An affordable, decent speaker setup for gaming.
With games getting more engaging and immersive, investing in a good pair of headphones or a good set of speakers has become quite necessary. While there are tons of options for the former (as I am sure you have seen reviews of here at Tbreak), a good speaker system that does not burn a hole in your wallet are hard to come by.
K-World’s 3.1 speaker system, the G19, however, is in that likeable minority. It’s priced around AED 180 and promises to offer a solid surround experience for games. But that’s on paper, let’s see how it fares in our quick look.
The G19 looks sharp, or at least tries to with its Transformer-esque appearance (I was going to refrain from using the Transformers example but the G19’s website itself uses the iconic Autobots icon as a bullet-point for “great design”). That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, the whole system is aesthetically pleasing and looks modern on the table, however it feels a bit cheap on touch. But that’s quite expected for this price-point.
The G19 is easy to set-up. All you need to do is connect the satellites to the subwoofer (which is also a speaker in itself), then connect that to your PC’s sound card (or a music player/console) with the 3.5mm cable and you are good to go. You can also connect your PC to the sub for microphone support.
On the front, you have the Center Plus and the X Bass buttons, which purportedly helps enhance the surround sound and bass effect (these will covered in the section below). Below it and the giant volume knob are three 3.5mm jacks – one each for headphones, music player and microphone.
Our test bed included games like Spec Ops: The Line, COD: Modern Warfare 3, a few dozen game trailers and some Hindi pop. Of the sound, the G19 was clear and loud. The sound remained distortion free even at the highest volume. The sound quality, however felt a bit lacking.
The overall sound was hollow and lacked proper definition, as if the speakers were tuned to the ‘theater’ environmental effect you find in those equalizer software. As a result, the sound felt distanced and directional, lacking the wholesome feel you get from listening to clear, punchy, bassy sound.
What helps a bit is the Center Plus and X Bass features. The Center Plus, when enabled, notches up the surround sound effect a bit, helping especially games to sound better. The X Bass, as the name would suggest, pumps up the bass that improves sound quality considerably although still does get rid of the hollowness.
When you are looking at the G19, you have to consider the price-point. For AED 180, you get the most decent features and sound quality, and nothing more. These could work as a great secondary device, but not so much as thee way to experience games.