Little built-in TV speakers are not much good and choosing the best external speakers for your TV can take your audio listening to the next level. Enjoy more while watching movies, dramas, shows, or listening to music with good quality external speakers.
When it comes to choosing the best external speakers for a TV, there are many options available because the market is flooded with speakers today. You can get any type of speaker in your desired price range and features.
As you have to connect external speakers with a TV placed at your home, any speaker designed for home theater can work great for you.
Many people buy soundbars to connect with TV but today we will talk about other speakers that can be used with your TV as external speakers. We are not including any soundbar in this review.
Soundbars are cheaper than powered speakers, passive speakers with a separate amplifier and other complete sound systems like 5.1, etc.
If you are tight on budget you can get an excellent soundbar at $100 but if you want something that is pretty good and lately could be upgraded, external speakers can do great for you.
In this review, we have reviewed different passive and powered speakers and some sound systems. All these can prove excellent external speakers for your TV and will surely increase audio experience more than desired.
We have included almost every type of speaker that you can hook up to your TV as an external speaker. So, read the review fully and you will know about all types of speakers and hopefully be able to choose the best one soon.
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No matter which speaker you buy, you must have to hook up to your TV. For this, we have written in detail “Connect external speakers to TV” that can help you make connections to whatever speaker you choose.
Here is our top choice of best external speaker for TV. If you have a good budget these speakers can perform great for you. Built-in amplifier, various connection options and Bluetooth compatibility make these speakers perfect for TV.
These are bookshelf speakers whose size is very close to compact speakers, mean that they are easy to accommodate in any corner even if your room is very small.
Unlike some other bookshelf speakers, these have really great sound quality with outstanding bass and distortion-free sound.
No matter you watch movies, dramas or listen to music you are going to have a good experience.
There is a port for subwoofer connection. When subwoofer added, these become perfect speakers for listening to music at your desired volumes.
You can connect easily both modern and old TVs using optical, RCA cables or Bluetooth connection.
Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeters are the highlighted feature of these speakers. These are totally different than regular speakers and by moving air very quickly produce fantastic sound.
With remote, you can adjust bass and treble and keep them exactly at your desired level that may not be possible using volume buttons.
Now the last thing, design that is really beautiful as you can see in the picture. You will hardly find a design like this. It’s really eye-catching that is going to increase the beauty of room where placed.
Finally, if you can afford, you can have really great external speakers for TV. But if these are out of your budget there are many other options available for you.
If you are tight on budget, this pair of speakers is perfect for you. You don’t need to buy any amplifier because these are powered speakers that can be directly connected to your TV using RCA cable.
The size of these speakers is really small because of 4″ woofers and 0.5″ tweeters that means these are not going to provide good bass and high volume. For audio enthusiasts who love high volume and bass, these are not recommended speakers. These are perfect only for the people who just want to upgrade TV speakers at low budget.
As compared to previous speakers, these don’t have Bluetooth connectivity but have remote control and AUX connectivity by which you can connect directly to your phone using 3.5mm jack or any other device even TV that has aux port.
The cabinet is built with MDF finished with wood that looks almost beautiful in your home studio.
In short, if you are looking for external speakers for your TV at low budget, there could be no other option better than these speakers.
If you have a limited budget, don’t worry because still you can get something special. Monoprice 10565 Premium 5.1 Channel can produce really high quality sound though the sound is not much loud.
We always wish to buy a complete sound system but it costs high and we have to compromise on things. Here your problem is solved. You have a complete sound system with a subwoofer to hear the sound you always wish.
A subwoofer is the most important part of a sound system that you need to buy separately but here it comes along with it. By covering very low frequencies, it increases the bass and clarity. Dramas or movies you watch on TV will have a clear sound.
There are 4 satellite speakers on the side and one center speaker. All of these speakers have 3″ drivers and 3/4″ tweeters that can handle power of 100 watts. All these speakers can handle frequencies from 110 Hz to 20 kHz.
The subwoofer is generated by 200 watts built-in amplifier and can handle frequencies from 30 Hz to 150 Hz. This subwoofer has an 8″ down-firing speaker.
In short, you can have an excellent sound system at a reasonable budget. If you love pure sound you must give a try to this sound system.
Now here is our favorite brand, Klipsch. You may have used some other speakers of this brand, if not you should try at least once.
