Looking for small active STEREO speakers I can throw in a carry on bag and travel with

With my job I travel very often and spend a large amount of my time sitting in front of a laptop in airbnbs and hotel rooms.


I'm looking for the best STEREO audiophile speakers out there that I can throw in a carry on bag and travel with. These will get used sitting in front of a laptop 99% of the time. Probably need something active. Can save the original box if needed if it will help with transport. I am not looking for something that is a bluetooth single speaker, I need stereo sound. I need something that will also work well in crappy rooms. Roon ready would be another bonus if possible. Any suggestions?


Not going to lie, you’re probably best with a decent pair of headphones and small headphone dac/amp. No small active speakers will get you the same quality, full-range sound as a decent headphone setup. Headphones will also be smaller and lighter to carry around.

That said, I have a pair of Audioengine HD3 speakers ($350) on a computer at work that are surprisingly good for their size. Audioengine A2+ are a bit cheaper and well reviewed also. I wouldn’t bother worrying about roon ready or wireless on the speaker since you can just run them connected through the laptop. If your budget allows ($999 via accessories4less.com) Kef LSX are probably better, but they’re also a bit bigger and a bit heavier for your bag. Anything beyond that I wouldn’t want in a carry-on. 

If you have space to the front wall the Audience 1 + 1 is good (owned it). There is a Magnaoan desktop speaker that is also good and needs similar space up front.

The Audioengine A2+ is not that great but easy to move. I have this in the house but not plugged in anymore.

I doubt any small speaker will sound as good as the RAAL SR1a headphones. I have about 20K of gear to play these headphones, but you can also use the following $800 amp.

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When I switch from my 2-channel to the RAAL late at night I do not feel as if it is a step down. Another compliment I can make is that they do not sound like headphones. I am not a fan of the sound of traditional headphones.