Headphones are great, don’t get me wrong. But if you’re a marathon gamer or a professional video editor who spends up to eight hours a day or more in front of the screen, headphones are going to wear on your nerves real fast.
After a few hours, they already squish your ears, get hot, and make you vulnerable to sneak attacks too. That’s why a soundbar might be a way better option.
The best PC soundbar is a sleek speaker that takes up little more space than the footprint of your monitor but delivers big, powerful sound. No more annoying outboard speakers with pathetically cheap cables. Stereo soundbars are the new big thing in PC sound. Here are some to look out for.
- Top 8 Best PC Soundbars on the Market in 2023 Reviews
- 1 Soulion R30 Soundbar – Best Budget PC Soundbar
- 2 Dell Stereo Soundbar – Best Compact PC Soundbar
- 3 Redragon Adiemus RGB Stereo Desktop Speaker – Best LED Lighting PC Soundbar
- 4 Bluedee Dynamic RGB Soundbar – Most Affordable Bluetooth PC Soundbar
- 5 Samsung HW -N300 TV Mate Soundbar – Best TV and PC Soundbar
- 6 Razer Leviathan – Best Value for the Money PC Soundbar
- 7 Panasonic Soundslayer – Best Dolby Atmos PC Soundbar
- 8 Soundblaster BlasterX Katana – Best Sounding PC Soundbar
- Best PC Soundbar Buyer’s Guide
- Looking for Great Speakers or Other Soundbars?
- What is the Best PC Soundbar?
Top 8 Best PC Soundbars on the Market in 2023 Reviews
1 Soulion R30 Soundbar – Best Budget PC Soundbar
Size: 16.81 x 4.21 x 3.07 inches
Let’s get started with a low-priced speaker. The R30 Soundbar by Soulion is a nifty little speaker that costs a little more than $20. This is a 2.0 soundbar, which means it offers just Left and Right channels (no center or subwoofer) via two 5w speakers. It also uses two passive bass radiators to flesh out the low end for a fuller sound.
For connectivity, there are two ways into this speaker – a 3.5mm (1/8”) jack and USB. When it sits under your PC screen or TV, you only need to plug in the USB cable, and it will both power the speaker and bring in the sound.
However, for a device like a smartphone or a tablet, you’ll need to plug in the USB connection to a charger for power. And the 3.5mm jack into the device’s Audio Out port for sound. No Bluetooth, but for this low price, what can you expect?
How about cool lights?
The two ends of the bar are lined with LED glow lights that slowly change color with your music. Not in step to your music or anything – they simply cycle through a pattern of repeating color changes. The lights are smooth enough, but not very exciting. You can turn them off and on with a button next to the volume dial.
Finally, let’s talk about sound…
This soundbar is about where you might expect it to be sound-wise. That is, if you think it will sound OK, and at least better than your old crappy computer speakers, you’re right. You can crank to level up pretty high and get a big sound with this bar, but it won’t sound anything more than mediocre.
The louder you go, the more line noise you get, too. The mid-range is fine. The high end is a bit too sharp but not crackling. But bass, there is none. Bottom line, this soundbar is pretty good for the low, low price. As a result, it’s one of the cheapest PC soundbars on the market.
- Incredibly inexpensive.
- Small and unobtrusive.
- No Bluetooth or battery power.
- Mediocre sound.
2 Dell Stereo Soundbar – Best Compact PC Soundbar
Size: 15.9 x 1.5 x 1.9 inches
The next PC soundbar on my list is nearly double the price of the first. It’s the Stereo Soundbar from Dell, the PC manufacturer who supposedly knows what you want in a home computing station.
Well, do they?
One thing is clear – Dell has made an extra effort to make this soundbar unobtrusive. It comes with a mount that will enable it to clip onto the stand of most desk-top monitors, though it can also sit right on your desktop.
At 1.5” x 1.9” in profile, it’s ultra-thin, almost too thin. Makes me feel like it would be easy to break if I ever used it as a baseball bat. So I won’t. That said, it’s one of the best easy to mount PC soundbars you can buy.
Just like the Soulion, this Dell bar connects to your PC (or TV or phone) by USB and a 3.5mm jack. Unfortunately, the USB-A plug provided is only about 12” long, which is ridiculous unless you have a desktop USB port already. Otherwise, it likely won’t reach to your tower.
