headphone port that allows you to listen music via your headphones and another one is an Aux-in port allowing you to play music on speakers via your smartphone using an 3.5mm audio cable.

However I’d do suggest pairing these with a quality DAC and you’re absolutely set.

“Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II happens to be best budget computer speakers under $100 that work like charm and will satisfy all your audio needs.”

Audiophile PC Speakers under $250

#6: Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Speakers

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III are the most handsome looking best audiophile desktop speakers in our list.

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III - best audiophile desktop speakers

With a clear case design and exclusive built; these speakers are meant to grab everyone's attention.

It’s a 2.1 channel speaker system that consists of a downfiring subwoofer and two satellite speakers.

The package contains a quick start guide, RCA Connectors, Power connector, a subwoofer and dual satellites speakers.

The satellites contain 4 X 1” transducer; each consisting of 10 Watt amplifier…

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III satellite - best audiophile desktop speakers

…whereas the subwoofer holds a 6” downfiring bass; powered by a 20 watt amplifier.

The satellite speakers; also referred to as soundsticks have a unique rotating stand.

This way, the speakers can be adjusted to whatever position you want them to, and at whatever angle as per your needs.

Soundsticks on either side of your desktop; next to your monitor looks great, giving it that futuristic; out of the world feel at all times.

The right satellite speaker has a touch sensitive volume control.

Subwoofer contains plenty of connectors including one power connector, two ports for connecting satellite speakers, a 3.5mm audio output jack and a very small bass adjustment knob.

Do check the entire review of Harman Kardon Soundsticks III (designed by Jony Ive of Apple).

The one mentioned here are wired speakers and cost in the range of $150; there’s also a Bluetooth Wireless Speaker version available for $50 more…

…which eliminates disturbing wires and still retains the same sound

"If you want a great audiophile computer speakers that adds glamour and style to your desktop; Harman Kardon Soundsticks III are the one to go with."

#7: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 

Klipsch is a colossal name in the audio industry when it comes to great quality audio products at cheaper price.

They have made a immense name for themselves in the budget earphones segment.

However the company also has been known to manufacture some of the best reference based studio monitors and studio headphones as well.

Hence the next audiophile PC Speaker set we have is the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Desktop Speakers.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified - best audiophile Speakers

Since they are THX certified, you can experience the same quality of music; the music producer had intention to sound it like, and definitely deserves a mention in our list.

Design wise they don’t stand out as compared to previously mentioned Soundsticks III, and for visitors in your house…

…it could be hard to digest that these speakers cost under $200.

However; all that is covered up with the sound that Klispch ProMedia 2.1 offers.

Just like their headphones, these speakers have a great balance between the mids, the highs aren’t harsh at all and there’s plenty of punch in lows as well.

With a total output of 160 Watt; these speakers are loud, very loud for a desktop configuration and can be considered best audiophile speakers in the 2.1 Channel Segment.

Compared to other speakers in the similar range; you are going to hear more details in the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 and sound quality is incredible on these.

Build wise, they are made up of tough fibre plastic; which won’t give up on you easily. Even the material used in subwoofer is sturdy and built like a rock.

"Durability won’t be an issue with these, as they are meant to last."


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#8: Audioengine A2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

Coming from a premium brand, the Audioengine A2+ Desktop speakers comes in 3 colors:

Audioengine A2+ - audiophile desktop speakers

Black, White and Red!

I am a fan of Audioengine’s sleek and minimal design for its speakers, as well as its DACs.

Talking about DACs, Audioengine A2+ comes with integrated DAC…

…which allows you to enjoy noise free audio straight from your computer.

Build quality is what grabs attention on these Audiophile computer speakers; made up of 18mm thick wood… they’re build to last.

Since these speakers are hand built, they also feature Kevlar-built woofer and silk tweeters.

The Kevlar woofer driver size is 2.75 inches whereas the silk dome tweeters have a size of ¾ inches.

Audioengine A2+ back panel - audiophile desktop speakers

Audioengine A2+ speakers are 6 inches high, 4 inches wide and 5.75 inches deep.

Front of these speakers is clean, and features no controls or button.

However the back features, a volume knob, RCA input and output ports, USB Input, a power port and left to right speaker connector.

Featuring a clean design, the sound quality of these too is clear… The sound is enough to fill an entire room during parties or function.

