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.
I suppose what I am asking is: what do you all do for mounting your rear speakers in your computer room?
Still, sometimes I like to play my music high, and a nice surround setup would be nice for this. Ah well.
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.
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.