Gaming is all about the experience: a great graphics card, monitor and hi-spec computer or gaming station are real essentials. But if your speakers are poor, then your audio performance will inevitably suffer. This article looks at five of the best 2.1 Gaming Speakers available in the UK that certainly won’t let you down in that department.
And for those about to ask, 2.1 speakers come as a system which consists of two (mostly stereo) speakers handling the mid-to-high end of the audio spectrum, plus a subwoofer which provides an enhanced bass range.
Trust GXT 638
The Trust GXT 638 Digital 2.1 Gaming Speaker Set will deliver 60 watts of high-quality digital sound with all the deep bass you need to create a realistic soundscape. Input options are: digital for gaming consoles, plus an analogue input for your tablet, smartphone or other PC platforms.
A wireless remote provides a fast and responsive means of controlling volume levels, adjusting the tonal spectrum, and input switching. The GXT 638’s digital input uses optical connectors and is thus compatible with dedicated digital consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The advantage of the optical connection is that this offers the very best-quality audio which is entirely distortion-free. Non-digital audio devices can hook up via the analogue input to enjoy the enhanced audio the GXT 638 can deliver.
The XL subwoofer is a 7-inch speaker which pumps out bass you can both hear and feel, whilst mids and highs are handled by two satellite speakers. This arrangement produces a well-defined audio performance right across the range.
Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 3000
The Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 3000 system offers all the power you need to bring your favourite games to life, plus a headset feature designed for online gaming. The amount of ‘heart beating’ bass power delivered can be mixed and regulated by a dedicated controller unit.
The wooden GX subwoofer housing has been designed with an angular profile. Solidly built, this unit has a specially crafted bass reflex port capable of handling bass frequencies down as low as 35Hz. Pride of place is of course given to the 6.5-inch bass driver which adds real punch and presence to the all-important bass register.
The task of handling the rest of the audio spectrum is given to a pair of satellite speakers which mirror aspects of the subwoofer design, plus the addition of a curved front to enhance audio projection. With a power output of 70 watts, this system will add a real kick to your gaming sessions.
Genius SW-G2.1 1250
The Genius SW-G2.1 1250 speaker system is specifically designed to bring the benefits of enhanced audio to PC games and gaming platforms. Its advanced 5.25-inch bass driver unit is housed in its own solid cabinet and delivers a solid bass end to add real depth and atmosphere to the sonic landscape of your games.
Two satellite speakers, each with a magnetically shielded 3-inch speaker cone and featuring a curved design to improve ‘audio throw’, take care of the high- and mid-range audio content. There is a separate control box to regulate the bass and system volume, which also contains a microphone input for online gaming.
The SW-G2.1 1250 outputs a substantial 38 watts of audio power and offers a clear and well-balanced audio performance. The system comes equipped with both 3.5-mm and RCA jack connections to ensure full compatibility with a range of connecting audio devices.
GOgroove BassPULSE 2.1
This futuristic-looking GOgroove system comes in a distinctive electric-blue and boasts a cool minimalist-inspired profile. Once again optimised for a range of PC gaming platforms, this speaker set utilises two full-range satellite speaker drivers, each with a neodymium cones and offering a power output of 5 watts.
There is a centrally located subwoofer which uses a side-firing mode of operation to pump out 10 watts of bass power. Due to the use of quality components, the system delivers a well-focused audio performance with a total audio output of 20 watts.
PC-style audio devices are connected via 3.5-mm audio jacks, and the GOgroove BassPULSE 2.1 also features its own pulsating light show, which allows a degree of music synchronisation, to augment your gaming environment in a totally unique fashion.
The Logitech Z623 speaker system is designed to enhance the audio experience offered by PC gaming platforms – in reality it will take you into a totally new audio world. Sporting a smooth, stylish design, the Z623 has the look and feel of a system capable of delivering a serious audio performance.
And if its depth, character and a powerful audio output you’re seeking, this is one place you ought to be looking. Boasting an output rating of 200 watts, its never going to be under-powered, and the quality of the THX-certified components used means its 7-inch subwoofer and satellite speakers will deliver a sparkling performance right across the audio spectrum, naturally including a monster rumbling bass.
Connections are provided for both 3.5-mm and RCA jacks to ensure compatibility with all of the common PC audio options. Almost any set of 2.1 gaming speakers available in the UK will enhance the audio output of gaming platforms.
However, as with most audio devices, and certainly as the best 2.1 gaming speakers listed above have shown, the quality of system components, audio output, and platform compatibilities must all be carefully matched to your specific requirements.