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Altec Lansing FX3022 Expressionist BASS 2-Way Speaker for PC and MP3 (Black)

4.4 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

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  • Computer speaker system with subwoofer built into speakers
  • Built-in amplification provides 25 Watts
  • Custom built 40mm drivers provide clear and realstic sound
  • Auxiliary input lets you connect MP3, CD, and DVD players
  • Measures 5.25 x 10 x 5.25 inches (WxHxD); backed by one-year warranty
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Model Number: FX3022
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Color: Black
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

One of the problems about desktop computer speakers is the compact size. They lack the ability to reproduce those low, bass frequencies that add depth and dimension to sound. Expressionist Bass is a stylish, space-saving speaker system with powerful, desktop-level bass thanks to down firing, radiating subwoofers integrated into speakers. Then each speaker has a 1-1/2 inch front driver that handles mid- and high-range frequencies. What you get is a pair of compact speakers that deliver full range sound with superior integrity.

The Expressionist Bass features twin desktop speakers with subwoofers built right in. The bass is in the base of each speaker. Separate drivers deliver mid and high frequencies so vocals and details come through with brilliant clarity. An auxiliary input allows convenient connection of any MP3 player. Designed to complement contemporary computer and monitor styles, the Expressionist Bass brings music, movies and games to life.
Why fill your desk with speakers and a huge subwoofer when you can expand space and extend sound with the Altec Lansing FX3022 multimedia speaker system? Altec Lansing FX3022 Expressionist Bass Speakers are simply a wise, logical choice. Overall System Response - 40 Hz - 16,000Hz (-10 dB) Signal to Noise Ratio @ 1 kHz Input - > 85 dB Unit Dimensions - 5.25 W x 5.25 D x 10 H In the box - Expressionist Bass speaker system 3.5mm audio cable Power adapter User's guide & Quick connect guide


The Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass FX3022 speakers provide crystal-clear sound in an attractive design that fits comfortably anywhere in today's digital home. Thanks to subwoofers built right into the desktop speakers, you'll enjoy powerful and deep bass from a compact package that doesn't take up your limited space. The FX3022 was optimized for computers, MP3 players, and other digital sources, bringing your music, movies, and games to life.

The Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass FX3022:
  • Builds the subwoofer into the desktop speakers for a compact design.
  • Features 25 watts RMS of total power for large volume capacity.
  • Has an auxiliary input jack to connect additional sources.

Downward firing subwoofers are built into the speakers. View larger.

The Expressionist Bass combines a compact design with a large, full-range sound. View larger.

Controls are conveniently located on the speakers themselves. View larger.
Elegant Design for the Modern Home
The Expressionist Bass FX3022 was designed with today's digital home in mind. With a glossy black high-tech look, the speakers are just as much at home on your computer desk as they are out in your living room with your furniture. And at just 5.25 x 10 x 5.25 inches (WxHxD) and without a subwoofer to lug, you can easily move the system around wherever you need them, be it the living room, computer room, den, or porch.

High Performance and Great Versatility
Whether you are watching a video clip on the web or using your notebook computer to DJ your latest party, the FX3022 provides a great multimedia platform for all your digital media needs. Featuring 25 watts RMS of total continuous power, the system can easily fill your room with satisfying sound. With an auxiliary input jack and controls built right into the speaker, you can easily connect and adjust a source other than your computer, such as a CD player, DVD player, or iPod.

Bass Built Into the Base
Instead of the subwoofer that most other speaker systems rely on, the Expressionist Bass system builds a four-inch long-throw subwoofer right into the base of each speaker.

The system has a downward firing orientation, causing the bass to reflect off the desktop and create a radiating 360-degree sound field for convincing slam in the lower registers. And thanks to psycho-acoustic algorithms from the system's integrated Maxx Bass technology, you get close to an extra octave of lower bass. The end result is that you get twice the bass in half the space.

Two 40mm Drivers for Full-Range Sound
Specially engineered 40mm drivers provide the mids and highs with great clarity. The two drivers are compartmentalized in a sealed chamber, ensuring that the pressure of the subwoofer doesn't mix and muddle the sound.

The internal chamber features a rounded architecture that decreases harsh diffractions (sound waves that bounce around in otherwise square corners) and standing waves (which get stuck in otherwise square corners) that can "color" the audio that you hear. What this means to you is a cleaner, more natural sound.

The Expressionist Bass FX3022 is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Speaker system, 3.5mm audio cable, power adapter, user's guide, quick connect guide.

Bring your laptop and speakers out to DJ your next party.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.3 x 5.3 x 10 inches
Item Weight 5 pounds
Shipping Weight 5 pounds
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Item model number FX3022
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #235 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com August 22, 2003

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By H. South on March 4, 2010
Color: Black
I bought these on the basis of a good review in a gaming mag. However I also like classical music, a purpose for which these are singularly unsuitable. The bass is huge and boomy, the middle range weak. Try listening to a Bach cello suite with them: the open C-string sounds like a double bass on steroids while the upper strings sound like a nervous viola. Terrible.

