For the money, these Audyssey Bluetooth computer speakers are the best sounding, best looking, speakers you can buy.
The little brother to this pair of white, bluetooth speakers, is the Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speaker. However, the white, bluetooth model has the same speaker components but they include (obviously) Bluetooth connectivity (in addition to standard 3.5mm audio in) and their white and black coloring is, in my opinion, much more attractive. And, most of the time Amazon sells the Bluetooth models for the same price as the Lower East Sides.
The Audysseys are bigger than they look in the pictures, and they sound absolutely fantastic — very full, rich, and crisp.
How I decided on the Audyssey Bluetooth Computer Speakers
It was three summers ago that we remodeled the basement to make space for my new office. My old office was upstairs, where you’ll now find my son’s room. My downstairs office is a bit smaller than my previous one, and so in the move I got rid of my old, bulky Sony stereo which has been plugged into every computer or laptop I’ve owned since college.
To replace it, there were a few computer speakers I had my eye on, but I’ve been reluctant to buy. The Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers are The Wirecutter’s top choice for a computer speaker. They’re about $150, which is a great price for good computer speakers, but I’ve never liked their black and red design.
Alternately, the Audioengine A5+ speakers are gorgeous, but I wasn’t ready to drop nearly $500.
Earlier this year however, I came across the Audyssey Bluetooth speakers which came out last fall. They sound the same as the East Side Medias, but sport a gorgeous, simple, white case with black accents.
The key difference between the Bluetooths and the Lower East Sides is their connectivity options. The Lower East Sides have two input options: optical digital and a 3.5mm jack. The Bluetooth speakers also have two input options: they can pair with a device over, wait for it, Bluetooth, and they also offer a 3.5mm input.
If you compare the sound quality of an optical digital connection to a Bluetooth connection, of course the former is going to produce a higher-quality sound. But since my MacBook Air only has a 3.5mm audio out, it’s a moot point for me.
I ordered the white, Bluetooth speakers this past Spring, and they sound absolutely fantastic. Full, boomy bass with rich mids and clear highs. And the price was right. Currently they’re about $250 on Amazon, shipping free with Prime.