Audio. It’s the fabric of the college experience, whether you’re belting out lyrics at 4 a.m. or confined to the library, frantically studying for that final you somehow forgot about.
Or maybe you’re the type to stream endless seasons of a certain show about prison inmates while downing copious amounts of mac & cheese and other microwaveable food items.
Whatever the case, you shouldn’t settle for crap audio. Klipsch offers the very best speakers for college for any situation at price points that don’t take away too much from your precious beer money.
Disclaimer: the below recommendations of the best speakers for college will assuredly result in the Residential Advisor (RA) knocking on your door. (Worth it.)
Speakers for the Dorm Room
Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors
You’re going to need some extremely capable speakers when you’re a few beverages deep and exactly the right song pops up on Pandora. After all, you’re going to crank it UP.
Enter the Reference R-15PM powered monitors. These ultra-versatile speakers have built-in Bluetooth and an endless supply of inputs, allowing you and your buddies to connect to them in just about any way possible. Plus, the amplifier is built-in, so you won’t have to shuffle things around to fit in a clunky receiver.
Thanks to patented Klipsch horn-loaded technology and the custom-engineered amplifier, these speakers are extremely efficient, playing with no distortion even at the highest volumes. No one likes crackling. We like it loud and we do it better than anyone else.
Seriously though, we aren’t liable for the inevitable angry 2 a.m. knock on the door from your RA who was studying for their sociology midterm.
(Oh and they look and sound terrific on your desk, offering crisp and clean background music when you get around to actually studying.)
Speakers for the Quad
Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker | Loud & Proud Limited Edition
College life isn’t restricted to a dorm room. You’re going to be out and about, trying to find yourself (whatever that means) during your schooling.
For those times you are throwing the ol’ Frisbee around the luscious lawn of “the quad,” you should consider the Klipsch Groove portable speaker. It boasts Bluetooth, 8-hour battery life and a durable, splashproof design.
That means you can connect easily, goof around for as long as you want and even beat up the speaker a little bit if you like.
Sounds good? Sounds great.
Speakers for the Off-Campus Apartment
Klipsch Reference R-4B Sound Bar + Wireless Subwoofer
Couldn’t stay in a dorm room for four years? We don’t blame you. Off-campus apartments will typically allow you to drill holes into the wall for photos, décor…or speakers.
That being said, your neighbors may not be fellow students, so they probably won’t be as amenable to a full-blown surround system with every wall shaking as if there were no tomorrow. Of course, you can still get in plenty of trouble with the Reference R-4B sound bar and wireless subwoofer, but that’s on you – not us.
Budgets are understandably tight in college. After all, beer isn’t free, but the R-4B is the most affordable option in the line of Klipsch Reference sound bars. Once you split the cost with a few of the roommates, you won’t even think twice about it…Until it comes time to move out and all of you are fighting over the sound bar that made you fall in love with your music and moves again.
Speakers for Your Professor
Klipsch Heresy III Floorstanding Speaker | 70th Anniversary Edition
Maybe your professor is an audiophile. Maybe you just need to change the topic from that paper you forgot to turn in. Regardless, the Klipsch Heresy III is going to be a head-turner for even the most distinguished educator.
These might even be older than your professor, originating in the early 1950s. Today, they are still handcrafted in Hope, Arkansas and stack up both visually with their mid-century modern appearance and award-winning sound. These speakers are timeless even if your professor’s lectures aren’t.
Speakers for the Frat House
Now, some of you might call us crazy for recommending the original Heritage Series speaker for a frat house. After all, they have a premium price and frat houses are stereotypically gross, but bare with us.
Yes, the Klipschorn isn’t exactly cheap; however, when you start splitting the cost with all of your fraternity brothers, it starts making a lot more sense. Plus, the Klipschorn will last a lifetime, so the fraternity will not have to replace the speakers for perhaps half a century.
These aren’t speakers that you can just knock over and break. Just stick them in the corners and turn up the music. Everyone is going to want to come to your party…maybe the police too.
Just don’t get kicked out of the house. Trust us, you don’t want to move these guys.
Headphones for College
Obviously, you cannot crank up speakers all of the time. You’re going to need a good pair of headphones (or two) for studying, working out, etc. That’s why we wrote this: “Best Headphones for College”.
What do you think of our list of the best speakers for college? What did you use in college?