Best 5.1 speakers for PC gaming

The Logitech Z906 offers the right combination of loud sound and price to make it our number one pick for a 5.1 surround sound system for PC gaming.

Our pick

Logitech Z906

Amazing 5.1 sound at an affordable price.

These things have 500 watts of power that will knock your socks off and have a detailed control console so that you have reign over all aspects of your sound. With wall-mountable satellite speakers and plenty of cord for large setups, you'll be tempted to buy a set these for every room in the house.

Who should buy this 5.1 speaker system

PC gaming can be quite immersive, so adding 5.1 surround sound speakers to the mix is a good idea for anyone who doesn't prefer a headset. You'll get window-shaking sound from all of your games, and you'll be able to use them for other media, like movies and TV shows, as well.

Is it a good time to buy these speakers?

Yes. These speakers have been around for a long time, but that doesn't make them any less effective. They're tried and true, and the price has pretty much hit a plateau.

Reasons to buy

  • 500 watts of power (1,000 peak)
  • Connect six devices at once
  • Wall-mountable satellites
  • Plenty of connection options
  • Dedicated controller and remote
  • THX certified

Reasons not to buy

  • Cheaper options are available
  • You might prefer a headset

Rattle the windows with the Logitech Z906

You can connect up to six devices, including two optical, which is ideal for anyone with home theater ambitions beyond PC gaming. A control console gives you complete control over your sound, and you can sit back with a remote control in your hand.

These 5.1 speakers will make a suitable replacement for your gaming headset, with 500 watts of power and easy control.

At a whopping 500 watts of power, these speakers are amazing for PC gaming. Sleek design, strong performance, and THX branding make these a great addition to any room. They sit at a 4.4-star rating on Amazon with more than 950 reviews, so you can rely on quality here.

During the day you can annoy the neighbors, and at night you can plug in headphones and listen while the family sleeps. Each satellite speaker is wall-mountable, and the wires are long enough for home theater setups.

Alternatives to the Logitech Z906

Logitech makes some great speakers, but the Z906 isn't the only option, nor is Logitech the only maker in town. Here are some alternatives that cost less yet still deliver great sound.

Runner-up

Yamaha NS-SP1800BL

Movies, music, and games all sound amazing on these inexpensive speakers.

These speakers are becoming harder to find, but if you can get a good deal on a new or used set, they will prove effective at delivering impressive sound.

Considering these speakers and sub are about $100 cheaper than our top pick, you might be alright with the 100 watts of power contained within. They're designed to fit in your game room or living room, and with a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 1,000 review, it's clear they'll pump out quality sound.

Budget pick

Logitech Z506

Budget speakers still pack quite a punch.

Logitech's cheaper sibling offer 75 watts of sound, and is compatible with a wide array of devices besides your PC thanks to plenty of connectivity options.

Anyone who doesn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a surround sound setup for their gaming rig should seriously consider Logitech's Z506 system. It may be under $100, but that doesn't mean it can't deliver serious sound. It booms out at you with 75 watts of power, and the bass is deep. Connect two devices simultaneously, and tweathe k sound with controls on a satellite speaker.

Bottom line

Logitech's Z905 5.1 surround speaker system is our top pick for PC gaming thanks to a potent combination of big sound and relatively low price. It pumps out 500 watts of continuous power — peaking up to 1,000 watts — and has a dedicated controller and remote for easy tweaking. If you don't want to spend quite as much or don't need as much power, Yamaha's NS-SP1800BL is likewise a great system, and to go even cheaper without sacrificing too much sound, check out Logitech's Z506.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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