Best Gaming Speakers

Five of the Best Full-Speaker Alternatives to Headphones for Gaming

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While most gaming is typically associated with headphones, there’s nothing better than hooking up a full audio system to your gaming rig and immersing yourself in the wide frequency range. Even if you’ve played a game a thousand times, a quality audio system can make it feel like a brand new experience.

With the punchy mids grabbing you by the scruff of the neck, the hauntingly refined treble singing sweetly, and the bass emitting tremors that let you truly feel the game. Suddenly, what was fairly commonplace has become engrossingly cinematic.

But what makes a speaker set good for gaming, and where do you start? Well, my friend, you’re already in the perfect place to begin your search for the best gaming audio system around. Not only have we crafted a brief, ‘things to consider’ guide, but reviewed five of the best gaming speakers currently available as well. Let’s get noisy!

Our Top Picks

Editor's Choice
Harman Kardon Sound Sticks III 2.1
Runner up
Logitech G560
Mid Range Pick
Logitech Z623 Speaker System

First Look

Editor's Choice
Harman Kardon Sound Sticks III 2.1
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These gaming speakers are more than an audio system, both physically and sonically speaking, they’re pure works of art. Looking like some sort of piece de resistance of a master alien glassblower, you won’t know whether to listen to the sub or fill it with flowers.

With mids and trebles stacked vertically in the infamous sound sticks, these are some of the most space-friendly speakers on the planet, and as they pummel you with the sounds of your gaming world, the down powering sub shakes your very core.

With dedicated, easy-to-use sub and satellite controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and a frequency response from 44Hz to 20,000Hz, these Harman Kardon speakers are ready to blur the lines between real and simulated worlds.

Runner up
Logitech G560
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Logitech is a stalwart of the computer speaker industry, and the G650 speakers are the product of their years of experience. You can expect a really hard-hitting, full-bodied audio response that will take your gaming to visceral new levels. Moreover, they come with software that features an intuitive equalizer so you can fine-tune your sound profile to suit your ears.

Much like Harman Kardon, Logitech understands that it’s not all about sonic excellence, but aesthetics as well. Featuring two full-range rounded satellite speakers with integrated RGB lighting systems that can display up to 16.8 million different colors, these things put on as much a show for the eyes as they do for the ears.

Mid Range Pick
Logitech Z623 Speaker System
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The Z623 system is perfect for those who are looking for something with more of a traditional vibe. With on-speaker dial controls situated on one of the standing stone-style satellites and a mixture of smooth and textured black plastic finishes, they’ll perhaps feel reminiscent of the speakers you had growing up, but with one key difference…epic sound quality.

Framed by the THX-certified satellite speakers, the cuboidal sub is powerful enough to make you really feel the gameplay, while its squat stature makes it ideal for positioning in compact spaces. If you want truly cinematic-grade audio for your gaming, they’re a brilliant, no-nonsense way to get it.

Best Value
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX-Certified Computer Speaker System
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If you want an awesome speaker set for gaming that can also handle your favorite bass-heavy dance, dark ambient, dubstep, and trap tracks, the Klipsch ProMedia are the ones for you. With epic low-end potential and smooth highs, you don’t listen to this THX-certified sound, you bath and luxuriate in it.

While this set doesn’t have some of the modern appointments our other listed speakers do such as Bluetooth connectivity and RGB panels, it does have a trick up its sleeve in the form of a detachable control module.

Budget Pick
Cyber Acoustics Bluetooth Speakers
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If you’re a little light of pocket at the moment, these Cyber Acoustic speakers prove that you can still treat yourself to some high-quality audio entertainment for your gaming rig. You do have to forfeit a few high-end features in the way of frequency width and stability at high volumes, but despite the very reasonable price tag, you can expect LED light shows, Bluetooth connectivity, crisp stereo separation, and dedicated bass and treble controls. Pretty impressive if you ask us.

They feature both Bluetooth and wired connectivity which is a versatile touch not commonly seen in gaming speakers, but the standout feature is the LED light show function. With 7 color options, you can let your synesthesia run wild, matching your favorite titles and albums up with corresponding colors.

How We Choose

Here at WePC, gaming isn’t just our job, it’s our lives, and we engage with our featured products not just in a professional capacity, but in a personal capacity as well, so we know from experience which products are worth your time and money.

These aren’t just speakers we become acquainted with for the sake of writing reviews. We know these speakers because we’re also always on the hunt for the latest and greatest that can enhance our own gaming lives.

