The Best Gaming Speakers in 2021
For a solid gaming experience, at least when it comes to sound, all you need is a quality budget gaming headset but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you need an expansive sound stage and trembling sound levels that can only be achieved with proper speakers.
Well, we’ve discovered the best gaming speakers on the market. Here you’ll find a budget as well as high-end choices, a couple of RGB speakers, and even one soundbar setup.
For most gamers stereo setup should be enough, this is why we only picked stereo and 2.1 speaker systems. 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound is better for living room gaming setups, with a large TV and enough space for installing a surround system. Check out the list of the best stereo and 2.1 speaker systems for gaming.
- Setup: 2.1 Stereo (Subwoofer Plus Two Satellites)
- Connectivity: 2 x 3.5mm Input, RCA Input, Headphone Jack
- Power: 200W
- Weight: Satellites: 2 x 1 kg; Subwoffer: 7 kg
This 2.1 setup provides superb sound experience in every game. Deep, punchy sound powered by two 35 watt satellites and a relatively large 130W subwoofer is perfect for games but also movies and TV shows.
THX certification isn’t here just for marketing purposes. No, you won’t magically have realistic surround sound but the separation is distinct with more than decent spacial audio and great stereo sound stage. Controls are found on the right speaker and include general sound as well as bass level.
Just remember that these speakers aren’t made for audiophiles. Sure, music sounds decent but these speakers aren’t made for music. Their sound signature is dominated by lower frequencies with mids and highs failing to impress as the fantastic lower frequency response. But for games and movies, these are the best 2.1 speakers you can get right now.
- Deep, Punchy Sound Perfect For Games And Movies
- Excellent Spatial Audio For A 2.1 System
- Lots Of Power
- Not For Music Lovers
Razer Nommo Chroma
Great RGB Stereo Speakers
- Setup: 2.0 Stereo
- Connectivity: 2 x 3.5mm Input, USB
- Power: Undisclosed
- Weight: 2.0 kg
- Dimensions: 139 x 170 x 220 mm
If you want RGB effects and don’t need a subwoofer, get the Razer Nommo Chroma. These stereo speakers offer solid power and pretty good sound quality. The RGB feature comes with lots of LEDs and the Razer Synapse software allowing for custom effects as well as syncing the speakers with other Razer peripherals such as keyboards and mice. Some games can control speaker lights directly, which can be really cool.
LEDs are relatively strong and provide subtle effects since they are found at the bottom side of each stand. They are great in darkness but won’t be very visible in brightly lit rooms. Overall, RGB effects are pretty good and offer lots of customization. Sound controls along with bass controls can be found on the base of the right speaker. Speakers have solid power, just don’t expect to use them for a house party.
When it comes to sound quality, it’s decent. Bass isn’t as punchy as on subwoofer equipped systems but it’s there and it enriches the overall sound experience. Mids and highs are there and have more than decent quality. Overall, you will have a pretty solid experience playing games and watching movies. Listening to music will also be enjoyable but you can get better speakers for this price. The thing is, those don’t have RGB effects.
- Excellent RGB Effects That Are Highly Customizable
- Solid Sound Quality
- No Subwoofer
Bose Companion 2 Series III
Solid Pair Of Stereo Speakers For Gaming
- Setup: 2.0 Stereo
- Connectivity: 2 x 3.5mm Input
- Power: Undisclosed
- Weight: 1.9 kg
- Dimensions: 190 x 78 x 150 mm
Bose Companion 2 Series III is the latest incarnation of the popular stereo sound system from Bose. These speakers are relatively cheap (for a Bose product), small, and have more than enough power for gaming and some casual music listening.
Their sound signature gravitates towards the low end of the spectrum. They are bass-heavy but the sound quality and clarity simply aren’t there. The speakers may sound muddy and lack in mid and high range. Again, games and movies will sound solid, but if you want to use these speakers for listening to some tunes, better skip them.
- Powerful For Their Size
- Solid Sound For Games And Movies
- Expensive For What They Offer
- Sound Is Muddy
- Not Suitable For Music Listening Sessions
The Best Soundbar For Gaming
- Setup: Soundbar (2 tweeters and two full-range drivers) Plus Subwoofer
- Connectivity: 3.5mm Input, Optical In, Bluetooth With NFC
- Power: 30W (Soundbar), 30W (Subwoofer)
- Weight: 2 kg (Soundbar), 2.4 kg (Subwoofer)
This small soundbar packs lots of aural power and is a perfect companion for long gaming sessions. It can reside under your monitor and you can put the subwoofer whenever you like because the cable that connects the two is pretty long.
