No gaming setup is complete without speakers that deliver incredible, booming sound. The best speakers for you will largely depend on your budget, the space available, and your preference for overall bass and sound quality. However, our favorite speakers are all fantastic in their own way.
From soundbars to speakers with lighting effects attached, we've compiled a list of the best gaming speakers for 2020. Read on to find the best solution for your gaming setup, whether you're limited on speaker space or want to upgrade your gaming sound in a big way.
The best gaming speakers at a glance
Best overall gaming speakers: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Why should you buy them: This speaker set has been available since 2008 and offers lots of great sound and performance at an affordable price.
Who are they for: PC gamers who want great sound and performance.
What we thought of the Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II:
Creative Technology is no stranger to desktop audio. The company started producing audio products in the 1980s. Sound Blaster and X-Fi are common household brands today. In 2008, Creative introduced the GigaWorks T40 Series II. However, because of their high quality and performance, this kit continues to be one of the best desktop sound systems you can buy today.
This speaker set is based on an MTM configuration with two midrange speakers with two woven fiberglass cones located at the top and bottom of each satellite surface. A fabric tweeter is located between these drivers. Both satellites have an opening at the top – the BasXPort – that provides all of the bass, so no subwoofer is required.
The right speaker has three rotary controls on the underside (bass, treble, volume) and two 3.5 mm sockets (headphones, aux-in). The main audio socket "Line-In" is located on the back together with a cinch socket for connecting the satellites using the cable supplied. This kit also comes with a double RCA stereo adapter.
Despite the feature set, this speaker kit's ability to remain an all-time favorite for more than a decade is a good reason why it is high on our list. There's a ton of great sounds and power for the price, but if you're looking for that extra punch in your beat, check out some of the other products with subwoofers on this list.
Best gaming soundbar: Razer Leviathan Dolby 5.1
Why You Should Buy It: Razer's Leviathan is a powerful soundbar with an included subwoofer that is hard to beat at this price point.
Who is it for: Console and PC players who like bass-heavy sound or prefer wireless audio.
What we thought of the Razer Leviathan soundbar:
At just 20 inches long, the Leviathan is much smaller than your average soundbar, making it great for use on desks and in front of televisions. The connection is usually made through a 3.5mm audio jack, but there is also a Bluetooth component that makes it very versatile and less cluttered. That means you can pump music or video audio wirelessly from any bluetooth enabled device like a smartphone or tablet.
Despite its size, the Leviathan lives up to its name with bass-heavy, immersive audio thanks to impressive virtual surround sound. It's more suitable for games with bombastic effects like shooters than for more subtle, dialog-driven RPG experiences. It has two 2.5-inch full-range drivers and two 0.74-inch tweeters, while the separate bass unit has a downward-facing 5.25-inch subwoofer. The kit also offers an optical connection.
Best surround sound gaming speakers: Logitech Z906
Why You Should Buy It: The Z906 sounds fantastic and is really impressive with its detailed 5.1 audio system.
Who is it for: Console and PC players who want real audio immersion.
What we thought of the Logitech Z906 speaker set:
If immersion in gaming audio is your primary concern, few setups come close to the Logitech Z906. It offers true 5.1 surround sound and delivers crisp, high-performance audio whether you're playing games, watching movies, or listening to music. Explosions and booming voices contain real meat.
Logitech's system has a variety of inputs that allow you to connect up to six different devices at the same time. With the attractive and intuitive control box and remote control you can choose what and how to play at any time. There's even an optional Bluetooth adapter that can be used to connect devices wirelessly.
Although there is no HDMI passthrough and no support for HD audio formats, these THX certified speakers support Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams.
Overall, the Z906 may be a bit more bass heavy than other kits, but there's still a lot of clarity on the higher end. Combined with the 3D element of real surround sound, this speaker set is one of the best you can buy for high-end gaming.
Best Affordable Gaming Speaker: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602
Why should you buy them: For the price, this kit offers decent sound quality and plenty of punch.
Who are they for: PC gamers on a budget.
What we thought of the Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 speakers:
You can't expect the world to go with budget speakers, but you shouldn't tolerate poor quality either. This 2.1 speaker set is good enough to elevate your audio beyond the standard monitor or TV speakers.
Each satellite speaker consists of two two-inch drivers packed into an angled, piano-black surface to deliver sound aimed at your ears. They are complemented by a 5.25-inch Power Pro bass driver, which is housed in an "acoustically balanced" wooden housing with a 2.25-inch connector and produces deep, thundering sounds.
This 2.1 kit includes a circular controller pod that sits on each flat surface. It offers a main control, an on / off switch, a bass volume control, a 3.5mm audio headphone jack and a 3.5mm AUX input jack that connects to your PC, smartphone, tablet and other compatible devices can be connected.
If you're looking to spend no more than $ 40 on a speaker system, the Cyber Acoustics CA-3602a kit might be an ideal choice for your desktop.
Best Small Gaming Speakers: Razer Nommo Chroma
Why should you buy them: They are small but powerful with beautiful lighting effects and great sound.
Who are they for: PC gamers with limited space or love Razer's aesthetics.
What we thought of the Razer Nommo Chroma speakers:
If getting physical space in a room or on a desk is your priority, Razer's Nommo Chroma kit might be your best solution. The speakers offer you serious sound quality without taking up a lot of space. Better still, these speakers have small built-in stands for stand-alone design. You can mount them next to your TV, monitor or keyboard, even in the most compact gaming setups.
This kit offers impressive performance for speakers of this size, despite the lack of a subwoofer. Each speaker has a built-in bass port on the back for a fuller overall sound. The effect is low-end vibration bursts during the deepest rumble in the game. If that's not your style, the speakers have built-in volume and bass controls for fine-tuned hardware control. Razer's automatic gain control ensures that you avoid distortion even when you increase the bass.
You can make additional tweaks in Razer's Synapse software by tweaking the EQ settings to suit your style (and game settings). If you choose the Chroma RGB Lighting Edition, you can also adjust the lighting effects via the menu. However, if you skip the built-in lighting in the base of each speaker, you can save about $ 47 by opting for the non-chroma edition instead.