The best
Soundbars for Computers
compared

These soundbars provide an immersive gaming experience with great sound!

It may be the most common use, but of course a soundbar isn’t just for enhancing the sound of your TV. Most models nowadays come with a lot of features, which means they can also be used as Bluetooth speakers, smart speakers, or computer speakers. In the following list, we’ll introduce you to some soundbars that are best suited for use with your PC.

Best Soundbar for Computer: LG QP5

  • 320W total power
  • External subwoofer
  • Small dimensions
  • HDMI 2.1 with eARC
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • 4K pass-through
  • Center speaker
  • Bluetooth
  • Control via app
  • No network connection
  • No voice assistants
  • No Chromecast or Airplay
Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1.2
Connections
HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer

If you want to use a soundbar on your PC, the size of the soundbar obviously plays a special role. After all, there often isn’t much room on a desk and the soundbar shouldn’t steal the show from your monitor. With a width of just 30 centimeters, the QP5 is the smallest soundbar from LG. Nevertheless, it can impress with a total power of 320 watts together with the external subwoofer. The soundbar is well equipped and comes with a center speaker and height channels. The former ensures that voices and dialogs are reproduced clearly and are easier to understand. The latter come into play when reproducing 3D sound, as the soundbar supports the innovative sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

In addition to the three-dimensional sound formats, the QP5 can play back almost all other sound formats that are currently available on the market. These are transmitted via the HDMI 2.1 port with eARC interface. The lossless transmission of 4K content is also possible, meaning the soundbar supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Other connection options include an HDMI output, an optical input, a USB interface and Bluetooth.

All-in-one model: Yamaha C20A

  • Integrated Subwoofer
  • Larger dimensions

The Yamaha SR-C20A comes without an additional, external subwoofer. Instead, it is an all-in-one soundbar that already has the subwoofer integrated. This saves space for the woofer, but with a width of about 60 centimeters, the soundbar is considerably larger than the LG model. The connection to the PC is possible via an HDMI port, optical input, AUX interface or Bluetooth.

The soundbar only supports Dolby Digital sound. To improve the sound, it has a dialog enhancement feature and four sound modes. These include a Game Mode, which reproduces individual sounds in the game even more precisely and thus makes it easier to locate them. In Movie Mode, the C20A also expands its stereo sound and creates a virtual surround sound.

The soundbar can be controlled either via the included remote control, the appropriate smartphone app or the touch interface on the top. The latter is quite practical when you place the soundbar in front of your monitor.

Soundbars for Computers in comparison

LG QP5
LG QP5
Yamaha C20A
Yamaha C20A
Channels 3.1.2 2.1
Dolby Atmos
DTS DTS HD-Master + DTS:X
HDMI 2.1 1x In + 1x Out
eARC
WLAN
Room size up to 40 m2 up to 15 m2
Subwoofer External Internal
Satellites
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 60 x 296 x 126 mm 64 x 600 x 94 mm

Frequently asked questions about Soundbars for Computers

Can you use a soundbar with a computer?

Soundbars are indeed usable with computers, as they come with a variety of connections. The connection with a PC is possible via the common interfaces like AUX, HDMI or the optical port.

Where should a soundbar be placed on a desk?

Ideally, you should place the soundbar directly under your monitor and directed frontally at you.

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