You won’t find any gimmicky color-changing LED…
Instead, this soundbar has a built-in mic. You can take calls and group meetings on it and be heard clearly enough. As for your end, speech sounds are clear enough, and gaming sounds fine, I guess. But for movies or music, you’re not in the right price range yet.
The sound is again mediocre and crackly at high volume. It has basically no bass, like the Soulion. Conversely, if you just need a simple PC soundbar for calls or watching the occasional video, this could be fine. But for music, movies, and epic gaming, look elsewhere.
- Thin, sleek, and mountable to keep it out of the way.
- No Bluetooth or battery power.
- The sound is not great.
3 Redragon Adiemus RGB Stereo Desktop Speaker – Best LED Lighting PC Soundbar
Size: 15.75 x 2.76 x 2.76 inches
The Adiemus by Redragon is a lot like the Soulion we saw earlier. It’s about the same size, has LED, and is powered by two speakers. It’s also double the price. So what gives? Is this double the speaker, double the quality? Well, let’s take a look.
The drivers here are 4 Watt cones which are smaller than the 5 Watt speakers in the Soulion. It also has passive bass radiators, but here they do seem to work. Just a bit, anyway. Like the previous two soundbars, you’re not going to find a lot of bass here. But there is a little, teeny tiny bit more than what the others offer.
Overall, the sound quality is not much different from what we’ve seen. At low volume, things are clear enough. When you pump it up, you’ll get some unpleasant high-end crackle.
Connections and power…
Again, we’re looking at a soundbar without battery power or Bluetooth. So, it’s not going to double as a portable speaker as some other soundbars can. It connects via USB and 3.5mm jack, with the same limitations that we’ve seen before. You can connect to your phone, but you’ll also need to plug the USB into a charger for power.
The LED lights here, though, are way cool. A strip along the bottom of the speaker can be set to dynamic, flowing, audio-synched, or solid color.
- Way-cool LED lighting system.
- Mediocre sound.
- No Bluetooth or battery power for mobility.
4 Bluedee Dynamic RGB Soundbar – Most Affordable Bluetooth PC Soundbar
Size: 16.42 x 2.99 x 2.68 inches
If we sneak up in price to around the $50 mark, are we going to get a much better soundbar? With the Dynamic RGB Soundbar by Bluedee, we might just try. For the first time, we’re looking at a PC soundbar with Bluetooth connectivity which makes this a somewhat more versatile machine.
Here’s what I mean…
While you can connect to a computer or TV via USB and a phone or tablet through 3.5mm AUX, you also get Bluetooth 5.0 here. And that means you can leave the speaker in place and connect to it from your devices around the room easily enough.
However, there is still no battery in the soundbar, and that means it needs to be plugged into a charger at all times. So we have a bit more convenience here, at least $10 worth!
You’re also getting something a bit better here. No, there’s no booming bass, but there is bass, and that’s a step in the right direction. Each of the left and right channels uses dual drivers for a wider sound range. This speaker is a lot clearer and fuller sounding than any of the soundbars I’ve shown you so far, even if it’s still not great.
The LED lights come on a strip on the bottom. Like the Redragon, these can be set to change quickly or slowly, to stay a solid color, or to change along to your music or other audio. This is a pretty cool feature for listening to music at your next party.
Overall, I’d say this speaker is worth the extra money. It has a much better sound quality and has Bluetooth connectivity, so you can use it for a lot more than just your PC soundbar.
- Good price for good sound.
- Bluetooth connection is possible.
- No battery for mobile use.
5 Samsung HW -N300 TV Mate Soundbar – Best TV and PC Soundbar
Size: 28.1 x 6.9 x 6.7 inches
Let’s move up to a different price point. This is the entrance to the realm of high-priced PC soundbars, but just the entrance, so don’t get too nervous yet. At about $130, the Samsung TV Mate Soundbar is an option that will also work for your PC soundbar, if you want it to.
Now, for starters…
At 28 inches long, this is a much bigger soundbar than what we’ve looked at so far. It’s actually designed, as the TV Mate name tells you, for wide-screen TVs. But under your computer screen, this bar will give you some big fat sound.
A typical Samsung product, this bar is basic black and doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles, like LED strips. What it does have is a solid Bluetooth connection. And an optical audio jack for getting sound from your computer or TV out into the world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an optical audio cable to connect to your devices.
