No matter what kind of gaming setup you have, good speakers are essential. Without them, a lot of the joy of playing the game gets lost. That’s especially true with first-person shooter games, but also accurate for other types of games. Any interaction in-game isn’t the same if the sound is flat, you can’t tell where the character is coming from, or it’s hard to hear or distorted. It can really pull you out of the moment and back into reality, and who wants that? You’re playing that game for a reason, and you want the best gaming speakers to help you really feel like you’re a part of it.
Console gaming speakers and PC gaming speakers are both great ways to have a quality sound experience. Whether you’re looking for the best soundbar for gaming or you want high-end speakers for Xbox, surround sound speakers for gaming are available in a number of price ranges and quality levels. No matter what your budget or your overall plan, there are speakers that will work for the kind of sound you want from your game. Here’s what you need to know, along with some great recommendations for the ones that will work best for your gaming goals.
The Best Console Gaming Speakers (Xbox, PS4, etc)
Console gaming, like Xbox or PS4, is still a highly popular way to play. If you play your games from a console instead of a PC, you have excellent opportunities to make those explosions sound like they’re right next door, or the next character is walking in from your kitchen. It’s so much easier to stay focused and in-game when the sound is right, and when each and every sound comes from where it’s supposed to. Here are some of the very best in gaming soundbars to get that true, gaming experience.
The Best Gaming Soundbars
The Samsung 3.1 CH Soundbar is a 3.1 channel option, which is so much better when compared to the traditional two-channel soundbars. One of the ways it really offers value is through clear dialog. Whether you’re playing Call of Duty, God of War, or something a little more sedate, that center channel makes a big difference. If you’re playing games with plenty of dialog in them you’ll want a 3.1 channel option like this one.
With the Yamaha Soundbar with Virtual 3D Surround, you can enjoy the clear voice function for games that are heavy on the dialog. Everything from The Legend of Zelda to Battlefield 1 will come in clearer, sharper, and more easily understandable, so you don’t miss out on any part of your gaming experience. You also get a mounting plate for the wall, so you can put this soundbar right where you want it to get the best experience.
When you choose the Kanto SYD Powered Speaker, you’ll get choices, and who doesn’t like that? Ok, so it’s not technically a soundbar. But you can’t ignore this great Kanto option. It has so many excellent features, including a huge number of different connection options, 4″ Kevlar drivers, a remote control, and a Bluetooth and phono preamp. Read our full review of the SYD here.
How About 5.1 Gaming Speakers?
The Samsung Wireless Rear Kit offers you the opportunity to sync up with the Samsung soundbar we told you about above, so you’ll have a really affordable 5.1 surround sound system. It’s not always easy to get true surround sound with your gaming experience, but it can be done. You generally need a traditional home theater system to do that, which includes a receiver and speakers. If your budget is a consideration, you might want to start with a 2.1 or a 3.1 system, and then expand things later, as your budget allows. If it’s affordable to you, though, a 5.1 gaming speaker experience is truly the way to go.
The Most Highly Recommended Receivers For Gaming
When it comes to recommendations, you can’t go wrong with the Yamaha 5.1 Channel AV Receiver with Musiccast. It gives you a unique ability to add surround speakers wirelessly, and it’s compatible with Alexa voice commands. You won’t even have to get up to make adjustments, since you can just ask Alexa to handle it for you! Who wants to get up from Assassin’s Creed to make a sound adjustment? Well, you won’t need to.
Commonly Recommended Speakers For Gaming
The Paradigm Monitor SE Series is an affordable option for anyone looking at the premium paradigm brand but not seeing how that premium choice meets up with their budget. If premium isn’t in your bank account’s vocabulary, consider getting the SE series. You’re still going to get quality speakers, and you won’t need to worry about breaking the bank. It’s a good way for people who are just getting started in gaming to get a system set up, too, since if that’s where you are in your gaming journey you might not feel comfortable going all-out on a speaker system just yet.
If you’re looking for a great speaker at an excellent price, also be sure to consider the Monitor Audio 5.0 Audio System, which is an excellent speaker bundle for the money. Just remember that you’ll still need a receiver to operate it. If you’re sticking to a tight budget or you have a small room, though, this is one of the best options to meet all your gaming needs. Whether you’re focused on Ark: Survival Evolved or Detroit: Become Human, you’ll love the way your games sound through this speaker bundle.
Choosing The Best PC Gaming Speakers
PC gaming is hugely popular, but most people don’t know of any speaker options other than a set of headphones. Fortunately, we can fix that and make sure your PC games sound amazing. You don’t want to struggle with sound when you’re playing a game, since it takes you completely out of the experience and can affect your playing performance. Don’t let that happen. Instead, choose the PC gaming speakers that work for your needs, and that are going to give you the type of audio experience you may have only expected to get with a gaming console.
With the Kanto YU2 Powered Desktop Speakers connect to your computer through USB. They bypass your computers digital audio converter and instead process sound on their own high quality DAC. You can also add a subwoofer, to get those great bass notes when explosions go off or you’re flying or driving anything that’s got a rumble to it. Even if you’re not familiar with the Kanto brand, don’t sell these PC speakers short. They’re big on sound and value, and you won’t be disappointed.
Another excellent choice is the Yamaha Micro System, which comes in a ton of great colors and offers a very full range of sound. It connects to your PC through cable or Bluetooth, and you’ll be amazed at the control you have over the sound quality. That control is highly important, especially if there are multiple people in your house who play different styles of games. Even if it’s just you, though, you probably don’t play the same thing every time. Being able to adjust the sound to fit the game matters for the overall experience.
Now that you’ve had the chance to take a look at all of these great options, contact us or find a store near you, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the best gaming speaker system. What do you think? Are there other speakers you’d add to this list? Want to know why we picked the ones we did or what we think about the gaming setup you’re planning? Reach out to us today, and let’s get your gaming where you want it to be.