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Altec Lansing BXR1220 2-Piece Desktop Speaker System

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  • Compact stereo speakers for laptops and desktops
  • Connects through a USB port for power and through the headphone jack for sound
  • Audio Alignment technology for balance and accuracy
  • Built-in power and volume controls
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Technical Details

  • Model: BXR1220
  • Audio Output Mode: Stereo, 2.0
  • Color Name: Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 1.40 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 x 3.5 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0025VKUPW
  • Item model number: BXR1220
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (892 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 21, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy your digital music and media to the fullest extent possible with the Altec Lansing BXR1220 Two-Piece Stereo Speaker System. Ideal for desktops and laptops alike, this compact speaker system delivers clear highs and lows while helping to keep your workspace free from clutter. The speakers connect easily to any computer -- just plug them into a USB port and you're ready to go. Thanks to Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment technology, the system's drivers, enclosure, and electronics are perfectly balanced, giving you the full, high-quality stereo sound your digital life demands.

Audio Alignment technology ensures optimal sound. View larger.

Volume control is conveniently located on the top of the speaker. View larger.

One-Cord Connection for Added Convenience
The BXR1220 speakers draw power from your computer via its USB port, so you don't need to free up an outlet. The speakers are a perfect way to improve the sound quality of your laptop's speakers, with no extra power cord to pack when you want great sound on the go.

Audio Alignment Technology for Superb Accuracy and Alignment
The BXR1220 relies on Altec Lansing's proprietary Audio Alignment technology to make sure all of the speakers' components work together to deliver your music the way it is meant to be heard. Audio Alignment technology offers the perfect balance of the three elements of the speaker system -- the drivers, enclosure, and electronics -- to ensure a natural, uncolored, and rich sound from your speaker system. The system's two-inch, full-range drivers and separate satellite speakers provide stereo imaging for more realistic sound when you're gaming or watching movies and videos.

Designed to Fit Any Computer System
The speakers' elegant black enclosures and cloth grills complement your computer and peripherals. The speakers' small size -- each speaker measures only 3.7 inches in height -- saves valuable room on your desk and makes it easy to carry them along with your laptop.

The BXR1220 components are also shielded, so you can place them close to your monitor or phone without interference. Conveniently placed power and volume buttons put sound control within easy reach.

About Audio Alignment
Whether it's the tiniest of ear buds or the most imposing of subwoofers, Altec Lansing has refined every detail of its speakers to provide you with the most accurate sound reproduction and quality. Audio Alignment ensures that your components work together to deliver your music the way it is meant to be heard, offering the perfect balance of your speaker system's drivers, enclosure, and electronics. For 70 years Altec Lansing has been refining this process, bringing your speakers to life with advanced technologies that make them sing.

The BXR1220 speaker system is covered by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Altec Lansing BXR1220 stereo speakers, user's guide, and quick connect guide.

