Best Powered Speakers
Finding the right powered speakers can be difficult if you don’t know exactly where to search or what to search for. In the 21st century, there are enough different options to choose from that it might feel overwhelming to search for the right speakers—this is why we’ve taken a look at some of the industry’s most notable products in order to give you an accurate analysis of which powered speakers are worth the money.
In this article, we’ll go more in-depth into our analyses, giving you a table with each product’s specifications before giving detailed descriptions and reviews of each product.
Top 11 Powered Speakers – Checked and Reviewed
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So, without further ado, here is our list of the Best Powered Speakers:
Audioengine A2+ Black (Pr.) 2-way Powered Speaker System – A sleek, compact speaker system with a strong sound
Off the bat, two of the most striking things you’ll notice about the Audioengine A2+s are their presentation and size. These are small speakers that can easily accompany any desktop computer with ease. Their presentation is incredibly sleek, making them a good looking set of speakers that makes simplicity appear elegant.
This is one of their best selling points, as they’re incredibly portable, which can be really useful if you’re taking your setup on the road.
Setting up these speakers is also very intuitive, with it being as simple as just plugging into a USB port and then connecting them to the power source. This is very helpful for those who want to avoid having a complicated setup process and instead get right into listening.
In terms of sound, the A2+s have a really strong core sound. They are able to project efficiently, which makes listening to a variety of different types of music seamless. One of the negative aspects of the sound quality, though, is the overall balance affecting specific frequencies. For example, the treble can be a touch shrill if you’re listening to something that relies heavily on that and the midrange can feel very overemphasized if you’re looking for it.
That being said, unless you’re an audiophile who has a specific ear for this criteria, chances are you won’t be upset with the A2+s. For a set of speakers that work well with a computer, it has a pretty balanced sound quality. Though it may not cover all the bases in great detail, it does cover all the bases, so you won’t have to worry about switching speakers simply to listen to a different type of music.
- Sleek, compact design makes the A2+s very portable and efficient
- Setup is intuitive and requires little effort
- Sound can be very loud and project efficiently
- Balanced EQ makes switching between different types of music easy
- Balanced EQ makes certain frequencies less effective than others
- Price is a bit on the higher end
Proreck Party 15 Portable PA System – Versatile For Many Occasions
Looking for a pair of powered speakers to use as a PA can often be subject to the events that you want to use the PA system at. The Proreck Party 15 System is an answer to this question because of its ability to be used in a number of different contexts, something that makes it stand out from the rest of the competition.
Like many PAs that you’ll find on the market, there is a certain bulkiness to the Party 15 System that isn’t necessarily the most impressive in terms of looks. This is a small negative to the system, though, as the other aspects are of high quality. Another consolation for those dismayed by the look of the system is the internal LED lights that it comes with, opening up the possibility of having a light show. The LED lights themselves work fine generally, though sometimes it’s noticeably more effective when the volume is louder than usual.
With a varied amount of inputs and features, the Party 15 System can be used just as easily for a rock show as it can a backyard party or even a public speaking event.
The highlight of the Party 15s, though, is definitely the speaker quality. Regardless of what you’re using the speakers for, you can be assured that there is a sound quality that is seldom matched in the market. The only downside to what is included is that the microphone that comes with the speakers isn’t the best, but if replaced you’ll be able to surely hear the difference.
Something that might deter people from the Party 15s, though, is their lack of portability. They can be quite difficult to handle and (unless you are incredibly strong) difficult to put on the stands in the first place. The speakers pride themselves on being portable, but that is mainly referring to their ability to be moved on wheels, not the ease with which you can handle them.
- Wonderful sound quality that is crisp, clear, and loud
- LED lights make for a nice touch at eccentric events
- Price is good for a quality PA system
- Difficult to transport
- LED lights usually work best when the music is loud
Rockville RPG15 15″ Professional Powered Speaker – A High-Quality System
This set of speakers is specifically made for DJs, so those who are not looking for something under this category should keep that in mind. That being said, though, this is a great set of speakers that will help anybody looking to find an affordable, intuitive DJ PA settle on something that’s high-quality and within their budget.
The design of these speakers is pretty gorgeous, including a built-in amplifier that is seamlessly incorporated into the design. There isn’t really a fault with the presentation to be found, as the PA is able to retain the size of what a good system should be without feeling overwhelming. A lot of the tech underneath is concealed, making for a speaker system that isn’t overwhelming.
