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$29 from go.pc­

Typ­i­cally, the lower you go un­der the $50 thresh­old for bud­get PC speak­ers, the more the re­turns di­min­ish. Edifier’s RU19 2.0 sys­tem is a rare ex­cep­tion. These speak­ers sound great, look great, and at just $30 they leave your bank bal­ance largely un­scathed. It’s one of the bet­ter buys in our bud­get PC speaker roundup (the set is cur­rently $30 on Ama­zon), which is say­ing a lot when they’re all so af­ford­able.

The R19U will bring a lit­tle style to your desk­top. Each 6.89-by-3.35-by-4.13-inch speaker has a matte-sil­ver base with a black faux-wood en­clo­sure that gives it a warm vin­tage vibe. Its 2.75-inch driver and port­hole is cov­ered with black mesh grille­work. They’re con­trolled by a large black power/vol­ume knob on the left chan­nel, which also has a 3.5mm head­phone port. On the back is a 3.5mm AUX socket, where you can con­nect your mo­bile de­vice or other au­dio player with the sup­plied cord.

To set up the R19U, you first plug the RCA con­nec­tor ex­tend­ing from the left speaker into the jack on the right one. Then plug the USB ca­ble into your com­puter. As the speak­ers draw the au­dio as well as the power from this USB con­nec­tion, you’ll next need to ac­cess your op­er­at­ing sys­tem’s au­dio set­tings and change the out­put to the R19U.

The speak­ers de­liver ex­cel­lent, bal­anced sound, with rich mids and crisp highs. Even with­out a sub­woofer, they have a good con­trolled bass re­sponse. It won’t rat­tle your win­dows, but it has a sat­is­fy­ing punch.

As is com­mon with USB speak­ers, the

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