While noise-cancelling headphones or gaming headsets can provide an immersive gaming experience, nothing compares to a set of great gaming speakers. Not only will they free you from the inevitable discomfort of wearing headphones for hours during marathon sessions, but a subwoofer can also add a physical element when things go boom. They can also double as regular listening speakers!
Whether you’re looking for a simple soundbar, a full 5.1 surround sound system, or anything in between, we’ve put together a list of the best gaming speakers you can buy.
The best gaming speakers
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best gaming speakers regularly as new ones launch.
What to look for in gaming speakers
Any great speakers can technically work as gaming speakers, but certain features make some better than others. The first and most obvious requirement is good sound, which already discounts the cheapest options you’ll find online. We’ve noted any sound or volume limitations below, but rest assured any of our picks will bring your games to life in style.
One of the biggest things that separate gaming speakers from normal speakers is aesthetics. Size plays some part in this, as they have to fit on a desk, but most dedicated gaming speakers have RGB lights or other unique features that help them fit into the “gamer” look. For those looking for something a bit less garish, we’ve also included options that you won’t have to hide away when family visits.
With that out of the way, let’s have a look at our picks for the best gaming speakers of 2021!
1. Bose Companion 2 Series III
Bose is one of the most trusted names in audio, and this minimalist set is just what you need to elevate your sound beyond built-in laptop speakers or cheap offerings from other brands. They won’t put out earth-shattering bass, but they will sound great — even at high volumes.
The Bose Companion 2 Series III aren’t dedicated gaming speakers, but they won’t let you down for gaming, music, or just about any other use. They’re easy to connect and set up with any laptop or desktop and feature an easy-to-access aux port for when it’s time to switch to headphones or a headset.
2. Gogroove Basspulse 2.1
Budget speakers often leave a lot to be desired, but this set of 2.1 gaming speakers from Gogroove is a welcome exception. It features two 5W satellite speakers and a 10W subwoofer for a very welcoming price. In this price range, these are some of the best gaming speakers you can buy. They aren’t made specifically for gaming, but they offer a nice bang for the buck and even have colorful lighting to match your gamer decor.
3. Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4
Products aimed at gamers are almost universally black-and-LED affairs, but this set of speakers from Harman offers a slick sci-fi look. With two satellite speakers sporting four 1.4-inch speakers each, and a beefy 5.25-inch downward-firing subwoofer, this kit provides more than enough sound to fill an entire room.
You can expect crisp, clean sound from these speakers, but what really justifies the price is the striking design. Its older predecessor was designed by Jony Ive of Apple fame, earning a permanent spot at the Museum of Modern Art. Having this jellyfish subwoofer on your desk will enhance your gaming and provide a great conversation piece.
4. Logitech LightSync G560
If you like the RBG gamer aesthetic but don’t want to commit to it fully, Logitech’s LightSync speakers are a fantastic option. As the name alludes to, each of the two satellite speakers has built-in LED lights that change color based on what’s going on in the game you’re playing (in supported games).
Easy to set up via Bluetooth, USB, or aux connections, the two speakers and subwoofer can put out some serious sound. If you need even more gaming peripherals, you can grab these gaming speakers bundled with a mouse and mousepad, as well.
5. Logitech Z906
This is the only true 5.1 surround sound setup we include on our list of the best gaming speakers, but it’s perfect for those of you who want the best possible sound from your games. With five satellite speakers and a sizeable 8-inch subwoofer, this is all you need to achieve true cinema sound in any room of the house.
5.1 surround sound is probably overkill if you’re gaming at a desk (even with a huge 4K monitor), but it’s an ideal setup for consoles or living room gaming when combined with a gaming lap desk like the Razer Turret. It works with a headphone jack, RCA, six-channel direct, digital coaxial input, or optical inputs, and can be connected to up to six devices at once.
6. Razer Leviathan
Razer is known for its high-quality gaming gear, and the Razer Leviathan gaming speakers are no exception. This soundbar and subwoofer combo puts out some serious sound, supporting 5.1 surround sound in a form factor that fits comfortably beneath a living room television or PC monitor.
For the price, the sound is excellent and won’t disappoint whether listening to music or gaming online. The downward-firing subwoofer will really make you feel each grenade explosion, and the relatively restrained aesthetic means it won’t stand out like a sore thumb in any room of the house.
7. Razer Nommo Pro
If money is no object and you want the best premium gaming speakers on the market, the Razer Nommo Pro speakers are both gorgeous and sound amazing. It’s a 2.1 setup with two satellite speakers and one downward-firing subwoofer. It’s an ideal setup for a smaller desk. Plus, the satellite speakers take up very little space on your desk, and the subtle RGB lighting is fully customizable via a smartphone app.
The Razer Nommo Pro speakers are costly at $500. They are also tough to find at the moment. If you can find one and have the money, you might want to snap them up ASAP.
8. Razer Nommo Chroma
If you don’t have the money to get the Razer Nommo Pro, you have another option from Razer. For just $150, the Razer Nommo Chroma is a great, highly portable value. You still get the two attractive satellite speakers with customizable RGB lighting. While you will lack a subwoofer, these gaming speakers make a perfect addition to any gaming setup. They won’t break the bank either.
9. Edifier G2000
Edifier offers a simple design that will still manage to turn some heads thanks to the interesting shape and… RGB lighting! Aside from mad looks, the Edifier G2000 gaming speakers come with 2.75-inch speakers and 16W RMS power output, with a peak power of 32W. The system also offers plenty in terms of connectivity, supporting Bluetooth, USB, and AUX. The price is also much more welcoming than other high-quality gaming speakers.
10. Klipsch R-51PM
The Klipsch R-51PM aren’t exactly “gaming” speakers, but they’re some of the best general speakers you can get. The company is known for offering amazing audio quality, making this a great option for an outstanding listening experience.
These are no joke. They are large, so you will need a big desk if you want to rock the Klipsch R-51PM speakers. You’ll be rewarded with amazing sound if you can make some room for them, though. The 120W units can output 107.3dB. They include a 5.25in low-frequency drivers and 1in tweeters.
These also offer a plethora of connectivity options, including phono analog, a 3.5mm jack, USB, and optical. Furthermore, there’s also Bluetooth support, so you can use it with any other mobile device too. These are definitely some of the best general and gaming speakers around!
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