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Best Gaming Laptop Speakers 2019
We analysed the markets top gaming laptops specifically from an audio prospective. After all, what use is a gaming laptop[...]
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Best Gaming Laptop Speakers 2019

We analysed the markets top gaming laptops specifically from an audio prospective. After all, what use is a gaming laptop without some epic speakers to bring out the sound and realism of gaming. As you’d expect the quality of speakers used by gaming laptops vary in quality and technical.

Whether you are playing a VR game with Oculus sound cues or just an ordinary PC game with normal audio cues, quality gaming laptop speakers are an often overlooked but extremely important aspect of a gaming laptop. During our research process we checked out a few reviews for gaming laptops and recommend this best of guide for gaming laptops in 2019. But, let's face it, no matter how much your spending on a laptop, gaming or otherwise it's not going to have the best audio setup. So, let's dive into our review of the best external gaming laptop audio speakers for 2019...

1. Logitech Z906

Logitech Z906 is our number 1 gaming laptop speaker. This 5.1 channel speaker system features five powerful satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a PC control console. Besides that, it comes with 500 Watts of power output, Dolby Digital sound and DTS decoding. Finally, yet importantly are the three sound modes that this amazing gaming laptop speaker offers. These are Stereo 3D, 2.1 and 4.1 modes respectively.

The Z906 by Logitech is rated as follows for the following aspects:

Volume—10/10Sound Quality—10/10Durability—9/10Value for Money—9/10

We did not see anything not to like about this amazing speaker system for gaming laptops. Everything was awesome, to say the least!

2. Cyber Acoustics CA 3602

Cyber Acoustics CA 3602 is a nice budget speaker for gaming laptops. This 2.1 channel speaker system features two satellite speakers and a single subwoofer. The set can deliver 50Hz to 20 kHz frequency range, as well as 62 peak power Watts and 30 RMS Watts. It is rated as follows for various aspects:

Volume—7/10Sound Quality—8/10Durability—7.5/10Value for Money—9.5/10

As you can see, if you are looking for volume, sound quality, durability and value for money, the Acoustics CA 3602 is one of the top choices for gaming laptop speakers. What you may not like about this speaker, however, is the design, which looks like that of a cheap, counterfeit product.

3. Klipsch Promedia 2.1

Klipsch Promedia 2.1 is another quality 2.1 channel laptop gaming speaker system. It comes with two satellite speakers and a subwoofer that is powered by a 130-watt inbuilt amplifier. Other features include 32Hz to 20 KHz frequency range, 200-peak power Watts and 70 RMS Watts. It is rated as follows for the following aspects:

Volume—9/10Sound Quality—10/10Durability—8/10Value for Money—9/10

This laptop gaming speaker system has a few aspects not to like though. The plastic speaker casings used do not inspire confidence at all. The design for the two satellite speakers looks like that of a cheap and counterfeit laptop speaker system. The DIN connectors behind the subwoofer look delicate and very prone to damage.

4. Razer Leviathan

Razer Leviathan is another amazing laptop gaming speaker system worth considering. It comes with a sound bar and a subwoofer, featuring a cutting-edge 5.1 surround sound technology. In addition, it features Dolby technology, NFC Bluetooth technology and EQ controls. Last but not least, the Leviathan speaker system comes with 60 Watts and 30 Watts of peak and RMS output power respectively together with a frequency response rate of 180Hz - 20 KHz.This wireless laptop gaming speaker system is rated as follows:

Volume—9/10Sound Quality—10/10Durability—8.5/10Value for Money—8/10

Final Thoughts

These are some of the best speaker systems out there for laptop gaming. They are all rated above 7 for five important aspects, including volume and sound quality. Although the features and technical specs for each speaker vary, you can be sure that you will get quality gaming sound from any of these four speakers.

What is TrueAudio & Phonon (Physics Based Audio for VR)
In most media experiences particularly in VR, high-quality audio is a very important feature to go by. Spatial (audio appearing to come from a specific location in environment) in VR and 3D gaming can be critical for immersion, presence, and conveyance of information for both game-play and storytelling. This, therefore, brings about variation in sound variables that virtual projects need to simulate, as preferred by listeners. Phonon is one of a 3D audio technologies used within 3D game engines and SteamVR. It is an enhancement system which is available for sound designers that lets sound designers add physics-based environmental audio to games and VR apps. Basically, it is a fully featured set of physics-based audio tools for creating immersive environmental effects. It includes a single source and channel-based bin-aural processing, propagated geometry-based reflections, dynamic reverb, and occlusion based on scene geometry. Being compatible with existing game engines and middle-ware (Unity, Fmod, Unreal, Wwise), phonon plugs into existing workflows, and provides a multi-platform-based performance, throttling for low latency and easy deployment. TrueAudio is a software advancement kit for GPU augmented and multi-core quality aural indication dispensation. Essentially, it’s an API that allows user’s (GPU) for performing aural rendering and enhancement i.e. convolution. True Audio provides pre-enhanced library purposes for computationally costly algorithms such as time-varying audio complications, FFT/FHT, and audio-oriented vector math. SDK also provides GPU utility roles that support (GPU) source arrangements, an advancement that allows it to apportion properties on it with visual illustrations while evading effects to quality-of-service. The advancement of VR technology has made need for an immersive aural experience a necessity. This immersive experience that comes as much close to what we feel in our real world has been as a result of vital aspect of VR. Aural plays more than half of that VR immersive feel. It is for this reason that if the audio profile doesn’t match environment, The immersion would be broken. True aural comes in handy in ensuring it sound is closer The world acoustics. It makes use of a well-crafted auralization possible. The True Audio software advancement kit offers you a real-time audio enhancement and thus aids in high performance with graphics. The improved VR makes use of (GPU) for the audio hence freeing up CPU resources. In addition, it also enables advanced interactive acoustics. More features of True Audio include but not limited to; • Provision of CPU and GPU implementations for all the tasks within. • Extendable open source API. • It offers you a multi-threaded, multi-queue and real-time audio engine. • OpenCL parallel batch convolution engine ensures faster performance. • Fully real-time dynamic physics-based acoustics rendering. The interaction between phonon and True Audio helps achieve high-quality rendering. After its emitted by each source being processed on CPU by a phonon, and usually sent down the pipeline for further processing effects or final mixing. With True aural Next, as soon phonon gets data, it sends it to the (GPU) which then, after convolution sends those results back to CPU. This brings massive parallel to compute power of GPUs to aural rendering as well as ensuring True Audio lets phonon continuously updates Impulse Responses (IRs) as a user moves and interacts with environment, without affecting the (GPU) performance. Basically, phonon works with True Audio Next API if you are using a device with AMD CPU in it. Phonon will automatically switch to AMD TrueAudio Next and thus will begin to model additional sounds physically. For a non-supported system, rendering will be effected using traditional mode of rendering sound.