Today, everyone is focused so much on surround setups and surround headphones that the good old stereo speakers are left pretty much forgotten.
However, they are still a very viable solution for gaming, especially the more high-end ones. This is because their larger drivers and dedicated subwoofers do an overall better job at reproducing various frequencies more accurately than headphones can.
So, if you’ve decided to add a set of speakers to your gaming rig, we recommend that you look at our choice of the best gaming speakers for 2020! We will be listing 2.0 and 2.1 configurations alike in our guide.
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- Highly affordable
- Decent value
- Flimsy build
- Quite weak
About The Speakers
We start the list off with a neat and compact set of speakers from Cyber Acoustics, the CA-2014RB. The company itself was founded back in 1996, and as the name implies, they specialize in audio equipment. This primarily includes low-profile speakers, headsets, and microphones.
The CA-214RB speakers look just like most people would imagine when talking about “computer speakers”. They are simple and compact, with a minimal design and an inconspicuous dark grey and black color scheme. The right speaker has a volume knob, power button, and headphone jack on the front, complete with a signal LED power indicator.
|Speaker Size||178 x 76 x 95 mm (7 x 3 x 3.75 inches)|
All in all, the CA-2014RB speakers are highly reliable, although pretty basic. They are affordable, look good, and get the job done. On the downside, they feel somewhat cheaply built, and their power is far from impressive. As a matter of fact, they are hardly any better (if at all) than any monitor’s built-in speakers.
With that in mind, they will serve well as convenient side peripherals for multimedia and occasional gaming but don’t expect any amazing sound quality or thundering bass from them.
- Integrated Bluetooth connectivity
- Good sound quality
- Poor bass
About The Speakers
Avantree is not a very widely-known company, but they have an established international presence and sell a range of diverse gadgets and accessories. This includes speakers, among other things.
The SP750 speakers may seem like a simple stereo set, but they are quite advanced. Not only do they look good, with a high-quality build and meshed front, but they also have dual drivers and built-in Bluetooth connectivity.
|Connection||3.5mm jack, Bluetooth|
|Speaker Size||90 x 90 x 190mm (3.54 x 3.54 x 7.48 inches)|
These speakers may not be geared specifically towards gamers, but they do many things right that would make you consider them. First and foremost, they have built-in Bluetooth connectivity, which makes them very convenient for use with multiple devices or simply with the more mobile ones such as phones and laptops.
On top of that, they also perform really well in terms of sound, although neither the highs nor the lows will leave many people impressed. But, for some basic use, these speakers do indeed present decent value.
Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers
RMS: Not disclosed
- Minimal design
- Excellent sound quality
- Ideal for those who don’t want a subwoofer
- Bass not as powerful as with 2.1 configurations
About The Speakers
Bose is a highly recognizable name in the audio industry, and for a good reason. The company was founded all the way back in 1964 in the US but operates worldwide today.
The speakers we will be looking at today are the company’s Companion 2 Series III stereo speakers, a seemingly simple set of stereo speakers. However, given the hefty price tag, it becomes evident that you can expect some top-quality sound from this Bose product.
They are a bit larger than the usual desktop speakers but are still very minimal in their design. There are no attention-grabbing details, and the right speaker sports a volume knob and a headphone jack on the front.
|Speaker Size||190 x 79 x 150 mm (7.5 x 3.1 x 5.9 inches)|
Despite not having a separate subwoofer, these Bose speakers still do an admirable job of reproducing a fair share of lows very accurately. This makes them ideal for those who want quality sound that includes heavier bass but don’t want to deal with the bulkiness of a subwoofer in their desktop setup.
Of course, the bass produced by these speakers is nowhere near what a dedicated subwoofer can do. That said, you might be better off finding another solution, especially considering the high price tag attached to these two.
- Very affordable 2.1 setup
- Excellent value
- Good sound and bass for the price
- Cheap-looking design
About The Speakers
Creative is yet another company that most people will be familiar with. Founded in Singapore in 1981, Creative excels in all things audio, including sound cards, as well as some computer peripherals and accessories.
