Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect new selections for 2016.

The majority of us have become extremely comfortable with the mediocre phonics that ooze through the speakers of our laptops and PCs (or headphones). This is sad. Seeing how we view our machines as all-in-one systems, it’s only right to spoil them as such, and providing a significant audio boost can transform your desk into a full-fledged entertainment console.

For those seeking a more potent and louder alternative to their built-in receivers or noise-canceling cans, we assembled this collection of stereo monitors sure to have your ears ringing. From portable blasters to studio amplifiers, each is bona fide audio hardware powerful enough to enliven any Netflix, Spotify, or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sessions at your desk. Now get jammin’.

Harman Kardon Nova

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These orbital Nova wireless speakers by Harman Kardon deliver 40 watts of rich bass. They can be augmented further with an optional bass-boost button. With 2.5-inch drivers and 1.25-inch tweeters, each Nova speaker handles high and low treble and bass comfortably. The speakers will also automatically turn off after 20 minutes of nonuse, which is great to save energy and foster speaker longevity. (Though there should be no reason why the Nova isn’t blasting noise at all times.)

Specs
Key Features: two-way speakers, 2.5-inch drivers, 1.25-inch tweeters, Bass Boost function
Frequency Response: 70Hz – 20KHz
System Volume: 85dB
Input Connectors: Bluetooth, 3.5mm
Weight: 5.2 lbs

Edifier USA Luna Eclipse

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Edifier’s speakers were originally designed to augment home theater sound. But pair these with your home computer, via Bluetooth or not, and you’ll hear the bass from three floors away. They can produce 74 watts RMS (boom) and each is decked out with a 3/4-inch silk-domed tweeter and a three-inch full-range bass driver. On top of that, the Eclipse comes in black, white or red, meaning it will blend in with your study’s contemporary motif.

Specs
Key Features: three-inch full-range bass driver, 3/4-inch silk-domed tweeter
Frequency Response: 50Hz – 20kHz
System Volume: 85dB
Input Connectors: Bluetooth, 3.5mm
Weight: 7.9 lbs total

KRK Rokit 5 G3

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KRK’s third-generation Rokit 5 studio monitors look very similar to their second-generation G2 ($299), but the G3s improve on the formula and cost the same. They have a smoother cabinet design, plus a new knob on the back to adjust the low frequency; meanwhile, they retain the same high-frequency adjuster that the G2 had. Aside from that, KRK didn’t mess too much with what had already been considered one of the industry’s best hi-fi studio monitors for DJs and music professionals.

Specs
Key Features: bi-amped, class A/B amplifier, 1-inch soft-dome tweeter
Frequency Response: 45Hz – 35kHz
System Volume: -30dB – +6dB
Input Connectors: unbalanced RCA, balanced 1/4-inch TRS, balanced XLR
Weight: 14.1 lbs

Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Wireless Computer Speakers

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The Promedia 2.1 line of speakers is Klipsch’s bread-and-better. First launched in 2004, they’re one of the brand’s best-selling products, and the latest Promedia 2.1 features two speakers and a 200-watt subwoofer along with the MicroTractrix Horns that Klipsch is renowned for. You can wirelessly connect through a USB wireless transmitter, allowing you the freedom to move around (approximately 30 feet away) without disconnecting. And no, they won’t interfere with other devices connected wirelessly to your desktop.

Specs
Key Features: high-frequency MicroTractrix horn, side-firing 6.5-inch subwoofer, 19mm PEI dome tweeter
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 22kHz
System Volume: max 110 dB
Input Connectors: 3.5mm miniplug, Bluetooth 2.0
Weight: 2.1 lbs (satellite), 11 lbs (subwoofer)

KEF X300A Wireless

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With 20-watt amps closed behind Uni-Q tweeters and 50-watt amps powering 5.2-inch mid/low-frequency drivers in each unit, KEF’s X300A practically doubles as a hi-fi and stereo home theater speaker. The high-powered output alone will have your desk rumbling like a Harley, and many experts suggest placing it on the floor or a stand to take in the system’s empowering bass potency. High-performance toroidal transformers also come integrated in the package to minimize “hum and electromagnetic interference,” tuning music playback to perfection. Plus, they’re wireless.

Specs
Key Features: Uni-Q driver, twin-class AB amplifier,
Frequency Response: 58Hz – 28kHz
System Volume: max 104 dB
Input Connectors: Mini-USB type B connector
Weight: 16.5 lbs
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Logitech Z533

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Although minimalistic in design, Logitech’s 2.1 speaker system gives you big, lucid sound. The front-facing 30W subwoofer comes with a control knob, giving you easy and tactile volume control. You can connect up to three devices simultaneously, so you could sync your tablet, laptop and smartphone without having to hop between connections for any reason.

Specs
Key Features: 30W subwoofer, two 15W satellite speakers
Frequency Response: 55 Hz – 20 kHz
System Volume: 97 dB
Input Connectors: 3.5mm and RCA
Weight: 7 oz (satellites), 8.82 lbs (subwoofer)

Ruark Audio MR1

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The MR1s prove that great sound can come in a small package, and it can endure. First introduced in 2014, the MR1s are still considered one of the best sets of desktop speakers. Each comes with a linear Class A-B stereo amplifier with “high-capacity power supply,” and the system can stream CD-quality audio over Bluetooth, thanks to an aptX audio coding technology (or you can connect via 3.5mm stereo jack to experience true hi-fi). Each MR1 is handcrafted in wooden enclosures, and they come in three colors: rich walnut, black or white.