The inclusion of the amplifier can make the speakers quite heavy to mount, but they aren’t really unintuitive to secure onto the stands. This is beneficial for those who are able to handle speakers but sometimes get confused when securing it onto the stand. The carrying case that they come with is also very convenient and makes the process of transporting these speakers easier than other brands.
Ultimately, the RPG15 is for somebody who is just starting out DJ’ing and needs an affordable, high-quality kit. It’s not meant to be a versatile system, but instead focuses on a specific area of sound quality and does it incredibly well.
Because of its DJ’ing focus, you can expect the sound quality of these speakers to really present themselves when dealing with bass sounds. There is an incredible punch to the lower range of sounds, something that is very beneficial for electronic music. The speakers can also project quite well, ensuring that the sound reaches the very back of the room in which you’re performing.
- The sound quality is punchy and clear
- Comfortable to transport because of the carrying case
- Affordable price for its kind
- Beautiful design
- Speakers are heavy
Audioengine A5+ Premium Powered Speaker Pair – An Elegant Upgrade
Like the other speakers in Audioengine’s A series, the A5+s are meant mainly to be used with computers or smaller desktop-size setups. These speakers are higher quality than the A2+s that we spoke about earlier on this list, largely reflected in the $150 higher price point.
Are they worth it, though? When compared to their A2+ counterparts, the A5+ definitely shine in contrast. These speakers deliver a very clear, crisp, and versatile sound that is unique for a set of computer speakers. Similar to the A2+s, the A5+s have a good balance of sounds that let you listen to many different types of music, but the latter have better success in providing good balance without taking away quality from any individual frequency ranges.
The design is the same wonderful type of design you can expect from Audioengine, having a very elegant look that doubles as being incredibly portable. They are also built with high-quality materials, making them retain an impressive, new look without much wear-and-tear.
These speakers also retain Audioengine’s intuitive setup, allowing you to simply plug in and listen to your music, but they also add a new feature that makes using the speakers even more accessible: Bluetooth. Even though the speakers come with the necessary cables, the Bluetooth aspect ensures that you can connect quickly and even switch from device to device with ease.
The A5+s even come with a remote to adjust the audio, meaning that you can adjust it easily when you’re away from your device and the speakers. This remote also allows you to put the speakers to sleep, something that is a great idea for those looking to conserve energy.
The only downside to these speakers is the price; though you are certainly getting your money’s worth between the sound quality, design, and ease, one could say that nearly $400 is a lot to ask for computer speakers (this being already a $100 decrease from their original price).
- Versatile speakers that can project loudly
- Balanced audio quality without losing thoroughness in any ranges
- Bluetooth feature works well and is intuitive
- Price is a lot to ask for a set of Bluetooth computer speakers
- Remote that comes with the speakers don’t have a long range
1byone Powered Bluetooth Classic Bookshelf Speaker System 2X21W – Best Speaker System Under $100
One of the first things you’ll notice when looking at the 1byone Powered Bluetooth Classic Bookshelf Speaker System is the design—the presentation of these speakers is gorgeous, contrasting a modern look in the center with a distinctly 70s sensibility for wood finishes.
The design is also very flexible, meaning that you can use them in a variety of contexts and not feel like they’re ever out of place. The appearance is especially surprising given their price, which is another reason as to why these speakers stand out so much; at an incredibly affordable price point of $89.99, these speakers are a great way for somebody with a budget to invest in a quality Bluetooth speaker system.
Because of their size as Bluetooth speakers, they are typically best used as computer speakers or on a desktop-size area. They also have impressive options to adjust the bass and treble on the speakers themselves, making it easy to specify exactly how you want them to sound.
Even outside of the Bluetooth compatibility, the 2X21Ws also has two inputs, letting you connect two devices at once. One of the devices can go through the headphone jack and the other can go through an RCA port, giving you 3 different ways (Bluetooth included) to set up a device.
Something that these speakers have that many other brands don’t is the ability to be truly versatile when it comes to devices. The 2X21Ws work well with computers and phones, but also give off a really great analogue quality to the sound when used with a record player. This is a testament to the sound quality of these speakers, which are able to satisfy many different frequency ranges with ease. The mids on these speakers are especially defined, not interfering with other frequencies regardless of the type of sound you are playing.
- Excellent price
- Great sound quality
- Elegant design
- Intuitive setup and adjustments
- Can distort at maximum volumes
Rockville RPG15BT 15″ Powered PA Speaker – An Effective Single-Speaker Setup
For those who aren’t looking for a pair of speakers, the Rockville RPG15BT works well as an alternative to always having a pair. One of the most notable thing that you’ll notice with these speakers is the digital effects that are included, making it incredibly easy to adjust the audio it is outputting without any external unit necessary.
