The best computer speakers for Mac are, for many, the last things they'll be thinking about. Their display is the best they can find, their keyboard the most clicky, and their mouse the most... mousy, but they'll soon find themselves lacking when they go to listen to some music or play a movie. Grabbing a pair of the best desktop speakers you can is almost a must if you're going to be doing any kind of listening.
There are some things you'll want to bear in mind if you're sticking some speakers on your desk, however. They'll need to be compact so that they can fit with your setup. They'll need to have an easy connection method, and preferably be active so that you don't have to have a powered box nearby to keep them going. And, of course, it's always nice to have speakers that look good too. We've rounded up some of the best Mac speakers - so let's get stuck in.
Pump up the volume with these computer speakers for Mac
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The bigger one
The HomePod 2 doesn't just sound fantastic, it's also perfect to use alongside a Mac as a speaker for your desk. At lower volumes, it makes for a great desk companion, and at higher it can easily fill your room with sound. It connects up super easily with your Mac as well with AirPlay, and anything you've got that's compatible will work as well.
Plenty of oomf
The Ruark Audio MR1 MK2 are a stunning pair of powered speakers that can hook up super easily to a Mac. There's also Bluetooth and other connection methods on board, so you can use them with other inputs, too. There's a nice wooden shell around them, so they'll look good on the desk as well. A nice all rounder.
From HiFi makers of some renown, Q Acoustics, the Q Acoustics M20 HD are some seriously good-looking pieces of desk-topping equipment. They also boast some punchy sound quality from their dual-driver setup. There's Bluetooth streaming as well, so you can hook up an iPhone if you'd like.
Apple's HomePod mini packs quite a punch for such a small device, with 360-degree audio, so it sounds great from all angles. Much more than a speaker, it can perform a variety of tasks using Siri. Use just one or get several to fill your home with sound. As long as your HomePod mini and your Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can use AirPlay to stream content from your Mac to your HomePod mini.
Fill the room with sound
You can connect these beauties (available in several colors) to any Bluetooth-enabled device. You get built-in analog power amplifiers, dual analog audio inputs, USB audio input, aptX codec, hand-finished wood cabinets, variable audio output, subwoofer connection, custom aramid fiber woofers, silk tweeters, and power-saving idle mode. The price includes two speakers.
On the go
Not everyone needs the room-filling surround sound of a high-end speaker. If you just want a little something to boost your Mac's sound, something you can pack into a bag or take from room to room, NUBWO's portable speaker will fit the bill.
The Z313 system comes with a powered subwoofer and two satellite speakers to deliver 25 watts of total power. That's enough to fill your room and then some. While the full range sounds excellent at normal volumes, the highest of the high-end does fall a bit flat and can get pretty tinny. However, fiddling with the equalizer sorts this issue out.
These large egg-shaped speakers are perfect to use with your Mac with either a wired or wireless connection — thanks to the addition of Bluetooth — and offer some very impressive sound, all controllable from the custom remote. The Edifier Luna Eclipse even has a Digital Optical connection, so you could use this pair with your TV or other home entertainment devices if you choose.
Get high-quality stereo sound performance from this Hi-Fi full range unit with backward mega bass port 16W RMS power, 32W total peak power, subwoofer output interface, diverse EQ modes, and full-range audio. Elevate your gaming experience with 12 RGB lighting effects. The speakers come in black or white.
How to upgrade the sound of your Mac
Your Mac will sound so much better when you link up a dedicated set of speakers, rather than relying on the internal speakers. You need only slap them on the desk, plug them into the wall, and hook them up to your computer. That's it. If you do, you can enjoy better sound for all your favorite music, movies, video games, and podcasts. Every single one of the speakers above is going to make a massive difference.
We particularly love the HomePod 2. It's a little bigger than the HomePod mini, and a little more expensive too, but it pumps out some of the best sound quality for its size this side of $500. It can also act as the center for a smart home setup as well, and you'll be surprised how useful Siri can be. If you buy multiple for around the house you can control them all separately too, and do so from the comfort of your desktop Mac.
Looking for making some noise with something without an Apple logo on it? The Ruark Audio MR1 MK2 speakers are an excellent choice. They're attractive in thier finish, and there's a control on the top to manually dial the volume. They're simple to set up, and they pump out sound with a quality that far exceeds their price point. A great option.
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.