Looking for a pair of speakers with a good old analog connection? Stop searching because you’ve come to the right place. Our list of 7 best speakers with RCA input contains 7 amazing speakers that won’t leave you indifferent. But first, let’s say a few words about the RCA connection.
What Is RCA and Why Do We Need It?
RCA is an abbreviation used to denote Radio Corporation of America that introduced the connector in the 1940s to connect radio-phonograph consoles. It’s a type of analog audio connection and it’s sometimes also called a phono connection. Today, most people find it a bit old-fashioned, especially because most devices feature other types of connection such as digital optical or they simply connect via Bluetooth. We agree that wireless connection is trendier and more practical because it reduces cable clutter and makes devices more portable but RCA connection is still used by many brands and is quite reliable.
Once used to carry monographic signal, RCA is today used to carry both stereo audio and video signal. This is the reason why RCA connectors look this way. And for you who aren’t sure how the RCA connector looks, here’s a short description.
When you look at the rear panel of your speaker, TV, or some other device that supports analog connection, RCA ports are those red and white ports that stand in pairs. The device can have one or more pairs of RCA connectors and they are usually labeled as L for the left channel and R for the right channel. The left channel is colored white, while the right is colored red. They can also be labeled as output or input connectors where the output is used to send the signal from one device to another (from a source device to speakers) and the input is used to receive audio/video from the source device (speakers).
RCA inputs (Source – Edifier)
In order to connect two devices using RCA connectors, you’ll need an RCA cable. So, what does an RCA look like? Well, it looks like a regular cable only with two RCA plugs on each end. The left channel is also colored white, the right one is colored red but there are also some RCA cables that aren’t colored. However, you won’t mix the plugs as they are always marked L and R.
RCA cables (Sources – Monoprice, Pangea Audio)
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|Edifier R1280T||Check Price on Amazon||4.7||Read Review|
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|Kanto YU6||Check Price on Amazon||4.4||Read Review|
Now that you have some basic knowledge about RCA connection, let’s move onto the reviews and see some great speakers that can be connected to your PC, TV, CD player, or even a turntable.
BEST SPEAKERS WITH RCA INPUT UNDER $100
Best Deal: Edifier R1280T
Editor’s Rating: (4.8 / 5)
The first product on the list of 7 best speakers with RCA input is an amazing Edifier R1280T – a good-sounding and inexpensive bookshelf 2.0 speaker system.
It comes in a simple box with remote control, 3.5mm RCA audio cable, dual RCA to RCA cable, and user manual. The system consists of two simply designed loudspeakers. Inside their good-looking compact wooden enclosures (5.75 x 9.5 x 7 inches), there are one 4-inch bass unit and one 13mm silk-dome tweeter per each speaker. The total output power is 42W.
All the controls and connection ports are located on the right speaker. There are the volume, bass, and treble management buttons on the right side. Two RCA inputs and the power on/off button are on the rear panel. The right speaker is plugged directly into a wall socket, while it connects to the left speaker via standard speaker wire (spring-clip terminals). The protective cloth grilles on the front panel are removable.
The remote can come in handy but it contains only volume controls and a mute button.
R1280T doesn’t support Bluetooth connectivity and it can be connected to source devices only through audio cables. However, thanks to the fact that it has its RCA inputs, you can connect the speakers directly to your desktop computer, TV, etc.
Although it’s not too powerful, R1280T fills smaller rooms with quite loud and well-balanced sound. The system doesn’t come with a separate subwoofer but the bass unit shall deliver a lot of bass, especially if you use the bass managing knob and slide it elevate it by max 6dB. Generally, the sound is very clear but it does get a bit distorted when the bass is turned to the max, especially at very high volumes.
However, we strongly believe that you’ll be more than satisfied with it no matter if you’re using the system to watch films, play video games, or listen to different music genres.
- Affordable price
- Nicely designed
- Good build quality
- Great for smaller room or apartments
- Compatible with TVs, desktop computers, etc.
- Suitable for music, games, video content…
- Not powerful enough for larger rooms
- Bluetooth not supported
- The sound gets distorted when the Bass dial is turned up to the maximum
Best Budget: Pyle PBKSP22
Editor’s Rating: (4.9 / 5)
Our next choice is even cheaper than the previous one but it’s also more powerful and offers some additional useful features such as Bluetooth connectivity.
