Best Gaming Speakers In 2020: RGB, Bookshelf, 2.1 & 5.1

Audio is only second to visuals when it comes to creating an immersive gaming experience. Sure, great graphics and gameplay is vital, but sprinkle great audio on top of that, and you have yourself a winner. That’s why gaming headsets are so popular. The same is true, especially for competitive online multiplayer games. However, there is a large crowd out there that will always prefer a set of great speakers.

Some people would say you don’t need speakers for your gaming PC. While that is technically true, they are convenient to have. Wearing a gaming headset all day can be tiresome, and most premium speakers will perform better at the end of the day. Soundbars are another good option if you are short on desk space or want to mount them on the wall.

Always look for great sound, durability, and convenience when it comes to searching for gaming speakers. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the research for you. These are hands down the best PC speakers for gaming.

1. Logitech G560 Lightsync PC Gaming Speakers RGB

All-Rounder

  • Tasteful RGB lighting
  • Premium design and construction
  • Superb and immersive sound
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Frustrating software

643 Reviews

Power Handling: 120W RMS | Subwoofer: 6-inch | Bluetooth: Yes

Logitech has been making desktop speakers for a while. Their Z series is incredibly popular, but they were never marketed towards gamers. This is exactly why the G560 Lightsync Gaming Speakers are so exciting. These are the all-rounder of gaming speakers, as they are solid in every department you can think of.

The stealthy design will immediately catch your eye. These satellite speakers have an unorthodox circular shape with a durable plastic chassis. The chassis has a matte finish, so you don’t need to worry about fingerprints. A soft fabric material covers the drivers. As this is a 2.1 system, it also includes a downward-firing subwoofer.

Setup is easy and straightforward. Plug everything into the subwoofer, and power it on. A microUSB cable is included so you can connect the subwoofer to your PC. This also helps to power the RGB. Bluetooth connectivity is included as well.

The RGB lighting is very tasteful here, and most of it is on the back of the speakers, so it will add a glowing look to your wall and table. We’re happy to report that they sound phenomenal as well. Excellent treble, smooth mids, and powerful full-bodied bass. The only drawback here is the software, which can be inconsistent and frustrating to navigate.

Overall, these are the best all-rounder gaming speakers on the market. Considering all they have to offer, the price isn’t bad either.

2. Edifier R1280DB Powered Bluetooth Speakers

Best Performance

  • Excellent performance
  • Crisp and enjoyable audio
  • Nostalgic retro design
  • Included knobs for volume and EQ
  • Could use a bit more bass

1,239 Reviews

Power Handling: 42W RMS | Subwoofer: None | Bluetooth: Yes

The Edifier R1280DB speakers have been one of the top-selling bookshelf speakers for some time now. It is not too difficult to see why that is. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many features you sprinkle on top, sound quality is what matters the most. That is exactly why the R1280DB speakers are so incredible. It also helps that they undercut the competition in terms of value.

The unique tasteful design is very old-school and retro, especially if you go with the wood grain color. The large coned subwoofer,  soft dome tweeter, and bass port at the front combine to give it a unique look. You can use the optional soft fabric grill to cover all of this if you’d like. It looks good with or without the fabric grill.

There are knobs on the side for volume, bass, and treble. As for inputs, you have the option of coaxial, optical, Bluetooth, and RCA. Edifier even includes a remote so you can quickly tune the volume to your liking. Sound quality is extremely satisfying, and they punch above their price point.

These are not studio monitors, but we’d be lying if we said these arent’ enjoyable to listen to. They are louder than expected and fill up the room quite well. Performance is consistent and pleasing in both gaming and general listening. Bassheads might want to add a subwoofer for more low-end, but that’s to be expected from powered bookshelf speakers.

3. Razer Leviathan 5.1 Surround Soundbar

Best Gaming Soundbar

  • Immersive gaming experience
  • Great for smaller setups
  • Industrial design
  • NFC and Bluetooth
  • Overpowering bass
  • A bit pricey

423 Reviews

Power Handling: 30W RMS | Subwoofer: 5.25-inch | Bluetooth: Yes

Including the Razer Leviathan 5.1 Surround Soundbar was a no-brainer on this list. Some people don’t have the space for giant bookshelf speakers, so a soundbar makes more sense. The Leviathan is also perfect for console setups with a large TV. Versatility is the prime focus here, and it does it well enough to get our recommendation.

