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Best computer speakers under 200 – Bluetooth and Booming!

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To find the best computer speakers under 200 dollars we found worthy of buying; we considered the sound quality and the overall functions to justify the price.

Just like our quest to find the best computer speaker under 100 dollars – we have broken up this list into separate speaker configurations that are worthy of the price tag – 2.0 & 2.1 configurations along with a couple of soundbars.

We have found some really booming speaker sets that produce some very good sound while still being relatively affordable. We really enjoyed putting the best computer speakers under $200 list together.

Seeing as some individuals look for as crisp of sounds coming from their speakers as possible – or are not looking to use precious foot space for a subwoofer – we have included the 2.0 speaker configurations.

For the individuals who are looking for some thumping sound, the need to jump to a subwoofer configuration is crucial – we have a list for that scenario as well.

Finally, we looked at what $200 would get you for soundbars, as sometimes you just want an easy set up and one speaker to deal with (maybe clean?).

Best computer speakers under $200 – 2.0 Configuration

5. Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II

Beginning our list is an impressive speaker system from Creative.

While having very good sound, the lack of Bluetooth is a downer.

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Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
  • Refer the user manual below for troubleshooting
  • BasXPort technology enhances the low frequency response without the bulkiness of a subwoofer. Convenient front access to volume, bass, treble and input jacks.
  • Connects to your computer, MP3 player, LCD TV or other stereo audio sources.
  • Comes with a power-saving feature that puts the speaker on standby when audio is not detected, and wakes it up automatically when audio is played.

  • Auto power off
  • Dual input connection
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • No Bluetooth!
Frequency Response 50Hz – 20KHz
Total Power 32W
Satellite RMS Power /ea 16W

The other speakers on this list have a Bluetooth connection, and this is the only one that does not have it.

This is the main reason why I have this last on the list of best computer speakers under $200.

If Bluetooth is not a requirement for you then this could leapfrog the Grace Digital and potentially the Edifier speakers.

This speaker has more power than the Grace digital GDI-BTSP201 and a wider frequency range (slightly) than the Edifier.

The power for this speaker set is 32W or 16W per satellite, and a frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 Hz it has three drivers in a midrange-tweeter-midrange configuration that produces the lows mids and highs,
The T40II uses BasXport technology to provide the deep-bass, to avoid the need for a subwoofer. The sound quality is good and clear.

Of course, if you wanted to get a really deep bass then move on to the 2.1 speaker sets we have below.

It allows dual connection via two 3.5mm ports, and you can use the RCA to Stereo adapter to connect it to other equipment like a DVD player or television. The speakers are quite big considering the height is over 12 inches. The right speakers have the volume control that serves as the power switch as well.

The bass and treble controls along with headphone and aux ports are also on the speakers.


4. Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201

Beginning our list is an wallet friendly speaker system from Grace Digital. Even at this lower price, it offers some great sound and wide range and includes bluetooth!.

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Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201
  • Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth from any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Integrated RCA audio inputs to connect optional wired home audio devices such as iPods, cd players and TV's as an optional audio source
  • Delivers sound with striking accuracy with our world-class acoustic tuning and modeling. Supports universal Bluetooth protocol SBC as well as CD audio quality aptX

  • Bluetooth aptX technology
  • Elegant design
  • Amazing stereo sound
  • Affordable
  • Need to manually connect to Bluetooth
  • 10 minute energy saver
  • Lower power
Frequency Response 50 – 20000 Hz
Total Power 36W
Satellite RMS Power /ea 18W

This speaker set from Grace Digital looks pretty good with its faux-leather covering.

The Grace digital speakers come in two colors (Black and Red). For some reason people must really like the red speakers as they are at this time $60 more than the black ones… I don’t understand that pricing at all.

The power for this is a respectable 18W RMS for each satellite (36 W total) and is sufficient to get a room uncomfortably loud.

The frequency range of this speaker produces a fairly wide range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz and is able to produce a very balanced sound overall.

Now, what’s good about this is that it has several connection options, you can use it for your TV by plugging it to your RCA. You can use the RCA to 3.5mm cord if you intend to use it with cell phones or computers.