Pyle PBKSP22 comes in simple packaging with its manual, power cable, one cable to connect the two speakers, and one AUX cable. The speakers come in black color and have a very simple design. On the front side, you’ll find a removable protective cloth grille that covers one 5.25-inch woofer and one 1-inch tweeter. The total output power is 300 W. Considering that the speakers are quite compact (6.7 x 7.5 x 10.6 inches), we must admit this is pretty impressive. Also, you won’t have any problems carrying them around as the active one weighs 6.37lbs and the passive one only 5.07lbs. On the rear panel, you’ll find all the ports and controls that you might need. PBKSP22 features one RCA input, one speaker output port, and one USB port. When it comes to controls, the active speaker houses a power on/off button, mode button, play/pause button, the buttons used for skipping tracks, as well as a set of three knobs for adjusting the volume, treble, and bass levels.
The speakers support Bluetooth 4.0 with a 30ft signal range allowing you to connect the system to any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices. In case you prefer a wired connection, you can always use an RCA cable to connect it to your PC or TV, or you can insert your USB drive and play the music stored on it.
Either way, you’ll be surprised with the sound quality and the power this system releases whether you’re playing a video game, watching a film, or listening to some quality music. The sound is clear, well-balanced, and the distortion at very high volumes is barely noticeable. You won’t even have to turn it up to the maximum because this device can get pretty loud. Plus, you can always use the bass and treble adjustment knobs to adjust the sound to your own taste. And you get all that for less than $100!
- Low weight
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Clear and balanced sound
- Various connectivity options (can be used in both wired and wireless modes)
- Compatible with different wired and wireless devices
- Can be used as bookshelf speakers or mounted on a wall
- Distortion is noticeable at high volumes
- The design could be improved as it is pretty basic
- RCA cable is not included
BEST SPEAKERS WITH RCA INPUT UNDER $200
Editor’s Rating: (4.6 / 5)
Edifier R1700BT comes with a recognizable Edifier’s design consisting of a nice and simple combination of wood and black plastic. It also comes with an upgraded feature list in comparison to our previous Edifier speaker but it keeps quite an affordable price.
The speaker comes in a simple branded package with a remote, user manual, speaker cable, RCA to RCA audio cable, and a 3.5mm to RCA audio table.
When you take it out from the box, you’ll see the protective cloth on the front panel covering the 4in bass drivers and 19mm silk dome tweeters with the total output power of 66W. Also, you’ll notice that there are two speakers, one active and one passive. The passive speaker contains only the speaker-in port, while all the other ports and controls are located on the right one (the master speaker). On its right side, there are treble, bass, and volume knobs. On the rear panel, there’s the power on/off switch as well as all the ports: speaker-out and two RCA inputs. If you don’t want to get up from your sofa, you can always use the remote to mute the sound, adjust the volume level, switch to Bluetooth, PC, or AUX mode.
We always appreciate the presence of more than one connection, especially when wireless connectivity is supported, and R1700BT is doing fine in this department. Apart from two RCA inputs that can be used to connect the speakers to a TV, CD player, PC, or some other source device, R1700BT supports Bluetooth technology and enables you to stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device and reduce the cable clutter in your home.
In terms of audio performance, we can say that the overall impression is that the sound signature is engaging and pleasant to listen to, with a warm and detailed midrange. The sound doesn’t get too distorted at high volumes but it does have certain problems related to the reproduction of low tones. The thing is the bass is quite boomy and it tends to overwhelm other frequencies even at low volumes. Keeping the bass dial at zero would be a good idea.
- Fairly affordable
- Attractive design
- Warm, engaging, and enthusiastic sound
- Bluetooth connectivity
- 2 RCA inputs
- Boomy bass that tends to stick out and put a shadow on the midrange
- Thin treble
- The remote control is poorly built
Best Speaker with RCA Input Under $200: Micca PB42X
Editor’s Rating: (4.7 / 5)
The next product on the list of 7 best speakers with RCA input can be described as the right choice for “audiophiles on a budget”. Micca PB42X is not very expensive and it becomes obvious when you see its simple packaging and the content of that packaging. The speakers come with a cheap-looking 3.5mm cable, speaker wire, and power cable. The speakers themselves don’t have premium look but we find them well-built, simple, and attractive. On the front side, you’ll find a protective magnetic grille covering a 4-inch woofer and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter with a total power output of 30 W. On the rear panel, there are 4-inch vents, speaker-in and speaker-out ports, while the active (right) speaker also features one RCA input, power on/off button, and a volume knob.