On top of the internal sound processing features, it also comes with a handy LCD display that lets you control the sounds you’re making and also adjust the EQ, allowing you to really have it all in one system.
This is one of the most unique features of this speaker, as there is a lot included that you would have to find otherwise in different systems. Even though the price is a bit less than a pair of two speakers, what you pay for in the RPG15BT is made up in sheer effectiveness of the speaker on its own.
Another benefit of the RPG15BT is how lightweight it is, making it easy to transport, carry, and mount onto the included speaker stand.
Based on these benefits, this is the ideal system on our list for somebody who wants to be able to easily transport something that can also act as a very compact way to control sound. A lot of the ease of this speaker is in its flexibility, which means that you can carry only this and still be able to run sound at an event quite easily.
For those who are looking for pristine sound quality, the RPG15BT definitely won’t fit your bill—we noticed that there was not as much of a consistent sound when pushing in the treble range. You can adjust the EQ to then suit the specific sounds you want, but that setup isn’t ideal for those who want a purely intuitive way of controlling the sound.
- Price is affordable for how much it includes
- No need for external sound processing
- Good LCD display for controlling sound
- Sound quality not the best depending on the situation
- Not the most appealing design
Rockville BPA15 15″ Powered 800W DJ PA Speakers – Efficient Speakers For A Show
Given their price, the BPA15 speakers are on the moderate end of things in terms of finding a 2 speaker PA system. It should be noted that they also aren’t the most efficient speakers for every type of event—because of their very thorough XLR capabilities and ability to play MP3s and control them with wireless remotes, these speakers are best for shows and parties where the sound quality might not be the highest, but a good presence and reach for the speakers is necessary.
This does not mean that the sound quality is necessarily bad or that these speakers can’t be used for other types of events, but they pack the biggest punch if you’re playing live music or want to put on a playlist at a party.
Another selling factor of this PA system is its ability to connect via Bluetooth, something that isn’t as common for systems of its kind. This can be especially helpful if you want to connect wireless instruments that might work with Bluetooth as well because of how you don’t need to assemble or connect any wireless device to make that connection work.
One of the negative things about these speakers is the slight delay when registering and playing sounds from the Bluetooth, but this does not affect the actual output of sound, just how it registers. That being said, this also depends on the device you are using, but for the most part, works well.
Like many PA systems, though, the BPA15s can be quite heavy to lift, with little design integration that allows for them to be gripped easily. Because there are other systems that have more lightweight designs, this turns out to be a negative thing that makes the experience of setting these speakers up not as intuitive as it could be.
- Good sound for live music, DJ’ing, and MP3s
- Bluetooth capabilities
- Bluetooth might have a slight delay
- Very heavy to carry and transport
- A Price might be too high for some
Pair Rockville Power Gig RPG15 15″ Powered Active 2000 Watt Speakers – A Great Way To Musical Clarity
When compared with the other PA systems that we have on this list, you’ll notice immediately that the RPG15s don’t come with a speaker stand. Because the price is already quite moderate for an introductory PA system ($344.95), this is a definite con. To put the responsibility on the consumer to purchase the speakers isn’t the most intuitive measure and makes the package itself not look as appealing.
That being said, these speakers are ridiculously portable. Like all PA systems, it is definitely on the heavy side, but much easier than others to carry because of its design. A lot of the weight isn’t felt and, with the side handle on each speaker, it’s not difficult to carry no matter where you’re going to.
Possibly the biggest selling point of these powered speakers, though, is the sound quality. The sound is remarkably crisp and you’ll be surprised at how thorough the bass frequencies are. This is likely due to the good frequency response and the technical specifics that make it an incredibly well-constructed piece of hardware (for more information on that, check out the table at the beginning of this article).
You can also control the sound quite easily with a built-in equalization feature, allowing you to oversee a decent amount of the sound without much struggle. This is especially helpful when using a vocal mic, something that is made even easier by the low-hum vocal input.
- Great sound quality
- Equalization options
- Low-noise mic input
- Does not come with stands
PRORECK Club 3000 12-Inch 3000 Watt DJ/Powered PA Speaker System – The Best Party Setup Available
This PA system is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum in terms of price but is well worth the money. If you’re a DJ or somebody looking to have a system for the explicit purpose of throwing parties, this is the ideal system for you.
Its efficiency is maintained in the design, which is built of multiple speakers perched on top of one huge subwoofer with a stand in-between them. The stand is fully adjustable, meaning that you can put it in almost any size room and be able to completely control the acoustics.
