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5 Best Soundbar for PC Gaming in 2018

Launch your favorite game and turn off the sound. Notice the lack of depth and immersion—almost as if the game has lost one dimension. As you’ve just experienced, sound plays a critical role in modern gaming.

Competitive gamers rely on accurate sound reproduction to sense incoming enemies before they place their crosshairs on them, and those who play just for fun know how goosebumps-inducing audio effects and orchestral soundtracks can be when played through a high-fidelity sound system.

Best Soundbar for PC Gaming

For a long time, gamers very limited to either headphones or speakers. Now, soundbars have emerged as a great alternative for those with limited desk space and appreciation for audiophile-grade sound quality.

Razer Leviathan

The Razer Leviathan sound system consists of a compact soundbar and a subwoofer with an authoritative presence. Together, they create a full-range 5.1 true-to-life surround sound experience powered by the Dolby technology. A dedicated button switches between 3 equalizer presets, fine-tuned for gaming, movies, and music.

The soundbar hides 4 drivers optimized for accurate reproduction of mids and highs, and the powerful 5.25-inch subwoofer delivers windows-shattering bass without even reaching the upper volume limit. The system can be connected to an audio source either via Bluetooth 4.0 or an audio cable. The wireless range is around 10 meters (30 feet), and the award-winning aptX technology enhances the wireless sound quality, making it indistinguishable from a wired connection.

Compared to 2.0 and 2.1 speaker setups, the virtual 5.1 surround sound produced by the Razer Leviathan is noticeably more immersive, making you feel as if the action were happening all around you. Neither mids, highs, nor lows are distorted beyond what we consider acceptable for a high-fidelity sound system, and the overall sound signature is pleasantly warm and musical.

For less than $200, Razer is offering an excellent solution for all gamers who prefer speakers over headphones but don’t have the space nor the need for large bookshelf speakers or a home theater system.

Sonos Playbar

The Playbar from Sonos is part of the company’s home theater system, but it can also be used on its own, placed under a monitor. Don’t even think that using the Playbar without the rest of the home theater system will result in poor sound quality. The Playbar houses 9 (yep, that’s not a mistake) amplified speakers that cover the entire sound range.

All you need to connect the Playbar is a single cable for power. The soundbar can then receive audio signal wirelessly over Wi-Fi or through an optical audio cable. Compared to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi provides a stronger and more stable signal reception over longer distances.

The Playbar can be controlled via the Sonos app for mobile devices, which lets you access your music, make playlists, set music alarms, and more. Even though the app’s usefulness for PC gaming is limited, it’s still a nice addition that may come in handy when relaxing on the couch or having friends over for a party.

At $699, you have every right to expect fantastic sound quality. As the excellent total Amazon user rating of 4.4 stars suggests, the Sonos Playbar doesn’t disappoint. The sound it produces is crystal-clear, well-balanced, and full of life. And while the Playbar alone doesn’t produce the same virtual surround sound listening experience as 5.1 systems, it’s still more immersive than most 2.0 and 2.1 systems.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro (not a typo) is a 7.1 surround sound system with 400 watts of power produced by a 200-watt soundbar, a 150-watt subwoofer, and a pair of rear speakers that together deliver 50 watts of power. The soundbar is 45.5 inches long, and it hides left, right, center, and side speakers. Everything is powered by 5 chipsets with support for Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround reference cinema audio technologies.

Being a home theater system first and a gaming audio solution second, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro features a full range of connectivity options, including HDMI, analog, optical, coaxial, Bluetooth, and USB. It also comes with a remote control with HDMI CEC compatibility, a wall-mounting kit, and several cables.

To properly position all speakers, especially the soundbar, you need a lot of space and a large desk. But once you have everything in place and your favorite game loaded up, the next thing that awaits you is a sound nirvana. Yes, the subwoofer could be used by construction crews to tear down old buildings; yes, all frequencies are in perfect harmony.

What makes the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro so enjoyable to listen to the sound system’s ability to envelop you in a cloud of sound and make you forget about the world around you. At $479, this versatile home theater system will make any gamer wonder just how many gamers out there don’t know how different gaming is with audiophile-grade 7.1 sound.

Bose Solo

You probably know Bose as the manufacturer of those expensive noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones that would make your days in the office so much more bearable. But the company has also released a number of other audio listening devices, including a wireless soundbar.

The Bose Solo is designed with TVs in mind, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t plug any audio source to one of several audio inputs located on the back of the soundbar. What’s more, you can also wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone or laptop thanks to Bluetooth connectivity.

The soundbar comes with a remote control with buttons for the soundbar itself and also for gaming systems and Blu-ray players. Located right in the middle of the remote is a special button labeled “bass.” Press it, and you instantly unleash a fury of soundwaves and raw energy.

Like with all other Bose audio products, the sound quality is top-notch, and the design of the product is well-thought-out to every little detail. The Bose Solo usually retails for $249, but Amazon frequently sells it for less.

Vizio SB3821-C6

As the most affordable soundbar and sound system on this list, the Vizio SB3821-C6 is the likable underdog to cheer for. For around $150, you’re looking at an elegant, contemporary soundbar with a stand-alone subwoofer that have less than 1 percent total harmonic distortion and deliver up to 100 dB of loudness. The subwoofer connects to the soundbar wirelessly, and the soundbar supports both wireless and wired audio input as well as Dolby and DTS audio technologies.

A row of control buttons is located on the top side of the soundbar, allowing you to adjust the volume, initiate Bluetooth pairing, and switch the soundbar on and off. The addition of the dedicated subwoofer has resulted in fantastic bass reproduction and remarkable mid-range clarity. Physically feeling explosions, gun shots, and the roar of car engines while clearly hearing what in-game characters are saying is something you don’t always get even with sound systems that cost twice as much as the Vizio SB3821-C6.

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