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CheckMag | Top 5 2.1 speakers for your desktop

The Harmon Kardon SoundSticks was once on display in the New York Museum of Modern Art (Image Source: Harman Kardon)
The Harmon Kardon SoundSticks was once on display in the New York Museum of Modern Art (Image Source: Harman Kardon)
With companies like Altec Lansing completely discontinuing their 2.1 speakers, it is no secret that the selection of speakers for desktops have been dwindling. Let us explore 5 2.1 speakers for your desktop.

1.Logitech Z623: A faithful successor amongst Logitech’s long lineup of speakers

At first place we have the Z623 by Logitech and for under $200 on Amazon you get a THX certified speaker. It has a frequency response ranging from 35Hz to 20kHz and a 400W peak /200W RMS power. Another highlight of the Z623 are its well placed volume, base and power knobs. Instead of being separated like on the older models, they are all located on the right satellite.

2. Klipsch Promedia: A THX certified speaker that is a smidge over $100

At a close second place we have the Promedia which is also a THX certified speaker priced a little over $100 on Amazon. Despite being cheaper than the Logitech, it is not widely available in some markets thus its second place. The Promedia comes with a lower 200W peak power and a frequency response range of 35Hz to 22kHz. Both volume and subwoofer controls can be found on the right satellite.

3. Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4: The only entry to be in the New York Museum of Modern Art

The SoundSticks 4 is priced at around $300 on Amazon and is arguably the best looking of the bunch. Out of the five speakers it is the only one to incorporate both Bluetooth and 3.5mm jack connectivity. This makes it compatible not just with your desktop but your phones and tablets as well. The SoundSticks 4 has a frequency response of 40Hz to 20kHz and a peak RMS of 140W.

4. Razer Nommo V2: A THX speaker with a minimalist black colored design for its satelites

At fourth place we have the Nommo V2 by Razer. At almost $300 on Amazon, it can be said that its only advantage over the Logitech and Klipsch are its Razer Chroma RGB Lighting. In terms of controls the Nommo V2 comes a wireless control pod to control the volume. Don’t forget to have AAA batteries lying around and losing the control pod would set you back $50 on Amazon (The price of a Creative Pebble Plus).

5. Creative Pebble Plus: An affordable sub $50 speaker setup

At less than $50 on Amazon few can beat the Creative Pebble Plus that offers decent sound quality, an easy setup and a subwoofer. The volume control is on the right satellite as is typical and interestingly it comes with a gain switch.    

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Daniel Murti, 2024-02-27 (Update: 2024-02-27)