Let your ears ring with the best speakers for PC gaming.
Game preferences differ. From racing and shooting, to role-playing and strategy, one thing remains the same: you want your game loud. You want to hear the car drafting behind you, the footsteps of an enemy terrorist sneaking up behind you, the howls of slain goblins, or the slithering of your Zerglings. Don't forget that hooking these speakers up to your PC will require a suitable 5.1 surround sound card.
Best overall 5.1 speakers
The Logitech Z906 speakers offer THX-certified audio that will really knock your socks off. You can connect up to six devices including two optical — ideal for anyone with home theater ambitions beyond PC gaming. A control console gives you complete reign over your sound, and you can sit back with a remote control in-hand.
At a whopping 500 watts of power, these speakers are the best bargain on the list. During the day you can annoy the neighbors, and at night can plug in headphones and listen while the family sleeps. Each satellite speaker is wall-mountable, and the wires are long enough for home theater setups.
Sleek design and THX branding make these a great addition to any room, whether a computer room where your PC lives, or living room where resides your other devices.
Best budget 5.1 speakers
The Z506 has several ports that make for easy connecting. Including three audio-in jacks, one headphone jack, two stereo RCA input jacks, one DV-9 pin connector, and four RCA input jacks, you can essentially plug in whatever you want and experience surround sound. Sound booming out at you with 75 watts of power is no joke, either. Bass levels are controlled with a knob on the sub-woofer.
The wires are sometimes not long enough (six foot rear cables and 15 foot front cables) if you're setting up in a living room or other large area. If you're using these speakers in a smaller area around your computer, there should be no problem with wire length. Also keep in mind when setting up in a large room that these speakers have no remote control and no mounts on the back for wall-mounting.
Although these speakers might struggle a bit in a large room, they're great for a small gaming area. You'll be hard-pressed to beat the price while maintaining the quality and durability these speakers offer.
Creative Inspire T6300
Touted as their loudest Inspire, Creative's T6300 has some features the other budget speakers do not have, namely a wired remote control. If you're setting up a living room for console gaming and want to also use the speakers for your home theater, the remote will be very useful. The wires might snag your home theater plans, though, as they are for rear and front, six and 12 feet respectively. There are also no mounting slots for the satellite speakers.
These speakers have 57 watts of power, a bit less than the other budget speakers. Creative tries to make up for less wattage with a Dual Slot Enclosure technology that apparently offers louder playback with more mid-bass.
If you're looking for computer-room gaming speakers with a bit more bass, these might be your best option at their current price-point.
Offering 80 watts of power — more than the other budget speakers — the GX-Gaming set will be the choice for people who don't value their hearing.
These speakers are wall-mountable, come equipped with 5 foot front cables and 14.5 foot rear cables, and offer a bit of style in an otherwise generic speaker-world. Notice the red speakers and blue sub-woofer driver. Don't forget about an actual remote control!
Some users have experienced problems with the speakers cutting out when an exceptionally loud noise comes through, like a grenade or other explosion. Other users claim the speakers are great for gaming. Keep these claims in mind when purchasing the speakers.
If you enjoy a little style, a lot of sound, and a small bite out of your wallet, check out these speakers.
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