It also has a USB port that you can connect to from your computer or a device like your phone. If you don’t want to use Bluetooth, that is. Again, there’s no battery on board here to let you use the bar as a WiFi speaker. But with the size of this thing, it’s not portable anyway. In fact, on the downside, it does take up an awful lot of desk space.
How about the sound?
There’s no comparison to what we’ve seen before, only contrast. Using two channels of dual drivers (i.e., a pair of tweeters and woofers on each side), plus a rear sound port, this bar gives you a lot of sound. Furthermore, it’s one of the most powerful PC soundbars you can buy.
It’s big and full, and yes, there is some bass in there. At high volume, the high-end can get tinny, but at regular levels, this thing blasts anyway. It’s clear and powerful – you might not want to get too close.
- Good, solid sound.
- Bluetooth, USB, and optical connections are available.
- Much higher priced.
- Big and bulky – takes up desk space.
6 Razer Leviathan – Best Value for the Money PC Soundbar
Size: 19.7 x 2.8 x 3 inches (soundbar) + 9.5 x 8.7 x 9.5 inches (subwoofer)
The Razer Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Soundbar is our next contender for the best PC soundbar. Leviathan is quite a claim, but mythical beats are pretty much a go-to in today’s gaming-related products.
Is this thing really a beast?
Well, compared to some of the earlier soundbars we’ve seen, yes. It’s long without being ridiculous at 19 inches, but it’s also way thinner than the 6×6” profile of the Samsung. And it’s a “5.1” virtual surround sound system. Well, it does have an outboard subwoofer that gives you some chest rattle. Not bad for nearly $200. But it doesn’t really surround you.
The “5” in the 5.1 means five different channels, and it has these in the Left, Right, and Center channels, plus angled Left and angled Right drivers. The subwoofer is the “.1”.
But while the subwoofer can be placed anywhere, like under your desk or even behind or beside you, you’re not technically surrounded by speakers. Oh well, “virtual” surround is the claim. Therefore it’s one of the best virtual surround PC soundbars on the market.
The sound is still huge…
Turn up the volume, and you’ll find clear, powerful, and bass-heavy sound that’s perfect for gaming but also for music and movies. As a result, it’s one of the best gaming PC soundbars currently out there.
And you have a wide choice of connections. There’s AUX for your PC, Bluetooth for your phone or other devices, and optical for a TV or gaming console. So you can get tons of sound into this speaker and heaps of great sound out of it, too.
- Big, solid sound.
- Lots of connection options.
- Takes up a bit of space.
7 Panasonic Soundslayer – Best Dolby Atmos PC Soundbar
Size: 17″ x 2 1/16″ x 5 1/8″ inches
Who would win in a head-to-head battle – a Leviathan or a Soundslayer? At the same price point, Panasonic is betting that it’s their Soundslayer.
Well, let’s just see…
The first thing you’ll notice with this soundbar is that it’s shorter and only a bit squatter than the Leviathan. And there’s no subwoofer. Or is there? Ah-ha, there is. But it’s built into the bar itself through some clever engineering.
You’re getting a tweeter and a woofer on each side of the bar, plus the subwoofer coming up from the top of the unit. Though that’s strange for a sub, it works here because it’s on the desktop and pointed up towards you.
Slay the sound…
Boasting Dolby Atmos sound, this soundbar sounds tight. You can set it to 3 audio modes – FPS, RPG, or Voice – to bring out different details that you might need to focus on in different types of games, music, or movies. These different modes are excellent, especially the FPS mode that lets you hear the faintest footfalls from a sneaky assailant.
The bass is decent but not as powerful as the Leviathan by any stretch. Nor can you improve the bass with a sub-woofer OUT, because there is no connection for an outboard speaker. That’s a pretty disappointing gamble by Panasonic.
On the other hand, you have full connectivity options here…
You have HDMI for your PC, Optical for TV or gaming consoles, USB, and Bluetooth. Once again, there’s no internal battery, so it needs a power connection at all times. This makes it one of the most compatible PC soundbars you can buy.
If you want great connections and excellent sound from a compact soundbar, this could be it. But if you need bass in your mix, you’re not going to be completely satisfied here.
- Excellent, detailed sound.
- Compact design.
- Full connectivity.
- Lacking great bass.
