Whether you only use your PC for gaming, or whether it’s a complete multimedia hub for movies, music, and more, the sound has a big impact on your experience. While you might use headphones during your streaming or competitive sessions, who doesn’t like to kick their feet up and let the sound fill the room?
Of course, not all computer speakers are created equally. With a lot of great new PC sound systems coming out in 2018 at virtually every price point, there’s more choice than ever before. Johannes at Pro Gamer Review has covered a comprehensive buying guide so consider some of the following while you’re looking for the best speaker setup for you.
One of the most popular questions when it comes to speakers, for PCs and otherwise: how’s the bass?
While midrange and treble sounds are important, too, the bass in particular can be an indicator of a speaker set’s overall quality and suitability to certain tasks. When it comes to gaming and movies, bass is especially important to making you feel like you’re really experiencing what’s on screen. Bass gives the sound depth.
Bass is also hugely important in music, especially hip hop, dubstep, and heavy metal, among other genres. Even if that kind of music isn’t to your taste, plenty of bass will make you feel like you’re front row at a concert rather than sitting at home.
Need speakers to go with your laptop? Maybe your PC gaming speakers will also double as movie speakers watching with friends or family in the other room. Or maybe you just have a small desk.
If any of the above apply to you, you’ll want speakers that are a bit more portable than average: meaning lighter and smaller, and possibly wireless.
While the best speakers still tend a bit toward the bulky side, technological advancements in the past 10 years or so have made it easier than ever before to get great sounding speakers that don’t take up much space.
If you need to move your speakers a lot, you’ll need some that are externally durable as well as portable. However, durability also counts on the inside.
No matter what your music and gaming tastes, you want to be sure to get speakers that have durable cones and internal circuitry. If not, they might blow out before you even get to enjoy them.
While there are plenty of adapters out there, they do bring a bit of extra expense and complexity you may not have time for. Getting speakers that connect to your current setup can be important.
There are so many speaker connectors out there: RCA, 3.5mm, speaker cable, and Bluetooth. Luckily, getting the right one for you is as simple as getting what works with your computer, TV, or receiver.
While we all want thumping bass to hear every beat drop and virtual gunshot, sometimes our neighbors, roommates, and romantic partners don’t dig it. That’s why it’s important to get speakers that sound great at low volumes as well as turned up to 11.
I hope this article helps you define your needs and get the perfect set of speakers for you.