Top 10 Best 2.1 Speaker system in 2018: Buyer’s Guide :
Inbuilt speakers of laptops or TV are not good as compared to other dedicated speaker systems. If you are looking for high-quality bass and clear sound output, you should always connect your device with a Good speaker and subwoofer. 2.1 Speakers are not for surrounding music but still, they are great because they aren’t too expensive and they will not take a lot of desk space. 2.1 speaker system comes with a pair of satellite speakers and a subwoofer for producing base. The connectivity of these speakers can be RCA input, 3.5 mm input or Bluetooth. For laptops and most other music players, 3.5 mm will work.
If you are going to use this with your TV, I would suggest checking the connectivity port first. Because some TV ( especially smart TV) can be connected only with an optical cable and via Bluetooth. In that case, go for a Bluetooth speaker as optical connectivity is hard to find. In this post, we have listed down the top 10 best 2.1 speaker systems with a small review for each. Let’s have a look :
10. Creative A250 2.1 Multimedia Speaker :
Creative A250 2.1 speakers feature DSE or dual slot enclosure design , which ensures stunning and deeper music playback. IFP or Image focusing plate design helps it to produce more natural sounding audio. The On/Off and volume control switch is integrated with the satellite speaker , which helps you to easily access the controls. Only problem is that you cannot control the bass using this switch. It has one 3.5 mm AUX cable plug for audio input , that can be connected with PC, Laptop, SmartPhone or TV. For easily placing the satellite speakers, you will get some small footprints with the package.
9. Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers :
Logitech Z333 comes with two speakers, a subwoofer, and one knob to control the subwoofer. It can produce 80 watts of peak power and 40 watts on RMS. You can connect it to any device using 3.5 mm or RCA inputs. The subwoofer comes with a 5-inch driver that is capable of providing high-quality bass with minimum distortion.
One more thing we love about Z333 is its wired control pod. You can control the volume and power using this control pod. It also has one connectivity port to connect to a headphone.
If you are going to use it with a computer, it works with any major operating system windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux. You can use it with any other device like a smartphone, tablet, TV, Play Station etc. that has one 3.5 mm or RCA output port.
8. Cyber Acoustics (CA-3090) 18W Computer Speakers :
This 2.1 speaker system can produce 9 watt RMS and 18-watt peak sound. Not much as compared to the previous one, but good enough if you are on a budget. The subwoofer can deliver high-quality sound with its 4-inch power pro series driver. The satellite speakers are faced with an angled to the bottom surface that provides an optimal listening experience.
One wired control pod also comes with this speaker. It has one LED power indicator,3.5mm auxiliary input jack, and one headphone port. Using it, you can turn the speaker on/off and adjust the volume.
Overall, it is best for laptops, desktop PCs, Smartphones, MP3 players, gaming systems or any other audio device with wired connectivity output port.
7. Arion Legacy AC Powered 2.1 Speaker System (AR506) :
This one is quite bulky but worth every penny you are spending on. The speakers are 10.52 x 4.93 x 3.94 inches and the subwoofer is 12.05 x 9.49 x 6.58 inches. It includes 8 active acoustic drivers, two tweeters, four woofers and two subwoofers. Its wooden enclosures and dual 5-inch subwoofers can produce more clear and high-quality sound.
It has input jacks for headphone / RCA inputs and one output jack for RCA. Laptops, Smartphones, Playstation, XBox and some PCs containing 3.5 mm port can be connected. One more selling point of this Speaker system is wired control pad. Using it, you can change the volume or bass level. Even you can mute the sound.
6. BassPULSE 2.1 Wireless Computer Speakers with subwoofer :
GOgroove BassPULSE is a wireless Bluetooth speaker system that can connect to a device up to 33 feets away. You can connect your smartphone or laptop or any other Bluetooth device to it. Optionally, one 3.5 mm port is also available to connect to a non-Bluetooth device. It has 40 mm main driver and 101mm woofer with a 40W peak, these speakers are not super loud, but they can provide a decent sound with an average quality bass. They are designed with blue LED lights, they can pulse with the bass if you turn the equalizer more than 80%.
5. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer speaker system :
Klipsch ProMedia is a THX ( Tomlinson Holman’s eXperiment ) certified speaker system . THX certification is a globally recognized assurance of uncompromising quality, consistency and performance.This speaker system comes with two satellite speakers, one subwoofer and two 9.5 foot length of speaker cables. It’s satellite speakers can deliver 35-watt stereo sound output and the subwoofer can produce 130 watts with a frequency response range of 31Hz to 20KHz, which is enough bass we can expect from a 2.1 speaker system. The control pod to control the main volume and subwoofer volume is attached to the left speaker.