This compact set of 5.1 surround speakers provide excellent sound quality. The subwoofer has great power for low-end frequencies coverage it’s wireless for ease of connection to your TV if TV also supports wireless connection.
The sound quality is really great but it is not much high as compared to bigger speakers with cinema-like feeling.
Four satellite speakers are small but their combined sound is enough for small and medium-size rooms.
It is only 5.1 surround sound system that can help you take advantage of real sound. Having these speakers, you have actually perfect sound system in a small space.
The wireless subwoofer has built-in amplifier and down-firing speaker and covers low frequency sounds to deliver the cleanest and distortion-free sound.
These speakers are very cheap that can work with your existing source like Samsung soundbar. If you have a soundbar at your home, these can add great value at very affordable budget.
If you want to connect these speakers to your TV, the better is to buy a Samsung soundbar.
The sound produced is clear and crisp while the bass is also reasonable. These are very compact made from sleek metal that you can mount on the wall.
You can watch movies, dramas and shows with a great sound better than built-in speakers but if you want to enjoy music these may not be much good for you because of bass.
Although the main unit is connected using wireless connection but the speakers connect to main unit using wires.
If you don’t want 5.1 surround system, still want a great sound with outstanding bass and that’s also at a low budget, this pair of bookshelf speakers is perfect for you.
You will need an external amplifier whether new or existing one because these are passive speakers and you cannot connect directly to your TV unless powered by some external source.
It is good if you have an existing one but you can also buy one for these speakers at a reasonable price because these are 5.25″ drivers that don’t require much power to work.
If the amplifier is good, bass and sound quality will be perfect and of course these will prove as the best external speakers for your TV at a medium budget. Thanks to it’s 3/4″ tweeter and a port on the front of each cabinet that improves clarity and increases bass quality.
These are bookshelf speakers, so you can easily place them on the shelf of a bookcase or near your TV or anywhere you like because they will not occupy too much as other big size speakers.
Although very small speakers to see but 700 watts power plus wireless and many other connection options plus very low price make them perfect external speakers for your TV.
The subwoofer combined with 5 speakers makes a complete sound system for your TV. It is a perfect sound system as well if you have a small room.
From remote, you can easily control. There are also controls on the front panel of the subwoofer that are much reliable as well.
It provides you more features as compared to all the other similar systems mentioned. Despite these features and high power, price is not high.
It would be a good choice for you especially if you are buying external TV speakers for the first time because you do not have to invest a lot of money. Later on, if you wish you can switch to bigger speakers with a separate or built-in amplifier that deliver very loud sound.
No matter your TV is placed in small, medium or big room, these speakers, when combined with a good amplifier, can produce sound that has good bass and enough sound.
These are 3-way speakers each with a tweeter, midrange and bass driver. The bass and sound are very clean without distortion.
The driver speakers are 4.25″ and 1″ wide-roll surround tweeters. As these are bookshelf speaker so you can place them on the shelf of bookcase or a table in front of your TV.
The sensitivity is 85 dB and each channel should be given power from 40 watts to 140 watts for safe and better sound quality.
You should go for these speakers if you have a good budget for buying external speakers for TV because you will need an amplifier as well if you do not have one already.
You may be wondering if these are not speakers but headphones. Actually, these are speakers and not headphones and may prove as the best external speakers for your TV if you love to hear only clear sound in your room.
These are small speakers that wirelessly connect to your TV and play the sound near your ears. These are very useful for listening sound clearly in the whole room and especially when the TV is at a distance from you.
These speakers are somewhat unique from others. You can watch TV placed away from you but the sound very close to your ear. The sound is just clear but not with bass to enjoy music. So this is good only if you want to watch TV dramas or shows but not listen to music.
The best advantage is that you can also listen to other sounds like if anyone calls you from outside the room, your doorbell or talking of any other person near you. If there is another colleague with you watching TV sitting beside you, he will also be able to take advantage of it.
Moreover, it is very portable and you can move it easily around and place it where you sit.
This is also a unique speaker from all the above mentioned. It is not only portable but also multi-functional. Whether you are alone or with some other colleague, no matter you want to disturb your fellow sitting beside you or not, this speaker gives you all the options.
This speaker connects to your TV within the range of 100 feet that is really good, you can move around all your home easily.
