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The Best Sound System For Gaming: Buying 5 Channel Speakers For Video Games

Updated on July 22, 2010

For gamers looking to create the best experience when enjoying their hobby, it is important to include high quality sound.  Buying beautifully balanced surround sound, five-channel audio optimized for gaming will make all the difference.  When building a gaming entertainment center, don't go all out on a gaming television and forget to buy great video game speakers.

Here are a few basic tips for gamers looking to buy audio equipment:

  1. Surround Sound Makes A Difference  - Yeah, a big ol' bass will help blast out the windows when your space marine is dropping bombs on your enemy, but if you want the best video game sound invest in surround sound.  Whether the soundtrack is full of sweeping violins during a touching love scene or bullets whizzing by your character as he buzzes an alien planet, surround sound will increase the immersion in any video game.
  2. Clear Sound Makes The Difference -  Unlike other mediums, video games often feature a wider array of sounds.  Although they are often not as complex as live audio recordings, being aware of where and what you're hearing is often more important to gamers than it is to those who are just buying speakers for movies or television.  Make sure you've got clear audio to ensure you're never lost in game.
  3. Don't Over Do It -  It is important to recognize how much sound you need for the space you have.  If you have built your gaming entertainment center into a small room of your home or apartment, you will need less powerful gaming speakers.  However, if you've taken up the entire basement for your hobby, invest in a more expensive speaker system that will provide more bang for your buck.

Read on to find out about specific gaming surround sound systems that will help make you the envy of all your friends during game night.

Budget Surround Sound For Gaming

It is possible to buy audio systems for gaming on a budget. Although the sound may be less clear or feature a slightly tinnier bent, these are great systems to make sure you get the full surround sound system without blowing the entire budget.

One of the better budget audio systems for gaming is the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5 Channel Speakers. They retail for around $100-150 and feature some of the clearest sound possible for that price range. They are perfect for smaller rooms. Although there is some sound distortion at higher volumes, for the average listener it is a very good deal. High performance and a low price are the perfect combination for frugal gamers.

One of the cheapest 5 channel audio systems for gaming are those produced by Curtis. Almost always priced at well under $100. Of course, buyer beware: many owners have complained about less than stellar performance and there have been instances of product malfunctions. If you're looking to create a great space for gaming on a budget, consider other options if you can afford it.

Gamers looking for similar prices but better performance should check out the Logitech X-540 speakers. Logitech has long been acknowledged as a company that produces excellent equipment for gamers and non-gamers alike and their budget 5-channel speakers are perfect for gamers looking for quality audio on a budget. These are definitely worth the extra thirty dollars over the Curtis brand. They are, however, best used in small rooms.

The Best Audio For Gaming

For those really serious about creating an amazing video game experience for themselves, here are some of the top of the line gaming speakers on the market. First and foremost is the Bose VCS-30 speakers. Retailing for around $300, these are premium gaming speakers. Dedicated gamers will want these to fill their entertainment center and home theater rooms into oasis's of beautiful sound.

Bose is well-regarded in the audio community and these cutting edge speakers are great for gaming AND movies, concerts, and other media. If you're looking for a great audio experience for your game consoles, definitely give the Bose line a look.

Another great audio system for gaming is the Logitech Z-5500 THX system. That's "THX" as in the movie quality surround sound you'll see utilized during the blockbuster summer action pieces. If you want your video game experience to be indistinguishable from a heart pounding action movie, this is your chance. They are a bit pricey, but the sound carries very well across a large room and creates an amazing cinematic experience. Be sure to buy splitters for your game consoles to ensure every system is able to take advantage of Logitechs great speakers

For gaming, I feel these are the two most reasonable options.  However, it might also be a good idea to check out RCA for  cheaper gaming surround sound speakers which will work well for medium sized rooms.

Harman produces an incredible series of top of the line speakers.  These are for the most serious audiophiles.  For most gamers, the Logitech brand will serve them better, but if you're serious about providing a one of a kind audio experience, they are the brand to check out.

Learn More About Creating A High Quality Gaming Entertainment Center

This article is part of a series on how to create the best possible gaming entertainment center. For more information on how to create the ultimate gaming experience, read below.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I had to figure out was gaming was...Great article. I'm sharing this.

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      PrometheusKid 7 years ago from Heaven

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Very useful - I like a good sound system and a budget helps :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Got Bose and Yamaha sound systems Great hub!

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Very useful hub, I am in the market for two sound systems. One for my television and one for my PC. Thank you for the info.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It was great for the best sound. Especially for gaming. I want it one. Thank you very much.