A home theater system can run you thousands, but what if you want to have a budget sound system for your gaming? Below we offer some helpful tips to get you that high-quality gaming sound system you want without breaking the bank. This article will discuss how to do it, including which tv to buy, the sound systems to consider, and gaming systems.
How Much Do You Need?
Before you buy anything, think about how much sound is required for your space. If you have a small room or apartment, you could be better off with a good soundbar. This is merely a simple set of speakers with a subwoofer.
Getting Good Speakers
Many experts advise that your best upgrade for a gaming sound system or home theater system is speakers. Audio and video standards often change, but a good set of speakers will still be good in 10 years. They also will give you the biggest bang for your buck with your sound equipment.
Below are the speakers you should think about when setting up your surround sound system for gaming:
- Center channel speaker: The job of this speaker is for dialogue, so this must be a good speaker so you can hear all the dialogue details about your next gaming mission.
- Front left and right speakers: In-game sound effects mostly come via the front speakers.
- Subwoofer: This one is all about the bass so that you can hear all the deep, rumbling noises of your favorite games.
- Surround speakers: Put these behind you so you can enjoy directional audio, such as footsteps behind you or artillery going by.
If you already have a home theater system, consider getting a good-quality PS4 headset or one for the Xbox One. Both are affordable, and you will get good sound in most games.
Choosing a TV For Gaming
When selecting your TV to play games, there are three specs to consider
- Response time
- Refresh rate
Response time is the lag between when the gaming image is made ready and when it shows on the TV. As a gamer, you’ll see higher response times in input lags. This is when you hit a button to when you see it happen on the screen. Low response time is vital for the best gaming experience.
The best gaming TVs feature input lags that can be under 20ms. Some of the best televisions for gaming can get it below 18ms.
Refresh rate is the number of images the television can show. The refresh rate is the number of images the television can flip through in one second. For a gamer, a poor refresh rate causes a blur because it’s challenging to find an opponent when all you see is a blur of colors on your tv.
If you’re playing high frame-rate shooters, for example, you’ll like a 120Hz refresh rate.
The last spec to think about when you select your TV is contrast. It’s often given as a ratio; it’s the brightness difference between whites and blacks on the screen. For a gamer, you want as much contrast as possible.
But contrast ratios are often a marketing ploy, and it’s challenging to compare one TV’s contrast to another. When you play games, pay attention to the static contrast ratio.
Now that you understand what you need for a great gaming system, we’re sure you’re going to enjoy your favorite games more than ever. Just don’t forget work and school!