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Whether you’re playing role-playing games, racing games, or something in the shoot ’em up genre, you need to find the best gaming chairs with speakers for total immersion into the game.
In this guide, we’ll try to help you on the quest, so you’re not stuck with low quality or muffled sound when trying to experience the full audio effects of your favorite games.
It’s only fair to warn you that the X-Rocker brand dominates the market for seats with inbuilt speakers, so you will see that brand ‘rocking up’ to take four spots on this list.
That said, the X-rocker range of gaming seats is huge. So, we’ve pored through the specs, scoured the opinions of the gaming experts, seasoned amateurs, and the customers, and we’ve sifted the best known and highest performing seats to a more digestible list of five to get you started.
Following that, we’ve provided a buyer’s guide to bring all your purchase decision factors into a compact space that your seat will be proud of.
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The X-Rocker Surge sets the standard for the rocker chair with more novel features than you would expect for the price. It’s great for adults and you may find your teen eyeing it hopefully. Alas it’s not so heavy (36lb) that it can’t be snuck out of your gaming room.
The sound experience is engaging: there are two built-in forward-facing speakers and apowerful subwoofer built into the chair for that bombastic blast of realistic sound. It houses an inbuilt wireless Bluetooth receiver with the connectivity options through the RCA outputs and the headphone jack.
In terms of compatibility, it connects to a good array of gaming systems (think Nintendo, Xbox and Playstation, etc) and any device capable of transmitting audio: smart devices, your TV, DVDs, CDs, and MP3 players. You’re not limited to gaming in this seat. It’s a prime chilling spot for a good many purposes.
It can also link up with other X-rocker chairs in multiplayer mode.
In terms of comfort, there’s a good amount of cushioning for extended game play, and although the back looks significantly reclined, it’s heavy enough and with good enough structural balance to stop you from rolling knees-over-head if Zelda fires an incinerating point-blank range shot at you.
There are no arm rests. Whether that’s a plus or a minus is down to personal tastes. If you’re a racer, you might find this restriction painful.
It’s a self-assembly chair but very easy to put together. You can also fold it up and sneak it into a corner if space is tight in your gaming area. This is one of the advantages of having no armrests, incidentally. It’ll keep its balance on its side as an alternative to being bent back over base.
- Crammed with novelty value
- Excellent value for money
- Comfortable for extended playing
- Easy assembly
- Stylish red and black color combo
- A significant proportion of consumers felt that an HDMI adaptor would’ve been a useful inclusion with the array of outlet leads provided.
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In terms of technical specifications, there is a great deal of overlap with the X-rocker Surge. You’ll enjoy: the chair-to-chair connectivity, the Audial Force Modulation Technology, the subwoofer, and the wireless Bluetooth receiver’s ability to merge the chair with a vast array of game and music media.
So let’s look at the two key differences.
The first is with the ergonomic refinements. This rocker is no ordinary rocker: it’s a pedestal chair.
In other words, you get the benefit of arm rests, a tall, straight back, and better head rest support.
Plus, it can do a 360° spin (and don’t say you’ve never done this in an office chair). Slightly more importantly, this seat is probably better for people who don’t find it particularly easy to get up off the floor without a little assistance.
Secondly, this little throne vibrates! If you want to be juddered into the middle of next year whenever some foe opens a digital AK47 on your base camp, then this is the seat for you.
- Good value for money
- Easy to assemble
- Easy and rewarding to maneuver while in a state of high excitement
- Subtle, nicely integrated vibration feature
- Great sound quality and volume
- Some players felt that the vibration feature was a little on the subtle side
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When this seat from the GTRACING brand isn’t being used as part of your forward base of operations, you can use this for the more prosaic tasks of wading through your email and filing reports.
It’s ergonomically designed with good support for the lower back, head and neck.
It’s also thickly cushioned with high-density foam for hours of slavery, and a handy wipe-clean faux leather covering which won’t suffer too terribly from coffee accidents. It’s a wonderful game chair and office chair. Multi-function is a beautiful thing when you have a tight budget.
But back to its raison d’etre: its intended life as a gaming seat.