The BXR1220 is simple to set up and eliminates the need for a power outlet.
Altec Lansing Computer
BXR1220BXR1221VS2620VS2621Octane 7Expressionist Ultra
Easy USB connectionSolid bassCrystal-clear soundCrystal-clear sound and powerful bassMost popular design with seven driversA 200-Watts (RMS) powerhouse
Key Features
  • Unique cylindrical satellite design
  • Connects directly to computer's USB port
  • Unique cylindrical satellite design with subwoofer
  • Looks good in any environment
  • Excellent drivers deliver superb audio
  • Space-saving subwoofer delivers big sound and strong bass
  • Looks good in any environment
  • Excellent drivers deliver superb audio
  • Features a total of seven drivers in a small, compact frame
  • Crisp high end with specially engineered micro drivers
  • Down-firing midrange drivers deliver warm, enveloping sound
  • Formidable lows from a tough, compact 6.5" subwoofer
  • Sleek, modern classic design
  • Formidable bass with a massive front-firing subwoofer
  • Tri-amplified design
  • Two-way satellite speakers
  • Works with computers, MP3 players, gaming consoles, TVs and DVD players
Sound Enhancement TechnologyAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio Alignment
Onboard ControlsPower, VolumePower, VolumePower, Volume, TonePower, Volume, TonePower, Volume, Bass, TreblePower, Volume, Bass, Treble
Audio Inputs2-channel analog (stereo)2-channel analog (stereo)2-channel analog (stereo)2-channel analog (stereo) 2-channel analog (stereo)2-channel analog (stereo) + RCA
  BXR1220BXR1221VS2620VS2621Octane 7Expressionist Ultra
Secondary Aux In Jack    YesYesYesYes
Magnetic ShieldingYesYesYesYesYesYes
Sound Pressure80 dB SPL84 dB SPL92 dB SPL93 dB SPL95 dB SPL106 dB SPL
Total Continuous Power (RMS)N/A9 Watts RMS5 Watts RMS28 Watts RMS28 Watts RMS200 Watts RMS
Peak PowerN/A18 Watts10 Watts56 Watts56 Watts400 Watts
Frequency Response180 Hz - 20kHz
(-10 dB)
50 Hz - 18kHz
(-10 dB)
90 Hz - 20kHz
(-10 dB)
45 Hz - 18kHz
(-10 dB)
45 Hz - 18kHz
(-10 dB)
40 Hz - 20kHz
(-10 dB)
Speaker ConfigurationTwo 2" full-range driversTwo 2" full-range drivers with 4" subwooferTwo 3" full-range drivers with two 3" passive radiatorsTwo 2" full-range drivers with 4" subwooferFour 1" high frequency micro drivers and two 3" mid-bass drivers, with 6.5" subwooferTwo 3" mid-range and two 1" high-frequency neodymium drivers, with 6.5" subwoofer

Product Description

The BXR1220 computer audio system delivers quality stereo sound at an extremely affordable price. Features built in controls for convenience