The Creative A250 is not a flagship product representing the sheer quality Creative is capable of producing. Rather, it showcases their ability to provide a balance of affordability and quality in a single product.
That said, neither the speakers nor the subwoofer look especially appealing aesthetically, mainly because the manufacturer prioritized sound quality over visual appeal.
|RMS||9W (2x2W + 5W)|
|Speaker Size||72.0 x 147.0 x 79.0 mm (3 x 6 x 3.10 inches)|
|Subwoofer Size||183.0 x 225.0 x 190.0 mm (7.2 x 8.85 x 7.5 inches)|
All things considered, the A250 is a great choice for those looking for a basic 2.1 setup that is cheap yet still able to provide decent sound quality. It is also loud enough to fill an average room, even though the 5W subwoofer will not produce any truly palpable bass.
- Incredible subwoofer for the price
- Great overall value
- Relatively compact
- Satellites are a bit underwhelming
- Not everyone will like the design
About The Speakers
Genius is perhaps best known for its affordable computer peripherals, but the company had grown immensely over the years. Today, their inventory includes a variety of GX Gaming products, the series which also includes the Genius SW-G2.1 2000.
A very distinctive quality is, as you can see, the design. With LED lighting, plenty of details, and a prominent Scorpion logo that represents Genius’ GX Gaming product line, this is a gaming product inside and out.
At the center is a powerful subwoofer with two satellites, and the setup also includes a separate control unit with volume and bass knobs, as well as three 3.5mm jacks for headphones, microphones, and line input.
|RMS||45W (2x8W + 29W)|
|Speaker Size||25 x 155 x 91 mm (1 x 6 x 3.5 inches)|
|Subwoofer Size||252 x 233 x 235 mm (9.92 x 9.20 x 9.25 inches)|
|Control Unit Size||55 x 177 x 155 mm (2.20 x 7 x 6 inches)|
In the end, the Genius SW-G2.1 2000 brings decent satellites and an exceptionally powerful subwoofer at a very approachable price tag. It is capable of reproducing powerful lows, although the satellites’ sound quality is mediocre at best.
Something that gamers will also find appealing is that both the satellites and the subwoofer are quite compact and can be easily placed on top of a desk.
The only real downside is the somewhat underwhelming satellite sound quality when compared to the amazing subwoofer. Apart from that, the only problem some might have with it is the aggressive gamer-oriented design, which won’t appeal to everyone.
- Great sound quality for the price
- Powerful bass
- Convenient control unit
- Will not impress veteran audiophiles
About The Speakers
The CA-3602a 2.1 setup is quite a bit more advanced than the basic set of speakers we have introduced Cyber Acoustics with. It comes complete with a small, low-profile control unit, which makes these speakers quite convenient for desktop computers, and it also includes a headphone out and an aux-in.
Visually, there is a bit of a difference between the subwoofer and the speakers. While the former is fairly minimal with a plain and boxy matte black exterior, the latter is much sleeker and employ a glossy black design. Furthermore, each of the two satellite speakers incorporates two separate drivers into the main body.
|RMS||30W (2x6W + 18W)|
|Speaker Size||203 x 76 x 76 mm (8 x 3 x 3 inches)|
|Subwoofer Size||254 x 203 x 203 mm (10 x 8 x 8 inches)|
The CA-3602a is an epitome of an affordable and reliable desktop speaker set. The speakers themselves are quite small and look great on a desk, while the dedicated control unit allows the user to conveniently control both them and the subwoofer with ease. More importantly, it delivers sound quality and bass power beyond its price range.
The only downside to the CA-3602a is that it may not perform as well as some more powerful/expensive models, but that is only natural. For anyone who is not an audiophile, neither the speakers nor the subwoofer will leave anything to be desired.