And finally wireless, using 4.0 Bluetooth. It uses the aptX technology to ensure excellent sound streaming in real-time.

On top of the left speakers, you will see the volume up and down controls that adjust the volume quite smoothly; the source button allows you to switch from Bluetooth to RCA/3.5mm connection.

The back of the left speakers has the RCA connector & the 5v 1A USB port, that lets you plug your phone for charging. Additionally the power button and as well as the connection to your right speakers.

There is an unfortunate power saving feature of the speaker system, whereby the system powers down after 10 minutes of no sound. While this feature is good for all the power saver people out there, at the same time, I’m not thinking of turning my speakers on every time I want to hear something.

Overall stylish and functional, this is our fifth choice for our best computer speakers under $200 list.

3. Edifier R1280DB

Looking for a set of speakers that look nice on top of your desk but aren’t the conventional black color? The Edifier R1280DB is a great choice.

Edifier R1280DB
  • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS - Popular classic bookshelf speakers now can be enjoyed without the hassle of wires. Simply connection to an iPhone, Android, Tablet, PC or Mac.
  • STUDIO SOUND QUALITY - Naturally fine tuned sound reproduction from 4 inch bass and 13mm silk dome tweeter.
  • OPTICAL AND COAXIAL INPUTS - Digital inputs to enable lossless connection to most TV and computers.

  • Wood Casing
  • Studio sound quality
  • Multiple input options
  • Remote control
  • Bluetooth sometimes loses connection
Frequency Response 55Hz-20KHz
Total Power 42W
Satellite RMS Power /ea 21W

Wood is the best material to use for acoustics. Fortunately, the Edifier R1280DB uses a wood casing for their 2.0 speakers.

The traditional black finish can be dull at times, the Edifier breaks free from this common look. This speaker produces studio-sound quality with it 4-inch bass and 13mm silk dome tweeter.

The total power for this is 42W (21W per satellite), and the frequency response is 55Hz-20KHz.

Edifier’s R1280DB speaker has multiple options for connections; it has Bluetooth, a coaxial port, an optical port and 3.5mm connections.

For ease of use, they have a remote control included that allows you to toggle through sources, adjust the volume (including mute) and of course power.

Adjusting the bass and treble controls are on the side of the main speakers. Along with the bass and treble control are the volume control and the input indicator. On the back of the main speaker, you have the connection ports.

Beyond the look, a big plus why I chose this as number three for our list of the best computer speakers under $200 is that it is covered by warranty up to 2 years for parts and labor (US and Canada only).

2. Edifier R1700BT

For a 2.0 speaker set, this thing is loud! The Edifier R1700BT has 66W of total power.

Plus it has this classic look.

Edifier R1700BT
  • BLUETOOTH CONNECTION - Pair your phone, tablet or computer for a true hassle free wireless experience, perfect for any iOS, Android, MacOS or Windows device.
  • 2 x AUX INPUT - Convenient connection to any device that has a 3.5mm headphone output or dual RCA output. Connect to two devices via AUX at the same time, no plugging and switching needed.
  • REMOTE CONTROL - switch input sources, control volume and mute/unmute at your figure tips.

  • 66w RMS power
  • Remote Control
  • Bluetooth
  • Well-balanced
  • Can’t switch inputs without remote
Frequency Response 60 – 20,000 Hz
Total Power 66W
Satellite RMS Power /ea 18W + 15W

Up at number two for the list of best computer speakers under $200 we have the R1700BT from Edifier, a back to back pair from Edifier.

Loud, yet clear sound comes from its tweeter-midrange speakers on each satellite (15W tweeters, 18W Mid-Range) The frequency response for this is 60 Hz – 20,000 Hz.

There are two RCA / 3.5mm connections on this speaker set so you can connect it to your TV, DVD or your cell phone and other gadgets or your computer.

A big plus is that it also has the capability of connecting wirelessly through Bluetooth.

Just like the Edifier R1280DB before it, this speaker comes with a remote control for volume and Bluetooth button for pairing it. For some reason though, the remote doesn’t have as many options as the R1280DB.