Sadly, the speakers don’t support Bluetooth connection and they don’t feature other types of input ports but they are easy to set up and use, and they sound pretty good.
Micca PB42X reproduces all the tones in the 60Hz–20kHz frequency range, which is pretty much expected from the speakers of this size. The lows sound quite good, although you may occasionally feel that they are a bit overemphasized. The highs can also be out of control sometimes and you will probably notice some distortion at very high volumes but the sound, in general, is very pleasant, extremely clear, and well-balanced. Plus, the speakers can get pretty loud.
To sum it up, PB42X isn’t the best 2.0 speaker system you’ll find on the market but they work great in smaller rooms and they do a great job as desktop PC speakers as well as TV speakers.
- Affordable price
- Simple design that fits most interiors
- Clear, nicely balanced, and loud sound
- Great for PCs, TVs, CD players, etc.
- Build quality should be improved
- No Bluetooth connectivity
- The only available connection is RCA input
- Slightly overemphasized lows
- The sound gets a bit distorted at very high volumes
BEST SPEAKERS WITH RCA INPUT UNDER $500
Best for Turntables: Klipsch R-51PM
Editor’s Rating: (4.9 / 5)
Klipsch R-51PM speakers come in a simple packaging that contains two elegantly designed loudspeakers and a set of accessories: remote control, rubber feet, 2 batteries, power cord, speaker wire, USB cable, and a digital optical cable. The speakers come in black color and they look pretty good to us. On the front side, you’ll see a removable magnetic grille covering a 5.25-inch copper woofer and 1-inch aluminum LTS tweeter. They work the same way most powered speakers work and the system consists of one active and one passive speaker where the passive one contains only speaker-in connectors and the active one all the other ports and controls. You have an optical input, USB port, AUX port, phono and line inputs, sub-out port, and speaker-out connectors as well as the volume control knob. Also, there’s one bass-reflex port on the back. If you don’t want to walk to the speakers every time you want to adjust some settings, you can easily do it using the provided remote that enables you to power the speakers on and off, adjust the volume and subwoofer settings, mute the sound, play/pause music, switch between Bluetooth, phono, aux, optical, and USB modes.
Considering that they are quite compact (13.3 x 7 x 8.5 inches), the speakers can easily fit a desk, a shelf, etc. Also, thanks to the variety of inputs, they can be easily connected to any of your devices (TVs, PCs, different players, turntables, etc.) but if you don’t want more wires, you can always use them in Bluetooth mode. It’s cleaner and more practical and the sound quality remains at a very high level.
Speaking about the sound quality, Klipsch is known for its amazing audio performance and this model only confirms it. The sound signature is very dynamic and warm with powerful and rich bass. The midrange is detailed and precise, and the instruments are distinctive. The “Dynamic Bass EQ” setting enables the speakers to deliver such good bass but if you love to turn the volume to the max, you better disable this feature to avoid distortion.
- Appealing and elegant design
- Dynamic and engaging sound reproduction
- Powerful, rich bass
- Variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth
- Might be pricey for some customers
- The bass can become overwhelming at very high volumes
Best Wireless Speaker with RCA Input Under $500: Audioengine A5+ Wireless
Editor’s Rating: (4.9 / 5)
Audioengine A5+ Wireless is actually the upgraded version of the previous Audioengine 5+ Classic system with an added Bluetooth feature and slightly relocated tweeters. The most important thing is still here – quality.
The speakers come wrapped in a protective pouch with all the corresponding cables: RCA to RCA cable, AUX cable, speaker wire, and a detachable power cable. You will also get one detachable Bluetooth antenna, remote control, warranty card, and a user manual. When purchasing these, you can choose between 3 color options – black, bamboo, and white. We have to admit they all look very attractive.
The speakers are very compact (7 x 10.5 x 7.75 – 9 inches) and relatively light (right speaker – 9.6lbs, left speaker – 15.4lbs). They don’t have protective grilles so you’ll immediately notice 5-in woofers and 0.75-inch tweeters on the front panels of their ported enclosures. The total output power equals 150W, which is quite good for a small pair of speakers. The left speaker is the main speaker in this 2.0 system so it also houses the volume knob, one LED power indicator, and an IR sensor on the front panel. On its rear panel, you’ll see all the inputs and outputs: antenna, Bluetooth pairing button, Bluetooth indicator light, RCA inputs/outputs, speaker-out port, voltage selector, power switch, fuse, AC input, and a protective heatsink.
The remote features a few basic buttons – sleep, mute, and volume controls.
