on November 4, 2009
Finally found what I was looking for! The Cyber Acoustics 3 pc has AMAZING sound for the price range! When it comes to sound I'm pretty picky. The sub-woofer is perfect. Speakers look nice. Sound is full and has volume. I'm sure if you buy a system for $150 or more it will sound better (I would hope so) ....but this is not $150 this is only $39 and would have paid more.
Keep in mind that the volume on your output source, equalizer settings, sound card, programs you may or may not have that improve the sound quality will effect your speakers performance. Don't forget to tweak all that... (I use the program "hear" for my mac)
The desktop pod is great (Which has controls for your bass, speaker volume, aux jack, and headphone jack.)
I recently returned the Logitec Z240 which was crap. The bass is a joke and sound was flat. If $40 is your budget look no further go with this! It's terrific for music, streaming Netflix, dvd's ect..
This is the first time I have ever bothered to review a product, but am so pleased with this particular product I thought I'd share.
I will defiantly be purchasing more of these units for other rooms and bathrooms for ipod use.....just order it
One more thing...People why do we rate products one star due to shipping discrepancy or amazon customer service??? Sure go ahead and mention it in your review, but don't let that affect your overall rating...You are rating the PRODUCT, not Amazon...(at least that's why I use the reviews as a resource for purchases)
on January 29, 2011
I've been very impressed with this sound system since purchasing it about 2 months ago. The sound quality, volume, build quality, and overall aesthetics are outstanding, and outperform in my mind much more expensive systems I've spent a significant amount of time listening to or even previously owned from Bose, Klipsch, JBL, Logitech, or Cambridge SoundWorks. My only complaint is the on/off switch is a bit tough to flip with its location on the side of the volume dial rather than a push button on the side or top of the volume dial. Other than that, the range of the satellite speakers is excellent, and as long as you fine tune the bass volume out of the box, the system has excellent sound quality and can reach a floor rattling volume without much distortion. All for a bargain basement price.
I challenge anyone considering buying a system like Bose Companion 3 to try this first. You won't regret it. I will never overpay for quality desktop speakers again, and I would consider a full-sized home theater system from Cyber Acoustics if they made it.
For those looking for the system's specifications, I've listed them straight from the box:
30 watts total RMS
62 watts total system peak power
Short auxiliary chord, in addition to computer input chord
on August 22, 2009
Before buying a new set of computer speakers, I read dozens of reviews on Amazon, Best Buy, and other sites. Overall these speakers got good reviews but the key buying point was the fact that they didn't get any negative reviews or 1 star ratings,unlike Logitech, Altec Lansing, Bose etc. The added bonus was that the speakers came with a volume wheel (allowing quick sound adjustment)and an aux. hookup on the wheel for an ipod. Auxillary jack included. I'm primarily using these speakers to watch Netflix movies (on my computer) and to listen to an ipod. Although I'm not an audiophile, I recognize good sound when I hear it--especially in this price range. Anyone looking to upgrade OEM speakers these are an excellent choice. You won't be disappointed in the sound quality or features.
on May 3, 2015
I'm not a sound or speaker expert. I've only had the speakers for a few weeks and I don't expect to use them that often.
I am replacing a 35 year old 200watt system that would kick... in it's day. I don't need that much action anymore, in my 1000 sq ft garage.
This system works very well for me and my garage. But, I can see playing it at max volume fairly regular. It is not possible to carry on a normal conversation at max volume.
The description says there is an "holder" for your mp3 player. There is no holder, or I missed it.
The speakers can only be spread apart about 9 feet.
There is NO power port for your MP3/iPad. No USB port. Serious oversight.
There are a total of 4 plugs in the system. The first two connect the system together.
The speakers plug into the sub speaker with a single gray 3.5mm plug. 3-4 feet long
The control pod plugs into the sub with a single red plug. 3-4 feet long
The sub has the only AC plug for power 3-4 feet long
The control pod plugs into the MP3 with a single green 3.5mm plug. 3-4 feet long - hardwired to pod.
Sorry, my photo of the back of the sub didn't show the speaker plug hole. It's right next to the hole for the pod, in the flash reflection. There are no extra holes for plugs on the back of the sub.
The pod does have a variable control for the Volume. The Volume control is the entire top of the pod. It has a pretty blue ring of light.
The pod does have a variable control for the Bass. It really works.
The pod has an On/Off power switch for the speaker system.
The pod has a port for headphones and a port for AUX. (I didn't try either)
No extra wires needed. Plug the system together. One power plug into the wall. Then plug the included green 3.5 into your MP3, ipod, whatever, and you're good to go.
on July 25, 2013
I have a 26" Sanyo flat-screen TV which has decent audio for the TV channels, but for some reason, the audio is a little weak when playing a DVD or Blu-Ray via an external player (HDMI connection). Between the weak audio and my aging ears, I was having trouble understanding the dialog, and would have to sit very close to the TV.
I decided to get a set of amplified speakers to boost the sound level and quality, and chose these based on reviews and price.
The system consists of a subwoofer, two smaller speakers, and a control unit that looks like a hockey puck. The puck has two long wires permanently attached to it, both about six feet long. The thinner wire is the main audio input, and ends in a 3.5mm male audio plug. The thicker wire ends in a special mini-DIN plug that connects to a mating jack on the subwoofer. The two small speakers each have a wire permanently attached, also about six feet long, which ends in a 3.5mm male plug that plugs into the subwoofer. Towards the speaker end of the wire, the wire splits like zip cord and one half goes to each speaker. This end can be "unzipped" further if necessary. I found that the mini-DIN plug was a little loose in its jack, and if it gets wiggled, the sound can drop out. But as long as you don't wiggle the jack (by pulling on the wire that goes to the puck), it works OK. The subwoofer also has an AC power cord (about five feet long) that you plug into an AC outlet (120V/60Hz only).