This seat is equipped with a Bluetooth receiver and two speakers to enhance that surround-sound quality of whichever game has captured your imagination.
There’s something about hearing the five-tone roar of Forza or FIFA cars on the Karussel corner of the Nürburgring. That “something” is often a feeling that you’re about to crash horribly at any minute, greatly enhanced by a crisp and sound system.
This gaming chair can do interesting things to your blood pressure for hours on end because the speakers have a (rechargeable) six-hour battery life. Your cohabitants will be delighted to know that your seat comes with a jack for a headset to localize some of that audial power.
It can recline in four positions from 90° to a recumbent 170°, and the arms can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically. It’s also very stable and enthusiasm-proofed. You can order this black seat with a choice of contrast panels in red, blue, white, or gray.
- Easy to assemble with clear instructions
- Multi-use Bluetooth receivers can pick up music from a variety of sources (iPad, laptop, phone etc as well as the PS4 or Xbox
- Long-lasting from childhood to teens
- Comfortable for sustained periods of time
- one of the less expensive chairs on this list
- The seat reclines a little too far given that there is no footrest. A stool might be a good idea.
- Armrest padding could do with a little extra depth
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This is something of an all-purpose gaming throne. It features four forward-facing speakers and ported power subwoofers in the space inside the chair for that tingling immersive sound and sensation.
The vibration motors sync with the bass in the game’s audio to keep you synched with the on-screen action. If someone’s got the drop on you in Assassin’s Creed, then you will know about it. The ‘explosion’ experience is pretty visceral in every game.
It’s a seat you can hook up to simple Blu-ray and DVD players, let alone PlayStations, Xbox, or Nintendo. You can also maximize use of your input and output jacks for audio source connectivity, playing along with other X-rocker chairs in multi-game mode.
The control panel on the H3 is pretty intuitive; you’ll quickly learn to adjust your settings by touch, which is handy if you want to jack the volume right down the moment you hear a key in the front door.
The aesthetics are great. This seat comes in a particularly forbidding shade of black, which is fabulous if people can see you streaming live.
One thing of note: for the money you’re spending, X-Rocker could just provide a starting set of batteries for the wireless receiver. That omission has made some consumers feel a little… salty.
- It’s an envy-making luxury item. It even has gun stock arms!
- Brilliant sound quality
- Super-comfortable for long play sessions
- Easy assembly
- Comes with a good array of cables
- The seat covering isn’t particularly durable. You’ll need to nurture the upholstery to keep it looking new
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Last of all, this is one of the budget options for those who prioritize sound over other features. It’s one of X-Rocker’s more basic designs, which means that it has no pedestal design, arm rests, or vibrate function.
However, it’s more the little brother chair than the disgraced cousin: the X-Rocker drift still features the Audio Force Modulation technology for the sensation of tangible sound.
It still provides two speakers near the headrest, and the 4” subwoofer in the backrest. It can connect with multiple chairs, and is compatible with a broad range of gaming devices & systems.
Although it can hold up to 275, like its more evolved brand mates, it weighs in at a considerably lighter 19.5lb. Like the other seats, it folds. But it folds flatter, so it’s easier to transport in the trunk of a car if you want to travel to do your gaming. As a lower weight and lower cost option, with some solid built-in audio features, this is a great gaming chair for kids.
One word of note: customer feedback does express some disappointment about the narrowness of this seat. So, while ideal for younger players, the gaming adults among us should be keep this in mind.
There is also some skepticism about whether the chair actually does handle the upper end of the weight recommendation (from 250lb+). For heavier players, the cushioning may not be as durable as the weight limit recommendations lead one to assume.
- It’s more stable than it looks in terms of holding your weight on a reverse rock
- The sound is loud and clear
- It’s great value for money
- Easy to assemble
- The wireless receiver goes through batteries fast
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Best Gaming Chairs with Speakers Buying Guide
You’d be lucky to find a seat with a decent quality of sound for under $200 because so many other factors are built into the seat, such as the ergonomic design, the quality of the Bluetooth connectivity, and the adjustability of the chair.
If you want speakers without extra bells and whistles, then perhaps discard those which feature sympathetic vibration abilities or chair-to-chair connectivity.