4. Logitech Z623 Speaker System :
These are THX certified 2.1 speakers. With a 200 Watt RMS and 400 Watt Peak power, these speakers can deliver immersive theater-quality audio. The subwoofer can produce 300 watts of distortion-free bass. At the same time, you can connect up to three devices via the 3.5 mm and RCA input. This is really useful if you have three different sources like TV, computer and Game console. Just connect them all three and no need to disconnect when switching. For playstation2, playstation3 or XBox-360 , you can use the AV cable. For other devices, you can use 3.5 mm or RCA port. For private listening, one headphone jack port is also available. All controls are available on the right satellite speaker: power control, volume control, bass control, one headphone jack and one auxiliary jack are available for easy access.
3. Acoustic Audio AA2170 2.1 speaker by Goldwood :
Acoustic Audio AA2170 is a Bluetooth 2.1 home speaker system with one of those designs that never go out of fashion. The size of the subwoofer is 12.25″ x 6.75″ x 12.5″ and satellite speakers are 6.75″ x 4.125″ x 3.75″ each (H x W x D). It is a 350-watt music system with a frequency response of 40Hz-20 kHz.You can also use USB drive, External hard disk or card reader directly with it. As it is a Bluetooth enabled speaker system, any smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV can be connected wirelessly. Using the included remote control, almost everything in the subwoofer can be controlled like changing volume, treble, bass, play/pause etc. Any device with 3.5 mm headphone output or RCA output can be connected to it. At this price point, the features of AA2170 is quite impressive.
2. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III :
Harman Kardon SoundSticks III features a stunning unique transparent design that lets you see the internal parts of the sound-box. It comes with one 6 inch low-frequency transducer powered by a 20-watt amplifier and four 1-inch full-range transducers powered by a 10-watt amplifier on each speaker. The bass could be improved, but the sound quality is distortion free and clean. Any audio device with 3.5mm output port can be connected. The satellite speakers can be bend to adjust exactly where you want them. Also, SoundSticks III has touch-sensitive controls to control the volume and mute.
1. Bose Acoustimass 5 Series V Stereo System :
With a minimalistic and sleek design, Bose Acoustimass 5 Series V Speakers can fill the room with spacious performance and no “sweet spots”. You can mount the speakers to the wall if you want. The package comes with one subwoofer and two satellite speakers. Four cables, 2 to connect to the receiver and 2 to connect to each speaker are 20 feet long.The dimension of the speakers is 7.5″ H x 3.3″ W x 3.3 D” each and dimension of the subwoofer or Acoustimass module is ’14” H x 7.5″ W x 19″ D’.Acoustimass 5 V speakers can handle 10-200 W per channel with 4-8 ohms.
Buying Guide – Points to consider before buying a speaker :
Most of us like to place a subwoofer on a table. In order to get a good quality sound, there should have some space behind the subwoofer. Normally, a subwoofer with larger surface area produces deeper bass.
For 2.1 speakers, a large subwoofer for a large room and a small subwoofer for a small room is worth pursuing.
Always make sure the subwoofer you are buying will fit comfortably or not. The output depends on many factors like wall positions, floor type, room size etc. If you are placing it in front of a wall or other furniture, keep its sides and front open, otherwise, all of its basses will end up bouncing around the side of the furniture.
Wireless or Wired :
Wireless music systems have more advantages than wired systems. You can connect your device via Bluetooth eliminating the need for a wired cable. Normally, wireless systems have both wired and wireless options. You can connect two devices at the same time, keep it connected to the TV always and use Bluetooth for phones, laptops etc.
Remote control :
Remote controls are used to control the system without getting up each time you want to change something. We can divide remote controls into two categories: wired and wireless. Of course, wireless is better than wired, but it totally depends on you. If you are going to use it only with computers, wired remote control will be more handy than wireless.
Should I look only for the Watt value?
We have mentioned about watt for most of the reviews above. Is it really that important? Actually, more watt doesn’t mean that it is louder. In simple words, let’s consider two subwoofers: one is of 50 watts and the second one is 100 watt. The second subwoofer is double the power of the first subwoofer. But it is not going to produce twice as loud as the first one. The sound is noticeable, but not twice loud. But you should always go for a higher watt speaker system as it will produce better sound than a lower watt speaker at regular volume.