Specifics we look for in speakers include value for money, audio quality, connectivity, and style. We like the unique and the exciting, but we also love the small, thoughtful stuff. We test these products as rigorously as we do because, like you, we want to know what our options are.

Things to Consider

Frequency Response and Sound Quality

Games these days are putting more and more energy into audio experiences, with both music and sound effects delving into more and more extreme and experimental territories in terms of frequency. To fully appreciate these efforts, you need speakers with articulate audio and wide frequency response.

Frequency response is measured in Hz and KHz and describes the range of pitches a speaker can deliver without dipping in quality. The most suitable frequency response from gaming will range from lows of at least 50Hz to highs of 20KHz.

Connectivity

Wireless Bluetooth setups are a fantastic option if you like a clear gaming station, and some Bluetooth speakers will even hook up to more than one device simultaneously, which is fantastic. That said, for the best possible audio quality, wires are normally the way to go.

You also need to think about how the speakers connect to one another and if any wires are long enough for your gaming rig. Wire extensions are sometimes an option but not always, so it’s best to try and find a speaker set that’s suitable out of the box.

Style

Some people don’t really care what an audio device looks like and that’s fair enough; it’s not strictly relevant, but for the most part, people care about aesthetics. The look of something can create a mood or inspire in a way that’s uniquely its own,

There are a plethora of different designs available at the minute, so you should have no problem finding a set that complements any room with already established themes.

Dimensions

Computer desks aren’t typically the neatest of areas, especially if they’re used for both work and leisure time, so space can be a big issue when adding more hardware to the equation.

To reach their full potential, speakers require very specific placement. Throwing them into the mix any old way will diminish performance, and possibly even damage them, so you need to pick speakers that fit nicely into your surroundings.

Controls

The best gaming speakers have easy-to-use, responsive controls situated somewhere within reach. Some people prefer lots of control over levels, while others like to keep it simple. It’s just a matter of preference.

Best Speakers for Gaming:

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In-depth Review

1.
Editor's Choice
Harman Kardon Sound Sticks III 2.1
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Pros

Looks amazing

Thick plastic enclosure

Space-friendly

Eight full-range transducers for mids and trebles

44Hz – 20,000Hz frequency response range

Down-firing powered sub

Bluetooth Connectivity

Tilt controls direction of the sound

Distortion-free

Cons

Sub may rattle against your desk

Expensive

There’s no doubt that these are the most aesthetically pleasing gaming speakers in the world let alone this list. While the exquisite sound works its vibrations into your body and rattles your bones, you are invited to peer within the Brechtian speakers in return, the transparent walls giving you visuals on all the electronics and mechanisms, which is really cool!

With their artfulness, these speakers are somewhat lacking in the heavy-duty feel of other speaker designs with thick coffins of enclosures, but the high-quality, thick plastic casing is designed to handle the rigors of storage and the odd impact.

Besides the breathtaking look of the Sound Sticks, one of the most interesting features is the down-firing powered sub. The problem with normal subs is that the drivers gradually shift out of place, affecting sound quality. Down-firing powered drivers stay in place. It can get a little rattly on your desk at super-high volumes, but the sound itself does not.

The eight incredibly space-friendly full-range transducers are stacked vertically, hence the name ‘Sound Sticks’, and can easily be tilted to optimize directional impact. Powered with 20-watts of distortion-free amplification and featuring intuitive touch controls, these speakers really are the best in the biz.

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Runner up
Logitech G560
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Pros

Light-sync technology with 16.8 million colors

Awesome sound quality

Durable enclosures

Smart minimalist design

You can fine-tune your sound using software

Fairly space-friendly

Powerful subwoofer

40Hz – 18,000Hz frequency response

Bluetooth connectivity with up to 4 devices simultaneously

Cons

Software can be a little buggy at times

They’re a little pricey

Some might not be looking for a light show

This set comes in the form of two small yet powerful full-range satellite speakers and a sturdy subwoofer with sound-dampening legs to reduce on-desk rattle. Design-wise, they’re somewhat minimalistic, keeping things very slick and formal with crisp jet-black surfaces.

The satellite speakers have a fully customizable, integrated light system that can display roughly 16.8 million different colors and shades, and what’s more, you can sync custom light shows up to individual titles, which is nuts! You do have to connect to your PC via USB if you want to use the light-sync technology, though.

The software these speakers come with is fantastic. Not only do you get access to an equalizer so you can customize the character of the sound, but you can set them to digital surround sound mode. This setting mimics the directionality of surround sound systems, which is going to prove invaluable when playing games such as COD and Battlefield where sound location plays a pivotal role.