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sounds great looks good great bang for the buck Read more ›
The sound quality is outstanding. They're still a bit too bulky for true portability, but they'll fit in an overnight bag in a pinch. Read more ›
I use it at home and it works perfectly on my laptop. The sound is crystal clear and very loud ( I mean, Altec Lansing is really supposed to be loud speakers). The bass… Read more ›
I am happy with them. Plug them in, and the sound is good for what I am using them for. Read more ›
The sound was good. The price was right. Read more ›
Just the right size and the sound is very good Read more ›
Bought these for my step dad and they are the best little speakers! Price was great, fast service. Easy installation ... very pleased with the product. Read more ›
The sound isn't bad for the size, the price is good and I like the relatively low profile. Read more ›
4 starts…Honestly, for the price, these are a great little pair of speakers for a computer, and if they continue to work for a year or two, I'll be really satisfied. Th… Read more ›
I had set the sound to stereo for the TV in digital dynamic mode. For the price it was well worth hearing the rich stereo sound coming from the speakers. Read more ›
Works Great. Price was very good for what it does. Read more ›
Small and Perfect. For the price this is a perfect product. I love this. Read more ›
Even at this low price, I would expect better sound quality. The volume was relatively low - I had to turn up the volume high just so I can hear a conversation. Lot of… Read more ›
If you are expecting to drive these with your computer they are alright. The volume is not great. Depends on the amp in your computer/phone but all of mine were mediocre at… Read more ›
Frequency range is not the best, but it's adequate for desktop computer or laptop speakers. And the volume control is convenient. The fact that they're powered by the USB… Read more ›
Don't expect much. An iPhone or iPad works, although the volume is pretty low. There is a ton of line noise so it needs to be at full volume to cover it. Read more ›
These…For the purposes of listening at a computer at modest volume, they are perfect (as long as you don't mind a couple of wires and don't need them to be portable). Read more ›
These USB powered speakers are powerful enough for music in the same…Volume control works well and a led light on the front of the control speaker shows when it's powered. Read more ›
The set up was simple, but I will note that the speakers will only extend about 35 inches apart so keep this in mind if you're looking to have these further spread apart;… Read more ›
They're about the size of…Since it's just two speakers and they're powered from the USB port, setup is super simple and there is no tangle of wires to get caught up in. Read more ›
THE GOOD -- Installation is easy. Plug and play; took only a few seconds on my Mac. Read more ›
Setup is easy. It took more time to unpack them than to plug them in. Read more ›
My set didn't…Installation was very simple, but I could see some people tearing the box apart looking for the "quick connect guide" referenced on the side of the box. Read more ›
;-) Also, the setup instructions are very easy and are built right into the box itself, so you don't have to worry about loosing them. Read more ›
Sounds great with my laptop computer. Bass is amazing for small low price speakers. Power is by USB plug only so won't work for a TV. Read more ›
They hardly take up any room around the computer area and they can really produce quite a bit of sound! (I agree that the bass sounds are weak). For the money spent on… Read more ›
Soundwise, they are quite good. Bass is distinctly lacking but that is to be expected from small speakers, like these. These appear to be the same left and right speakers… Read more ›
1. no output plugs on the speakers themselves so you can't connect your headphones 2. Audio lacks bass and sounds a bit hollow 3. no connection plug to add a subwoofer Read more ›
Again, the clarity for cheap speakers is astonishing. Yes, the very low bass isn't booming, but really not a bad balance considering there is no subwoofer. The vocal… Read more ›
Just got these speakers and for the price I have to say they are very good. The sound is very good the bass does make the speaker roar a little. Like I said, these speakers… Read more ›
These speakers are exactly what we wanted. The size is great and the sound is really good too. Great buy for the money! Read more ›
Works great with my laptop and was surprised at how loud they can get. Compact size is great for travel. Great buy! Read more ›
I got these as a gift for my nephew to supplement his not so great laptop speakers. Though the size is great and they don't feel cheap, that's about where my positives end. T… Read more ›
These speakers provide a crystal clear sounds with…The small size is perfect to fit on each side of my desk and they take up minimal room (3-3/4"H x 3"W x 5"D). Read more ›
I purchased them because I PC game and just wanted speakers for in-game audio. The size is perfect for tucking out of the way! Would definitely buy again! Read more ›
pros: really loud for speaker size, look cool! Read more ›
I was planning on using in place of a soundbar for my TV, but I think they are better served as computer speakers that are close to you on a desk. Design is still cool. Read more ›
Nice! The design is cool and the size is just right for the room I have on my computer station :) Read more ›
There is also no sub woofer so they do not take up so much space on my desk. This is a great product for the price and the design is perfect for my needs. Read more ›
They are not the smallest of the pack but the reason is that Altec Lansing maxed the bass by making the box in the shape of a Bazooka type sub-woofer and even has port… Read more ›
1. Smaller design is good for saving my desk space. 2. $99? Read more ›
Perfect! Easy set-up, good sound, well constructed, nicely priced, and a refreshing design! ...Great pair of affordable PC Speakers ... Read more ›
They are compact and look good. Volume control that is easy to get to and use. Price is certainly right. Read more ›
They have the audio alignment feature which means…The speakers have volume control which is good and pretty much I got these for $9 and I would pay more, they're worth it. Read more ›
I cannot say enough good things about…The fidelity is surperb, the volume control easy to adjust. and power needed to drive the speaker system comes from the computer USB. Read more ›
These speakers were a great buy and met my needs perfectly since they were compact enough to fit in…Their appearance is fine and the sound volume is very easy to adjust. Read more ›
Nothing disappointing about them. Good sound quality, nice volume control, I like the looks - all good. Read more ›
Sound good, work great - great deal for the price! No static, and good volume control. Easy to set up. Read more ›
These little computer speakers are surprising for their size and the sound that they deliver. Not much in the way of bass, but the mids and highs are very clear. Read more ›
I was very hesitant to buy small speakers after my disappointing experience with the i-tour pop speaker. The sound is clear with ok mid range and good highs. It does lack… Read more ›
Just enough warmth to make up for the lack of bass, with crisp highs and surprising depth from such small speakers. Excellent quality! Read more ›
Loud enough for most purposes, normal use is about mid volume range. Clear tone, sharp treble, not much low end bass but without a subwoofer this is expected. They are… Read more ›
They are in good quality and loud enough compare to the laptop built-in Altec speakers. They have good bass and treble balance. I am very satisfied with my purchase. Read more ›
Listening to chamber music at good volume, the strings and piano come through with nice clear treble and mid-range, and with more bass than I would have expected from… Read more ›
Treble is flowery. Mids are good. Read more ›
Sound quality is better than my laptop speakers but not by much. Bass is obviously lacking, but midrange is great. Treble is slightly lacking in my opinion. Read more ›
For the price, these speakers look good and provide clear mids and high-ends. The frequency range is very obviously not going to provide you good bass. Read more ›
I was uncertian about the fact that they were…They have great highs, clear and balanced mids, and bass enough to enjoy all sorts of music when kept on modest volume levels. Read more ›
-easy to use (for the most part: see below) -they give a good representation of the sound (they hit highs lows and mids: Good for watching movies) Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