If you are sitting in the room at a distance from the TV where built-in TV speakers cannot deliver good sound, it will bring the sound near your ears. If you do not want to disturb someone sitting or sleeping beside you, you can plug the ears in.
It does not work only in this way but has other features as well. You can insert SD card and enjoy music. Actually, it is a music player but we are using it with TV. Ease of use and many features compel its users love with it.
This little device connects with your TV as well as many other devices. Price is also affordable and has 1-year warranty.
For audio lovers who can’t rely on very low sound with no bass, Presonus brings a good solution.
Using RCA, AUX etc you can connect these speakers directly to your phone and you don’t need any external amplifier because these are powered speakers with built-in amplifier.
You can control bass and treble from the back panel and you also have the option to connect subwoofer if you want to increase the bass.
Both speakers have maximum output power of 50 watts i.e 25 watts per side.
4.5″ drivers deliver enough sound for the price but if you want very high sound with rattling bass, you must buy a big sound system that we have mentioned above and some powered bigger sound systems discussed below.
For audio lovers wishing for the best sound as well as best design to make their bedroom or studio look outstanding, Audioengine HD3 provides these features.
As you can see in the picture, the look of these speakers is so much beautiful than any speaker listed above. When you place these speakers near your TV, it will add to the beauty of TV as well.
For connection, you have many wired and wireless options available. Sound and bass are very good for this size. Audioengine HD3 has tried to provide maximum performance and beautiful design in this size.
Bluetooth has range of 100 feet that is enough to cover almost your entire home. You can not only connect these speakers with only your TV but also with PC, Laptop or even with mobile and enjoy music.
Built-in amplifier is designed to provide very clear sound when you watch TV shows or dramas where clear voice is needed rather than bass. However, when listening to music, powerful bass adds to your joy.
These speakers are almost similar to the previous but with more power and low price. Each speaker has 140 watts power capacity that really delivers the desired sound and this sound fills the room.
Each product is somewhat different from others. One provides more features while other cuts on some features and reduce the price. There are many differences that are available in similar looking products. It depends on you what you need. If you want to connect a speaker to the TV and that option is available, others may not be of any use to you if you have not planned to connect is somewhere else.
These come with built-in D class amplifier, have 4″ driver and 1″ tweeter on each speaker. Sound is very clear and distortion-free even at high volume.
Speakers are bookshelf mean they are compact for easy placement near your TV and have subwoofer output that you can connect to increase the bass and sound quality much more.
You have more options to choose your favorite color from 4 different available colors. In short, you can have good sounding speakers that also look beautiful if you have budget for them.
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These are little but valuable speakers with great features, compact size and awesome look. Loved by thousands of people, this pair of speakers has Bluetooth connectivity feature using adapter and Digital to analog converter that can help when you send digital signals and it will automatically convert them to analog.
They have built-in amplifier and sub-out for connecting an additional subwoofer if you wish to hear even better sound and increase the bass.
You can connect these speakers to your TV using AUX, RCA. Using Bluetooth connection requires purchasing Audioengine’s A3 wireless adapter.
Who doesn’t know Bose for their audio products. From Headphones to Speakers, Bose provides really great performance. This pair of Bose speakers just delivers what is promised on all Bose products. If you are an audio lover, you must know about Bose audio gears.
These are mini-speakers with total weight of only 1800 grams and dimensions 5.9”x7”. Though small, the design is much attractive and price is also very low.
There are two AUX input ports, one on the front and other on the back which means that you can connect your TV and one other device simultaneously. This is a unique feature of this pair.
Audio quality is neat and clean just like other speakers of Bose but here you do not have wireless compatibility. Everything else is good because you are not paying heavy amount so all the features are not possible in budget-friendly products.
This is second pair of speakers from Edifier that is much versatile and stylish. You can connect your TV or any other device directly to these speakers without any additional amplifier.
Dynamic range control removes distortion and it also has built-in digital signal processing.
Each speaker has 4″ driver, 19mm tweeter, and a port for air transfer on the front side of the cabinet. You can control the speakers using remote control that comes along with it.
On the side, there are controls for bass, treble and volume. Here is something unique, when you turn on the speakers the volume resets to a sensible level even if it was full when switched off. It ends your worry that when you turn on the speakers, there will be a sudden blast of sound. When you turn these speakers on early in the morning, your experience will not be ruined suddenly.
