Hello, looking for small speakers that will fit under my monitors.
The problem is i don’t have enough space to buy bigger speakers and maximum height is 19cm like as in the photo. I know its not the best spot to place speakers, but i have to deal with it. Small speakers sounds “tiny” and thats why i also thinking about to add subwoofer under my desk for overall better sound in future.
My budget at the moment is 300$. In the future i can add sub and spend additional 200$ for it.
Based on prices in my country, my options at the moment:
Iloud micro cost: 300$ (heard about some quality issues where speaker just died or there is problem with noise) i know i have a warranty but still its disturbing that something like that can happen. If it possible i can add sub in the future and i think that would be great combo.
Audioengine A1 + Edifier T5 cost: 300$ I like how audioengine looks and i cannot found any problems with them but there is no much reviews and its hard to tell that this combo will satisfy me. Its also cheaper cuz i got speakers + sub with same price like iloud micro.
The full 5 channel set with sub.
I’ve had this as my surround system for decades and it’s still bloody good and super compact.
These will fit in your limited space.
(These aren’t mine nor do I have any affiliation with the seller: just a quick Google result)
I will also put a vote forward for the Transparent Zeroes, best little speakers I have ever owned (only parted with to gift to a buddy in need of a desktop system, he is still enjoying them to this day).
Whatever you get, pick something with an internal amplifier. (Powered monitors) - because having to stack a dedicated speaker amplifier on your desk becomes a pain after everything else too. Unless you have a space carved out for it that works.
I know Sub’s can be great, but from personal experience when trying to pair a sub for anything related to a desk setup, it becomes a major hassle because of space concerns. Where do you put it? Placement matters hugely with a sub, especially the smaller subs you will be looking at for desks - if you put a small sub in a poor location, it will sound bad. And on a desk you only have so many places you can squeeze a sub in. Putting it on the floor unless it’s a monster sub meant for a living room - and smaller subs are almost always - inevitably disappointing.
I personally believe you should aim for a speaker set that doesn’t really need a sub for desk speakers.
Also having to add a sub + a separate amp to your setup digs into your budget with every added piece, and can easily turn your speaker setup into an unmanageable octopus. This is fine if you have a big room to work with, but for a desk setup - it can be painfully frustrating, especially if you have to move much.
It’s always better to get 1 great set of stereo speakers that you can easily add things to later if you want. I suggest putting the entire budget into a good set of powered stereo speakers that blow you away without requiring a sub.
This is why I suggest the Vanatoo T0. It’s small, they are kickass tiny speakers that can operate fine without a sub, and if you want to move them to something else later (like a full size TV setup) you can add a big sub and they will still do a great job. The Swan D100’s are the same way, you could put them in a moderately sized room and they would still work great, they are self powered, which means no octopus, and you can always add a sub later if you want.