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Genius Intros $150 Speaker System for PC Gaming

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Here's a new 5.1 surround sound speaker system for your PC gaming needs.

If you're looking for a good speaker system to compliment your library of PC games and movies, Genius has released the SW-G5.1 3500 here in the States for $149.99 USD. It's a 5.1 surround sound 80-watt RMS speaker system that promises gameplay advantages in first-person shooters over your standard off-the-shelf solution.

According to the specs, the system contains one 6.5-inch subwoofer (5 ohm) providing 30 watts of "heart-thumping" bass as low as 50Hz. There are also five 3.5-inch satellite speakers (4 ohm) which can be hung on walls thanks to their hook design, pumping out 10 watts each for positional audio. A remote control is provided for convenient volume and bass adjustment.

"The 5.1 surround sound setup of the SW-G5.1 3500 gives gamers an advantage in first person shooter games by allowing them to pinpoint enemy locations by sound alone," the company said on Tuesday. "Gaming on regular stereo speakers only allows users to discern between right and left. The 5.1 sound enables gamers to listen to opponents' footsteps from all surrounding directions."

In addition to the remote control, users can adjust sound and bass from the control panel on the subwoofer itself. Control options also include a STANDBY and an AUX/5.1 CH switch function, which enables users to flip between gaming and music listening. On the front is a headphone and microphone jack, and on the back are three RCA jacks with 5.1 CH color coding and an additional AUX 3.5-mm input.

"Offering booming bass, crisp middle to high range sound, and the flexibility to connect to gaming, music, and other entertainment devices, the SW-G5.1 3500 surround sound speaker system epitomizes the high-quality that the GX Gaming Series represents in a louder more versatile design," the company said.

The Genius SW-G5.1 3500 system is now available in the US and Canada for the suggested retail price of $149.99. It's part of the company's GX Gaming series which can be seen here.

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    emdea , March 27, 2013 3:26 AM
    these speakers are a joke "as low as 50hz" LMAO
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    ChiefScooter , March 27, 2013 1:12 AM
    So I need some advice here. My computer is on a desk against a wall. Behind me is nothing but open room (the room is a loft). My issue is with surround sound speaker setups, I just don't know what to do with the rear speakers! I had a set a while back that had stands, but this is rather clumsy, as the wires go across the ground and then up to my computer in some way. I have a wheeled office type chair, so rolling over the wires happens quite a bit, and I worry about damaging them. I got a plastic floor saving mat, but laying that across the wires still isn't ideal, and it's an eyesore regardless.

    I suppose what I am asking is: what do you all do for mounting your rear speakers in your computer room?
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    amuffin , March 27, 2013 1:25 AM
    Maybe you should get some virtual surround sound headphones^^
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    amuffin , March 27, 2013 1:26 AM
    You can also get some speaker stands, those will help you mount your rear speakers.
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    killabanks , March 27, 2013 1:32 AM
    i'd say get wireless rear speakers and just mount them to the ceiling unless thats too high
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    ChiefScooter , March 27, 2013 2:33 AM
    Wireless would work, if they can be found. And how do you power them? Still need wires, unless they are battery operated. I guess to do it right, the wires need ran in a conduit through the floor or ceiling... Too much work for my tastes, anyways. I did what amuffin suggested and got some nice headphones.

    Still, sometimes I like to play my music high, and a nice surround setup would be nice for this. Ah well.
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    wanderer11 , March 27, 2013 3:06 AM
    I'd like some speakers that are short enough to put in front of my monitors without blocking the screen.
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    emdea , March 27, 2013 3:26 AM
    these speakers are a joke "as low as 50hz" LMAO
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    gorlacon , March 27, 2013 5:22 AM
    emdeathese speakers are a joke "as low as 50hz" LMAO


    Agreed, what can you expect from "gaming speakers" though? Just get a pair of bookshelf speakers and a small 25w/ch amp. You can get both for about $85 if you shop online. Hell, you can even add a powered subwoofer for another $100 if you feel like it but it's not even necessary as most bookshelf speakers (even under $50/pair) can go down to 35-40hz comfortably.
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    4745454b , March 27, 2013 6:36 AM
    Yup. Pretty much a joke. I didn't see anything in there that made me think these were worth that much money. All 5.1 systems help you locate enemies, not just these. 6.5" sub down to 50hz? Yawn. My old z5300 for $200 new are better then this setup.
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    nino_z , March 27, 2013 6:43 AM
    ChiefScooterSo I need some advice here. My computer is on a desk against a wall. Behind me is nothing but open room (the room is a loft). My issue is with surround sound speaker setups, I just don't know what to do with the rear speakers! I had a set a while back that had stands, but this is rather clumsy, as the wires go across the ground and then up to my computer in some way. I have a wheeled office type chair, so rolling over the wires happens quite a bit, and I worry about damaging them. I got a plastic floor saving mat, but laying that across the wires still isn't ideal, and it's an eyesore regardless.I suppose what I am asking is: what do you all do for mounting your rear speakers in your computer room?


