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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2001
I receive the Altec Lansing AVS300 as a Christmas gift. I plug it in and WOW. I thought it must have cost at least a hundred dollars. Because that's the way the speakers sounded. But to my surprise after looking them up on the internet. A cost of only 39.95 retail. If you need sound and you're not a professional buy these speakers and you won't be sorry.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2002
The AVS300 speaker system is, I think, a remarkable buy! The sound is crisp and clean with ample bass reproduction. It is very simple to set up. Once installed, take them through the paces with a program like "Windows Media Player" or "Winamp" where you can make use of a graphic equalizer. I found these speakers performed well through the entire range of sound. Perhaps they lack the power you may be seeking but taking into account these are COMPUTER (not stereo) speakers, they perform really quite well! When you rate performance compared to cost, I doubt you can beat the AVS300's!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2002
I had been considering getting a small boom box for my office. I don't listen to CDs that often, so I didn't want to spend a lot. I couldn't find anything that I really liked, or that wouldn't take up a lot of desk space.
I started looking at getting a decent set of computer speakers. Browsing through [...many] selection, I found these speakers, which had gotten some very strong reviews. For $30, I figured it was a small risk.
I'm thoroughly satisfied with the purchase. I'm no hardcore audiophile, but I appreciate good sound. They provide a nice full range, even at low volume. Since I'm working in an office, I don't need to crank the volume for a party, but these still provide plenty of power if I want a louder sound after hours. For the average user who's not looking to spend much, you can't beat the AVS300.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2002
I got these speakers to improve the sound on my Powerbook for use with iTunes. It has been a great bargain. Good stereo resolution, adjustable bass, uses the stereo jack so you're not tying up an extra USB, doesn't hum while off (big pet peeve of mine with some speakers). Sound can fill the room, works well with a variety of music. The price just can't be beat. I mean, this wouldn't be my living room speaker set, but it's not designed to be, and for one-room listening it's been great. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2003
I am an audiophile with limited funds, so I have to figure out how to get good sound for a low price. When I finally realized good computer audio is within my price range, I decided to throw out my 2 HP/Polkaudio speakers, and find some good speakers, and especially a sub to make the most out of my games and music. Well, at the time, I only had twenty bucks to spend. So I went all over town looking for a decent 2.1 system in my price range. Well low and behold Sams is having a special on Altec Lansing's 2.1 system for half it's normal price. So knowing Altec Lansing's reputation, I grabbed them. Well trust me, they are great. With a decent sound card, they are crisp, clean, and have the sub has pleanty of bass for a 5.25 driver with only 10 watts. They go pretty loud before destortion kicks in, but at loud volumes and high bass audio, the sub quiets, and then reloudens when the bass tones down. That's probably the worse thing about this system. As far as tone controls, I think all sound card software, and windows has built in equalizer. My integrated 5.1 sound card on my new comp has software with a 10 band EQ, so who needs them on the speakers? Another bad thing about these speakers is that they dont have any rubber feet, so they slide around on your desk when you pull a wire or adjust the volume. All in all, a good buy for the price if you want a COMPUTER SYSTEM. If this is where you watch DVDs and play music from all the time, get something better. But for those of us on a budget, and have real external stereos, these are great.
Also, I plugged mine into the srge protector my comp is on, so when I turn it off, it turns off the speakers, and there is no hiss. I don't what the other people are doing wrong. Good Luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2003
I bought these speakers to finally give my drab 2-speaker tin can-sound the boot and get some real power. Now the AVS300 is considered a starter 3-piece system, but what a starter system it sure is! I watched Top Gun and the jet sounds were rumbling all over the living room, and when I played Starcraft and a siege tank blew something up, my nephew upstairs thought there was a tremor. For starters, this is one of the more costly models, but I'm not regretting the purchase. It's an awesome system and I still love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2004
Not full range, but rich in the range it has, this system is damn good for the money. My only advice is to watch out, as one short tumble of the right speaker killed my whole system. since i got it for 40 bucks and used it a year, it's okay, but wanna warn others. Also, beware of 5 piece gaming system by AL in same price range, horrible!! couldn't believe it was the same manufacuterer. REPEAT this product good buy but fragile, 5 piece system in this price range sucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2003
These speakers came much lighter than I axpected. A decent size to use on a computer desk, with control nobs easy to access and use. Much better quality sound than I expected. It's loud and crisp. I'm very happy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2002
The AVS300 produces great sound for the money. It's slightly short on power if you like to turn the music up though - (however you can compensate for this by turning up your computer's volume which will feed a more powerful signal to the AVS300). In all fairness, most units on the market in the low to midrange end are a little low on power except in the area of the subwoofer - where some more expensive ones can blow you out.
However, if you are willing to spend a few dollars more, in my opinion the Logitec Z340 speaker set had noticably superior sound both in quality and volume in both the midrange and subwoofer (perhaps because it has a little more power - but the midrange seemed more open and full and the bass tones more accurate and full). I think it's worth the extra money myself having heard them both. A little quibble though is that the subwoofer on the Logitec has a big round steel cover with a large chrome metal ring. In my opinion the subwoofer would have looked more attractive with standard speaker cloth. I think they wanted it to look more powerful which it is.
Again, the sound of the Altec AVS300 is great sound for the money and anyone would be foolish to buy standard speakers instead of this unit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2006
First off, let me say that these speakers and subwoofer are used with my CD player as a sound system in the kitchen. I can't speak for their use with a computer as I've never tried them. I have used them constantly for several years now, and I love the sound quality. Sound is a personal preference for many, but for my ears the bass is rich and adjustable, the vocals crisp, and the overall sound quality excellent. I have no complaints other than the minor complaint that the speakers tend to slip around because the cords are underneath them, and they are lightweight and don't have rubber feet.

For the price (less than $26), I don't know how you can do much better.

I have now had the opportunity to compare them with the Altec Lansing InMotion ImPlus Speaker System designed for IPods at $149 retail (though I purchased it for $60), and I am so disappointed with the InMotion ImPlus.

If portability is not a major concern, consider the Altec Lansing AVS300 if you can find it. Love the separate subwoofer, love the power(with added volume from CD player) and love the sound!
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