On the main speaker, you will still see the controls for bass, treble, and volume.

On the back of the main speaker, there is the RCA ports and the power button.

If you look closely, you will also notice that the speakers are slightly tilted upwards to direct the sound to the listener if they are placed on top of a desk.

This speaker set is also backed by a two-year warranty for Canada and US only.

I’d say the aesthetics and features for this speaker set are amazing and that’s why it is number two on our list of best computer speakers under $200.

Because of the price, these could be argued to be the best overall in the 2.0 category.

1. Edifier Luna Eclipse

Off to number one on the list and I can’t wait to present to you the stylish Edifier Luna Eclipse (E25). For those who want big booming sound!

Again another speaker from Edifier; I swear we do not work for them!

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Edifier Luna Eclipse
  • Bluetooth pairing capability with Bluetooth enabled devices
  • Touch sensitive controls for volume, play/pause, previous/next track and standby as well as wireless remote for volume and power
  • Auxiliary input port for versatile connectivity to external devices

  • Unique design
  • 74 Watts RMS = Loud!
  • Stylish
  • May require some EQ changes
  • Larger than they appear
Frequency Response 30 – 20,000 Hz
Total Power 74W
Satellite RMS Power /ea 22W + 15W

These speakers are unique, the shape almost look like M&M candy.

The color is not the traditional piano black or matte black. You are offered the choice of black, red or white.

The Edifier E25 Luna eclipse has a total power of 74 Watts; each satellite has a 19mm, magnetically shielded, 15 watts tweeter as well as a 3-inch 22 Watts midrange. Man can these things pound out the sound.

The 3-inch passive bass radiator on the back allows it to produce that deep bass. Surprisingly, the frequency response of the speaker is 30 – 20,000 Hz, so it can provide the thump that you wanted even if this is a 2.0 speaker set.

Unlike the 1700BT and the R1280DB, the Edifier E25 does not have 2 RCA ports; it has one 3.5mm and of course Bluetooth connection.

These speakers made the top of the list because of their style, and booming sound – along with a very large sound range. There may be, however, some need to change the EQ settings on your computer to best tune the sound to your liking.

The R1700BT in the number 2 spot are also a very good choice, and if you’re looking to save some money – I’d recommend those.

On the side of the main speaker is a touch sensor for power and volume. Like the other two Edifier sets, this speaker set also comes with a remote control for ease of use.

Given the sound that this produces, its style and compact design – this is the best computer speaker under 200 dollars (by a slim margin).

Best computer speakers under $200 – 2.1 Configuration

The last thing we wanted to show you is a list of the best computer speakers under $200 but with a subwoofer pakcage (2.1 channel).

Now I’m sure the assumption is that the 2.1 speakers would be the better choice. Certainly the below speakers are very good – but with the same budget, you may be sacrificing some features.

We have three entries for this list and are they worth every penny? You be the judge.

3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

Like the Edifier E25, this speaker set from Harman Kardon is uniquely designed. It is made from clear plastic allowing you to see the internals of the speakers.

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
  • Compatible with all devices with a stereo minijack output
  • Outstanding bass performance
  • Touch volume and mute controls
  • Subwoofer volume control and Angle-adjustable satellites
  • Amplifier output power 10W RMS per channel

  • Compatible with all devices
  • Clear Sound
  • Connecting wires can break
  • No Bluetooth
  • Lots of wires
Frequency Response 44 – 20000 Hz
Total Power 40 Watt
Satellite RMS Power /ea 10W
Subwoofer RMS Power 20W

Talk about design; the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III is one unique piece of equipment. They allow you to see through the construction of the speaker set with the use of a transparent plastic enclosure for both the subwoofer and the satellites.

The total power for this speaker set is 40W (20 Watts for the sub and 10 Watts for each of the satellite). The satellites aren’t nearly as strong as our 2.0 configurations though.

One other unique feature for this speaker set is the ability to adjust the tilt of each satellite; this allows you to direct the sound directly towards you or slightly higher, whichever position you wanted.

