It has been years since computers became more of a necessity than a luxury. As their presence in normal households grew, so did their applications. More and more video games started to come out, and special media channels were made where one could stream all kinds of media on computers. Gradually, the demand for good speakers arose; speakers which could fill entire rooms with sound and yet not face even the slightest bit of distortion. As we can now see, computer speakers have come a really long way today and there are a plethora of choices one can make. From costing a few thousand rupees to costing well over 30 thousand rupees, these speakers cover a range of budgets. Let’s get to know some of the best speakers out there.
Widely considered to be one of the best gaming speakers out there, these speakers by Logitech are speakers which will give a substantial boost to your gaming setup. The RGB lighting that it incorporates is quite divisive as people either like it or they don’t. The world of gaming may very well be divided, but one thing that Logitech has made sure is that the lights don’t look too out of place or flashy. They look like they were meant to be there.
- 2 speakers which come with a powerful subwoofer
- DTS:X Virtual Surround Sound built into the system
- Immersive lighting
- RGB LightSync: The colour can be set on a consistent cycle with the hardware or can be set to sync with the software in the system
- Supports USB, Bluetooth, and a 3.5 mm jack
- The LightSync feature which is really good and does its best to provide an immersive experience
- DTS:X Virtual Surround Sound enhances the immersive experience
- It does not have an independent control for the bass or the volume
- If it is not placed properly, the lighting can look completely off and tarnish your experience
Before you buy such a speaker, you should make sure you really want it and have a good enough system to complement it. The best place to fit the speakers is near the LED monitor and when done so, you immediately feel the power of the immersive experience Logitech is guaranteeing you with these flagship speakers. While it is the lights which give it a competitive edge, the surround sound of the G560 does not disappoint and really enhances the gaming experience. You will feel like you are in the game.
Razer Leviathan – Elite Gaming & Music Sound Bar
Whenever we talk about great computer accessories, Razer always finds its way into the conversation. Razer is greatly invested in Esports itself and hence it always has that edge over its competitors when developing products because it knows the demands of the market. As the name suggests, the Razer Leviathan falls into the category of Best SoundBar computer speakers. While most of the computer speakers in this list will have you sacrificing a lot of space around your precious gaming setup, the Leviathan will fit snugly around your system with plenty of room to spare, in stark contrast to what its name suggests.
- A bar speaker accompanied by a subwoofer
- Dolby 5.1 virtual surround sound
- Supports Bluetooth connectivity, 3.5 mm jack, and NFC
- Saves a lot of space
- Virtual 5.1 surround sound is almost as good as actual 5.1 surround sound
- Bluetooth built-in
- No USB support
The major concern among buyers is related to the Leviathan’s compact size and the fact that it provides a virtual 5.1 Dolby surround sound. However, under various tests, the Leviathan has held its own and even outperformed quite a few more highly rated speakers. The Leviathan has been specifically designed to allow you to place it below the monitor and has a wireless option as well which helps in reducing the clutter. There is a well-placed notch on the Leviathan which helps to tuck the cables underneath it. All-in-all, it has been designed keeping the modern day gaming system in mind, which makes up for its slightly less than optimum sound quality.
Creative labs A250 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System
While at first glance, the creative A250 speakers seem out of place when going up against behemoths like the Logitech G560 and the Razer Leviathan, once you factor in its quality, it makes perfect sense. The Creative A250 is very easily one of the best computer speakers for gamers who go for clarity over volume. While they are clearly lacking in the power of their volume, the audio they provide is crisp and remains so even when the volume is cranked up, suffering very little distortion. The computer speakers market is a highly sought after area, with various models from many well-known brands. Hence, coming out near the top after fighting big names like Logitech, Razer, and Bose is an achievement of its own.
- 2 speakers with a subwoofer
- 1 sound stream
- Supports 3.5 mm jack
- Small in space
- Clear, crisp voice
- Low distortion even at higher volume levels
- Does not support Bluetooth or USB
- No separate adjustments for the bass
- Lower volume than expected, works best in a smaller room
While the sound clarity is clearly a huge factor, the A250 are able to hold their ground on the basis of their quality too. While most small speakers barely differ from each other, the A250 speakers provide loud sound with a small size while maintaining a clear audio stream. The right speaker has a conveniently placed knob for adjusting the volume; hence the only sore point is the lack of a knob for controlling the base. If you keep moving places, these speakers are ideal for you due to their compact design and their ability to fill a dorm room or a small bedroom with ease. They can even fit on any desk surface, no matter how cramped it is. While they would easily lose the battle to any speaker to larger speakers with better subwoofers, they are an absolute beast when it comes to smaller speakers.
