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Altec Lansing MX6021 2.1 Expressionist Ultra Speaker System (Black)

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  • Fingertip control Full-function Power, Volume, Treble and Bass controls
  • Seriously deep bass low-frequency bass you can feel from the 6 1/2 front-firing, long-throw woofer
  • 200 Watt powerhouse, separate amplifiers for bass, midrange, and treble provide exceptionally clean, power for listening at any volume
  • Full, accurate sound Each speaker delivers clear, full-spectrum sound from a 3 midrange driver and a 1 inch neodymium tweeter

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Technical Details

  • Model Number: MX6021
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Color: Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Item Display Weight: 24.00 pounds
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Product Description

The Expressionist Ultra puts you in the heart of a sonic tsunami. Exhilarating waves of sound flow at you from five digital amplifiers powering five separate drivers. The long-throw 6-1/2-inch subwoofer pumps out seismic bass and the precisionmatched mid-range and high-frequency neodymium speaker drivers deliver exceptionally accurate, full-spectrum sound. This uniquely designed 3-piece, 200 Watt powerhouse is one serious audio system that will take your music, movies and games to a whole new listening level. Enjoy earth shaking sound from your MP3 player, TV, game console, DVD player or other audio device.

From the Manufacturer

With 200 watts of power that breathes earth-shaking life into your games, music, and soundtracks, the Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra speaker system has what it takes to put you right in the middle of the action. The speakers deliver exceptionally accurate, full-spectrum sound and the 6-1/2-inch subwoofer fills your room with high-impact bass. 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.

The 3-inch driver for the midrange and the 1-inch tweeter provide outstanding full-spectrum sound. View larger.

The Expressionist Ultra works great with game consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. View larger.

MX6021 Expressionist Ultra Speaker System offers:

  • 200 watts of power to bring your games, music, and soundtracks to life
  • 6-1/2-inch subwoofer for high-impact bass
  • Audio Alignment technology for precision-matched sound
  • Auxiliary input jack and RCA adapter for connecting additional devices

The handy control pod gives you fingertip control of volume and tone. View larger.

High Power Makes For Better Sound
The Expressionist Ultra benefits from the 200 watts of continuous power that push sound through the speakers. Its boom comes from five digital amplifiers powering five separate drivers for an authentically tuned sonic explosion. Each speaker driver - the 3" midranges, the 1" neodymium tweeters and the 6 1/2" long-throw subwoofer -- is individually fired and powered precisely as the source demands it. The result is crisp audio detail and dramatic bass that you can genuinely feel, an audio sensation that takes music, movies and games to a whole new listening level.

Fingertip Control Over Tone and Accessories
All adjustments for treble, bass, and volume are housed in one convenient satellite pod, so you can place the controls precisely where you need them. An integrated auxiliary input on the pod makes it quick and easy to connect your MP3 player or plug into your headphone jack for privacy. The included RCA adapter gives you the ability to connect the Expressionist Ultra to your TV, DVD player, or game console, -- at the same time your computer is connected -- giving you the option of a compact speaker system that enhances any entertainment setup.

Designed for the Way Enthusiasts Play Their Music Today
Computers are becoming the new home stereo for many people. The computer is where digital consumers organize and archive their music, movies, and TV shows. They want an audio system that sounds great and plays loud without distorting their favorite artist, movie scene or video game. The Expressionist Ultra is designed to be a true music speaker that happens to work with computers - good enough to replace the traditional home stereo system.

Further, the showcase design of the Expressionist Ultra is designed to look good in the main living space where the computer "entertainment center" is becoming more common. The contemporary industrial design of the satellites celebrates the audio components by emphasizing visible acoustic components set into a translucent bezel. This angled design carries over to the trapezoid-shaped subwoofer, which is functionally engineered to break up troublesome standing waves to draw out every note of high fidelity and uncolored sound.

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 the key audio 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.

What's in the Box
Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra speaker system (two satellite speakers and one subwoofer), 3.5mm audio cable, RCA adapter, user's guide, and quick connect guide.

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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 14.8 x 15.5 inches ; 23.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 23.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0025VKUR0
  • Item model number: MX6021
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 1, 2009

Customer Reviews

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By plasticlizard on October 30, 2009
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I needed to replace my old 2.1 desktop speaker system with something new and improved. After searching and reading reviews I got Altec Lansing's MX6021. Here's my thoughts after having played around with it for a few weeks.