There are several aspects to comfort. Firstly, think about your height. Both shorter and very tall players might want to invest in a footstool for those game moments where you’re watching, waiting and learning.
If you’re exceptionally tall (by which we mean 6’4” and above, then pay attention to the dimensions of the chair. Is the back high enough? Check the seat’s depth; if it’s more than an inch less then the distance from the top of your thigh to behind your kneecap, then make sure it has a waterfall edge so that it doesn’t dig into the backs of your thighs.
What do previous customers think about the ergonomics? Lumbar support is particularly important. Removable lumbar cushions are helpful, but only if it’s easy to stick them where you want them in a manner which will keep them still.
Do you need to be able to recline the seat, or lock the reclined position into place? Do you have strong feelings about adjustable armrests? What has been said about the standard of cushioning, stitching, or fabric quality? Maybe jot down a list of must-haves, wants and dislikes and use that as your guide.
What kind of games are you going to be playing?
This is an important question. RPG games lend themselves to a lot of gentle reclining, reading captions, and thinking about your next move. Fortnite and Call of Duty involve repeated startlement, which is where rocker seats come into their own. Racers might prefer a pedestal seat with arm rests to save that mid-track plummet off the side of the chair.
This is obviously important when thinking of audio, too. Whether it’s the sound effects of a sports game or soundtracks in an adventure series, the sound can be a big component of how you interact with a game. If you need quality audio that won’t break the bank, take a look at our first pick on this list (the X Rocker Surge).
Where will you be playing?
Do you play PC games or console games? PC games obviously lend themselves to office-style chairs, unless you can move your entire set up to a coffee table configuration.
Also, a seat with a vibrate function will cause you the least unpopularity if it is played on the ground floor. Just saying.
Is it more important to obtain an audio connection to your game, or to play in synch with others with the same chair? If you just want the experience of the game’s sound enveloping you, then you have a much wider choice.
Finally, the importance of aesthetic design
We think that all of these seats will pass muster in the gamer approval street cred test, but you can’t go wrong with red/black/blue combinations or the special ‘Dark Lord of the Sith’ black which makes the X-Rocker H3 series so imposing. But feel free to find a chair that matches your unique style. For example, if a pink gaming chair is more your speed, that’s fine too.
Frequently Asked Questions
I find it hard to hear, even with strong volume. Which games have good captions?
We appreciate that for the deaf, ambient sound is still immersive, even if the vocals aren’t clear. As a genre, role-playing games (The Witcher series in particular) are the most deaf-friendly because they tend to come with open captions.
The good news is that game manufacturers are increasingly becoming aware of the need to provide, at minimum, closed captions. In Fallout 4 you can customize the color and size of your captions, and FIFA 20 has provided closed captions for their latest release.
Pro Players and the gamers of Reddit are usually more than happy to answer any questions you’ll have about what’s in a game’s accessibility panel. If you’re after a guide of which video games involve the most/least talking, then these guys have provided an awesome script index for a huge number of games.
I’m worried about being isolated. Can these chairs help me use the Discord app so I can talk to my friends?
Yes. If, for example, you have the app on a tablet or smartphone, then you can connect that to the Bluetooth receivers and relay the sound from your chair.
Which chairs do the pros buy?
Well, we’ve checked out some of their purchasing choices and—awkward admission—at least four of the ones they highly rate do not include speakers. Jacksepticeye (a comedian who games) loves his DXRacer OH/SJ08 gaming chair in black and green to match his signature neon-streaked hair.
Shroud favors the Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic chair with its bouncy suspension and mesh surfaces. Ninja, of Fortnite Battle Royale fame, is a fan of the Maxnomic dominator with its multi-layered leather-PU coverings and lockable tilting ability. None of these seats have speakers. But this hasn’t held them back noticeably.
The hours they spend sitting do give them somewhat different spending priorities. Primarily, if you check out the seats mentioned or indulge in a little more Google-Fu, you’ll see a trend which focuses on comfort and cushioning. Pro gamers are more likely to invest in multi-screen set-ups and premium independent sound systems which consolidate social media, game and TV inputs.
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