Testing & Results
The Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System was used for over two weeks on a variety of different devices. The primary use was on a PC, the specifications of which can be found below. On the PC, the system was utilized to listen to both on-board and streaming music, to watch on-board and streaming video, and to play a variety of games. The other devices utilized included a Motorola Razr Maxx smartphone and an Asus MeMO Pad HD 7. Basically, similar applications to the PC were run on the aforementioned devices while affixed to the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000.
Keep in mind that the results of the testing phase when it comes to audio devices is subjective. There is no real data to collect; it comes down to the opinion of the data. However, I will try to convey the output of the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 as accurately as I can.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
- System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
- Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
- Audio: ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
- Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
- Optical Drive: Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
- PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27″) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24″)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
The Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 is billed as being a gaming system, so that is where I will start in terms of sharing the results of the testing. Clarity is one of the most important aspects of the audio device that you deploy for gaming purposes, at least in my book. Whether it is a headset or a speaker system, it is important to be able to hear and identify the direction from which the more subtle noises, such as footsteps, are originating. Also, clear,concise, and timely communication with teammates is detrimental. It is easy to overlook the significance of the choices we make when it comes to the audio device we use while gaming; thankfully, Genius has not. The Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System was made to focus on gaming-related audio, and for the most part, it succeeded in this attempt.
While playing Battlefield 4 (BF4) on the aforementioned test system armed with the ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card, I was pleasantly surprised as to how well the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 performed. I am an avid fan of using headphones for PC gaming for a reason; I have never had a speaker system that performed well enough to use for that purpose. I can share with you that my attitude has changed due to the performance of the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000. Am I going to completely ditch headphones? Well, no. But using a speaker system is now a plausible alternative, especially when my head starts to get sweaty from a big set of headphones.
Early on in the testing phase and while playing BF4, the high-pitched report of a DMR startled me and I was thankful no one was able to see my reaction. However, it was also evident that a 2.1 system is going to fall a bit short in terms of pinpointing from where that shot originated. The overall experience playing Battlefield 4 was a great one; all the effects that required a deep thump certainly got one, and all of the high-pitched effects were also obvious, if not startlingly so! Clear communication with teammates was flawless. Once again, directional awareness is lacking, but that should be anticipated from a 2.1 system.
In order to test the audio quality of movie watching on the PC, I decided to pull up Band of Brothers Part II: Day of Days. With my system’s volume set at 25%, I prepared for the Brécourt Manor Assault. The sound quality produced by the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 was exceptional. The percussion of the German 88’s was deep and rich, and gunfire from the Thompson submachine gun, the MG-42, the Browning M1919, the M1 Garand, and other firearms used in that scene sounded as they should. I pulled up the exact same scene on an ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, plugged it into the Line In port on the front of the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000’s control box, switched the source, and pressed play. The audio quality was equally satisfying and the differences between the two were negligible. As a final audio quality from video test, I streamed Star Trek: Into Darkness from Netflix on both the PC and ASUS tablet. Again, there were no noticeable differences between the two and the audio quality, whether it was a laser blast, an explosion, or theme music, was outstanding.
At this point in the testing and considering how exceptional the audio was during the previous test (movie phase), I was confident that the music phase would go off without a hitch… and I was correct. I pulled up a variety of genres on both the PC and on the Motorola RAZR MAXX, and employed both Pandora and iHeartRadio to help me stream some music for the test. I also pulled up some of my own music from both devices. Whether it was Dean Martin, Ziggy Marley, Guns N’ Roses, Pink, Imagine Dragons, or ScHoolboy Q, the sound quality was outstanding. On a side note: considering that I was listening to music and had nothing else to look at, I found myself staring at the pulsating scorpion on the subwoofer. It is surprisingly mesmerizing!
Overall, the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System produced outstanding audio quality in all phases of testing. The highs and mids seemed to be spot on and the bass can certainly bring the thump. It is possible to get some distortion from the bass when the volume and bass are pushed towards the maximum dial setting. However, I am confident that anyone who decides to own this system will be, at the very least, pleased with it.