If you’re not a fan of gaming headsets and want to fill your room with the sounds of gunfire, engine roars and more then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve been testing out a few different PC speakers in various shapes and sizes to compile this useful guide to the best ones to buy to enhance your gaming experience.
IMO the best “computer desktop speakers” are the best bookshelf stereo speakers that you can afford and that can fit into your particular desktop situation, along with a suitably small small stereo or “2.1” (stereo with a subwoofer channel) amplifier. There are some exceptions here and there, but by and large what are sold as “PC speaker” systems comprise vastly inferior plastic junk that makes for a barely adequate listening experience, and being that a decent stereo or “2.1” system can be had starting at $150 or so (e.g. a Dayton Audio DTA-2.1BT2 amp and B652-AIR speakers), there’s no reason to compromise unless you’re on a very tight budget.
Best computer speaker preferences vary from person to person, as it depends on your rig, set up and the space restrictions of your home or apartment — not to mention your budget. We’ve broken down this list to include some more affordable and compact options and round things out with some premium sound solutions.
We have selected some of the best computer speakers for you after doing some market analysis and you won’t be disappointed after making a purchase.
Some of these speakers are multi-source capable and they all deliver excellent sound and fantastic quality that will make an awesome addition to your desk.
The first thing that strikes about the Katana is its design. As you’d expect from a soundbar of this calibre, it’s small and neat enough to fit under or just in front of your gaming monitor. It also sits on two angled feet, meaning the audio is fired diagonally upwards towards your earholes. This design also makes the most of the edge-to-edge LED underlighting which adds a satisfying glow to your desk while you play (though you can turn that off if you find it distracting). It’s topped off by a brushed aluminium panel that houses the upward-firing midbass drivers and the easy access controls. From those controls, you can also change source, turn on Bluetooth and switch between BlasterX Experience soundscapes.
The Katana is multi-device capable. On PC, you can simply plug it in directly to your machine via USB, but there are also aux, optical and USB inputs. Meaning you can connect all sorts of devices. Plug in a Dobly Digital source via an optical lead and you can get Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Connect your phone via Bluetooth to stream Spotify with ease. Plug in a USB thumb drive loaded with your own playlist and you can listen to that too. You can even plug in a 3.5mm microphone and headset when you want a quieter gaming session. It’s also compatible with PS4 via USB as well.
This soundbar works with Creative’s Soundblaster Connect software which gives you access to customisation options to tweak the audio, EQ settings, lighting, Dolby Dynamic Range Control and more.
- Under monitor Audio system: so sleek, yet so powerful
- Aurora reactive lighting system: light up your setup
- 5-driver design: expertly tuned acoustics
The Sound BlasterX Katana is as much of a deadly weapon as its namesake. It fits right under your monitor with a slimness that’s unmatched by other gaming “sound bars”, and is powered by the award winning multi-core audio DSP making it the world’s first true Under Monitor Audio System (UMAS).
The Katana gives you an immersive audio experience for your games and movies with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine and Dolby Digital 5.1 Decoder. This audio system embodies the perfect combination of our most powerful 24-bit high resolution DAC and sophisticated 5-driver system. Equipped with a plethora of connectivity options, you can trust the Katana to be one of the most versatile and most powerful speakers to ever grace your desktop.
SO SLEEK, YET SO POWERFUL
The Katana can be effortlessly tucked right under your monitors and TV. With a slim profile shorter than 60mm, this Under Monitor Audio System is drastically superior in form and function to ordinary “gaming soundbars” and is perfect for all setups.
LIGHT UP YOUR SETUP
The Katana incorporates the Aurora Reactive lighting system, where its base is lined with 49 programmable LED lights from edge to edge. With the accompanying free Sound Blaster Connect software, you can choose from up to 16.8 million colours and fully customize your ambience lighting effects to create your own unique profile that elevates your visual experiences
POWERFUL AUDIO, FLEXIBLE CONNECTIVITY
The Katana houses a 5-driver design – two up-firing midbass drivers and two high-excursion tweeters in the soundbar, and one long-throw driver in its subwoofer. Each driver is individually chambered and powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier to deliver ultra-precise audio.
In a league of its own, the Katana is enhanced by our proprietary multi-core Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to deliver superb audio performance – two dedicated to driving mids, another two dedicated to deliver the high frequencies, and one dedicated to churn out heart-pounding bass. The result? You’ll be able to hear all the details that other speakers fail to deliver.Together with its game-changing tri-amplified design with a total output of 75RMS/150W, the Katana truly is most powerful in its class.
#SetupGoals are now achievable with the Katana. Comes equipped with comprehensive connectivity connections, the Katana is versatile and compatible with many multimedia devices.
- Precision with 24-bit/96khz USB : The Kratos S5 levels up Your sound experience to true audio fidelity on PC or Mac like never before. Simply connect to it via USB to enjoy 24-bit/96kHz resolution playback.
- Blasterx Acoustic Engine Pro Audio Enhancements: Experience enhanced levels of audio realism with immersive virtual 7.1 surround sound, clearer cues and bass boost through the fully customizable BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro software for PC.
- Extend Your Entertainment Options : Use the dual RCA-to-stereo adapter and connect the speakers to your LCD TV or DVD player and enjoy solid audio entertainment.
- Audio Controls at Your Finger Tips : Control volume through the easy-to-access audio control pod. The pod also provides hassle-free connection for your headset and microphone.
The Aurora Reactive lighting system gives you ambient lighting to accompany your games with its fully customizable 16 million colours LED lighting. You may choose from six presets or customize colors and patterns to match your other RGB- Enabled peripherals or fully integrate with other Aurora Reactive lighting system-enabled products.
Best-in-class 2.1 System
Built entirely out of wood for better resonance damping, the Kratos S5 enclosures deliver fuller, warmer, more natural sound than plastic-based designs. The full-range satellites are optimized and designed with larger volume capacity to produce clear highs and detailed mid-range Audio.
Precision with 24-bit/96khz USB
The Kratos S5 levels up Your sound experience to true audio fidelity on PC or Mac like never before. Simply connect to it via USB to enjoy 24-bit/96kHz resolution playback.
Blasterx Acoustic Engine Pro Audio Enhancements
Experience enhanced levels of audio realism with immersive virtual 7.1 surround sound, clearer cues and bass boost through the fully customizable BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro software for PC.
Type: Movies / Music / PC Gaming
Satellite Speaker Size: 198.5 x 118 x 120 mm
Subwoofer Size: 306 x 220 x 260 mm
Satellite Speaker Weight: 0.8kg x 2
Subwoofer Weight: 3.4kg
Connection Interface: USB
Channel :2.1 Analog
Satellite Speaker: 2 Group 12W
Subwoofer: 36 Watts RMS
Frequency Response: 55Hz ~ 20kHz
2 x Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 satellites
1 x Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 subwoofer
1 x Micro USB Cable (1.8M)
1 x power cord
1 Warranty and Technical Support Booklet
1 Quick Start Guide
- Built-in LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting blasts game driven lighting colors and effects activated by the audio in many popular games
- Explosive 240 Watts Peak power and unique driver design deliver a huge soundscape for a heightened gaming experience
- Integrated DTS:X Ultra surround sound renders 3D positional audio so you hear your gaming environment from every angle
- Easily customize four speaker lighting zones with Logitech Family Software for both front and rear light projection in your choice of 16.8 million colors
- Works with Windows based PCs and Bluetooth enabled devices including computers, smartphones and tablets (DTS:X not supported on Mac OS X)
- Sound Pressure Level (SPL Max) – 97decibel @426B