Gaming speaker gift guide for 2021
Buying gifts for family gamers this holiday season doesn’t have to be difficult. Gift guides make shopping easy by offering the best options for all budgets, along with their performance and features.
Speakers are a popular audio solution for gamers, thanks to their ability to create a more immersive gaming experience. Unlike headphones, speakers don’t block out external noise, so gamers can still be aware of other sounds around them.
One of the more popular options is the 2.0 speaker which comes as a set of two satellites without a subwoofer. These speakers are often inexpensive and have a compact design. However, they don’t produce much bass without a subwoofer.
Buyers who want more bass can choose a 2.1 speaker system. These have a pair of satellite speakers and also include a subwoofer for better sound quality. The downside is that they cost a bit more than the 2.0 sets and the subwoofer can take up a lot of space.
Users looking for the best immersion might consider a 5.1 speaker system. This type of speaker set consists of five satellite speakers and a subwoofer. Buyers can place the satellite speakers and subwoofer at strategic locations in the room to provide true surround sound.
Soundbars are a practical alternative to a conventional speaker set. Instead of independent satellite speakers, soundbars usually contain all of the speakers in a single unit. Some versions include a subwoofer to give more punch to the soundbar.
Here are the best gaming speakers to give away in 2021.
The best 2.0 gaming speakers
Amazon Basics Plug-n-Play USB Computer Speakers are one of the most affordable speakers out there. They are compact enough to fit on most desks, measuring 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.8 inches (LxWxH). Buyers can choose between the black colourway or the brushed silver alternative that complements Apple devices.
These speakers are easy to set up, thanks to their plug-and-play design. Users only need to connect the USB cable for power and the 3.5mm audio jack for it to work. This speaker set has a total power of 2.4 watts Root Mean Square (RMS) with 1.2 watts for each speaker.
Creative’s Pebble V2 is another inexpensive speaker set that can fit most offices. Despite its low price, the Pebble V2 has an attractive spherical shape with gold conductors to give it a distinctive look.
Connecting the Pebble V2 is the same as the Amazon Basics speaker and involves plugging in the USB cable for power and connecting a 3.5mm jack for audio. If users connect with a USB-C cable, the speakers have a higher output than if they used a USB-A port with the included adapter.
Considering its higher price tag, the Pebble V2 unsurprisingly outperforms Amazon Basic speakers. Each speaker contains a two-inch speaker tilted upward at a 45-degree angle and produces up to eight watts RMS and 16 watts of peak power.
The Bose Companion 2 Series III takes things to the next level with bigger speakers and better sound quality. They have a fairly standard rectangular shape with the volume wheel and headphone jack on the right speaker. There is also an input port on the back of the right speaker for connecting other devices.
Like most Bose speakers, the Companion 2 Series III speakers deliver powerful sound in a small package. These offer better performance than Pebble V2 and Amazon Basics, but cost more than double the price.
Razer’s Nommo Chroma speakers are specially designed for gaming and have a more futuristic shape compared to the Companion 2 Series III. Each speaker is cylindrical in shape with the speaker facing forward and a bass port on the back. Audio controls for volume and gain are found at the base of the right speaker and allow users to fine tune the sound.
These speakers are supported by round brackets with vivid RGB lighting along the edges. If users want to configure 24-zone RGB lighting on each speaker, they need to connect via USB and download Razer’s Synapse app.
Each speaker features three-inch woven fiberglass speakers facing the user. They connect either with a USB connection or with a 3.5 millimeter jack, but the latter offers less functionality.
The best 2.1 gaming speakers
Logitech G560 is another speaker set designed for gamers. It includes a pair of cone-shaped satellite speakers with RGB lighting and a larger rectangular subwoofer. Unlike the other speakers mentioned so far, the G560 offers the option of connecting via a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth. Bluetooth capability is convenient for connecting the speakers to mobile phones and tablets.
In terms of performance, the G560 outperforms the other speakers listed so far. This 2.1 speaker set offers a combined output of 240 watts RMS and is compatible with DTS 7.1 surround sound. Users can also adjust sound settings and RGB lighting with Logitech’s G HUB app.
The Harman Kardon SoundSticks III has a unique look to stand out from other speakers on the market. The subwoofer and satellite speakers both feature clear glass enclosures allowing users to view internal components. Each satellite speaker stands vertically and includes four one-inch transducers. They come with a six-inch subwoofer and a built-in 20 watt amplifier.
Although the SoundSticks III offer exceptional audio performance, their connectivity is limited compared to the G560 speakers. The 3.5mm jack fits most PCs, but it would have been prudent to include Bluetooth at such a high price.
The best soundbar gaming speakers
LG UltraGear GP9
LG Ultragear GP9 is compact enough to fit on most desks and has many innovative features. It measures 14.8 x 4.2 x 3.3 inches and contains two 20-millimeter tweeters and a pair of two-inch woofers. This soundbar also has the most connectivity options of any speaker listed to date, with USB, Bluetooth, optical and 3.5 millimeter connections available.
The Ultragear GP9 also has a few innovative features to set it apart from other speakers on this list. It has a built-in 2,600mAh battery and can function as a mobile bluetooth speaker. There is also a built-in microphone allowing users to chat with their teammates without having to use a headset.
The Razer Leviathan speaker set takes a different approach than the Ultragear GP9 by including a sound bar and subwoofer. At 19.7 x 2.8 x 3.0 inches, the soundbar can fit on a desk, but the 9.5 x 8.7 x 9.5 inch subwoofer may be too large.
There are two 0.74 inch tweeters and a pair of 2.5 inch drivers in the soundbar. The combination of tweeters and speakers with the 5.25 inch subwoofer produces powerful sound. Like the Ultragear GP9, it has several connection options, including Bluetooth, optical and 3.5 millimeter connection.
The best 5.1 gaming speakers
Like most 5.1 speaker sets, the Logitech Z606 comes with five satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The satellite speakers each have 55 watts RMS output and the 5.25 inch subwoofer produces 25 watts RMS. All of the speakers have the same all-black design, with the subwoofer housing the volume and media control buttons.
Like the Ultragear GP9 and Leviathan, the Z606 gives users plenty of connection options to connect multiple devices. There is a 3.5mm jack, RCA and Bluetooth connection for users to connect their PCs, cellphones or tablets.
The Z906 sits above the Z606 in the Logitech lineup and comes with a control console in addition to the five speakers and a subwoofer. There is no Bluetooth connectivity on the Z906, and buyers must use a 3.5mm jack, RCA, or optical cable for connectivity.
While the Z906 is the most expensive speaker set on this list, it also delivers the best performance. This 5.1 system is Dolby Digital compatible and offers a THX certified surround sound experience. The four satellite speakers each have an output of 65 watts, while the subwoofer has an output of 165 watts.