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Mediocre speakers. Not good for $33
on December 30, 2006
Altec Lansing used to be a high end brand. My understanding is that they sold out quite some time ago and that the Altec Lansing name has been passed around a few times since. For me that means that I shouldn't buy Altec Lansing based on name only. Unfortunately, I bought these because my other computer speakers are Altec Lansing and I thought that these might be good as well. There are certainly some good Altec Lansing products out there, but warning lights should have gone off in my head when the other reviewer said he had the exact same speakers but branded as "BX3" speakers...
-Highs and voices are "lispy".
-All sound is muffled. If you're looking for that 1950's AM car radio sound, here it is! (Yes I played with the knobs and tried to get better sound)
-really cheap satellite speakers. I was truly surprised by how light these satellites are. I took the grill off and all there is is a 2 inch paper speaker. I honestly think I've had desktop computers with better speakers built in!
-off button is on the back of the woofer.
-the subwoofer really isn't bad. If the satellite speakers would have been decent, this could have been a nice setup.
-adequate volume with some punch. You're not going to blow off the roof, but it's not bad at all.
-controls work well and are right there on the front of the unit (unfortunately there is no magic "make 'em sound good" button...). :)
I don't understand how these speakers got such good ratings. I guess it wasn't too long ago that no computer speakers came with woofers. Back then you didn't expect the punch you can even get with this small setup. That could pleasantly surprise you. Unfortunately, the rest of the sound is the pits! I don't expect miracles, but I don't expect to pay $33 for what I would call a $15 flea market "deal". Especially since this price is so close to the low end Logitech 3 speaker sets. My brother in law has a Logitech x-230 and I think I'll return these for a set of those.
After seeing what a cheap speaker is in there, I don't think I got a bad unit. I think it's a cheap set riding on the name of Altec Lansing.
edit June 5th 2009: I replaced the two satellite speakers with a different brand (my brother in law's woofer died in a set), and I'm really happy now. The woofer doesn't give tons of thump, but it gives the perfect amount of bass for general listening.