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Best Overall: Logitech G560 at Amazon
"Comes with a pair of small but impactful speakers and a hulking subwoofer."
Best Soundbar: Razer Leviathan Sound Bar at Amazon
"Pumps out a full, powerful bass thanks to two drivers and tweeters."
Best Budget 2.1: Logitech Speaker System Z323 at Amazon
"You can connect the speakers to both your gaming PC and one of your consoles."
Best for PC: Razer Nommo Pro at Amazon
"No shortcuts en route to delivering a rich, powerful sound."
Best Value: Razer Nommo at Amazon
"A positional audio speaker system, meaning sound projects outward, not all around the room."
Best for Monitors: Bose Companion 2 Series III at Amazon
"The ported cabinet design draws out the sounds, making them richer and fuller."
Best for Laptops: Genius SW-G2.1 2000 at Amazon
"A versatile and stylish speaker system at a reasonable price."
Best for Professionals: PreSonus Eris E3.5 at Amazon
"Proof that professional studio speakers can double as resounding gaming speakers."
Logitech’s G-series features a wide variety of awesome gaming gear including the Logitech G560 gaming speakers, the best gaming speakers on the market. This 2.1 package comes with a pair of small but impactful speakers and a hulking subwoofer.
All told, the G560 pumps out 240 watts of powerful sound that’s tailor-made for gaming thanks to the dome-shaped drivers. DTS:X virtual surround sound turns the G560 into a surprisingly adept 3D audio device. Positional tracking lets you hear in-game sounds from many angles, which is one of the keys to heightening immersion in games, especially shooters.
Gaming peripheral manufacturers are obsessed with RGB lighting effects, and that’s probably because gamers seem to love them. The G560 has Lightsync RGB technology in its speakers to deliver lighting effects triggered by audio in-game. With Logitech Family Software, you can customize front- and rear-facing lights to design your ideal experience using the 16.8 million colors.
The Logitech G560 works with Windows and Bluetooth devices like smartphones and tablets. While you can get the set to work on Mac, you won’t be able to use the 3D surround sound feature.
Like Logitech, Razer is more known for its keyboards and mice than audio peripherals. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Razer Leviathan Sound Bar delivers high-quality audio that’s perfect for gaming. Using Dolby 5.1 surround sound, the sleek and stylish 20-inch soundbar has sterling range, elevated by the included subwoofer. To compensate for the lack of bass provided by the bar itself, the included subwoofer kicks things up several notches.
The 5.25-inch downward firing subwoofer pumps out a full, powerful bass thanks to two drivers and tweeters. Unlike some subwoofers, the Leviathan offers a clean bass unencumbered with distortion. The first time you gunshots in your favorite first-person shooter, you may lurch backward from the intensity.
The Leviathan can be connected through either a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth. The latter uses aptX technology to rapidly pair with compatible devices and retain a near-identical listening experience as a wired connection. Sadly, the Leviathan doesn’t have RGB lighting, which is disappointing considering most Razer products sync up their lighting effects quite nicely.
While not technically gaming speakers, for those who want an all-around solid audio experience for a budget price, the Logitech Z323 packs a nice punch. Peaking at 60 watts, the Z323 is a 2.1 system that includes two stylish black speakers and a modest subwoofer measuring in at 8.4 x 3.4 x 4.5 inches.
Featuring Logitech’s 360-degree audio, the pair of speakers project throughout the entire room. They don’t need to be facing you to hear a clear sound. This is good considering you may want to hook them up to multiple devices with the two onboard auxiliary inputs. You can connect the speakers to both your gaming PC and one of your consoles, which saves the hassle of switching connections as you migrate from one setup to the next.
The 10.2-centimeter down-firing subwoofer produces a nice bass that refrains from becoming distorted at low frequencies. While it’s not as impactful as the G560, it’s still a step up from most monitors that include speakers. If your housemates start complaining about the noise, you can always plug in a pair of headphones to get the Z323 experience without blasting it throughout the whole house.
If money is no object, meet the Razer Nommo Pro, a feature-rich 2.1 system with explosive sound that'll make you think your gaming room has transformed into a theater. As a THX Certified set, this Dolby virtual surround sound system takes no shortcuts en route to delivering rich, powerful sound whether you’re hearing a melodic overworld theme or earsplitting explosions.