In terms of audio quality, Logitech has outdone itself. They’re not exactly considered a big name in professional audio, but these G5650 speakers definitely hold their own against some of the industry leaders.

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Mid Range Pick
Logitech Z623 Speaker System
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Pros

Amazing THX-certified sound quality

Wide frequency response

Incredibly simple to operate

Squat subwoofer will fit nicely in a small space

Amazing price

Classic look

Rubber feet prevent shifting and rattle

Durable build

Cons

No Bluetooth connectivity and wires may not be long enough for multi-screen setups

Not the prettiest things in the world

The Z623 speaker set is a relatively simple design. It comes as one cuboidal subwoofer and two satellite speakers with on-speaker bass and volume control, and RCA and 3.5mm jack inputs for connecting up to three devices.

What this seemingly minimal design belies is the thought Logitech has put into the details. If you look at the base of the control speaker, for instance, it has two rubber grips on either side that prevent it from shifting as you tweak your levels, and the sub also features hidden flat rubber feet that eliminate on-surface rattle. These speakers are full of these little features, but what’s important here is the amazing sound quality.

Thanks largely to the 302mm x 264mm x 283mm subwoofer, these speakers boast an incredibly wide frequency response ranging from 35Hz – 20,000Hz. So, if you’re a bit of bass junky, these speakers are able to punch out insanely low frequencies at high volumes without getting too flappy or distorted.

The Z623 speaker set isn’t winning any beauty contests, but if you don’t want to pay for flashy aesthetics or gimmicky RGB lighting, these are by far the best value for money gaming speakers around. Every cent you put into these goes towards the amazing THX-certified audio quality.

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Best Value
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX-Certified Computer Speaker System
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Pros

Fantastic subwoofer

Nice horn tweeters

Removable control module

Awesome price

Widest frequency range on the list

Fill the room well

Cons

Mids aren’t too powerful

Basic design

Controls need to be kept clean to maintain responsiveness

This speaker system is all about bringing the lowest of frequencies to the table, then rattling said table to splinters. Able to accurately produce bass pitches as low as 31Hz, this system has the widest frequency response range of any of the others on the list, and guess what? It’s also the second cheapest.

Similar to the Logitech Z623 set, the Pro Media set focuses on bringing you the best possible sound quality for the money. They do show a little bit of break-up at extremely high volumes, but you won’t ever need to crank them that loud.

One small issue we did pick up on is that the midrange drivers don’t seem to be able to keep up with the quality of the sub. The sub is just so powerful, it sort of feels like a mismatch, but on the bright side, the horn tweeters cut through nicely.

With a control module that fits beneath the satellite or can be slid out and placed in a separate location, Klipsch is the first company on our list to provide anything close to remote-controlled audio. It’s not wireless, so there’s a limit to its mobility, but it’s still a really cool feature.

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Budget Pick
Cyber Acoustics Bluetooth Speakers
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Pros

Great value for money

Impressive midrange drivers

LED lighting

Dedicated bass and treble controls

Bluetooth and wired connectivity

Cons

Weak subwoofer

Controls may be hard to reach

Not suitable for filling large rooms

If you have strict budgetary requirements as of late, but you’re adamant you want to allocate a proportion of your funds to a quality gaming audio system, then these are the perfect speakers for you.

They feature both Bluetooth and wired connectivity which is a versatile touch not commonly seen in gaming speakers, but the standout feature is the LED light show function. With 7 color options, you can let your synesthesia run wild, matching your favorite titles and albums up with corresponding colors.

The controls are situated on the side of the subwoofer, which isn’t the best location in our opinion and can be pretty fiddly to see clearly and reach, but they’re incredibly responsive and smooth.

Unfortunately, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is pretty pertinent in this situation. While the satellite speakers do a really great job punching those mids, the sub is pretty lacking. With a frequency response starting at 50Hz, low pitches can get pretty fluttery. Still, even with a weak sub, this set offers you great value for your money.

Final Word

A quality set of computer speakers can really lift a gaming experience to new levels. The way they fill the whole room with a wash of sound and the sub can physically move your body is enthralling and visceral.

If aesthetic is just as important to you as performance, the Sound Sticks are the way to go. If you’re a sucker for a light show, the G560 offers the best visuals. For bog-standard, quality audio performance the Z623 or Pro Media sets are exactly what you’re looking for, and if you’re trying to reduce expenditure, you really can’t go wrong with the Cyber Acoustics set