Best 5.1 Speakers for PC Gaming Windows Central 2020
The Logitech Z906 offers the right combination of loud sound and price to make it our number one pick for a 5.1 surround sound system for PC gaming. If it's excellent audio you seek, and you don't want to have to spend too much money, it will not disappoint. However, we also rounded up a couple of additional audio accessories that are worth a look.
Best Overall: Logitech Z906
You can connect up to six devices, including two optical, to this speaker system, which is ideal for anyone with home theater ambitions beyond PC gaming. A dedicated control console gives you complete control over your sound, and you can sit back with a remote control in your hand.
At a whopping 500 watts of power (and up to 1,000 watts peak power), these speakers are fantastic for PC gaming, no matter the genre. Sleek design, reliable performance, and THX certification together make these a great addition to any room.
During the day, you can annoy the neighbors, and at night you can plug in headphones and get into the game while the family sleeps. Each satellite speaker is wall-mountable, and the wires are long enough for home theater setups.
- 500 watts of power (1,000 peak)
- Wall-mountable satellites
- Plenty of connection options
- Dedicated controller and remote
- Cheaper options are available
- You might prefer a soundbar
Amazing 5.1 sound at an affordable price
These speakers have 500 watts of power to knock your socks off, and they have a detailed console for easy control.
Best 5.1 Soundbar: Razer Leviathan
The Leviathan system is made up of a beefy subwoofer with a 5.25-inch down-firing sub and a Razer-styled soundbar with dual 2.5-inch drivers and 0.74-inch tweeters that emulates the sound you'd get from an actual 5.1 setup. You won't experience the hassle of running wires around your gaming room, but you'll still get booming sound.
Connect the Leviathan with Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio jack and keep it below your gaming monitor. It's a lot shorter than conventional soundbars, so you'll still have room for your mouse hand. This soundbar is also branded with Razer's logo, so it will match any other gaming gear you have. If you're not keen on a bunch of speakers and wires but still want to emulate 5.1 sound, this is likely your best bet.
- Less setup hassle
- Booming sound
- Includes soundbar and sub
- Compact design for your desktop
- Connects with Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio
- Not true 5.1 surround sound
Best 5.1 Soundbar
A quality soundbar that emulates 5.1 surrounds
This isn't a true 5.1 setup with satellite speakers, but Razer's Leviathan does a great job of emulating surround sound and looks great while doing it.
Best Value: Logitech Z506
Anyone who doesn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a surround sound setup for their gaming rig should seriously consider Logitech's Z506 system. It may be well less than $100, but that doesn't mean it can't deliver serious sound. It booms out at you with 75 watts of power (RMS), and the bass is deep.
Connect two devices simultaneously, and tweak the sound with controls on a satellite speaker. You still have to run wires around your PC gaming room and find a home for each satellite (they aren't wall-mountable). But at this price, these small problems fade away. If you like the idea of Logitech's Z906 setup but don't have the budget, these are the next best thing.
- Price is right
- True 5.1 surround sound
- 75 watts of power
- Connect two devices simultaneously
- Quality of sound not as good as other options
Budget speakers still pack quite a punch
Logitech's cheaper sibling offers 75 watts of sound, and it's compatible with a wide array of devices besides your PC.
Logitech's Z906 5.1 surround speaker system is our top pick for PC gaming thanks to a potent combination of big sound and relatively low price. It pumps out 500 watts of continuous power — peaking up to 1,000 watts — and has a dedicated controller and remote for easy tweaking.
You can set up the satellites with wall mounts for a clean look, or they can comfortably sit on shelves around your gaming room. If you'd like to double them up as extra volume for your home theatre setup, you shouldn't have any issues. No matter the genre of game you enjoy, these speakers should be at the top of your list when shopping for a new surround sound setup.
If you'd rather go with a quality gaming headset — or double up and have a headset and speaker options — be sure to check out our roundup of the best gaming headsets available now.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, and accessory coverage, as well as the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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