Once you fire up this soundbar you’re greeted with clear and punchy sound that noticeably emphasizes lower frequencies. But that doesn’t mean that the sound is muddy. It’s clear and with enough mids and highs for this bar to be used to listen to the music.
There’s plenty of power in this soundbar when you use it under your monitor but its humble size isn’t made for a living room setup. There, the woofer will dominate, painting each game and movie with too much bass. Virtual surround does its job, widening the soundstage of games and movies and providing convincing if not impressive surround experience.
Like many modern soundbars, the Leviathan comes with a plethora of connectivity options. You can use the 3.5mm jack, optical in, or Bluetooth with NFC to easily connect with smartphones. Downsides include lack of high frequencies (they’re there but aren’t very clear or powerful) and remote, which is a must for any soundbar.
- Powerful And Crisp Sound
- Clear And Punchy Bass
- Solid Virtual Surround
- No Remote
- Highs Are Lacking In Clarity
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers
The Best Gaming Speakers Under $100
- Setup: 2.0 Stereo
- Connectivity: Dual RCA Input
- Power: 42W (31W x 2)
- Weight: 4.9 kg
- Dimensions: 146 x 234 x 196mm
This pair of stereo speakers is just what you need if you’re looking for quality stereo speakers that can be used for gaming, music, and movies that don’t cost too much. They are a bit on the larger side since each speaker features three drivers, each for the different frequency spectrum. There’s no woofer but the bass is there and is more than noticeable.
Mids and highs are also present in just the right amount, are crisp, and pleasant to the ear. The overall signature is neutral but since speakers feature bass and treble controls you can adjust them to your liking. With the bass knob turned about two thirds up you get punchy sound that’s perfect for games and movies. Lower it a bit and you have a clear sound signature with a bit of extra bass, excellent for most music genres.
These speakers are quite powerful and offer two RCA inputs for hooking them up to multiple devices at once. Overall, these are superb speakers for the price and the perfect choice in the sub $100 market.
- Clear And Crisp Sound
- Neutral Sound Signature That Can Be Adjusted
- Just Enough Bass
- Clear Mids and Highs
- Lots Of Power
Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II
The Best Budget Gaming Speakers
- Setup: 2.0 Stereo
- Connectivity: Line-In, AUX-in
- Power: 28W (14W x 2)
- Weight: 1 kg
- Dimensions: 230.0 x 88.0 x 143.0 mm
The GigaWorks T20 Series II from Creative Labs is a pair of excellent budget speakers for gaming. Now, these aren’t the best speakers for gaming but for their price, they’re amazing. The speakers are small but pack a surprising amount of punch. Not enough for parties but more than enough for enjoyable gaming sessions filled with powerful gunshots and explosions.
Three drivers inside each unit build a balanced sound signature that includes all frequencies in just the right amount. This makes listening to various music genres very pleasant and the built-in bass and treble controls allow users to adjust the sound to their liking.
Bass is crisp, deep but not muddy, and mids and highs are there. They’re also crisp and not overpowering. Speakers sound clear even when you turn the volume all the way up, without the usual distortion present in most budget sets of speakers when the volume is over 60 percent. Overall, this is an impressive pair of budget speakers that offer excellent gaming experience.
- Lots Of Power In Small Package
- Neutral Sound Signature
- Crisp Sound Even With Volume All The Way Up
- Just Enough Of Bass
Logitech G560 G Lightsync
The Best RGB Gaming Speakers
- Setup: 2.1 Stereo (Subwoofer Plus Two Satellites)
- Connectivity: USB, Headphone Jack, Bluetooth
- Power: 120W (2x30W Satellites, 60W Subwoofer)
- Weight: 1.8 kg Per Satellite; 5.5 kg Subwoofer
The G560 G Lightsync from Logitech is the best pair of RGB speakers for gaming on the market. Sure, the competition isn’t really teeming with products but these speakers are great even when compared to regular computer speakers. First of all, RGB effects are impressive.
You can assign speakers with many different light effects but the best one is just assigning a part of your screen to each speaker and then watching how they light up and change color depending on what’s happening on the screen.
This is perfect for gaming and is as cool as Philips’ Hue tech. Sound signature is bassy since these come with a powerful subwoofer. This is absolutely amazing when playing games and watching movies, especially when combined with screen-replicating RGB effects.