The entire top of the puck rotates as an overall volume control, from no sound to full sound. There is a smaller thumbwheel in the side of the puck that sets the ratio of subwoofer intensity to side speaker intensity, ranging from no subwoofer to so much subwoofer that it's overpowering. There is also an on/off switch, and once turned on, a blue light comes on in the puck. The switch is a slide switch, and I found that it takes two hands to operate, which is a little inconvenient. The other controls are easy to operate with one hand.
The puck also has an aux input, which is a 3.5mm female audio jack. Plugging something in here (like a music player) shuts off the main audio and plays the aux input. With a Sansa MP3 player, the audio sounds adequate and good for a small room, but it's not going to shake the walls. The puck has another 3.5mm audio jack for a pair of headphones, and inserting headphones mutes the sound from all three speakers. This might be useful for a TV, because my TV didn't come with a headphone jack. Using a pair of Sony MDR V6 headphones, I found that the volume was barely adequate even at full volume, and the sound was rather thin since there is no such thing as a subwoofer when using headphones.
To connect to a TV, if your TV has a headphone jack, you may be able to plug the main input (the audio wire going to the puck) into the headphone output and go from there, but my TV doesn't have a headphone jack. Instead, the TV has an audio line output on the side panel, consisting of two RCA jacks (red + white). You will need an adapter cable to connect the puck's main audio input to the TV audio outputs. This cable should have a female 3.5mm stereo audio jack on one end, and a pair (red + white) of male RCA plugs on the other end. This cable was not so easy to find locally, so be sure to order one when you order the speakers. In my case, due to the way I placed the speakers, I needed an adapter cable a few feet long, which is readily available from Amazon. They also sell a short version if you don't need the extra length. If you use these speakers with a computer system, you don't need an adapter cable. Just plug the main audio input into the green jack on the back of the computer, or into the headphone jack on the front of the computer.
On my TV, the red + white RCA audio outputs are true line outputs, so the line output volume is full and steady regardless of the TV's volume or mute settings. Therefore it's possible to turn the TV's volume all the way down, using the TV's remote control, and listen via the three external speakers. You also might decide, like I did, to use both the external speakers and the TV's speakers, because this is the configuration that sounded best to me. By the way, it's not quite as convenient to mute the TV when using these speakers, because mute doesn't affect the line outputs. You actually have to turn the main volume all the way down on the puck.
Overall, the sound quality is decent, especially for the price. The two smaller speakers sound a little too bright to me, and the subwoofer sounds a little muddy and boomy, but it's not so bad and you get used to it. It seemed to me that the system was lacking a little in the midrange, which is why I decided to add some sound from the TV's built-in speakers, too. Overall, the result is dramatically better than the TV speakers alone. It's much louder (without noticeable distortion), and much more full spectrum, so I no longer have any problem understanding dialog. Plus, with the subwoofer, movie explosions now sound like real explosions and not like a pop-gun going off.
A small "con" is that the on/off switch is not really on and off. Even when off, the speaker system draws a little phantom power, about 2.4 watts according to my power meter. Compare that to some of my other gadgets that draw so little phantom power (less than 0.1 watt) that I can't even measure it. I figured, based on my usage and electric cost, that I'm wasting about $2 worth of electricity a year. This doesn't sound like much, but multiply that by 10,000 or more for all the systems in use and it adds up.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the speaker system and would recommend it to others.
on September 11, 2015
I don't usually write reviews and if I do, I generally just put down some pros and cons. However, in this case I need to explain a bit more.
I needed some basic 2.1 speakers and looking on amazon, I had originally ordered the Creative A250 speakers. They were great, but there was no volume knob for the bass and I wanted to be able to listen to music without disturbing the neighbors.
I was being picky so I looked on amazon and found these (Cyber Acoustic) with amazing reviews and having everything I need. I assumed that all speakers at this price range would be the same and I didn't need to worry about the brand (I knew creative was good, but didn't know about Cyber Acoustics). So I sent the creatives back and got these.
Big mistake ! These speakers sound terrible compared to the creative ones.
- The bass from the sub-woofer is strong and punchy but has no low end. It just makes my ears pain. I can literally recollect all the low frequency parts of the song that are missing. Bass drops don't sound good at all. The sub-woofer has a volume knob, but no setting will bring back all the missing frequencies. Even worse is that when the satellites are off, you can hear vocals from the sub-woofer
- The satellites have almost no mid-range and sound very tinny.
- This combination makes the sub-woofer and the satellites sound completely disconnected as though they are from two different systems.
- Overall, every song sounds very bad. Very thin vocals, no mids and no feeling of sound space.
I was shocked at the 5 star reviews. So it is possible that these are really good speakers, but the Creative A250s were so much better than their price range that they warped my scale of quality.
It is also possible that these are in general bad speakers and not how they are supposed to sound in this price range.
Either way, they were so bad that I sent em back even taking on the shipping cost and got back the Creative A250s. They sound so good that I'm willing to overlook the bass volume thing and I'll just use an equalizer if it ever is really a problem. So there's a story to convince you. Don't buy these speakers and instead buy the Creatives which are cheaper and you won't regret it.