One of the best all round speakers out there, this speaker set is the embodiment of the phrase “Big things come in small packages”. These speakers made their debut on the market quite a few years ago but are still one of the best going around. While it is quite a shocker that these speakers do not contain a subwoofer for extra bass, Audioengine sells a subwoofer separately which can be paired with these speakers and enhance the system. The small, sleek and stylish designs of these speakers are a selling point and the sonic clarity that they provide even at higher levels is something to behold.
- 2 speakers, no subwoofer
- Supports RCA, USB, and 3.5 mm mini-jack
- RCA output for additional subwoofer
- Excellent clarity of sound
- Takes up less space because of the absence of a subwoofer
- Excellent connectivity
- Includes a port for an optional subwoofer
- Easy to set up
- A bit expensive as it lies in the middle range
- No subwoofer, hence lesser bass than you want
- Volume control situated at the back of the speaker
While the market has a lot of competition, Audioengine does a good job at fighting them off despite not including a subwoofer, which is a big accomplishment. Not including a subwoofer while competing with other speakers is like bringing a sword to a gunfight. While the audio levels and clarity of sound has been undebatable for these speakers, many users have noted that these speakers should be kept somewhat elevated at an angle to provide the best experience to the gamers. The small size for these speakers’ means that you can fit them on your desk easily and the RCA output which the speakers have made it very easy to attach a subwoofer to the system. For best results, we commend you to buy the subwoofer which is sold separately by Audioengine itself.
Bose Companion 2 Series III
Can we really have a list of the best of any kind of audio devices and not have one of the mighty Bose? These speakers are different from various other Bose speakers because they are quite affordable for most gamers. Not often will you find a speaker from Bose and affordable in the same sentence, but here they are and let’s just say, they are killing the competition here. The two satellites are small in size, with the longest dimension being 7.5 inches and the smallest being 3.1 inches. This compact size makes these speakers extremely viable for a gaming setup.
- 2 speakers, no subwoofer
- Connected to the computer by a wire
- Dolby 2.1 channel
- High volume and clear audio at any volume
- Volume control situated conveniently in the front
- An additional headphone jack slot
- High bass despite the absence of a subwoofer
- No USB or Bluetooth connectivity
- Bass and treble are non-adjustable
Bose has carved a niche for itself in the market. You hear the name and you expect two things from it: high quality and a price to match it. This is one speaker where Bose breaks away from the norm and gives us a speaker which has a high quality and is meant to destroy its surrounding competition. Despite not having a subwoofer, the speakers deliver a considerable amount of bass which is a feature of all Bose products. Most Bose products have a bass which can rival the bass of products 2 to 3 times larger than their size. The design is extremely simple and elegant, and the treble is pleasing to hear. All these factors make the Companion 2 Series III, which was already a formidable speaker to go up against, a towering giant when accompanied by its brand name.
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
If you are looking for speakers with a good sound and occupying very little space, Creative Labs has got just the speaker for you. These speakers are built very solidly and provide a high volume of sound. These speakers were definitely built to be a 2.0 system and stay true to their standards, even rising above it, though not coming close to a 2.1 system.
- 2 speakers, no subwoofer
- 0 system
- Supports 3.5 mm jack
- Impeccable quality of sound
- Sturdy build and great quality
- RCA to 3.5 mm adapter in package to support other stereo devices
- Ability to adjust volume, treble and bass
- Too many wires
- Smooth knobs for adjusting the volume, treble, and base make them harder to grip and twist
- No connectivity for Bluetooth or USB
- Do not have resonant vocals
With their small size, these speakers are sleek and compact, designed to fit snugly into most computer systems. They are built to last and the audio performance is amazing given their price. Creative Labs have been making audio cards for computers since the year 1989. This means that when it comes to audio devices, they keep the computer at the forefront of their target setups. The ability to connect other stereo devices with the adapter they provide for RCA to 3.5 mm conversion makes a great case for the ability of these speakers to become an even better sound system.
In a Nutshell
While most gamers around the world prefer headphones over speakers as they provide a more personal and non-invasive experience, there are a large number of gamers who want to feel the game around them and also annoy a few roommates along the way. At the end, every gamer wants a speaker which enables them to hear their characters footsteps and be able to identify where they are coming from, where the character has been hit, and other such nuances. This is why you will see many gamers going for sound clarity over sheer volume and bass. The same goes for people whose primary device for entertainment is a computer. A good sound system goes a long way to enhance someone’s experience and each speaker on this list is worth its money.
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