“Control” is the key word with the PRORECK Club 3000, as there is an incredible amount of power within these speakers. The subwoofers are powerful enough that they can really immerse the audience in the bass of any given song, with the speakers on top giving it extra definition.
Within this setup, there’s also an impeccable sound quality that is able to have a large range without reducing quality from any frequencies.
Beyond this, it’s also an incredibly accessible speaker set to assemble for how thorough and complex it is. It’s simply a matter of plugging and connecting to your device before being able to play almost instantly. Its design also makes it particularly easy to transport and also helps it look like a truly professional PA system.
- Wonderful design that is professional and practical
- Bluetooth capabilities work well
- Comes with a remote control to handle wireless
- Allows you to completely immerse the room in sound
- Price may be prohibitive for some
Micca ON3 3-Inch Powered Bookshelf Speakers with Remote Control – Good Speakers for an even Better Price
Though these speakers aren’t necessarily at the top of their market in terms of quality, you’d be pressed to find a better price for what they do.
These powered speakers are specifically tailored to home living situations, whether to sit on your bookshelf or next to your computer. They also work very well with record players, with a sound range that compliments the analogue sound of vinyl very well.
Something that makes it not the most accessible is the lack of any Bluetooth or wireless capability, though it does come with a remote control that you can control the system with.
- Retro design is compact and portable
- Has good sound quality
- Comes with remote control
- Sounds good with record players
- No Bluetooth or similar wireless capabilities
Costway Dual 12 Inch 2-Way 2000Watts Powered Speakers – Affordable Efficiency
So far, our list has included options that are either good for their price or include things that might make you feel like you’re not getting the most out of your dollar. However, this is the one on our list that is not only worth the money, but a great value for what it offers.
The only downside for this PA system is the appearance—the design is efficient, but it doesn’t look like it is. It’s purely an appearance issue, though, so if you’re able to get past that then you’ll be quite pleased with the product itself.
These powered speakers come with stands, the cables you need, and even a microphone. The price is pretty low ($219.99) considering what it comes with, so it feels like a good value.
The most important thing about these powered speakers, though, is the sound quality. The sound quality is impeccable, specifically notable for its well-defined treble range that doesn’t allow things to sound too shrill. It has a good balance for the rest of the frequency ranges as well, letting you play a variety of music without any gripes.
These features make this one of the most logical PA systems if you’re looking for something that is affordable and can fit a variety of circumstances, so that is important to consider as well.
- Bluetooth capabilities
- Comes with everything you need
- Great sound quality
- Affordable price
- Not an appealing design
Though there are many details listed in each product’s specifications, here are some key things you need to be thinking about when looking for good powered speakers:
Many people will take for granted how much the design of a product can affect it. For example, some speakers can be technically heavy but come with intuitive and balanced handles to hold, making them easier to carry than some speakers that may be lighter, but are not as intuitive to handle.
If you’re looking to play a specific type of music (i.e. electronic or rock music), make sure to take note of if the speakers you’re looking at are suitable for those genres. Some speakers will focus only on specific genres and note that right in their description, making it easier for you to find a speaker set that fits your desired purpose.
Quality of Range
Some speakers that are able to play all different types of sounds may not be as versatile as they sound—in keeping a balance through all frequency ranges, some speakers might lower the overall quality of the sound. Make sure to check the range and audio quality of the speakers you’re looking at before purchasing to ensure it’s right for you.
If you want to keep your setup light and compact, it’s important to take note of which speaker systems have items included with them. This can apply both for microphones and stands as much as including audio processing, meaning that you don’t have to purchase additional units to set up (and subsequently transport) with your speakers.
Our top choice for a powered speakers system is the Costway Dual 12 Inch 2-Way 2000Watts Powered Speakers—it’s a pair of speakers that provide you with some of the best technology and sound available in the industry for only a fraction of the price that you might pay elsewhere. The only downside is how the design looks, but this is a very small fault to overlook when considering its Bluetooth capabilities and wonderful sound quality. We highly recommend these speakers!
The market for the best powered speakers can be strenuous to navigate due to the sheer amount of variety and different specifications there are. We made this list to help make that process easier, keeping in mind the best ways that somebody can efficiently find what they’re looking for. When making this list we carefully took into account the various elements that one would consider when looking for a pair of powered speakers, such as the price, the size, and the various elements of sound quality.
What do you think of our list of the best powered speakers? Do you have a personal favorite? Are there some that we missed? Do you want to buy any in particular? Let us know what you think! We hope that this list will help you get the most for your dollar when purchasing your next set of powered speakers!