    I have 5.1 in my room and this is how i solved the problem. First i went and bought audio cables. White ones - so they are not visible. I then mounted the proper entrance and exit after measuring the lenght i need. It's all quite easy but involves basic soldering. Once i did that i used them on the edges of my walls for the most invisible and confortable way (since the speaker cables are waaay too short). Then i mounted my speakers on the wall angles and voila - i now have badass 5.1 sound perfectly mounted. It will take about 3-5 hours of work so i did it on a sunday and it does help to have a buddy to help you with it. But it's totally worth it in the end.
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    ZakTheEvil , March 27, 2013 7:49 AM
    "speaker system that promises gameplay advantages in first-person shooters over your standard off-the-shelf solution"

    Seriously?

    "The 5.1 surround sound setup of the SW-G5.1 3500 gives gamers an advantage in first person shooter games by allowing them to pinpoint enemy locations by sound alone,"

    So my JBL 5.1 system won't do that? Bummer :( 

    "providing 30 watts of "heart-thumping" bass as low as 50Hz"

    OMFG! 30 watts? Down to 50Hz?!?

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    f-14 , March 27, 2013 8:18 AM
    meh, i'll stick with my altec lansing ada 880's at least they have something covering the speakers to keep the dust and bugs and occasional flying object/tipped over can from puncturing them
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    alidan , March 27, 2013 8:51 AM
    ChiefScooterSo I need some advice here. My computer is on a desk against a wall. Behind me is nothing but open room (the room is a loft). My issue is with surround sound speaker setups, I just don't know what to do with the rear speakers! I had a set a while back that had stands, but this is rather clumsy, as the wires go across the ground and then up to my computer in some way. I have a wheeled office type chair, so rolling over the wires happens quite a bit, and I worry about damaging them. I got a plastic floor saving mat, but laying that across the wires still isn't ideal, and it's an eyesore regardless.I suppose what I am asking is: what do you all do for mounting your rear speakers in your computer room?


    get long wires and run them around the room, paint the area of the wire that goes up to the speaker...

    with that said, dont get surround sound speakers unless you are going to drop at least a grand on them, you will be much better served getting good 2.1 than getting 5.1 in retrospec, i would have gotten klipch 2.1 for 150 than my logitech 5.1 (apparently if i want to resell my speakers, they have shot up to about 1000$... no clue why)

    decent headphones and good sound design will give you surround sound (black light retribution through sennheiser hd 555)
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    LukeCWM , March 27, 2013 8:52 AM
    I'd take two decent speakers over six crumby speakers any day. As others have said, get yourself a pair of book shelf speakers and a no-frills two channel amplifier. Even though it's cheaper, it's in a different league in sound quality. And if you need more bass, then buy a sub. It's a piece of crap, but Amazon is selling a Polk sub for $80. There are definitely better subs out there, but it adds a good octave beneath most bookshelf speakers, which I think is worth it.
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    tokencode , March 27, 2013 9:17 AM
    Ummm... shouldn't it be "chest-thumping" bass instead of "heart-thumping" If your heart isn't thumping, you're dead.... (although with 30 watts I'm not sure I agree with even that).
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    i8cookiemonster , March 27, 2013 11:00 AM
    Wow, I'm impressed with the legit advice in the comments for this article, don't see that every day!
    Good luck with the mounting of the rear speakers...wall mounting is the way to go if you can swing it and find a place to run the wire (even if it means more wire).

    I also 100% agree that it's better to get a decent 2 channel setup that sounds really nice vs. a low quality 5.1 channel that sounds meh. Out of all of the components on your PC, the sound system is the least likely to get obsoleted (that and maybe your keyboard) so spend the money on it up front, you won't regret it and it'll still be rocking years later.
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    jdwii , March 27, 2013 12:06 PM
    Got my self some Polk monitor 70's and a CS20 center with some monitor 30's in the back all i can say is this is true audio i use it for games and movies as well as music even though this setup cost around 800$ i'm gonna keep it for years.

    If i was going to get a cheap system the lowest i'd go is some Monitor 30's and a cheap Amp and add a Sub later.

    Check this site out if you want good audio for cheap and use Amazon for a cheap amp you can get a one for around 25-40$

    http://stores.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Direct
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    phump , March 27, 2013 1:01 PM
    If you are looking for high quality audio, avoid anything with a subwoofer. Look at something like Rokit or Polk. If that's too expensive, just go very cheap.
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    photonboy , March 27, 2013 3:42 PM
    5.1:
    - difficult to setup
    - lower audio quality on cheaper models

    5.1 headphones:
    - IMO they don't work better (or as good) as good stereo ones. I never did notice the surround effect.

    Audio card:
    Don't buy great speakers for onboard sound. Conversely, don't pair a great sound card with low-end speakers.

    *Bottom line:
    Unless you can spend the money on a quality 5.1 setup, good sound card AND have the ability to place these without issue it's simply best to invest in the best quality 2.0/2.1 system you can afford.
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    acerace , March 27, 2013 4:29 PM
    i8cookiemonsterWow, I'm impressed with the legit advice in the comments for this article, don't see that every day!


    Because it wasn't suppose to! Comments in the news article should be about the news. There are proper ways to ask for advice, like opening a thread.

    Nonetheless, good look to you asker.
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