Even for gaming I don't like the sound. You need the volume up quite high to hear the music and speech clearly, while sound-effects with booming sounds, such as spellcasting, are incredibly intense - it becomes almost nauseating after a while.

I should add that it's not just a case of not liking loud music - I have a first-class stereo system and listen to everything from Rammstein to Rachmaninov at very high volume. The quality is what makes the difference.

I think another reviewer made a comment about liking these if you're the sort of person who turns their car boot into a bass speaker box - that's exactly the sort of sound these give.

Obviously many people disagree and there's plenty of good reviews - this is my personal experience and opinion of these speakers. So - take the 'Bass' part seriously :D

UPDATE: Since I've started running Windows7 and been able to use updated sound drivers, I've been much happier with the sound from these. They are still very bass heavy of course, but the right ambience settings in the driver selection can make a big difference. Still not ideal for classical though :)
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Where stereo speakers are concerned, size matters. The size of the speakers matters, and so does the size or gauge of the cable that connects the speakers to each other and to the audio source. For decent bass one must have a speaker surface or speaker surfaces large enough to move a certain amount of air.

The Altec Lansing FX3022 Expressionist Bass speakers produce the best sounding bass I have heard on 2-way speakers designed for PCs and MP3 players in their price range. The bass speakers, or subwoofer drivers as Altec Lansing refers to them, are large enough (ALs specs say 4" each; the visible surface measures about 3 1/2" across) to push enough air volume to produce a satisfyingly deep bass sound, and to cause whatever desktop or tabletop they are set on to vibrate. The unique down-firing design of the subwoofer drivers amplifies the bass (as long as the speakers are on a flat, hard surface as opposed to, say, a thick carpet; even a thin tablecloth would absorb rather than reflect some of the sound). And the 1.5" "full-range speaker drivers," as AL describes them, that are near the top of each cone-shaped speaker really do put out a full range of sound, meaning good midrange as well as good treble.

As I write this I have these speakers connected to my laptop and I am listening to a live broadcast of an opera from the Metropolitan Opera House, and the sound quality is excellent and full. The orchestra and the soprano, mezzo, baritone, and bass singers all sound clear, full, and undistorted.

I have also used these speakers connected to an MP3 player set to play a selection of rock tunes during workouts, and the bass and overall sound is most impressive. The driving bass inspires a vigorous exercise session.
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I am fairly certain I'll get flamed and accumulate a bunch of "not helpful" votes but too bad. These speakers are bass, bass and more bass. If you are the kind of person who likes their brains to jiggle from bass note vibrations, don't hesitate to send for these. I have never heard desktop speakers that have anywhere near the amount of bass as these do.

These are not little polite things. They take up a fair amount of real estate on your desk so make sure you have room for them. The construction quality is good; volume control is easy to use and accessible. Be careful when you handle them because the woofer is open at the bottom and you might poke your finger into them if you pick them up the wrong way. Also, I don't like the fact that the cord connecting the left and right speakers is not detachable.

Right away the first thing I noticed about these speakers when playing a CD through them is that they pump out a tremendous amount of thumping, flabby bass. They made the entire computer table shake and I could feel the vibrations in my chair. It is absolutely unnatural and after a while it becomes torturous. It does not faithfully reproduce recordings because of the over emphasis on bass. The midrange and treble isn't bad, but it is overwhelmed by the bass.

If you like bass, you will like these. If you like balance or finesse, look elsewhere. These are not high-fidelity speakers. They will get your attention but like someone with too much makeup, they quickly become tiring.

Two stars for the solid construction quality and if you can tame the bass they would sound fair, but these are way overpriced.
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It will be worth your effort, though, to spend the time getting them set up and configured. I've had these Altec FX-3022 PC speakers for nearly a year now. Bought at Fry's on sale for about $80.00. Like some other reviewers, I agree that $100 or more is probably a bit steep for these. I tried several sets of PC speakers, including 3-ways with dedicated subwoofers in this price range and had to return them, but I'm keeping these Altecs. There's a catch to the complaints about too much bass. It's true they are too bassy out of the box. But the computer I have comes with a 10-band software equalizer or you can download one, sometimes for free. Check out the web site for your PC's audio controller and see if you can download an equalizer for it. Once you taper off the two bottom two or thee bands you'll find these speakers to be simply outstanding - among the best of 2-way, paired speakers. You can set the equalization permanently so you'll only have to do this 2-minute chore one time. The treble part of the speaker is definitely directional so you'll want to aim them right at your head. That makes these mostly "personal" speakers but multiple people can enjoy them if they get further away to allow the treble to fan out. Because the bass comes out the bottom, it can make a difference what they are sitting on. Mine are sitting on thick, sturdy shelves right at ear level behind my monitor and that may also help get the best quality sound, too.

Yes, the cords are permanenly attached and may not be long enough for a few people and there should be a grill over the bottom speaker for protection so be careful. There could be more controls on the speakers too. But these are still much better than most speakers in this price range.

These speakers listed for over $100.
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