8 Soundblaster BlasterX Katana – Best Sounding PC Soundbar
Size: 23.6 by 3.1 by 2.4 inches (soundbar) + 11.8 by 13.1 by 5.1 inches (subwoofer)
Soundblaster has thrown its hat into the ring with their Katana. Is it sharp enough to slay the Leviathan? And what makes it a contender for the best PC soundbar?
Let’s take a look…
Like the Leviathan, this is a combination soundbar and outboard subwoofer set-up. But look at the size of it. At 23.6 inches long, this thing is the real giant. That subwoofer isn’t tiny either. Together they’re going to take up a fair bit of desk/floor space, so beware if this is at a premium.
Like some of the cheaper soundbars, this one returns to the LED strip along the bottom. I guess it’s there to add some excitement to gaming, but otherwise isn’t a real value. If you could move this speaker around as a WiFi speaker, that might be cool for listening parties, but with no battery, it has to stay plugged in the corner.
The Katana costs nearly $250, which is the highest price point on my list. So, of course, it has optical, USB, AUX, and Bluetooth connections ready to take in anything you want to throw at it. And it has a 5-driver system to shoot sound back out at you.
How does it sound?
The Katana is extremely well-balanced. I found I got an incredibly immersive feel from the soundstage it offered. The whole unit is powerful, maybe too powerful, considering its intended close-to-user positioning. The bass can just about crack your ribs. You know, if you like that sort of thing.
So what’s not to like?
Well, the sound of this soundbar is the best on my list, when it’s working. Unfortunately, this isn’t all the time. Switching between different input sources seems to throw off the balance in the speaker system. Resulting in diminished sound quality when you change sources. For this, that’s some bugginess you just shouldn’t expect.
- Best sounding soundbar.
- Full connectivity.
- Sound balance can change when changing sources.
Best PC Soundbar Buyer’s Guide
What do you need in a PC speaker system? Do you use your computer for conference calls? Gaming? Music? Movies? All of the above? Here’s a guide to the main points to consider before you get yourself a PC soundbar.
Always top of the list in my book. Why get something mediocre if it’s really expensive? What’s the best product you can afford? Lay some numbers down before you even start looking and see what’s best in your budget.
If the bar is going to just sit on the desktop under your monitor, connected to your PC, you don’t need anything besides USB. But if you think you will use the soundbar to play music from your phone sometimes, you’ll need Bluetooth on board.
And if you have a TV or a gaming console you want to connect to it at other times, optical audio or HDMI is going to be the answer. Think about all your needs and make sure that the soundbar you choose will be able to connect to everything.
It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but bar size matters. If you have limited space on your desktop, consider a smaller bar – at least under 20 inches. If space is a non-issue for you, great – get something as large and powerful as you need.
Of course., this is the most critical feature to consider after, or even equivalent to, price. If you’re just using your soundbar as a speaker and mic (make sure it has a built-in microphone) for conference calls and the occasional video of funny cats, there’s no reason to splash out the big bucks. You can probably get by with anything under $50.
On the other hand, if you need that immersive gaming experience, full music, and epic movies, go for something over $100. Nothing under that level will sound good turned up to an exciting volume. You also need to spend a bit more to get bass, either as a built-in or outboard subwoofer.
But $200 is probably the upper limit you should be spending on a great-sounding soundbar. After that, you’ll want to look at a more professional speaker system.
Looking for Great Speakers or Other Soundbars?
We got you covered. Check out our in-depth reviews of the Best Computer Speakers Under $100, the Best Smart Speakers, the Best Speaker Docks, the Best Sonos Speakers, the Best Wireless TV Speakers, the Best Apple AirPlay Speakers, and the Loudest Portable Bluetooth Speakers you can buy in 2023.
Also, check out our detailed Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review, our VIZIO SB3821-C6 Review, our Klipsch R-10B Review, our Samsung HW-R650 Review, and our Yamaha Audio YAS-109 Review for more great soundbars currently on the market.
What is the Best PC Soundbar?
There were a lot of choices on this list. And they will represent different best-fits for different people. But I have to choose a favorite overall soundbar that sounds great, connects to everything, and doesn’t completely break the bank. Therefore, I would go with the…
Razer really impressed me with this speaker system, from clear, powerful sound to solid, impacting bass. It sounds great, connects to everything, and comes in under $200. I think this is a reasonable investment for someone who is going to use a lot of PC audio all day, every day. Get yourself a great soundbar and start feeling the difference right away.
Until next time happy listening.