- Excellent sound quality
- Very powerful bass
- Optional Bluetooth adapter
- On the expensive side
About The Speakers
How could we talk about computer speakers and not mention Logitech? This Swiss company has become one of the best-renowned manufacturers of various electronic accessories and computer peripherals, including all sorts of audio solutions.
The Logitech Z623 is everything you would expect from a Logitech product – it looks good, sounds even better, and meets a very high-quality standard overall. The set consists of a plain, boxy subwoofer and two compact speakers with only the basic controls in the form of a power button and volume and bass knobs, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Furthermore, the Z623 also comes bundled with a Bluetooth adapter that enables wireless connectivity and greater placement flexibility. However, those who don’t care about that flexibility are free to go with a cheaper variant that doesn’t include this adapter.
|RMS||200W (2x35W + 130W)|
|Connection||Analog, Bluetooth (via adapter)|
|Speaker Size||196 x 117 x 126 mm (7.7 x 4.6 x 5 inches)|
|Subwoofer Size||284 x 305 x 266 mm (11.2 x 12 x 10.5 inches)|
All in all, the Z623 is pretty much all that you could want out of a performance-oriented desktop speaker set. The sound quality is clean and immersive, the subwoofer can pump out some thundering lows, and the entire set is very well-built.
There are virtually no downsides to this product, barring the somewhat high price, which is well-justified by the sheer sound quality offered. However, if you don’t intend to make thorough use of it, there are more affordable solutions that can suit your needs better.
How To Find The Best Speakers For Your Setup
As with other kinds of electronics and computer peripherals, user preferences and budget constraints can vary greatly from person to person. So, here’s what you need to keep in mind in order to identify your ideal gaming speakers!
While the total output power (RMS) is not in any way indicative of a speaker’s sound quality, it can give you a rough estimate of just how powerful a speaker is and how well it will hold up with high volume.
While even weaker speakers will be able to fill a room with sound, you will likely hear some distortion when the volume is cranked up. Conversely, a speaker with a high RMS will not only be more powerful but will also produce clear and distortion-free sound when the volume is turned up.
2.0 vs 2.1
Do you need a subwoofer for gaming? Of course, it is not mandatory, but one thing is certain: regular speakers can’t produce the kind of bass that subwoofers can. Quality speakers will have a wide frequency range, but the lower end will not be quite as low nor as “punchy” as with most subwoofers.
In the end, we highly recommend choosing a 2.1 setup over a 2.0 one if you care about immersion and sound quality. If, on the other hand, you only need speakers as a backup and don’t intend to use them a lot for gaming, 2.0 will serve the purpose just as well.
When it comes to speakers, there are three ways that they can connect to your computer: analog, digital, and wireless. For desktop speakers, those are:
- 5mm connector – The most popular and generally the most reliable type of analog connection for desktop speakers is the classic 3.5mm jack.
- Optical cable (TOSLINK) – An optical cable represents a digital means of connection that is very rare among desktop speakers, as it is usually reserved for Hi-Fi speakers and professional audio gear.
- Bluetooth – The most popular short-range wireless connection technology, Bluetooth is quite popular among speakers, primarily due to the increased flexibility and reduced cable clutter
So, which should you choose for your speakers? The simple answer is, whatever is most convenient. In the majority of cases, this will be the 3.5mm connection as it is used by all modern soundcards, although Bluetooth might be more suitable for some, particularly laptop users.
An optical connection is not as popular with desktop speakers, as mentioned above, and the Logitech Z623 is the only speaker set on this list, which offers an optional (and more expensive) version that supports a digital connection.
And, in the end, what’s our take on what the best gaming speakers are?
We would have to present that crown to the Logitech Z623.
These speakers, complemented by the remarkably powerful subwoofer, deliver a superb and immersive gaming experience. It may not be the most affordable on this list, but the sound quality and the sheer power of the subwoofer wholly justify it.
But that’s just our opinion and you will not make a wrong choice with any of the speakers on the list as long as you keep your own requirements and preferences in mind!