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Altec Lansing VS2121 2.1 Computer Speaker System (3-Speaker, Black & Silver)


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  • Compact 2.1 PC speaker system with stereo speakers and a powered, front-firing, long-throw 4-inch subwoofer in a ported, wooden cabinet
  • SFX (Sound Field Xpander) Technology widens the stereo image at the touch of a button
  • 6 watts x 2, plus 16 watts for the subwoofer; built-in controls include power on/off, volume, and the SFX switch
  • Wall-mountable speakers broaden placement options; stereo headphone jack affords private listening
  • Shielded satellites for distortion-free use near video monitors or TVs
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Product Description

Product Description

VS2121 Powered Audio 3-Piece System. More boom for your buck! Looks great next to flat panel monitors.

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Whether you're listening to music, playing games or watching movies, the Altec Lansing 2.1-channel VS2121 system will bring your entertainment to life--without hogging space or breaking your budget. The system produces 6 watts per channel for each of its 2 satellite speakers with an impressive 16 watts channeled to the subwoofer.

Even the subwoofer is compact, with a 4-inch woofer and ported (bass-reflex) enclosure. As such, it won't produce deep bass: at a deep but not earth-shaking 40 Hz, its output is 10 dB quieter than it is at, say, 150 Hz (the "mid-bass" region). But it should provide the satellite speakers with a greater sense of musical fullness and body than they'd have otherwise.

Altec Lansing's SFX (Sound Field Xpander) Technology widens the stereo image for a bigger sound at the touch of a button (does not work when using headphones). Plus, the speakers' flat-panel design and metallic look make them ideal companions to your flat-panel monitor.

Arrange the satellite speakers to suit your listening tastes--anywhere from right next to your monitor to as far apart as the speaker cords allow. Use the key hole on the back of each speaker to mount them on the wall. For optimum sound, place the speakers at or slightly above ear level.

All stereo-encoded information is heard through the satellite speakers, which are magnetically shielded for distortion-free placement near your TV or monitor. The subwoofer contains no stereo imaging, as its sound is non-directional. As a result, the subwoofer doesn't have to be placed in any particular relationship to the satellites. However, placing the subwoofer on the floor close to a wall or room corner should provide better bass efficiency and optimum sound.

The subwoofer is not magnetically shielded, so be sure to keep it at least 2 feet from TVs, computer monitors, computer hard drives, or any other magnetic media (e.g. floppy disks, Zip disks, computer or audio tapes, etc.).

What's in the Box
Two speakers, 1 subwoofer, a user's manual, a quick-connect card (may be located on internal box flaps), and warranty/registration information.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001FZB8A
  • Item model number: VS2121
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 1, 2004

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound is AMAZING!!
M. Giles
I do not recommend these speakers if you use a cell phone, they pick up the interference even when I move my phone 3 to 4 feet away from the speakers.
F. Chen
They aren't as loud as my old Altec Lansing's, which were actually THX certified but went with the old PC.
John Montognese

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Montognese on January 15, 2005
This is a very affordable, attractive pair of speakers that I bought for my new Dell. They aren't as loud as my old Altec Lansing's, which were actually THX certified but went with the old PC. However, the middle range sounds are very clear and crisp and the bass is more than can be expected in this price range.

The real problem is the interference I get. I think it's from my neighbor's TV. Anyway, what sounds like a TV station comes through the left satellite very faintly. Which means I have to turn my volume up higher to make sure I hear only my music. It's not ideal so I'm probably going to take them back.

However, if I didn't get interference they would probably be a delightful set of speakers for most computers. I'm going to cough up the $150 and get a 2.1 set of Klipsch instead.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AS on April 20, 2004
I bought these speakers recently for my Dell PC. The power and clarity of sound is awesome. I like to listen my music loud and these provide ample loudness. The reason for not giving 5 stars is because there is some static in the speakers when the cellphone rings or when I switch on/off the other's room lights.
I have plugged it into a surge protector and kept the wires away from other electrical equipment, but still some disturbance persists. But it is not a big problem, because it only happens when the cellphone rings near the speakers.
These are definitely a great buy.
Pros:
1. Awesome sound. Good clarity and bass
2. Sleek looks
3. Goes perfect with Dell Flat LCD monitors. Even the silver matches with the Flat Panel's silver stand. The speakers are pretty might
4. Great buy for the price.
Cons:
1. Some static. But if you keep your cellphone far away, it is minimal
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. L Willow on July 28, 2004
I needed to replace some PC speakers and took a chance on how these would sound in my small home studio. It is one thing to mix through the headphones, but another just sit back and listen to speakers afterwards.

Nice quality sound for $50! I do not need to crank the volumn, but occassionaly you need to. Handles well for what I need them. More than appropriate for mp3's in an apartment. Good studio playback. They just simply sound good... Listening to them now ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Fisher on November 25, 2005
The Altec Lansing speakers arrived with a system that I had custom ordered from a great online company. I have to admit, that I was very dedicated in researching every aspect and part of my new system. Except.. unfortunatly, for the speakers.

The Altec Lansing speakers have great sound, and when there is no interference it comes through crisp. Playing games or watching movies can be a real treat with these speakers. On the downside, these speakers *constantly* pick-up interference. Cell phones, a wireless hookup, infact just about any other form of electronics seems to be able to trigger loud pops and a very loud hum from the speaker. This is made more difficult for me since I live in an apartment setting and am constantly exposed to the wandering and random electronics of our neighbors.

We have our system in the system in our bedroom and have been woken up by the subwoofer humming randomly. Not pleasant. The subwoofer has gone days without making a sound before, but when it does, you'll be wishing you bought something else. I urge you to keep looking, there has to be a better option out there somewhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David F. Ziffer on March 7, 2009
It is a shame that Altec could easily have made this a five-star unit, but chose instead to do sleazy cost-cutting garbage just to squeeze a few more pennies' profit. There are two things wrong with this unit, which sounds great for the money by the way. The first thing is that the on/off switch does not turn the woofer off. The second thing is that there is no shielding inside the unit to prevent it from picking up radio interference. So basically this thing is on 100% of the time unless you unplug it. It picks up clicking noises from every cell phone anywhere in its vicinity, plus any other local radio noise. In short, it's just maddening and so I would not recommend it to anyone.

Oh yes there's a third thing. The woofer is glued together so you can't open it to fix either of these problems by installing a switch or lining the interior with RFI-suppressing copper foil. So basically it's a total loss.

I've put up with this unit for several years because I can't make myself spend the bucks to replace something that mostly works. This morning I was lying in bed and heard the woofer blasting out a nearby police radio transmission, so I decided I'd had enough. I went to the hardware store and installed in in-line rocker switch on the power cord. So finally we've got the problem mostly beat. Of course the unit will still broadcast RFI whenever we have it on, but at least now we can turn it off.

I give it one star because of the sleaziness of the whole thing. This sort of cheapo construction fools you in the showroom because the unit sounds so great. It's only after you get it home that you realize that it has serious long-term usability problems and that given the choice, you'd never even consider the same unit again.
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