Speakers for The Home Office

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If you, like so many of us, have been working from your laptop at home recently you’ll know that those built-in speakers are not great – yes they’re fine for the odd zoom meeting but the volume is not great and the quality is worse. A set of external speakers is what is required to boost up the volume and add quality to those meetings – or more importantly – for those motivational spotify playlists to get you through the day. When it comes to speakers for the home office there are a number of factors to take into account. Firstly, there’s the obvious one – what are you going to use them for? How much do you want to spend? And finally, how much space do you have?

For my set-up I ended up attaching a spare portable TV to my laptop to use as a second monitor so the sound is at least boosted a bit and being fortunate enough to have a Sonos speaker in the room I don’t need the quality that I would like listening to music.

What are you Going to be Using the Speakers for Mostly?

gaming

For instance those of you who are into gaming might want to consider more than the stereo speaker set up and go for a 2.1 or even a 5.1 set up so you get surround sound, perfect for that late night Resident Evil marathon.

If you want to use the speakers purely for calls and listening to music then one or a stereo set up should suffice.

In addition to the sound quality other considerations include deciding whether your home office set-up is temporary – you don’t want to go and spend a heap of money on large speakers which you need to move around every morning before you start work and then move away again at night. In this case you might even consider a Bluetooth speaker which can link to your computer during the day and be used to play your favourite tracks at night directly from your phone or be taken with you when you go out.

 

If You’ve got to Ask the Price You Can’t Afford Them

Like most tech they can range in price from those speakers you used to get bundled with a computer in the 90’s (which I’m sure you can still pick up at car-boot sales!) to the “how much do you have in your bank account” type price.

To be honest, unless you’re a complete audiophile I would avoid the expensive end as you should be able to pick up a really decent set of computer speakers for a reasonable price – thankfully speakers have come along way from those bundled speakers of the 90s and you’ll get a decent sound of most of them.

 

Space Man

How much space do you have? If you are already taking up a lot of desk space with monitors, keyboards and computer equipment then adding to this may not be the best idea. Busy Desk

A cluttered desk is not a great start and adding a couple of speakers which may have a reasonable sized “footprint” (I hate that word I have to admit!) then you may end up losing further desk space. You could always de-clutter (and I have written an article – coincidentally – over HERE if you’re interested) or you could just find some smaller speakers, and as I said earlier you don’t always lose quality by going for the smaller versions. It’s entirely up to you, and you’ll know what kind and style will fit in with your decor – if that’s even a factor! But which speakers would I recommend? Well read below as I pick out speakers which I think would be suitable for various reasons and in various circumstances…………….

Best Small Speakers

The Creative creative pebblePebble V2 are funky, small speakers which still manage to pack a punch and look good. Simply plug into your AUX socket on your computer and additionally plug into your USB socket for extra power and your ready to go. The USB provides power to amplify the sound with a handy volume control. As they are angled the speakers direct their output straight at you for a better experience. Being from Creative they are going to be good, as a name I have used before I can say they do not disappoint.

Getting generally high customer ratings on Amazon they perform really well so worth checking out if you don’t want to spend too much on a set of speakers.

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PRO’s – Cheaper priced / funky looking / great sound quality

CON’s – Could do with a longer cable

 

Best Gaming SpeakersJBL Quantum

JBL are well-known quality make for home audio and headphones so these fit the bill perfectly. With forward facing bass ports, these plug and play speakers deliver high quality bass and immersive audio to help you in whatever gaming endevour you’re faced with.

As with a lot of gaming peripherals the JBL Quantum Duo speakers have LED coloured lights built in for setting the right mood. These can be changed with presets and effect patterns too. Similar to the Pebble speakers these can be plugged into the 3.5mm jack and utilises the USB socket to provide power. They can also be connected via Bluetooth so you could play tunes from your phone directly to the speakers.

They have been extensively tested by gamers worldwide to ensure they give the best sound quality for an immersive soundscape which might just give you that competitive edge you need to get to the next level. Even if you don’t achieve gamer stardom these speakers will both look and sound great on either side of your monitor.

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PRO’s – Quality sound from a well-known brand / small but powerful

CON’s – Lights might get annoying if on effects

 

Best Mid Range Speakers

 

When you think of a good brand for speakers one of the names that doesn’t pop into your head is Keidd. However these versatile and beautiful speakers will have you converting. Their compactKeiid size and connection options make this a truly versatile speaker.

With additional circuitry to offer “true space” stereo, they let you enjoy sound that is lifelike and spacious from speakers that are still relatively small. Rather than using up a USB socket on your computer these use their own mains socket.

One neat feature is the provision of a separate control feature and a wired connection for headphones (as can be seen on the picture) so you can easily move to headphones if required.

Quality sound from an unexpectedly reasonably priced quality product.

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PRO’s – Quality sound from one of the best makers around with bluetooth

CON’s – Not a household name

 

Best Surround Sound Speakers

Logitech

When it comes to surround sound for PC’s and consoles Logitech seem to have cornered the market and their Z906 5.1 allows connectivity to numerous devices (six in total). With 5.1 surround sound which has been THX Certified you know it delivers true immersive sound quality and with 1000 Watts of power this wouldn’t go amiss at your local cinema.

I would suspect that, although sold as suitable for PC’s that this unit is more suited for watching movies but then, having said that, a lot of games these days are immersive movies – great for that big games night on the large screen and brilliant for that work during the day / gamer at night set up.

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PRO’s – Great quality THX Certified 5.1 surround sound

CON’s – Probably don’t want to use for a zoom meeting

So that’s a selection of the best speakers I would recommend for your home office set-up. As I’ve said it will depend on what you are going to use them for, as well as your price range.

Do you have separate speakers for your computer or do you make do with the in-built ones? I don’t think I could now go back to using those as they just don’t sound as good. Let me know what you think of the choices as well, do you have a favourite?

Feel free to get in touch using the comments below, I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,

Dave

 

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2 thoughts on “Speakers for The Home Office”

  1. Thank you for this article, I am a big gamer and I love driving games, a great-sounding experience is always very important while gaming, I really like the look of the JBL Quantum Duo speakers. I have been using JBL earphones during my workouts and their products are amazing, These speakers definitely look like a winner!

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    • Hi Jean,

      Thanks! As someone who is sometimes “allowed” to join my son in a shoot em up game I know the importance of having good quality immersive sound (I invariably end up getting shot however much to my son’s enjoyment!) so the JBL Quantum Duo speakers would be great. 

      Good luck.

      Dave

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