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Big Sound at a Small Price,
This review is from: Altec Lansing VS4621 Octane 7, 2.1 Computer Speaker (Personal Computers)
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Octane 7 after I opened the box and looked over my new speakers. The first thing that struck out to me was that the mid-range drivers (the 2 mini-towers) point straight down, meaning that they'll likely be firing directly onto your desk surface. I've heard of down-firing speakers before but never actually heard them in action, much less heard PC speakers in this configuration.
First things first, setting up the Octane 7 is a snap. In fact it's so easy that no instruction manual is even needed. There's a series of diagrams on the box but really everything is self-explanatory. You cannot plug the wrong wire into the wrong hole - it's designed that way and color coded to boot. No separate software is needed or included. You simply need an audio output jack (mint green colored) on the back your your PC and an electrical outlet.
The mini-towers feature a 3 knobs that control volume/power, treble and bass. Super easy to adjust on the fly. The towers themselves are less than a foot tall and made of matte-black plastic. There are .5" plastic tabs that prop the speaker up off the surface and allow the sound to dissipate. The sub-woofer is a compact design as well but still features a 6.5" woofer cone, this too is matte-black.
Most importantly - the sound. I'm happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the speakers sound great! Sure these aren't high-end products and they shouldn't be reviewed against the likes of Klipsch, Bose, Hardon-Kardon, etc. The Octane 7 comfortably filled my office with pleasant and clear sound from a variety of sources. I played a variety of music from my iTunes library and was happy with every song I heard. I also tried out a movie and the sound is crystal clear. I was worried that vocals would sound muffled but happily they didn't. I am using a desk with a thick glass surface so I can't comment on how these speakers would sound on a wooden or metallic surface.
My only detraction would be a lack of a speaker cone cover for the sub. I hate the thought of someone accidentally kicking a hole in my sub because it lacks a cover. Other than that I would recommend the Octane 7 to anyone looking for an affordable speaker system with quality sound.