Specs
Key Features: 75mm neodymium woofers, 20mm soft-dome tweeters, handcrafted wooden enclosures
Frequency Response: N/A
System Volume: N/A
Input Connectors: Bluetooth, 3.5mm
Weight: 7.7 lbs total

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

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When it comes to high-end audio, it doesn’t get any swankier than Bowers & Wilkins. The black cloth grilles and brushed metal accents on the MM-1 scream lavish luxury, whereas the stark design makes it a perfect companion for your MacBook Pro. This well-rounded soundstage is capable of producing stellar clarity and impactful bass, and the aftereffect is still bewildering, especially considering the MM-1 has no subwoofer. Low-end response is impressive no matter the volume level, and many attribute the overall sound quality to the built-in, top-notch DAC and stellar DSP circuitry. Whatever the reason, the MM-1 ensures superb sound.

Specs
Key Features: two-way active speakers, Nautilus tube tweeters, digital amplifier
Frequency Response: 38Hz – 22kHz
System Volume: N/A
Input Connectors: 3.5mm, Mini-USB 2.0
Weight: 1.87 lbs each

Audioengine A5+

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The Audioengine A5+ is a monstrous 2.1 sound system. With a 50-watt-per-channel Class AB amp and five-inch woofers at the helm, it balances deep bass with a low-frequency response to create a surreal listening experience parallel what you’d hear in a recording studio. A thermal management system has been added to keep the amplifier cool, meaning you can keep Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail on heavy rotation without any overheating issues. Also, the 5+ features USB and dual-audio inputs for smartphones, tablets, music players, computers and other compatible devices. If the A5+ is too large for your liking, Audioengine makes the smaller (and more affordable) A2+.

Specs
Key Features: five-inch Kevlar woofers, 3/4-inch silk dome tweeters
Frequency Response: 50Hz – 22kHz
System Volume: 95 dB
Input Connectors: 3.5 mm, RCA phono, DC power output, USB
Weight: 25 lbs total
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Polk Audio Hampden

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These Hampden speakers are beautiful; that teak veneer will blend in perfectly with a bookshelf. They’re also designed to be angled upward, enabling them to deliver optimal audio while you’re seated at a desk. The speaker system utilizes two 4.5-inch woofers and two one-inch tweeters, and a four-channel amplifier. It also connects to devices via Bluetooth with apt-X technology (the wireless range is 40 feet) for better sound than traditional Bluetooth.

Specs
Key Features: two 4.5-inch woofers, two one-inch silk/polymer tweeters
Frequency Response: 50 – 22kHz
System Volume: 80W
Input Connectors: Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm
Weight: 13.7 lbs

Bose Companion 20

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Bose’s conventional-looking desktop speaker system is perfect for the technophobe set. Backed by the Boston-based manufacturer’s groundbreaking audio technology, the Companion 20 delivers the exceptional sound quality expected of the ubiquitous brand, enclosing it all in a classic design suited for old-school computer geeks. The absence of modern features like wireless connectivity and a bass module doesn’t take away from the system’s complete value, as the C20 still manages to push vigorous range and reproduce wide sound to enliven all multimedia platforms. It even comes bundled with one of the coolest add-ons on this list: a unique and stylish control pod that connects to headphones and controls playback.

Specs
Key Features: two-way speakers, TrueSpace stereo digital processing, control pod
Frequency Response: N/A
System Volume: N/A
Input Connectors: 3.5mm
Weight: 2.5 lbs

Adam Audio F5

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Big on size, sound and selection, the F5 pulls off a feat most studio monitors can’t: balancing incredible sound quality across multiple media platforms. From music files to YouTube clips, listeners will feel immersed in the full bass levels and insane treble response emitted from the bi-amplified speakers, which house a 35-watt amp on the woofer and a 25-watt amp on the tweeter. The speaker has a Room Equalizer function for low (less than 300Hz) and high (greater than 5kHz) frequencies, along with an 80Hz high-pass filter that can be mated with another subwoofer. Adam Audio also flexes its tech ingenuity by introducing an auto-mute function that places the system in standby mode when no input audio is detected after 20 minutes.

Specs
Key Features: 5-inch mid-frequency driver, 1.5-inch full-range driver
Frequency Response: 52Hz – 50kHz
System Volume: 106 dB
Input Connectors: XLR, RCA, TRS
Weight: 15 lbs

Joey Roth Ceramic Speakers

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Joey Roth ‘s signature design is his ceramic speakers. Apart from being a fascinating sight — each is a striking blend of ceramic, wood and cork — the speaker system packs a punch. It’s comprised of two speakers and a subwoofer: the subwoofer has a 50-watt Class D amplifier and both speakers contain a four-inch driver. When paired together, the system belts. Note: it is fairly big (the amplifier alone weighs 14 pounds), but it can be placed adjacent your desk since the system connects via cord or Bluetooth.

Specs
Key Features: 4-inch paper diaphragm, neodymium magnet, die-cast basket
Frequency Response: 70Hz – 20kHz
System Volume: 89 dB
Input Connectors: RCA, 3.5mm, Bluetooth (with Bluetooth reciever)
Weight: 12 lbs

Grovemade Walnut Speakers & Amp

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If you like the above Joey Roth speakers you’ll also like these (Roth helped design them). Grovemade, traditionally known for their wooden phone cases and desktop accessories, teamed up with Roth to create these beautiful speakers, sculpted out of maple or walnut wood. The speakers feature two 25-watt amps and two-inch full-range drivers that will appease audiophiles. The first of these speakers ship in January 2017.

Specs
Key Features: 25W amplifier at 8 Ohms, Fountek FR58EX drivers
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
System Volume: N/A
Input Connectors: RCA, 3.5mm cable,
Weight: 1.75 lbs (satellites), 1.25 lbs (amp)
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