Many gamers prefer using gaming headsets over computer speakers, and it’s clear why. They are a great way to tune out background noise and immerse yourself in the game. Headsets also prevent other players from hearing themselves talk when the audio reaches the speakers. In contrast, if you spend hours wearing them, headphones can get quite uncomfortable. Also, they’re limited to one user at a time and aren’t ideal for multiplayer games unless everyone has a pair. Finally, they simply can’t replicate vibrations caused by sound traveling through the room. These are but a few reasons you should look at the following list of the best gaming speakers.
Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC are top gaming speakers for modern video game players. Not only are they 2.1 and come with a massive subwoofer, but the two satellites are sleek and minimalistic. When combined, they have an output of 240 W at peak. Gamers will also be impressed by the addressable RGB lighting which can be controlled via Logitech software and amazing for gaming in the dark. Also, Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC supports DTS:X Ultra surround sound and can interpret and replicate 3D positional audio. Finally, a 3.5m cable isn’t necessary, since they also support Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
Bose Companion 2 Series III were very close to being the best speakers for gaming. They are highly reviewed, affordable, wired (3.5 mm cable), small and lightweight, and suitable for gamers of all ages. The speakers also have a large soundstage and are extremely easy to set up. Most importantly, offer a high-quality, crystal-clear sound, and a long lifespan of internal components. They might not be the best choice for bass lovers, true. However, audiophiles will notice the lack of distortion, clarity of voices, especially in cutscenes, and no matter how loud you crank them up.
Creative Pebble Plus might be the top speakers for playing video games on a budget. They only offer 8W of total power, but because this is a 2.1 sound system, you’re also getting a down-firing subwoofer. Thanks to a clever design, when combined with the aforementioned satellites, the sound is projected at 45 degrees and bounces from the table from the subwoofer, thus hitting your ears directly when you’re gaming. Additionally, a single USB cable is enough to supply power to Creative Pebble Plus, making them an ideal purchase alongside a gaming budget laptop. Be aware that you can connect a power adapter to enable High Gain Mode, however.
ELEGIANT SR300 is a budget gaming speaker option from an unknown brand. The speakers, which are only 2.0, still provide a room-filling bass and treble, thanks to their 2x 5W satellites. They also come with an RGB ring around the drivers and, at such a low price, supports both a 3.5mm/USB wired connection and a wireless one via Bluetooth. The soundstage is rated at 10 meters or 33 feet, making ELEGIANT SR300 ideal for gaming while distanced from the screen or projection image. Finally, they’re lightweight and coated in ABS varnish for a long lifespan.
Redragon GS520 Anvil, budget speakers for gaming, like the ones above, also comes with RGB lighting. This time, they’re in the form of 2 strips instead of ring and touch-controlled. Besides an almost identical price, they’re also 2.0, which means you won’t get a subwoofer. That’s not a problem due to the enhanced stereo core, which supplies clear, loud bass nonetheless. The potential deal-breaker is the lack of wireless connectivity since they only utilize a 3.5mm aux cord. On the other hand, Redragon GS520 Anvil doesn’t require an outlet since they’re powered via USB.
Need luxurious gaming speakers without a massive price tag? It is possible with Klipsch R-41M, 4-inch bookshelf speakers with a spun-copper IMG woofer. They come in sets of 2, without a subwoofer, but there’s no need for one thanks to 90 x 90-degree horn technology that reduces reverb and sound bouncing around the room. Another specification of importance is 90 dB sensitivity, ensuring a lack of distortion at high volume. Users also report exceptional low-range and high-range frequency sounds, which means great sound clarity and ambiance, and thus immersion, especially if placed in corners.
Razer Nommo Chroma are perfect gaming speakers for minimalists. Keep in mind, they’re only 2.0 but come with two 3-inch high-quality woven glass fiber drivers. They’re small, thin, and lightweight, and painted black in Razer fashion, which means they stay inconspicuous until you start playing audio. The bass sounds much better thanks to rear-facing bass ports, which, when distanced slightly from the wall, resonate in a wider range. Razer Nommo Chroma also has RBG LED strip around its circular base, which can be controlled with Razer Chroma software.
None of the models we mentioned so far were as colorful as Cyber Acoustics CA-SP34BT. They stand out from afar because both the subwoofer and two satellites are equipped with color-selectable LED drivers. The color of the rings can be controlled from the back of the speaker or set to change at an interval. Since Cyber Acoustics CA-SP34BT are gaming Bluetooth speakers, they won’t blast the roof of your house with a peak power of 2 x 16 W. But due to a usual price of close to $50, these speakers are a steal, even as a room showpiece and a conversation starter.
Users with medium-sized rooms who need speakers for other practical applications when they’re not gaming should settle for Audioengine A2+ Plus. They’re powerful gaming speakers with a maximum output power of 60W in stereo, split into 15 W RMS and 30W peak per channel. They have a classic high-end look with wood cabinets and come in 3 colors, black, red, and white. We also loved how there are no buttons nor volume/bass/treble controls or inputs/outputs on the front or sides, allowing for a clean-cut. Even better, Audioengine A2+ Plus supports both wired, via USB, and wireless, via Bluetooth 5.0, connectivity.
Gamers usually like to show off their equipment and rarely consider anything other than a 2.0 or 2.1 setup. So, how about we break the mold and showcase TaoTronics TT-SK028 gaming soundbar speakers? They’re thin and sleek, very affordable, and won’t take much space under your monitor. Additionally, a USB port is enough to power the soundbar, which means you can use it with gaming PCs, laptops, or even power banks to enjoy mobile gaming. Additionally, TaoTronics TT-SK028 offers a 1-button control and connectivity via AUX and Bluetooth 5.0 for up to 50 feet.