The subwoofer is down-firing, and the port is facing up. This speaker set has a frequency response of 44 – 20,000 Hz and can produce that deep bass. You can also hear clear mids and highs from this speaker set, and it is ideal for listening to music and watching movies in a small room.

The touch-sensitive control for the volume is on one of the satellite speakers. On the bottom back part of the subwoofer, you have the five pin connector for the satellite that has the volume control and a white RCA port that goes to the left satellite.

There is a separate connector for the 3.5mm port and the bass adjustment knob also serves as a power switch.

One thing I would like to point though is the location of the power button – it’s on the subwoofer. While these speakers are attractive, you either have to leave the sub in an easily accessible spot…or just leave them on.

2. Logitech Z623

Do you want power? We give you power! This is, the Logitech Z623!

A super affordable speaker set with a Bluetooth add on.

  • Affordable!
  • THX Certified
  • Loud!
  • Short cables
Frequency Response 35Hz – 20KHz
Total Power 200 Watts
Satellite RMS Power /ea 35 Watts
Subwoofer RMS Power 130 Watts

So you wanted a speaker that gives a bang? You want that loud sound to fill the room with anything you are listening to. Well, I guess you have a winner here.

At number two on our list of the best computer speakers under $200, is the Logitech Z623. This speaker has an astounding 200W of power and a frequency response of 35Hz – 20kHz, so expect a clean mids and highs and the deep bass.

The Z625 vs Z623

The Z623 speaker set is the exact same as the Z625. The only thing that separates them apart is the optical/toslink input. If the optical input is important to you, you can get the Z625 for another $30 here. If optical isn’t important, save your $30 and get the Z623.

An amazingly under budget speaker set, I’ve included the Bluetooth adapter, but you can save some more cash and just get the Z623 as is for about $100. Who doesn’t want Bluetooth?

With money to spare what are you going to buy?

The right satellite has the volume, power and bass controls. It also has the headphone jack and the auxiliary-in port.

This speaker set is THX certified so expect that the sound it produces is how the sound engineers intended it to be…Booming and fantastic.

1. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1

This speaker is a great find and has been the champ for a long time. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 takes first place on our list of Best computer speakers under $200. And these are the reasons why.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
  • THX-certified, three-piece computer audio system
  • Exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix Horn maximizes digital technologies such as CDs, MP3 downloads, and streaming radio programs
  • 200-watt digital hybrid amplifier driven ProMedia 21 incorporates a convenient headphone jack as well as a miniplug input

  • Loud
  • Still affordable
  • Power switch on sub
Frequency Response 31Hz – 20kHz
Total Power 200 Watt
Satellite RMS Power /ea 35W
Subwoofer RMS Power 130W

This speaker is a great find and has been the champ for a long time. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 takes first place on our list of Best computer speakers under $200. And these are the reasons why.

Pros 2.1 Surround Sound Plug and Play Adjustable Bass Powerful compared to other 2.1 Surround Systems.
Cons – Can’t think of any.

First off it has 200W of power ( 130W sub, 35W per satellite). If you want to rock whatever room you’re in, these will do!

Like the Logitech Z623, these are THX certified, so expect great sound quality. This speaker has a frequency response of 31 Hz to 20 kHz. You can listen to music, play games, and watch movies and the sound will be amazing.

The subs are powerful and can produce the deep bass that you wanted without too much vibration. The satellites are designed to be minimalistic.

The right speaker has the main volume control and the subwoofer volume; it also has the auxiliary-in and the headphone jack.

The subs are side-firing with the port on the front side.

Regretfully, this speaker system doesn’t provide Bluetooth connectivity – which is a drag on an otherwise great system.

Aesthetically, these speakers do show their age here – as they have not redesigned the system for many years.

Having said that, as the old adage goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Conclusion…

All in all I hope you have found a speaker set that works for you.

Certainly there are some affordable speakers in the 2.1 category that are below the $200 mark – maybe there is an opportunity to buy a great gaming headset under 100 dollars.

If there are any differing thoughts, sound off in the comments – we are always on the lookout for better speakers out on the market.

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Best computer speakers under 200 – Bluetooth and Booming! was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Graham

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