Placing my order online the box arrived a few days later. I opened up the original box and noticed that the system was packaged really well. The sub-woofer's driver was covered over with a heavy piece of plastic. Then the entire sub was covered in plastic. The satellites were packaged the same way. The wired remote control, RCA adapter and audio cable were wrapped too. The entire system is then housed in heavy styrofoam. There's also a complete setup diagram located on the box. It's nice that Altec Lansing went to that much trouble with the packaging.

What you get...
1 - sub-woofer with a 6.5" driver with a paper cone, foam surround and a forward firing vent hole.
2 - Satellites have a 1" aluminum horn tweeter driver. A 3" midrange driver with a paper cone and a foam surround.
1 - Wired remote that controls power, treble, bass and volume. It also accomodates 1 headphone and 1 auxiliary input.
1 - 3.5mm audio cable to connect your computer or audio device to the sub-woofer.
1 - RCA adapter to connect to a TV.
1 - Safety instructions and warranty card

The sub-woofer is made of particle board and feels very solid. The midrange on the satellites are housed in plastic tube canisters. The tweeters are housed in plastic too. Each driver has it's own protective cover to keep your fingers out. Inspecting a little closer I noticed that the sub-woofer and satellites have rubber feet. The sub-woofer has four large ones in each corner and the satellites have three. Two up front and one large one in the rear.
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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Lynch on November 1, 2009
I have to say that this product was a love-hate relationship but ended up being boxed back up and returned. I've been spending quite some time researching a good speaker system for my office and this model came up. It's a new model (Sep'09ish) and was purchased in October and very few places have reviews out for this let alone pictures (thanks to the person who submitted photos on Amazon!). The looks of this system along with the touted quality side of this is what sold me. I come from an audiophile up-bringing so I will say that my ear is a bit more tuned and I have certain expectations on sound. My first computer speakers were Altec Lansings and by far the best speakers on the market at the time let alone I got a lot of "wow" out of them. I've owned most brands of computer speakers (Logitech's top of the line, Creative's, Klipsch) and saw these and thought they'd be perfect for the style of my office (very modern). I opened them up, set them up accordingly, plugged them in and powered them up and immediately hear the familiar hiss that my first Altec's had had (their only fault) in '98. I kept thinking "there's no way a model this expensive and new would be like this" and changed everything from the inputs (removed the 3.5mm jack all together) to the placement of the speakers (shielding issues, etc) and still the same hiss all the way until you turn the volume down to zero. At max volume there is an electrical hum that, yes, you definitely will not hear this is you have music playing, but it's noise, and noise in my books is a no-no. I wanted to love these speakers but looks cannot out weigh their performance.

With this, I'll be moving on to a much more expensive option, reference monitors and balanced audio, yes a little bit more money but worth it.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Louis on November 7, 2009
I bought a set of these recently after testing for a few days I had to return it. The main factor I had to return it was the hum/hissing noise from the speakers. They are not from my soundcard as I disconnected them and the hum is still there. I tried to move them to different rooms using different power outlets, the noise stayed the same. These noise are very noticeable as they are louder than my computer fans. I called Altec Lansing and their tech support told me it was normal. And from what I can find, I'm not the only one complains about this.

Other issues:
- the speakers are connected using non standard wires.
- the control is not very intuitive to use
- sound quality is sub bar, well, it's OK compare to my old Logitech z560, but it starts to crack/pop when I turn up the volume.

Apparently, pretty much all computer speakers at $200 range are mediocre. I finally decided to spend some extra money and got Blue Sky's MediaDesk 2.1, which is simply amazing. Yea it's 3 times the cost of this speaker, but I think it worth every penny.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Romelfanger on June 22, 2010
I was pretty excited about these speakers. They look kind of cool and the sub woofer is huge, but the speakers make a constant hissing noise you can hear over everything else, and continues when no music is playing. Absolutely do not buy these.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott on October 13, 2011
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The speakers are great. If you're a into crystal clear highs, these are for you. Problem, if you need any kind of support from Altec, forget it. I bent the pins on the plug for the volume control, and have been trying to contact the company for a week to find out how I can obtain a replacement. Nobody has responded to me emails and their phone line is has been busy until today. Today, their phone number is just disconnected. Registering your product does nothing to help the process. It's all very frustrating. If a company can't stand behind their product, they shouldn't produce that product, in my opinion. So, in short, great speakers, just hope you don't ever need to get them serviced or repaired or anything, because it won't happen.
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