We don’t like that a bass control knob isn’t present. This is really jarring and illogical for a 2.1 system. You can control bass levels in the PC app but that lowers bass levels not only in the subwoofer but also in satellites. Further, the volume control isn’t a knob but a two-side volume step. This leads to being unable to set volume levels in granular levels. Instead, speakers are either too loud or too quiet. There are some software workarounds but they just further complicate things.
Despite their small size satellites pack enough punch for immersive gaming sessions. These speakers feature DTS:X Virtual Surround Sound that can really improve any scene in games and movies. It isn’t perfect but better than regular stereo output. Music also sounds great. Sound is crisp and has all frequencies present, with punchy and clear bass. These speakers are perfect for gaming but are also great for listening to music.
- Rich Sound With Lots Of Bass
- Superb RGB Effects
- Great For Gaming But Also For Movies And Music
- Very Loud
- Wonky Volume Control
- No Hardware Bass Control
How To Choose Speakers For Gaming
Picking the right speaker system for your gaming needs is pretty simple. Set your budget, set your expectations, think a bit about how powerful a set of speakers you need, and then try to check their sound in person.
Before you start your search, set your max budget. That way you’ll know your financial limitations from the get-go.
How Powerful Speakers Need To Be?
If you game in a small room a set of powerful 5.1 speakers will probably be an overkill. On the other hand, if you have your gaming setup in the living room, alongside a huge TV, a small stereo setup wouldn’t provide a satisfactory experience.
You need to decide how powerful speakers need to be before deciding which ones to get. It’s better to get speakers that are a bit too powerful for your room than to end up with a set of meek speakers that cannot fill the room with sound.
Which Setup Do You Prefer?
Do you need stereo speakers or you prefer a setup that includes a subwoofer? Do you want a 5.1 or 7.1 surround system? Or maybe you need a soundbar? Deciding on which speaker setup to get can be tricky. If you have a smaller room getting a surround setup is usually a bad idea because surround speakers need a certain amount of space to shine. If you have a smaller room and want a surround-like experience maybe it’s better to get a soundbar with subwoofer.
And don’t think that stereo speakers aren’t good enough. There are high-end Hi-Fi stereo systems with a better sound than the majority of surround systems. A pair of relatively affordable bookshelf speakers (stereo speakers that cannot work without an amp) along with any decent amp can deliver superb sound.
There are also high-end bookshelf stereo speakers that can work on their own that have a fantastic sound. They come with multiple drivers that cover the whole sound range. They can deliver amazing bass even though they come without a subwoofer.
If you game on your TV, which you also use for watching movies and TV shows and if your living room isn’t on the smaller size, we recommend getting a quality surround system. Now, 7.1 systems are cool in theory but in reality, 5.1 systems are almost as good. And if you prefer streaming services you should know that they have a limited amount of 7.1 videos. It’s generally better to invest in a high-end 5.1 system than to buy an average 7.1 system for the same amount of money.
Do You Need Speakers Both For Music And Gaming Or Just For Gaming?
If you need speakers just for gaming, it’s pretty easy to get a decent set of speakers. Just look for ones that have boomy sound, are powerful, and come with a subwoofer. Games always sound better with a standalone unit responsible for all that bass.
But if you plan on listening to music on the speakers, especially hi-def formats such as FLAC, the quest for the right set of speakers can be really tricky to complete. If that’s the case, it’s best to listen to speakers you’re interested in in-person before making the purchase. All reviews in the world are no match to personal experience, especially when it comes to speakers and headphones.
Some of us like an analytic sound signature, without extra bass and without any frequency overtaking the scene. Others like bassy sound and some prefer sharp sound signature dominated by mid and high frequencies.
Also, if you’re looking for speakers to game and listen to music, you might want to check your sound card. While sound cards found in motherboards are just fine for gaming and casual enjoyment in music, Hi-Fi equipment will sound better on standalone sound cards, unless you have a high-end motherboard that comes with superb audio unit fueled by a DAC.
Which Extra Features, If Any, Are Important To You?
It’s always nice to have a remote, even for speakers. Or sound controls found on a nice and long cable that can rest on your desk. Then we have separate bass and treble controls, that can really alter the sound signature. Maybe you need lots of different inputs in order to connect multiple sound sources? Or Bluetooth speakers so you can use them with any device with a Bluetooth module?
Surround setups can come with speaker mounts, which will make the process of installing the speakers much, much easier. There are also computer speakers coming with RGB effects, which can be really cool when synced with your monitor. Think about the extra features you need before starting your quest for your next gaming speakers.
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