Everyone knows that when it comes to watching videos and movies, immersing yourself into some of your favorite music, at home or at work, or delving deep into hours upon hours of gaming adventures, sound quality is beyond crucial. Sometimes, however, our stock laptop speakers don’t quite cut the mustard and leave us guessing as to what we’re really missing out on.
It doesn’t take an audiophile expert to realize that decent laptop speakers can get pretty pricy, but by reviewing the various pricings available one can easily gauge the value of sound you can expect. As with most things, the more you pay, the more you get. But it’s important to do your research and think practically. If you plan on optimizing these speakers as your primary means of an entertainment system at home, you may want to be willing to open your wallet fairly wide. If you’re merely looking for something to boost your YouTube perusing experience, think simple and think somewhat cheap. Carefully figure out what you want before you go to the store or shop online because it’s easy to get sucked into the ‘buyer’s black hole.’ But good deals are out there.
In order to help you get a better feel for the dollar-sign/quality scale, here is a listing of five speakers, priced low to high, that ought to perk your ears.
If you’re looking for a very affordable, yet highly attractive sound system that really gets the job done, look no further than the JBL Jembe. Offering solid sound performance in a subtle yet stylish design, the JBL Jembe’s 3.5mm jack accommodates any laptop or other audio players you might already own. It’s recommended that you keep the Jembe speakers fairly close together for the best sound and volume experience possible.
Logitech Speaker System Z523
Simple and straightforward, the Logitech Speaker System Z523 is one of the best systems you can purchase for around $100, and since it has nifty rear-mounted drivers you can easily set up these beauties in the center of any room and experience powerful sound emanation in every direction.
Creative GigaWorks T40
The Creative GigaWorks T40 is similarly priced to the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III in that it’s also a mid-level price/quality option, and for $150 it really packs a bass-y punch even without a subwoofer. This is done thanks to BasXPort which really brings the low-end to life. Often times, when investigating speakers within this price range you’ll find that distortion can become an issue, but not with the Creative GigaWorks T40. It’s sleek, simple and makes for an ideal home-office setup that won’t break the bank.
Harman Kardon SoundSticks III
Looking as if they came out of a recent Star Trek film, the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III are not only really cool looking with its spacey, futuristic, post-modern aesthetic, given their caliber these very reasonably priced ($169.95) speakers can really bump. It features a simple three-piece set with touch-controls which can easily connect to your desktop, laptop or other audio players that host a 3.5 mm stereo port, and thanks to its bass-specified acuteness and eight transducers, the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III will easily fill any room in your home with high-quality sound.
This speaker systems look deadly, and its overall sound-quality and technological convenience offers a bark to match the bite. These smooth looking shark-finned auditory enhancers have a taste for visually and acoustically minded sound-hounds. Mind you, these bad boys aren’t cheap, but they’re worth the price. Averaging around $350, The Edifier Spinnaker’s one-of-a-kind shape design allows for sound projection in an outward, rather than forward, radius and truly provides fantastic volume and sound superiority. One of the coolest features to the Edifier Spinnaker is that it’s Bluetooth friendly, meaning you can escape from the tangled mess of wires and keep your home or office free of unnecessary extra clutter.
Ezra Melino is an all-around-geek turned serious blogger out of North Carolina who not-so-secretly relishes an in-print love affair with everything from technology and multimedia entertainment to film and uverse. He has written for and managed multiple tech blogs that are devoted to exploring new technological developments all around the world.