The Best Stereo Speakers of 2018

Need a stereo speaker? Check out our best-picked 2.0 stereo speakers with different styles and features to match your various rooms and spaces.

The Best Stereo Speakers

Choosing the right stereo speakers is essential to getting the best possible sound quality from your stereo system. But with so many different types of stereo speakers available – from versatile bookshelf speakers to floor-standing models that deliver booming sound – selecting the right pair of speakers can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, choosing the best speakers for your needs is easy – if you know what to look for. This buying guide will help you understand all of the terminology surrounding stereo speakers so you can make an informed purchase.

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Editor's Choice
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS
Our rating
Best Bookshelf Stereo Speaker
Price: $99.99 $129.99
Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers - for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC input)
Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers - for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC input)
Our rating
Best Computer Stereo Speaker
Price: $89.00 $99.00
Best Value
Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound
Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound
Our rating
Best USB-Powered Stereo Speaker
Price: $7.46 $14.99

How to Choose the Right Stereo Speakers

Depending on your budget and your music listening habits, you may not need a top-of-the-line set of speakers. That said, there are certain considerations that should be taken into account when shopping for a quality pair of stereo speakers – specifically, the speaker type, sensitivity, and frequency response.

  • Speaker type – There is a wide variety of wired and wireless speakers to choose from, including bookshelf speakers, floor-standing speakers, in-wall speakers, portable speakers, satellite speakers, subwoofers, and sound bars. Which type of speaker is best for you depends largely on personal preference, but in general, larger speakers work better in larger spaces while small speakers are better suited to smaller rooms.
  • Sensitivity – A speaker’s sensitivity rating indicates how effectively the speaker converts power to sound. The higher the rating (measured in decibels), the louder the sound produced with any given amount of amplifying power. A speaker with a sensitivity rating of 85 dB, for example, requires more power to produce the same volume of sound as a speaker with a rating of 88 dB.
  • Frequency response – The human ear is capable of hearing sounds at frequencies between 20 to 20,000 cycles-per-second, or Hertz. A speakers frequency response determines how much of this frequency range can be reproduced.

Our Recommendation

Best Bookshelf Stereo Speakers
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS
$99.99
Was: $129.99
Dual Electronics LU43PB 4 inch 3-Way High Performance Indoor, Outdoor & Bookshelf Studio Monitor Speakers with Swivel Brackets & 100 Watts Peak Power
Dual Electronics LU43PB 4 inch 3-Way High Performance Indoor, Outdoor & Bookshelf Studio Monitor Speakers with Swivel Brackets & 100 Watts Peak Power
$32.00
Mackie Studio Monitor, Black w/Green Trim, 3-inch (CR3)
Mackie Studio Monitor, Black w/Green Trim, 3-inch (CR3)
$79.00
Was: $99.99
Best USB-Powered Stereo Speakers
Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound
Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound
$7.46
Was: $14.99
Surround Computer Speakers with Deep Bass USB Wired Powered Multimedia Speaker for PC/Laptops/Smart Phone RECCAZR Built-in Four Loudspeaker Diaphragm
Surround Computer Speakers with Deep Bass USB Wired Powered Multimedia Speaker for PC/Laptops/Smart Phone RECCAZR Built-in Four Loudspeaker Diaphragm
$19.99
Was: $25.99
Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers, Stereo 2.0 Channel Wired Multimedia Speakers, USB Powered 3.5mm Aux Blue LED Small PC Laptop Desktop Speakers, Black
Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers, Stereo 2.0 Channel Wired Multimedia Speakers, USB Powered 3.5mm Aux Blue LED Small PC Laptop Desktop Speakers, Black
$27.99
Was: $37.99
Saxhorn Mini Soundbar Speaker for Computer Desktop Laptop PC, USB Powered, Black
Saxhorn Mini Soundbar Speaker for Computer Desktop Laptop PC, USB Powered, Black
$35.99
Was: $59.99
Best Computer Stereo Speakers
Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers - for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC input)
Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers - for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC input)
$89.00
Was: $99.00
Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System
Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System
$224.00
Was: $249.95
Creative Labs 51MF1610AA002 GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with BasXPort Technology
Creative Labs 51MF1610AA002 GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with BasXPort Technology
$62.97
Was: $69.97

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