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Altec Lansing 2100 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker, Black & Silver)

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3-Piece Computer Speakers
  • Compact, 3-piece speaker system
  • Includes two thin satellites plus dual subwoofer
  • 50 watts total, 26 watts RMS power
  • Frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Connects to any audio device with a standard headphone jack
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Technical Details

Size: 3-Piece Computer Speakers
  • Model Number: 2100
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

Size: 3-Piece Computer Speakers

Get some big sound from a small package with this Altec 50-watt PC speaker set. Color-coded cables let you easily connect this 3-pc. quality stereo system to your PC. Set includes 2 gray squared satellite speakers with distinctive all-décor styling and 1 subwoofer. Built-in controls and headphone jack. Instruction manual included. Imported. 10Hx5-1/2Wx8D".

Product Details

Size: 3-Piece Computer Speakers
Product Manual [477kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00005S8KY
  • Item model number: 2100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 14, 2003

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tim Robertson VINE VOICE on April 3, 2003
Size: 3-Piece Computer Speakers
My first impression upon seeing the 2100 series speaker from Altec Lansing was "sweet!" Yes, I like the look of these speakers, but looks are but one of the many important factors into making your decision on what speakers to buy.
Sounds quality, I hope, is the number one factor. In that regard, the 2100's sound great. While not as loud as the ... Monsoon PlanarMedia 9 speakers, they do have about the same clarity of sound. That is to say, very good in both audio reproduction and imaging.
The 2100 series are a three-piece speaker system, consisting of two satellite speakers, and one powered sub-woofer. Like most other computer speaker systems, this one also has a remote control (wired) that has a Mute button, as well as two volume controls. Nice, but what I especially enjoyed was the metal stand the remote control rests on. This may seem a small thing, but not after you have had to deal with the remotes on most other computer speakers, which usually lay on the desk. The remote stand shows forethought on Altec Lansing's part.
The satellite speakers are very small, half the size of the Monsoon speakers reviewed a few weeks ago. If you have a cluttered desk, and a pair of large flat-panel speakers would have a hard time finding a home on your desk, take a look at these. Each speaker is set into a metal stand, making them harder to accidentally move. Even with the metal stand, the speakers are still tiny.
They say good things come in small packages. This is proven true here, as I was really impressed with the sound quality of the two desktop speakers. The sub-woofer is equally great sounding, but is anything but small.
The sub-woofer sports not one, but two 4" speakers, which do a respectable job of reproducing low base sounds. The sub is made from sturdy, well-crafted wood.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2002
Size: 3-Piece Computer Speakers
The 2100's replaced an old set of Altec Lansing speakers I've had for years. These new ones are much nicer to look at, and provide plenty of clean sound for gaming and music. The tweeters have almost zero mid-range though, and the subwoofer doesn't provide much either, so you end up with a lot of highs and lows. The tweeters are very lightweight, and I find myself knocking them down now and then as I move things around on my desk--no big deal.
On the downside, the speakers come with a clunky wired remote for power and volume control. This adds extra wires coming from your desktop, and the volume control is NOT rotary, which I dislike. The rotary control is the most intuitive for volume, and you can tell at a glance what your volume setting is. Instead, we get two buttons for the volume, which provide NO visual feedback as to what the current volume is, nor what the min/max volume is. Additionally, if you turn the power off to the speakers, they RESET themselves to the minimum volume. Every time I turn the computer on, I have to crank the volume up 15 notches or so. If you leave the power on to the speakers at all times, you won't find this to be a problem. One final gripe is about the bass control--it is located on the back of the subwoofer, quite out of reach.
If you are in the habit of leaving the power on regularly, you will have no problem with these speakers and you'll enjoy the cool look and pretty sound. Otherwise, if you are as picky as I am, and are willing to settle with some less "cool" looking speakers, you might think about heading toward something else.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By TOL on January 24, 2004
Size: 3-Piece Computer Speakers
So, first, let me get this out of the way: These speakers sound great. The bass is powerful and punchy while the small and very attractive speakers deliver a crisp high end. Mid-range does suffer a bit in larger spaces, but probably only to the very discerning listener. I replaced my clunky Yamaha YST-MS50 system with this one and, as far as the sound goes, I find the 2100's to be very comparable.
OK, so why give it 2 stars? Well, it has everything to do with the design of these things. Altec Lansing has successfully taken a potentially great product and ruined it with terrible controls. The remote, in my opinion, is completely useless. It features a power button and two volume buttons. Now, assuming you have the speakers plugged into the same outlet strip as your computer, most users will shut the speaker system down with the computer system. This makes sense to me. The problem is that whenever you bring power back to the system, you must manually turn on the power button on the remote and re-adjust the volume to a normal level. The default for this system is for it to be OFF and at VERY low volume. The only workaround to this is to keep the speakers powered on all the time. But this, to me, makes very little sense. When I turn my computer on, I expect to hear sound. Well, you don't with the 2100's.
My second gripe has to do with the fact that this system has no headphone jack. This is a major inconvenience when using the computer late at night.
My third gripe has to do with the fact that you have no idea what volume you are listening to. The remote, as I said, features two volume buttons but with no visual display telling you where you are at. This just goes against my natural tendency to want to know what volume I am listening to relative to the system's capabilities.
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