806 of 835 people found the following review helpful By Heath Buckmaster VINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
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Altec Lansing's BXR1220s are not designed for those who want audiophile quality sound. So far, the sound has not really improved much over the past few weeks after breaking these in for long stretches. Considering the price it's hard to get too demanding in the sound department. Relative to many similarly priced speakers these are a small step up, and they will more than suffice for an extra computer in a guest bedroom. Yet in many ways these are a new take on basic 2.0 speakers. For starters, these are powered by your USB port instead of via an AC outlet. For those starved for outlets, that's a welcome convenience. For those running out of USB ports, that's either a possible turn-off or a reason to buy a USB hub.

If style is a major factor for you, these might win over other models on looks alone. These speakers are small and just look cool. They are about the size of 2 soda cans, turned on their sides with silver stands holding them up at about a 15 degree angle. The right speaker has a turn switch in the back of it to power them on, and there is a volume dial on the top.

My set didn't really have instructions, but instead had simple pictures on the top inside flap explaining how to connect them. Installation was very simple, but I could see some people tearing the box apart looking for the "quick connect guide" referenced on the side of the box.


+ The fact that these are USB powered means you don't have to worry about heavy power adapters or outlets. This is a definite plus.

+ The speakers themselves are VERY light and compact, making them a possible choice when travelling with your laptop.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jesse S on November 25, 2009
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For under $20, amazing sound. I read the many reviews here before buying, and a few people complained of low volume, not enough adjustability, static and/or distortion. I just hooked mine up and am blown away by how good these sound. Listening to chamber music at good volume, the strings and piano come through with nice clear treble and mid-range, and with more bass than I would have expected from speakers the size of soda cans. I don't have any of the problems that some reviewers mentioned. Even at full volume, which is considerable, there is almost no distortion. No, they may not be "audiophile" quality, but if you're an audiophile, why are you buying $20 speakers? For the rest of us non-audiophiles who just want decent sound, you can't beat these with a stick. I'm going to buy a few more for Christmas giving.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By error VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
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I have a laptop desk, that's maybe, 2 laptops in width (a big Dell 15" laptop, that is). So this seemed like a nice addition. These speakers are quite small, professionaly designed, and literally the size of a 16oz soda pop can, no bigger, no smaller, maybe just a tad wider at the audio end, but that's it. Hence, they fit perfectly on my small laptop desk! Also, a great feature is that there's no need to plug into an outlet!!! Saves a few tangles, not bad, and you can take them wherever your computer is, as long as it has a good battery life! Finally, the speakers sit very steadily and comfortably on my desk, the chances of them falling over without being knocked on purposes are virtually nill.


I also, at first, have had only my laptop speakers to rely on (which, as you could imagine, are terrible since I have the most basic soundcard and speakers on it). So, a couple years ago I bought a nice $70 headset from Logitech. The headphones were/are amazing, producing rich, clear, deep sounds that my computer speakers wouldn't even come close to reproducing! They are really great headphones! It was nice to get these speakers and avoid the inevitable matted hair I get with headphones.

So, how do these speakers compare? As I'm writing this, I'm listening to The Stamps Quartet. Those of you familiar with them will know that many songs have counter-tenor notes being sung, and JD Sumner provides a rich basso profondo. Hence, a whole range of notes are being hit. While the sound is obviously not like those of $70 headsets, there's a nice ambience to them, and they handle the high and low notes very well. For $20 ladies and gentlemen, this is a really nice buy.
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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful By OrchidSlayer VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
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These speakers will never make my computer sound like my expensive stereo with Bose surround sound, but for the money they work great. I especially like that they do not require a separate power source but can run off the USB port on my notebook. I didn't expect that they also need to be connected through the headset jack. This cable sticks out on the front of my computer and gets in my way. Not a huge problem and one that desktop users won't have, but I thought the USB would be the only attachment I needed.
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