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Altec Lansing MX6021 2.1 Expressionist Ultra Speaker System (Black)

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

  • Model: MX6021
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Color Name: Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 24.00 pounds
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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)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0025VKUR0
  • Item model number: MX6021
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 1, 2009

Product Description

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 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

the sound is amazing the only issue was the coating peels off the subwoofer. i fixed it with black tape and am happy with the performance so ill keep it Read more ›
Everything works well and have no problem whatsoever. The sound quality is so great and have much power to keep the entire room shaking. So far as of now I did'nt have any… Read more ›
About the sound, it's great, but there's a continuous…When music runs you won't hear it but when there's no sound I've to shut the system down to get rid of this. But… Read more ›
The system looks very nice and sounds great. Only down side are the short cords. Read more ›
Purchased for our son's computor. The speakers have great sound - would never think it is coming from his Apple. Read more ›
Five stars for excellent sound quality. But serious negative points for a CONSTANT FUZZY SOUND coming from the tweeters. Read more ›
3) the volume knob looks cool and is fun at first but it is very difficult to dial in a precise volume level. its the time of knob that is spring loaded and when you turn… Read more ›
The sound quality, as far as I can tell, is excellent - that part…But as other reviewers have noted, when nothing is playing the speakers continue to issue a loud hiss. Read more ›
then, i bought these. they get loud enough that at LOW volumes, they piss off my neighbors... for better or for worse, i bought these to keep my noise levels DOWN. Read more ›
These speakers can handle a strong, tight volume that you can pump up and let wash over you in music that, when you listen to it through the typical anemic or boomy… Read more ›
Coming from a Mac Pro, it sounds amazing. Even at full volume and no audio being sent to the system I still hear zero hiss. Read more ›
There's no…And because you have to crank several times to make any difference, there's no quickly turning the volume up or down; it always takes several seconds or more. Read more ›
The bass that comes out of these…The highs and lows are perfect, if you have an EQ hooked up to them you will probably want to put a little more mid range in the music. I… Read more ›
These speakers rock! I am really into EDM and the bass on these speakers is nuts. the subwoofer is huge (some might say too big). and the desk speakers are pretty small. Read more ›
Bought this for a friend and they love them. They like the "techie" design and have to the power to crank out clean high's and nice bass. Read more ›
I…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. Read more ›
The mids from the midrange when tweeters and a sub just ain't enough. The low lows from the sub-woofer for the boom boom effects. I really like the fact that the… Read more ›
The bass is nice and tight and the highs are good, it is however lacking some of the mid-bass and mids and the cables are short (hopefully they will address this when next… Read more ›
Everything is marked so you…The highs are crystal clear...the mids are good but have a tendency to distort at high volume levels...the lows are really deep and controlled. Read more ›
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. Read more ›
I love them. Sound is great, bass is heavy, good range of highs, mids, and lows. Bring a sexy look to my desk and meshes nicely with my lcd and other equipment. Read more ›
These…Despite it's size it produces ridiculously clean base and crisp highs, and can get so loud in my 15x15 room that its uncomfortable, while still sounding excellent. Read more ›
Pros: Great lows and highs, able to hear a lot that you normally won't hear on lesser speakers Not very expensive 2.1 set Read more ›
The bass is nice and tight and the highs are good, it is however lacking some of the mid-bass and mids and the cables are short (hopefully they will address this when next… Read more ›
The satellite controller is a pain. It is not a good design. It has a long cord and just clutters your desktop. Read more ›
have been using them over 2 years and still the same amount of quality. Your friends will surely notice its unique design. Not difficult to move around at all. Read more ›
My biggest gripe with the system has been documented in other reviews. The cabled remote is a poor design. It's anything but intuitive. Read more ›
The rubbery rotating pod is just weird, the lights…The rest of the system is well designed, well crafted, kind of wish they had a version with bamboo instead of acrylic. Read more ›
Pro's - Easy set up, good volume and fairly clear, attractive design. Nice bass response for a mid price system. Read more ›
I'm impressed with the Altec Lansing MX6021 2.1 Speakers. The unique design and the nice turn knob to control the volume, bass and tremble looks great. The speakers sounds… Read more ›
Great product, nice price and super fast shipping would recommend, in fact I do recommend this product to anyone that desires this type of product. Read more ›
Great product for a decent price. Sound is very good via optical. Read more ›
If you want a great 2.1 setup this is it. I listen to Death Metal, Techno, Jazz, and Rock. they sound great for the price. From Phil Collins to Fleetwood Mac sounds fine. Read more ›
Over all, the speakers are a very good value for the money and I do highly recommend them. Read more ›
I have read a lot of negative reviews, but I don't agree. I think for $160 these speakers are great value for the money. The bass is nice and tight and the highs are good,… Read more ›
The satellites look great on my desk along with the controller, and the headphone ports on the controller are a great touch when the PC tower is a little out of reach. Read more ›
I have used It for over a week now,Iam kind of overwhelmed by how this…Formidable bass,the desktop controller is working nicely;nothing bad about this speaker system. I… Read more ›
I saw…I'm no sound person at all and it took me about a minute to figure it out and it is a wonderful desktop control that gives complete treble, base and volume control. Read more ›
Everything is marked so you…The highs are crystal clear...the mids are good but have a tendency to distort at high volume levels...the lows are really deep and controlled. Read more ›
As far as the hiss from the speakers goes, I had to put my ear up to the speaker to hear it. If you want a great 2.1 setup this is it. I listen to Death Metal, Techno,… Read more ›
The two satellite speakers have a futuristic look and sounds great during voice or when I'm…Its very easy to set up just a couple of minutes and I was ready to rock n roll. Read more ›
Buy these, the lows are fantastic and the mids and highs are crystal clear. I listen to everything from pop and rap to bluegrass and classical -- it all sounds brilliant. Read more ›
Everything is marked so you…The highs are crystal clear...the mids are good but have a tendency to distort at high volume levels...the lows are really deep and controlled. Read more ›
The Altex lansing mx6021 speakers besides not being THX…Two decent sized satellite speakers featuring a tweeter speaker in each shoot sound out at a rather high level. O… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 59 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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63 of 74 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Berry on April 12, 2010
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I was very up on these speakers when I bought them. After I placed the order I read a couple of reviews that scared me concerning a high pitch-irritating, "can't get rid of" noise. I thought that since altec lansing was a decent brand I would keep the faith. When they arrived I noticed they were sorta used but I continued to set them up. The minute I turned them on the pitch was there. Very disturbing for the money. I bought a small set of HP desktops for $39.00 that blow these away and no irritating buzz or whatever that noise is, or rather was. I packed them up that night. The remote speaker wires are way to short and can't be expended as they do not have any interfacing plugs. The potentiometer is a real joke. One has to wonder who was the idiot that designed this piece of uselessness. I'll never even consider this brand, I have two sets of Logitec z-2300 which are in CA but I'm on the east coast for a few months and didn't want to pack them. I should have.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Darcy 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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