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The best gaming speakers for 2020

Whether you’re a console owner or a PC gamer, speakers are the last must-have items on your list. No game experience is complete without excellent, booming sound. We favor the Logitech LightSync G560 speaker set for its powerful subwoofer and coordinated lighting effects, but there are plenty of others that may be a better fit for your needs.

Most of the kits listed here target PC gamers, providing a 3.5mm connector. Technically they can work with any device with a 3.5mm audio jack, including TVs with headphones or auxiliary output. Two kits on this list even include optical connectivity, meaning you can connect the system directly to the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

The best gaming speakers at a glance

Best gaming speakers overall: Logitech LightSync G560

Logitech LightSync G560

Why you should buy them: They look gorgeous and sound great, with virtual surround sound delivering decent 3D sound effects.

Who are they for: PC gamers who want a statement speaker set that also sounds great.

What we thought of the Logitech LightSync G560 speakers:

Logitech may be mostly known for keyboards and mice, but it produces excellent speakers too. Part of the Logitech G Series, the company’s LightSync G560 speaker kit targets top-tier PC gamers who want the best of everything.

As a 2.1 set, you can expect two powerful stereo speakers and a large, imposing subwoofer. They support virtual surround sound for decent 3D effects along with powerful audio that’s somewhat bass-heavy. However, with some adjustments, we found the sound to be superb for gaming, blasting powerful explosions and crackling gunfire. The kit even shows some nuance with more relaxing or dainty musical moments.

The lighting effects are the kit’s big selling point, however. With spotlights on the rear to help better reflect the current game’s ambiance, they can leverage profiles of more than 600 games to improve immersion, displaying different colors as you enter new areas, or when your health is low. For unsupported games, “screen sampling” uses basic ambiance-enhancing lighting instead.

Overall, you’ll find better-sounding kits if you’re willing to spend the bigger bucks. However, Logitech’s affordable LightSync G560 kit provides solid sound and a nifty lighting experience for under $200.

Best gaming soundbar: Razer Leviathan Dolby 5.1

Why you should buy it: Razer’s Leviathan is a powerful soundbar with a bundled subwoofer that’s hard to beat at this price.

Who’s it for: Console and PC gamers 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 TVs. It typically connects via a 3.5mm audio jack, but there’s a Bluetooth component too, making it quite versatile and less messy. 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 in a big way with bass-heavy, immersive audio thanks to impressive virtual surround sound. It’s more suited for games with bombastic effects like shooters than the more subtle, dialogue-driven RPG experiences. It features two 2.5-inch full-range drivers and two 0.74-inch tweeters while the separate bass unit has a downward-firing 5.25-inch subwoofer. The kit provides an optical connection as well.

Best surround sound gaming speakers: Logitech Z906

Why you should buy it: The Z906 sounds fantastic and is truly immersive with its detailed, 5.1 audio system.

Who’s it for: Console and PC gamers who want true audio immersion.

What we thought of the Logitech Z906 speaker set:

If immersion is your main concern with gaming audio, few setups come close to the Logitech Z906. Offering true 5.1 surround sound, it pumps crisp, powerful audio whether you’re playing games, watching movies, or listening to music. There is real meat in explosions and booming voices.

Logitech’s system features a multitude of inputs, letting you connect up to six different devices at the same time. The attractive and intuitive control box and remote give you the power to choose what’s playing and how at any time. There’s even an optional Bluetooth adapter to connect devices wirelessly.

Although it lacks an HDMI passthrough and does miss out on HD audio format support, these THX-certified speakers support Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams.

Overall, the Z906 might be a bit more bass-heavy than other kits, but there’s still plenty of clarity at the high end. When combined with the 3D element of the true surround sound, this speaker set is one of the best you can buy for high-end gaming.

Best budget gaming speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602a

Why you should 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 with budget speakers, but you shouldn’t tolerate poor quality either. This 2.1 speaker set is good enough to upgrade your audio beyond stock monitor or TV speakers.

Each satellite speaker consists of dual two-inch drivers packed into an angled, piano black surface to deliver sound pointed up towards your ears. They’re complemented by a 5.25-inch Power Pro bass driver packed into an “acoustically balanced” wood cabinet featuring a 2.25-inch port, pushing deep, thunderous sounds.

This 2.1 kit includes a circular controller pod that sits on any flat surface. It provides a master control dial, an on/off switch, bass volume control, a 3.5mm audio headphone jack, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack that connects to your PC, smartphone, tablet, and other compatible devices.

If you don’t want to spend more than $40 on a speaker system, the Cyber Acoustics CA-3602a kit may be the ideal choice for your desktop.

Best small gaming speakers: Razer Nommo Chroma

Why you should buy them: They’re small but mighty with beautiful lighting effects and great sound.

Who are they for: PC gamers with little space or love Razer’s aesthetic.

What we thought of the Razer Nommo Chroma speakers:

If your biggest concern is physical space in a room or on a desk, Razer’s Nommo Chroma kit gives you serious sound quality without the hefty footprint. Better yet, these speakers have small integrated stands so you can place them alongside your TV, monitor, or keyboard in most compact gaming setups.

Despite the lack of a subwoofer, this kit provides impressive power for speakers of this size. Each has a built-in rear-facing bass port for a fuller overall sound, providing low-end vibration effects during the deepest of in-game rumblings. If that’s not your style, the speakers have built-in volume and bass dials for fine-tuned hardware control. Razer’s automatic gain control makes sure that any bass increases are distortion-free, too.

You can make further fine-tuned adjustments in Razer’s Synapse software by tweaking the EQ settings. That’s also where you can adjust the fancy Chroma RGB lighting effects in each speaker’s base. However, if you don’t care about lighting effects, you can save at least $20 by opting for the standard “Black” edition instead.

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