When you’re putting together a brand new setup for gaming or for work, a lot of the budget goes towards the actual PC. Other peripherals such as the mouse, keyboard, and monitor are equally as important. However, a lot of people tend to skimp out on or even entirely overlook one fundamental aspect: Audio. Great audio can make or break a setup.
Whether you like to play some background music while working or need good audio for gaming, a great set of speakers is absolutely vital. Sure, headphones are great but they can cause fatigue after a while. A great set of speakers shouldn’t be a hassle to deal with and should sound great.
So, for all of your music lovers out there, we’ve got you covered. After extensive research, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite speakers under $50. All of these speakers focus on value and will sound great without breaking the bank. Let’s get started.
There are a lot of mediocre speakers out there under this price tag. A common thing among all of them is this: they sound loud and have good bass, but the clarity just isn’t there. This set of speakers doesn’t have that issue. In fact, it gets rids of any silly gimmicks entirely, and the focus is entirely on great, crisp audio.
Goldwood’s Acoustic Audio 2.1 system consists of two compact speakers and a 6-inch subwoofer. It’s already quite difficult to implement a good subwoofer at this price and to make it all sound balanced and detailed is another thing. However, Goldwood has done a great job here. First, let’s talk about the design a bit.
The entire system has a retro look to it. The yellow/gold cones on both the speaker set and the subwoofer complement each other nicely. The design is reminiscent of old Klipsch speakers. They have an SD card and USB port built-in, along with a Bluetooth receiver to pair with your phone. Fun fact: you can pair these with Alexa as well, and control them with your voice. There’s also an included remote to control music.
Moving on to sound, it’s impressive how much crisp detail has been packed in here. The speakers sound great on their own, but the subwoofer brings the system to life. Sound can get really loud if you desire, and distortion never occurs. They retain their detail even with tracks that have deep bass.
Speaking of which, the low-end response here is incredible. It almost gets a bit too much at one point, but that can be fixed with the turn of a knob or EQ tuning. Keep in mind that they require proper positioning, as power cords and ethernet cables can cause interference. However, that’s not a difficult fix. Overall, we’d highly recommend these.
A lot of bookshelf speakers are big, bulky, and have a retro-esque design. Most of these speakers sound great, but they are expensive and some even require an amplifier for proper audiophile-grade performance. Not everyone can afford that, and fitting all of that into a smaller desk is difficult. That is where the Creative Pebble V2 speaker system excels.
These speakers were built with a minimal aesthetic in mind, and that shows well with the design language. They have a spherical like design, hence the Pebble name. The drivers are elevated at a 45° angle, which helps if you are sitting close to them.
They are also offered in white, which some prefer over the black version. What I personally like about these is that they can fit into any environment. They are powered by a USB-C port on your PC or laptop, which is good for futureproofing. A USB-A adapter is included if you don’t have a Type-C port. There’s also a gain-switch on the right speaker?
As for sound quality, they sound remarkably good for their size. There is no distortion at the loudest volume level, and they retain their detail. They are consistent throughout different genres, so you can always expect the same great quality from them. The mid-range and treble are balanced well, and the bass is decent.
Of course, you can’t expect deep booming bass at this size, but they get the job done okay. For minimal setups and smaller desks, this system is a no-brainer. Just remember that they don’t completely fill rooms large in size. But for most setups, they will be more than enough.
Logitech’s Z lineup of speaker system has always been extremely popular in the budget category. You’ll find these systems in a lot of budget-midrange setups. That’s because it’s hard to pass up a quality 2.1 system at this price. For most people, these are probably the best value.
This Z313 system consists of 2 speakers and a 6-inch subwoofer. They also include a convenient control module, so you can tune the audio to your liking. However, I wish there was something implemented here to keep it in place. It can slide around on the desk, which is annoying.
In pictures, the speakers look like they have a matte finish but in reality, it’s actually a bit glossy. I don’t mind this too much, and I’m not worried about them getting scratched up. The sub-woofer directly draws power from the wall, and the speakers plug into it. You might want to consult the instruction manual to see how to perfectly set it up.
First impressions of sound quality conclude that these are loud and powerful. Seriously, if your sole purpose is to fill a large room with music, look no further. Even at loud volumes, there is little to no distortion, and the bass is extremely powerful.
However, it’s a bit too much for my tastes. I prefer speakers to sound a bit brighter or warmer in the mid-range, but most people might not notice this. One flaw I noticed was in the subwoofer as it tends to rattle when you really push it.
The Z313 System isn’t aimed at audiophiles, so I’m not going to judge it on that basis. For people who love loud, bass-heavy music, these are great. Turns out, that happens to be a majority of people, that’s why these speakers are so popular.
Our next pick might be for a niche audience, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of people who’d like this system. For gamers who want a decent sounding system with good lighting to match their builds, the Cyber Acoustics Bluetooth Speakers are a great option, especially when on a budget.
What stands out about these speakers is obviously the design. The rectangular shape makes them small and compact, which means they can fit on most desks without issue. The 4.25-inch subwoofer is also small in size, so you can tuck it on the floor easily.
The RGB lighting here is plenty bright, so it will easily match most modern builds. The entire system won’t look out of place on a modern setup which is a nice bonus. Bluetooth pairing is also a convenient feature, so you can easily pair your phone with these.
As for sound quality, they are decent but not exactly jaw-dropping. The RMS power is about 16 watts and the peak power goes up to 32 watts, so they are plenty loud. All of the details sound crisp and clear, yet the bass is lacking a bit. The subwoofer doesn’t help much either. However, since they were focusing more on design, all of that is understandable.
This system isn’t for audiophiles or enthusiasts, but for people who want a good looking pair of speakers that can get the job done. For the price, you can’t ask for much more.
I know a lot of people out there who would personally prefer a soundbar over a pair of regular bookshelf speakers. That’s understandable as a lot of people don’t have proper space to place proper bookshelf speakers on both sides of the table. However, finding a soundbar under $50 that sounds decent at best isn’t easy.
Still, I managed to find a soundbar that actually sounds good enough for most people, and won’t break the bank. I’m talking about the GOgroove Mini Sound Bar. This soundbar is compact, sounds good, and won’t leave a dent in your wallet.
The first positive is the design, as it actually looks cool for the price. The large volume knob is amazing, and the subtle blue glue is nice attention to detail. As for sound quality, personally I think it sounds decent for most people. The bass is severely lacking, which could be a deal-breaker for some. It does get plenty loud, however, and loud volumes don’t cause distortion.
If you have enough space for one of the speakers above, by all means, go for anyone of those. If not, then this is a great alternative.