You can even attach these speakers to a subwoofer and enjoy a more deeper sound. [Check Review]

"Must say, a lot has been gone into building these speakers and the price is totally justified considering a premium brand and authentic sound."


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​Audiophile PC Speakers Under $500

#9: Polk Audio RTi A1 Bookshelf Speakers

There are only certain kind of products that get almost 5 star ratings on Amazon…

Polk Audio RTi A1 Bookshelf speakers are one of them.

Polk Audio RTi A1 - best audiophile speakers

Featuring a complete wood design with MDF construction, these audiophile desktop speakers offer a resonance free sound.

A1’s comes in two color… Black and Cherry colors.

These are not your regular audiophile bookshelf speakers, they have very huge size

…featuring a 5.25 inches woofer and 1 inch silk/polymer composite dome tweeter.

Package includes a pair of bookshelf speakers, pair of self tapping screws, 8 self-adhesive rubber feet, instruction manual and connector cables.

These speakers are 12 inches high, 11.5 inches deep and 7.5 inches wide…

Polk Audio RTi A1 back panel - best audiophile speakers

…meaning you’ll require good amount of space to place these speakers next to your desktop.

These are definitely not your average computer speakers…

If you want boomy sound effects, deeper bass, high reverberations and earth shaking speakers…

…you can get them for cheaper price. Do check out entire review of these speakers.

However at this price point, only if you’re serious about your music…

…invest in a beast like this.

"Polk Audio RTi A1 play in the big leagues of serious audiophile users who would pay any price to hear their music sound perfect."


#10: Audioengine A5+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

Well, here is the Audioengine A5+ that happens to be a big brother of the previously mentioned Audioengine A2+.

Audioengine A5+ - best audiophile desktop speakers

I could say, Audioengine A5+ are similar to A2+ in terms of design and looks however without the shortcomings of A2+.

These too are hand build out of 1 inch of thick MDF cabinet.

Audioengine A5+ comes in two colors… i.e. Black and White, however there’s also a another version costing $70 more than the standard version build entirely out of bamboo wood (see image).

Specifications wise they feature 5 inches Kevlar build woofer and and 2 inches silk dome tweeters along with neodymium magnets.

The package includes a pair of Audioengine A5+ speakers, remote control, Speaker wire, detachable power cord, RCA Cables, Cloth speaker bag and setup guide.

Unlike the Audioengine A2+, the A5+ thankfully features the volume knob at the front of speaker; whereas the bass vents has been pushed behind.

These best audiophile speakers for pc also features a heat sink at the back of one A5+ speaker… allowing heat to easily dissipate and keeping the speakers cool.

Audioengine A5+ back panel - best audiophile desktop speakers

Due to these changes, the company recommends to keep a space of atleast 6 inches between the wall and back of these speakers.

Also make sure you have plenty of space on your desktop to place these…

…as they are 10.75 inches high, 7 inches wide and 9 inches deep and are second biggest audiophile desktop speakers in our list.

However do check what WhatHiFi has to say about the Audioengine A5+ Desktop Speakers.

"Overcoming all the shortcomings of A2+, Audioengine has definitely added a lot of punch and features into the A5+. With twice bigger woofer and tweeter, you are destined to listen to rich amount of lows and great clarity in highs."


#11: Bowers and Wilkins MM1 Hi-Fi Speakers

Here’s to the great looking audiophile PC speakers in our list!

The Bowers and Wilkins MM1 Speakers set an example of how a premium desktop speaker should be built.

Bowers and WIlkins MM1 - best audiophile speakers

Both the speakers are covered from top to bottom with a fabric grill and separated with a silver metal strip in the middle.

Featuring a build in DAC, they make sure your sound is noise free; by converting the audio from digital to analog signal inside the speakers, rather than in your computer.

Both speakers are marked with Left and Right markings, so you know which speaker stands where.

Specifications wise it features a 3 inches woofer and 1 inch tweeter on both the speakers.

Bowers and WIlkins MM1 2 - best audiophile speakers

This allows the speakers to have a very small footprint and take lesser space on your desktop.

However the fabric covering on these speakers gathers dusts easily and is difficult to clean at times.

See the reasons why have given it a 10/10 ratings...

The MM1 connects directly to your computer via USB port and features a input and output 3.5mm jack and mini USB port for connecting to your PC.

"The genius thing that the company did is that they put inputs to these speakers at the bottom instead of the back to retain a constant 'look and feel' all around these speakers."

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