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When planning a gaming PC setup, it’s easy to think your audio options are limited to a pair of powered bookshelf speakers. Soundbars are associated with TVs and home theaters, but you can get one that’s designed to sit under your monitor while you play games.
Computer soundbars are more compact than ones we’d recommend for home theater use, but they work the same way. A bunch of drivers (the part of a speaker responsible for producing sound) are placed next to one another in a single horizontal speaker. You lose some stereo separation, but don’t have to string wires around your computer desk. A computer soundbar also has a leg up over gaming headsets, which can get sweaty or start to feel heavy during a long gaming session.
If you prefer listening to your game audio through speakers, but don’t have a lot of space, we’ve done research and found the best computer soundbars available right now
What Are the Best Bluetooth Computer Soundbars?
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best computer soundbars for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Size: As we mentioned earlier, one of the big advantages of using a computer soundbar is saving space. All of our picks range between 16.4 and 23.7 inches long, so you’ll be able to find one that can fit comfortably on your desk.
Connectivity: All of our computer soundbar recommendations can be plugged into your computer via a 3.5mm audio cable, but support other connection options like Bluetooth, so you can stream music to them wirelessly.
Compatibility: Any computer soundbar in our guide can be used with both a PC and Mac.
Stereo or Surround Sound: Soundbars can never fully replicate the experience of a 5.1 surround sound system, but some can do a pretty good job at recreating by pointing multiple drivers in different directions and using a subwoofer. Our guide features stereo and surround sound options.
1. Creative Stage 2.1 Channel Under-Monitor Sound Bar
Creative designed its Under-Monitor Sound Bar to be used with your PC and home theater system.
It’s 23.7 inches long, which makes this the longest soundbar we recommend, but the company used the space wisely. This is a 2.1 soundbar, which features a pair of drivers built into the bar, plus a subwoofer. The subwoofer is wired, so it has to be connected to the soundbar to work. Make sure you have enough extra space under your desk if you’re considering this option.
This soundbar’s best feature is its wide array of connectivity options. It has an aux input, so you can connect it to a computer, Bluetooth support for wireless streaming, and both HDMI Arc and Optical audio inputs, so you can connect it to a TV.
Creative’s computer soundbar has more inputs than any other computer soundbar in our guide, and it’s the only one designed to be wall mounted. This is a great feature if you hook your PC up to a large TV, or play titles on game consoles. It even has a USB port, so you can connect a flash drive to it and play music files directly from the soundbar. Creative Stage bundles this soundbar with a remote, so you can control its main functions (power, volume, play/pause) without having to physically touch it.
If you need a computer soundbar that can pull double duty and work in your living room, Creative has you covered.
Note: The company also has a smaller, stereo-only computer sound bar if you want to consider another more entry-level option. It’s available on Amazon for $39.99.
2. Doss PC Soundbar
Doss’s PC Soundbar is a great budget option that’ll still be a big improvement over the speakers in your laptop or desktop computer.
It’s 17.7 inches long, which puts it in the middle of the pack size, and features a 16 watt stereo audio system. We like that Doss’ soundbar has physical play, pause, next track, and previous track buttons on top, so you can shuffle between songs on a playlist without looking down. This is a quality of life feature we didn’t expect from a soundbar under $40.
Doss’ PC Soundbar standout feature is its dearth of connectivity options. You can plug it into your computer using a USB cable, connect to it wirelessly over Bluetooth, or play audio off either a flash drive or MicroSD card. This soundbar’s ability to play songs off of external media means you can use it as a standalone audio device when you’re not at your computer.
If you want a computer soundbar that’s also capable of replacing a Bluetooth speaker you have in another part of your home, Doss’ PC Soundbar should be your first choice.
3. Bluedee Computer Soundbar
If you want better sound from your computer, but don’t have a lot of room, Bluedee’s Computer Soundbar is the ideal choice.
At 16.4 inches it’s the smallest soundbar in this guide, but it’s loaded with modern features like Bluetooth support. We also like that Bluedee’s soundbar is bus powered, which means it draws electricity from your computer’s USB-A port. This means you won’t need to plug it into a wall, which saves you even more space.
This computer soundbar’s coolest feature is its RGB light strip, which is located on its front side. You can set the strip to switch between different lighting modes, including one that pulses with the music you’re listening to. If you’re entertaining friends, this is a very cool feature.
The only potential downside to Bluedee’s Computer Soundbar is that it can only play music in stereo, which makes sense given its small size. If that doesn’t bother you, and your desk space is limited, Bluedee’s Computer Soundbar is the right pick.
4. Razer Leviathan
Razer is one of the most celebrated gaming accessory makers out there, and its Leviathan computer sound bar is our high-end pick.
It’s 19.7 inches long, which means its directly in the middle of the pack size-wise, but stacks up well against our other recommendations. It has five drivers: two woofers to handle midrange and bass frequencies, a pair of tweeters to handle treble, and a center channel speaker generally used for voices. Having multiple drivers dedicated to different frequency ranges generally leads to better-balanced sound.
The sound bar is paired with a downward-firing subwoofer to create a 5.1 surround sound system. The subwoofer is wired, so it needs to be physically connected to the sound bar to work. While it can’t compete directly with a multi-speaker setup Razer says it uses Dolby’s Virtual Speaker technology to simulate surround sound. Dolby invented the first consumer friendly surround sound standard nearly 40 years ago, so you can expect pretty solid results.
The Leviathan has three built in EQ (equalization) modes to optimize its sound for gaming, movies, and music. You can switch between them by pushing a button on top of the sound bar. There’re also buttons to adjust the sound bar’s volume, play/pause your music, and switch between its aux, Bluetooth, and optical audio inputs. Like Creative Stage, Razer designed its sound bar to be used with computers or a TV, but this one can’t be wall mounted.
The audio technology built into Razer’s Leviathan, especially support for simulated surround sound makes it the most technically advanced computer sound bar in our guide. If you’re serious about hearing the best game audio possible, but don’t have the space for a full surround sound system, this is a great choice.