As expected with Razer, you get the full experience when it comes to the design, and even the packaging. In terms of design, it doesn’t look flashy (which is surprising for a Razer product). However, industrial design and premium construction make it feel like a high-end product. It is a bit smaller than your typical expensive soundbar, but it packs a surprising amount of sound.

The small size means that it can sit comfortably underneath your monitor or TV. You can mount it to the wall if you want, and Razer includes alternate feet for elevation. The 5.25″ subwoofer has a peculiar design. Yet it’s small enough and easy to hide. It also has NFC and Bluetooth built-in for easy pairing.

Sound quality is extremely impressive for gaming and movies. It packs a lot of bass, and the treble is quite bright yet not sharp enough to hurt your ears. The bass can be a bit much at times, and that can interfere with the mids. I wouldn’t use it to listen to classical music but to each their own.

If we’re talking mainly about gaming, this is one of the best soundbars out there, without a doubt.

4. Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III

Best Design

  • One of a kind design
  • Premium audio quality
  • Powerful bass
  • Immersive gaming experience
  • Not durable in the long run
  • Poor quality cables
  • Expensive

1,653 Reviews

Power Handling: 40W RMS | Subwoofer: 6-inch| Bluetooth: Yes

One look at the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III and you know what they are all about. If standing out from the crowd matters to you, the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III will be right up your alley. As expected from Harmon Kardon, the sound is impressive as usual. However, there are a few noticeable cons that might hold some buyers back.

In terms of design and aesthetics, there is nothing out there similar to these speakers. The transparent glass design gives it a look unlike any other. The satellites look incredible and you can adjust their angle as well. They are 10 inches tall, so make sure you have the room for them. They have four transducers to output full-range audio.

Even the subwoofer plays into the theme of the whole transparent look. The 6-inch subwoofer packs a mighty punch, and works incredibly well for gaming and watching movies. The overall audio quality is crisp and clear, we wouldn’t mind listening to our favorite tracks on these either. They are very immersive.

Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the build quality. They’re not the most durable thing in the world, and if you damage them outside warranty, you’re going to be in trouble. It doesn’t help that the cables feel like low quality as well.

5. Creative Pebble V2 USB Powered Desktop Speakers

Budget Pick

  • Powered by USB-C
  • Minimalistic design
  • Great value
  • Struggle to fill louder rooms
  • Distortion at high volumes
  • Short non-detachable cable

8,375 Reviews

Power Handling: 8W RMS | Subwoofer: None | Bluetooth: No

Up until now, we’ve looked at some very high-quality speakers, all of which cater to different types of audiences. However, we can’t forget the about the average consumer who just needs decent speakers to get them up and running. While cheap speakers definitely won’t blow you away, you could do a lot worse than the Creative Pebble V2.

The best thing about these speakers is how convenient they are. They are powered by a single USB port on your laptop or gaming PC. A 3.5mm cable is used for the audio, and that’s it. The Pebble V2 speakers have up to 16W of peak power, and they can fill a small room with sound. They do struggle with larger rooms, especially in big apartments.

The design is quite simple and minimal, to the point that the word “minimalistic” is part of their branding for these. We can’t think of a more appropriate name for than then Pebble. They are small enough to be out of your way, so you’ll only worry about them when you want to use them.

The sound quality is good enough for the price. They are quite crisp and clear, and enjoyable to listen to. Just know what to expect in terms of what you’re paying. They can start to distort at higher volumes. Still, these aren’t meant to replace your thousand dollar setup.

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Hassam Nasir


As a Senior Editor, I run, operate and implement a substantial amount of work at Appuals.com. I supervise a team of enthusiastic Geeks and also create content strategies. Whenever I am not at my work desk you'll find me tinkering around PC hardware and retro gadgets.
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