Listening to your favorite music while you’re working can be energizing, soothing, and even help to increase your productivity. But when the sound is thin, scratchy, or “boomy” your favorite music can also be downright irritating.

Generic Computer SpeakersThis happens because most computer speakers don’t do a great job of reproducing music.  The sound can be tinny, muffled, unbalanced, thumpy, thin, or all the above simultaneously.  Even if a recording initially sounds okay, twenty minutes later you’re looking forward to turning it off and joining that conference call you were avoiding.

Those plastic computer speakers have to go.  Very likely they sound as good as they look:  like junk.

Improving their sound doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Even an investment of $50 can make a huge difference.  Your budget, your ears, and how much oomph you want on your desktop will determine what set of speakers best fits your needs.

 

Bergen IT’s Recommendations

Here are three speakers to consider at different “reasonable” price points:

$50………………………… Creative Inspire T12

Creative Inspire T12 SpeakersThese speakers sound best when sitting close to the back edge of your desk and angled toward your chair.  The bass is decent at low to normal volumes, but can distort if pushed to high levels.  Otherwise, you’ll find that music sounds full and open.

At this price point you can’t beat these speakers. You can listen for hours and still be happy to hear more.

(Glossy black; 3.9D x 7.1H x 2.8W inches)

 

$120………………………. M-Audio Studiophile AV 40

M-Audio AV 40 speakersA good deal bulkier than most computer speakers, the AV 40s are fairly powerful speakers and can be placed anywhere in your office for good sound.  If you place them on your desk, you’ll want to tilt them up so that the tweeters are aimed at your ears and angled toward your chair.  The result is excellent stereo imaging and clear highs.

The included audio cable is of low quality. You may get better results with a higher quality cable of your own.

You can have these speakers pumping music all day without suffering ear fatigue.

(Glossy black; 8.75H x 6W x 7.25D inches)

 

$199………………………. Audioengine A2

Audioengine A2 SpeakersSmaller than the M-Audio speakers, the Audioengine A2 speakers enjoy a cleaner and more dynamic sound and are much less finicky about where you place them.

The sound is more like what one can get with a very good bookshelf speaker:  natural (not overextended) bass, clear highs, and an open mid-range.  Voices are replicated so well you could almost believe a performer is in front of you.

While these are not the best speakers you can get for your desktop, you can’t do better for the price.

(Black; 6.25H x 5.5D x 4.25W inches)

 

And If You Can Afford to Pay More…

There are a number of higher-priced speakers that produce great sound and can keep you fixed to your desk with their ability to reproduce music unusually well.  But remember: you still have to also get your work done.

If you’ve got the money, then these excellent speakers are well worth the cost:

$299.99…………………… Focal XS Book Music System
$399.99…………………… Audioengine A5+
$499.99…………………… Bowers & Wilkins MM-1
$1,490…………………….. Mini Maggie System (requires amplification) – available from magnepan.com

Focal XS Book Music System SpeakersAudioengine A5 Speakersowers & Wilkins MM-1 SpeakersMini Maggie System Speakers

 

Need assistance with computers or audio in your home or business? Contact us.

Bergen IT is a comprehensive tech services company serving the New York, New Jersey area.

Phone: 201-689-2823

Email: solutions@bergenit.net

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