Again a speakers pair from Edifier, you may be wondering why we included 3 models of Edifier in our review. You should know how we love Edifier speakers and how much we are satisfied by this brand.
Actually, all the speakers of Edifier are very affordable and provide more than expected. We have reviewed 3 different models, so if you wish to get one from this brand you have a good option.
From little beautiful design to outstanding performance, you will be impressed. Although small size and minimum price but something that really worth the money.
Each of these speaker has a 4″ driver and 13mm tweeter, a port for air transfer on the front. They have volume and bass controls, and dual inputs on the rear panel.
Both of these speakers have 24 watts RMS i.e 12 watts for each. 2-year warranty ensures good quality product at a reasonable budget.
This was a brief review of almost 17 best and top-rated external speakers for TV. Hope it had helped you. There are some things that you should check before you buy any speaker for your TV.
Must read our review of 8 Best Klipsch Bookshelf Speakers because you can use all these speakers as exteral TV speakers. As we have separate review for all of them, we have not included any of this model in our picks.
To help you better in making a choice we have tried to cover maximum things in our review and finally at the end.
Tips To Choose Best External Speakers For TV
Keep some of these things in mind to decide which speaker you should actually buy. From the sea of speakers, making a single choice is somewhat complex.
Size & Type
Choosing perfect size of speakers may or may not be confusing for you. Built-in speakers of your TV are small that deliver sound to your bed hardly and even not. So, you need a speaker that can only deliver the sound where you want, it is in the case if your problem is just delivering sound. Audio Fox and Pyle New Generation are perfect for you then.
Some people just want to upgrade speakers to enjoy music and movies with a powerful sound system, so in that case, your priority will be bigger speakers with powerful bass and sound quality. All our powered and passive bookshelf speakers can work great for you.
If you want a pure sound, no matter if it is low but pure covering most of the frequencies, all 5.1 surround sound systems included in the review are for you.
It is the first thing you should check before buying any speaker. Check on the back of your TV which audio outputs are available and make sure at least one of them is supported by the speakers you buy.
Today, if you have both the TV and speakers’ new models, you may not face this issue as most of them have same and multiple connection options.
When investing in speakers or TV, checking wireless connection also matters as everyone likes to go wireless.
Where your TV is placed and where you have to adjust your upcoming speakers? Decide before buying which place is available for them and buy accordingly.
For example, if you buy passive bookshelf speakers, you will certainly need to have an external amplifier, so you have 3 items to be adjusted properly before they work.
If mistakenly bought speakers that cannot be adjusted with your TV, you may need either to change the TV place or replace the speakers. However, portable speakers do not cause such problems and can be adjusted anywhere easily.
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Demand and price need to be kept in mind. If you have a good budget and you are willing to spend any money to get your desired speakers, you are ready to go and choose one just by looking your loved features.
But the problem is when you have a limited budget but has wish for some features to be available. Here in this case, you must list all those best speakers that fall within your price range. Now select one that comes with most of your desired features.
As you spend more, you will get more features but in cheap speakers, you have to compromise on either one or another feature.
Frequently Asked Questions about External TV Speakers
After reading all above, some questions will surely appear in your mind. We have tried to answer them before you ask.
What are the best speakers for TV?
Kanto TUK and Klipsch Black Reference are really the best speakers for your TV. The first one is powered bookshelf speaker that sounds loud and delivers top-end performance. While Klipsch Reference is small but a complete 5.1 surround system that has satellite speakers and a subwoofer for producing clear and crisp sound.
What is the cheapest external TV speaker?
Edifier R1280T is a powered bookshelf speaker at the cheapest price around $60. It has 4″ driver, built-in amplifier and dual AUX connection. These features are really great in this budget. The quality of sound is just like some expensive speakers. Look is also beautiful.
Soundbar or Speakers, which is better for TV?
As soundbars are often small speakers that are capable to produce only limited sound. While speakers can range from low to very high. According to your budget, you can select a very high-quality speaker.
Hi, I’m Noor Alam, founder of SpeakersMag.com. I love music and got my Bachelor’s degree in Sound Engineering. Now I have started my own blog about music products. Just like you, I also love different music products and in my spare time, I share my knowledge with audio lovers on this site.