These may look more like little security cameras than speakers, but they pack some serious power. The 3-inch drivers are coated in high quality Dupont Kevlar alongside silk woven tweeters. While the Leviathan Sound Bar lacks lighting, the Razer Nommo Pro takes advantage of Chroma RGB lighting, with a ring of light circling the base of each speaker.
The downward firing subwoofer is perhaps the best aspect of the Nommo Pro. You won’t want to turn it all the way up while gaming, as it makes a booming impression even when turned down. But the benefit here is that the Nommo Pro doubles as a great system for listening to music as well.
An included LED control pod makes adjusting the volume extremely convenient, and the ability to connect via USB, Bluetooth, optical, or through the 3.5mm audio jack makes the Nommo Pro incredibly adaptable.
At a fraction of the price of the Razer Nommo Pro, you can get the regular Nommo, a gaming speaker set that offers crisp audio. The Nommo is a positional audio speaker system, meaning sound projects outward, not all around the room. Ideal for desk setups, the Nommo benefits from its small form factor.
Just because it’s positional audio, it doesn’t mean the Nommo is a slouch. Each speaker features 3-inch woven fiberglass drivers. The effect is an audio experience that separates different sounds, providing a fuller, more thorough sound than the average positional audio system.
The volume and bass knobs are located on the bass of one speaker. Since you’re not getting a subwoofer with the Nommo, don’t expect the bass to knock you off your feet. To its credit, the Nommo has decent bass that doesn’t distort while emanating from its rear-facing ports. it just can’t produce those thunder lows you get with some subwoofers.
The Nommo is compatible with PC and Mac via USB or 3.5mm audio. If you want to add some style to your Nommo, Razer has a Chroma RGB model with lighting effects on each speaker base, mirroring the Nommo Pro.
Bose has been a major player in audio, both speakers and headphones, for many years. Though best known for music, you could do much worse than the affordable Bose Companion 2 multimedia speakers when it comes to games. Each speaker measures in at 7.5 x 3.1 x 5.9 inches. Yes, that’s fairly large when it comes to computer speakers, but there’s a reason behind it.
The ported cabinet design draws out the sounds, making them richer and fuller as they project across the room. The Companion 2 is a no-frills speaker system. All you get is a volume knob, which means no adjustable bass. That doesn’t mean you should shy away from it though. For most games, you don’t really need bass to be blasting through your speakers. But if you regularly play high octane action games and shooters, you may want to opt for one of the options with a subwoofer.
Should you regularly listen to music at your desk, watch YouTube videos, and play games, the Bose Companion 2 is an all-around stellar performer. You can connect the Bose Companion 2 to your PC, Mac, or mobile device via the auxiliary port. A convenient 3.5mm headphone jack below the volume knob can turn your gaming session private with ease.
A versatile and stylish speaker system at a reasonable price, the Genius SW-G2.1 2000 is a speaker system from an under-the-radar manufacturer. Harboring 45 watts of total power, this speaker and subwoofer have a gamer-centric look that is surprisingly not all too common. The black and blue color scheme is cool, but the scorpion on the subwoofer takes the cake. Why the scorpion logo? Who knows, but we’re not complaining.
The curved speaker design helps deliver audio both in front and around you, and the subwoofer produces low thumping bass. Adding to its style, the blue LED light flashes to the beat of the bass.
Along with the speakers and subwoofer, the SW-G2.1 2000 comes with a separate control panel with volume and bass knobs. Headphone, microphone, and line-in jacks are located on the front of the panel, while the auxiliary cable, microphone out, and speaker jacks are kept on the back above the power switch. The Genius is compatible with computers, TVs, and modern game systems like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The PreSonus Eris E3.5 is proof that professional studio speakers can double as resounding gaming speakers. At 5.6 x 6.4 x 8.3 inches each, the speakers do have the boxy look of studio speakers, but they aren’t so large that they’d be impractical for a desk setup. The 3.5-inch composite woven drivers coupled with the 1-inch silk dome help deliver clear audio that reaches 25 watts per speaker. The design of the speaker also promotes full bass that you can feel.
One of the major benefits of the PreSonus Eris over other speakers on this list is acoustic tuning, which lets you tinker with the frequency until you get the ideal sound for the room you’re playing in. RCA inputs on the back of the main speaker allow you to plug the Eris into your computer, but there’s also an auxiliary jack on the front next to the volume dial and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The PreSonus Eris E3.5 is a superb set with professional quality. The inclusion of acoustic tuning at this price makes it a great buy if you want an all-around speaker system. Bonus points if you produce music on the side, though.