Smaller speakers are ideal for desktop use. They are mostly suited for personal use and are often much less expensive than bookshelves. A subwoofer will be needed for those who prioritize bass. Because of their smaller size, they are better suited for nearfield listening.

Audioengine A2+

The Audioengine A2+ is a popular computer speaker with good sound quality and easy connectivity. It includes both a DAC and amp so it can be connected via RCA or USB. With a 2.75” woofer, it won’t get the deepest bass. The A2+ doesn’t have a grill cover and the volume know is a bit inconvenient being placed in the back plate. It also has no wireless option such as Bluetooh. The A2+ is front ported so it can be placed near walls.
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Edifier R1280DB

The R1280DB is the least expensive speaker on this list. For those who are not sure about how much they want to spend for computer speakers, this is the one to get. It has a DAC, amp, and Bluetooth. The R1280DB  is the follow up to the Edifier R1280T which only has an amp and RCA connection. Sound quality is very good and clear for this price range. The R1280DB has a 4” woofer which is sufficient for a desktop. It also includes a basic remote. The R1280DB is front ported for convenience. 
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Audioengine HD3

The HD3 is the big brother to the A2+, or maybe the more of a prettier cousin. It can be purchased in a wood grain finish or a solid black. The HD3 is slightly bigger than the A2+ although the woofer and tweeters the same size. Like the A2+, it is front ported but unlike the A2+, the volume knob is on the front plate and it has a magnetic grill cover. The HD3 includes a DAC, amp, and Bluetooth.
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Vanatoo Transparent Zero

The Vanatoo T0 has received rave reviews for their sound quality. It is priced usually a little less than the Audioengine HD3 and has a DAC, amp, and Bluetooth. The T0 also has a DSP which is not common for speakers of this class. It has an interesting trapezoidal shape which lets it point up toward the listener’s ears. The package includes speaker grills and a isolation pad. The T0 also comes with a remote to make it one of the best values of all the speakers in the list. One strange design of the T0 is a knob that sets different modes, almost like a DSLR camera mode dial. Outside of that, the T0 has a mix of great sound, connectivity, and features that puts it on the top of the desktop speaker heap.
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Kanto YU2

The YU2 looks a lot like the Audioengine A2+ and is similarly priced. Sound quality is good and with a built in DAC, it can connect via USB or Aux input. Unlike the A2+, the YU2 is rear ported so it needs some space against a wall. Unfortunately, the volume knob is on the back like the A2+.
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KEF LSX

The LSX is considered a smaller brother to the highly reviewed KEF LS50W. With a 4” woofer, it is the largest of the desktop class speaker. It is also the most expensive by a good margin. The two big selling points of the LSX are that it has the award winning sound of the LS50W and has app support for connection to Tidal, Roon, Spotify Connect and others. Like the T0, the LSX uses a DSP for more sophisticated sound control. The LSX is an investment for sure but it could be the only desktop speaker you’ll ever buy and it can double as a bookshelf speaker.
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