The speakers are powered and they support Bluetooth 5.0 with over 100 feet of signal range. Plus, this system supports Bluetooth aptX HD, aptX, and aptX low latency codecs, which means you can watch any video on any Bluetooth-enabled device without any audio delay (only if your Bluetooth-enabled source supports aptX LL). If you prefer a wired connection, you can always use the 3.5mm and RCA inputs to connect the speakers to your CD player, PC, turntable, etc.
When it comes to sound quality, we really have nothing to complain about. The sound signature is quite neutral, the midrange is very accurate and dynamic, the lows are very powerful, the treble is clear. All in all, this system sounds amazingly clear, detailed, and balanced. The only problem is the sub-bass reproduction because the woofers are too small to reproduce the tones below 20Hz.
- Simple and elegant design
- Compact but powerful
- Various inputs available
- Bluetooth supported as well as Bluetooth AptX HD
- Great audio performance
- Poor sub-bass reproduction
- Doesn’t have digital inputs
- Not cheap
- Doesn’t have input switch/button
- No EQ
Best Design: Kanto YU6
Editor’s Rating: (4.9 / 5)
The last product on our list of 7 best speakers with RCA input brings more colors into our article and these are walnut, bamboo, glossy red, matte white, and matte black. An interesting choice of colors, we’d say.
YU6 is a powered speaker system with the left speaker acting as the master speaker and featuring all the controls, inputs, and outputs. They come with a remote, power cord, 16-inch speaker wire, 3.5mm aux cable, user manual, and 8 rubber feet. The ported enclosures are very compact (6.9 x 8.1 x 10.7 inches), they weigh 11.4lbs (active) and 8.7lbs (passive), which makes them easily portable and more than suitable for smaller rooms. In case you want to mount these on the wall, there are the threaded mounting holes on the back (mounting kits not included).
The speakers feature 5.25-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeters with a total output power of 200W. The left speaker is active so it also features an LED indicator light, volume knob, RCA input, AUX input, sub output, optical inputs, turntable ground post, speaker-out port, USB charging ports, on/off switch, and AC power connector. The volume knob is also the input selection knob, so you have to push it if you want to switch between RCA, AUX, OPT1, OPT2, and Bluetooth modes. Of course, you can do all that with the included remote.
Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0, you can stream music or movies from any Bluetooth-enabled device, or you can choose another input and connect the speakers to your TV, PC, player, turntable, etc. Either way, you’ll be impressed by the sound these small speakers deliver. And they deliver very energetic, engaging, and vivid sound. Everything is well-balanced, the lows are nicely separated from the mids, while the vocals are slightly pushed forward providing more expression and detail. Thanks to the neutral sound signature, the speakers can be used for both critical and casual listening. In case you need more bass, you can purchase the Kanto SUB8 subwoofer that fits YU6 2.0 system perfectly.
- Compact in size and stylish
- Variety of color options
- Variety of inputs
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Great audio reproduction for critical and casual listening
- Not suitable for large rooms
- Bass fans may not be impressed by the bass output
Things to Pay Attention to When Buying a Speaker with RCA Input
The most important thing about any speaker you buy is its audio reproduction. Considering that they are audio devices and that their main purpose is to reproduce audio content, they are worthless if you don’t like the way they do their job. This is the one characteristic that no feature can replace. A speaker can support the latest Bluetooth version, have a variety of inputs, be IPX rated, etc. but if the sound it delivers is not balanced, if it’s distorted, too thin, or too boomy, you will never enjoy it.
Speakers and headphones are probably the most popular products on the audio gear market. It seems that there’s no human being that lives without these “accessories”. As different people have different budgets, audio companies release differently priced products. Some of them are very cheap, others are very expensive but the price is not always the main indicator of their quality. The most important thing is to define your budget and stick to it but it is also very important to try to get the best possible performance for the money you have.
Every person has his/her preferences. Some love Bluetooth, others prefer digital optical connection, while some people prefer analog. Regardless of your preference, it is very important to have as many options as possible. If you’re already spending your money on a speaker, it is advisable to pay attention to its connectivity. The more connectivity options you have, the more devices you’ll be able to connect to your speaker/s and you’ll be able to use it/them in more situations. For example, it’s great if a speaker supports Bluetooth but it also has AUX, RCA, and digital optical connectors. Also, it is better if your speakers have two instead of one pair of RCA connectors because that means that they can be connected to two source devices at the same time without the necessity to unplug the cables every time you want to switch between sources.