5 Best Computer Speakers – 2018 Reviews and Top Picks

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Finding our options took a little bit of footwork but, at the end of the day, we’re satisfied with the array of five options that we’ve got here. All from various price ranges, you’re guaranteed to walk away from this article having found just what you need for a good audio experience with your speakers.

This time around, two options tied for our highest scores: The Logitech Z506 and the Razer Leviathan. Both have a lot to offer, with a full 5.1 surround-sound implementation, but we’ll get into those two later in the article.

Enough with the pretense. Let’s go ahead and meet the contenders!

Finding The Best Speakers For Gaming: Breakdown

DetailsOur Rating
Razer Leviathan

Razer Leviathan

  • audio channels: 5.1
  • subwoofer: Yes
  • number of speakers: Sound Bar
Logitech Z506

Logitech Z506

  • audio channels: 5.1
  • subwoofer: Yes
  • number of speakers: 5
Cyber Acoustics CA-3602

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602

  • audio channels: 2.1
  • subwoofer: Yes
  • number of speakers: 2
Logitech Z213

Logitech Z213

  • audio channels: 2.1
  • subwoofer: Yes
  • number of speakers: 2
Gear Head Magic 8-Ball

Gear Head Magic 8-Ball

  • audio channels: 2
  • subwoofer: No
  • number of speakers: 2

Razer Leviathan

The Razer Leviathan has an intimidating name and a price to match. At a whopping $183, the Leviathan is over twice the price of the Z506 and has a price just as intimidating as its name.

However, the Leviathan makes up for this in a few key areas. The first thing that sets it apart is its high-end sound bar, which hosts four speakers inside and provides a full 5.1 surround sound experience despite being in a single enclosure.

The way that sound bars do this is through what’s called “simulated surround sound”. While the quality of the effect varies, most report that Razer’s implementation is a strong one and certainly better than using a 2.1 channel speaker system.

In addition to the sound bar, the Leviathan also offers a powerful, awesome subwoofer. With the sound quality, form factor and the subwoofer combined, very few people will be left complaining about the listening experience offered by the Leviathan.

Last but not least, the sound bar is Bluetooth compatible, allowing wireless devices to sync up with it and play music without a hardwired connection. There’s still an optical hookup for those who prefer a hardwired implementation over wireless, too!


Logitech Z506

With the Logitech Z506, they do.

With a five-speaker, one-subwoofer surround-sound setup, you can turn your bedroom or living room into a fully-immersive gaming room.

Its surround sound speakers allow you to maintain full spatial awareness in your games, without needing to wear headphones to ensure people don’t sneak up on you.

In addition to the benefits of surround sound, these speakers should have much better sound quality than the other options on this list. It give you the opportunity to enjoy all the little details present in a soundtrack without needing to put on your headphones.

The only real downside of the Z506 is its complexity. Installing the Z506 will require a compatible 5.1 sound card on your PC as well as time spent wiring everything up in your desk or home theater setup.

Once you’ve gotten through the setup process and bit the bullet on the price, though, the Logitech Z506 is one of the best PC gaming speakers you can buy. There’s only one option left on this list, and it’s this set’s only rival.


Cyber Acoustics CA-3602

By spending a little bit more than the Z213, you can grab a speaker with superior sound quality and a better subwoofer. Cyber Acoustic’s CA-3602 is one of the more popular 2.1 speaker options for this reason.

It also includes a controller with a multitude of features. These features include headphone and aux plugins, bass adjustment, volume adjustment and more.

Whether you’re wiring this straight to your PC or using the aux input to play off of your smartphone, the CA-3602 has a lot to offer.

As far as gaming goes, the same thing we said about the Z213 still applies here. Without a surround-sound solution, you can have a good gaming experience, but you won’t have a great one.

This is because sound design in games is key to maintaining situational and spatial awareness. Not being able to pinpoint the direction that noises are coming from can be a major downside if you’re playing first-person shooters, where the element of surprise is extremely powerful.

While you can still plug in your headphones to alleviate this...it’d be better if your speakers handled it for you, right?


Logitech Z213

Our next contender is another popular budget option, the Logitech Z213. Its setup offers two high-quality speakers alongside a bundled subwoofer, allowing an immersive stereo audio experience at home.

The Subwoofer and Speakers themselves aren’t sending anyone running home, but they’re more than suitable for most users. Listening to music and enjoying cinematic action games should be fine with this setup.

Where you may notice the lack of surround sound, however, is in titles, like first-person shooters. A lack of surround sound will throw off your spacial awareness in these games.

At a high level, this is an unforgivable problem.

Fortunately, if you need to pop in some headphones to alleviate this, the included controller also offers a headphone jack.

While stereo speakers aren’t a be-all, end-all solution for gaming, they can still do the job quite well in many titles.


Gear Head Magic 8-Ball

First up is the Magic 8-Ball, from Gear Head. The 8-Ball Speakers are two small, spherical speakers that are easily taken on the go, making them ideal to be paired with a gaming laptop.

While the speakers provide a superior experience than what you would get out of a laptop speaker, their overall sound quality is the weakest of the bunch here and are far less ideal for desktop scenarios.

If you’re an on-the-go PC or console gamer, the Magic 8-Ball Speakers should suit your needs perfectly. Otherwise, you may want to pass on this one, as it doesn’t offer surround-sound or a subwoofer- both considered key aspects of a home audio setup.

Selection Criteria


A subwoofer is integral to any good home audio setup, thanks to its ability to provide actual bass. While decent headphones can offer bass, a simple two-speaker setup without a subwoofer won’t provide the satisfying mmph that people like to have when listening to music or maximizing their immersion in a movie/game.

Because of this, only one option on our list- the one tailored to on-the-go gaming- comes without a subwoofer. The rest of them do, and we highly recommend you go with one of them if you’re setting up for your desk or home theater.

Audio Channels and Speakers

Audio channels essentially determine the number of speakers within a unit, and therefore the number of directions your audio can come from. Look at it this way:

  • 2 Channels - Basic stereo, no subwoofer.
  • 2.1 Channels - Basic stereo, with the .1 addition adding the subwoofer.
  • 5 Channels - Surround sound in five directions.
  • 5.1 Channels - Surround sound in five directions...plus the .1 for a subwoofer.
  • 7.1 Channels - Surround sound in seven directions...plus .1 for a subwoofer.

Make sense?

7.1 surround sound systems are for high-end gaming headsets and home theater setups. They’re also significantly, significantly more expensive than any of the options on this list, which is why we chose to opt out of them.

5.1 surround sound is perfectly fine for a gaming implementation, especially if laid out properly in your room. It’s the most highly-recommended for maintaining spacial awareness/immersion in your games without needing to wear headphones.

Making Your Choice

And here we are!

We’ve gone through our list of contenders, and we hope we helped you find the best PC gaming speakers to suit your needs. Our personal pick would be the Logitech Z506, thanks to its full surround-sound implementation, great sound quality and reasonable price.

What would yours be?

Comment below and let us know which one you went with! Whether you’re going on the go with the 8-Ball, staying budget-minded with a Z213 or going crazy with a Leviathan, we’d like to know how your new audio setup is treating you.

1 Comment

  1. Eric says:

    Awesome review, Chris! I was looking to get the Logitech Z213 the other day ago but after reading your review, I’m considering on getting the Z506. I’ll just have to save up more money with this model. 🙂

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