- Model Number: MX6021
- Connectivity Technology: wired
- Color: black
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Item Display Weight: 24.00 pounds
Altec Lansing MX6021 2.1 Expressionist Ultra Speaker System (Black)
- Fingertip control Full-function Power, Volume, Treble and Bass controls
- Seriously deep bass low-frequency bass you can feel from the 6 1/2 front-firing, long-throw woofer
- 200 Watt powerhouse, separate amplifiers for bass, midrange, and treble provide exceptionally clean, power for listening at any volume
- Full, accurate sound Each speaker delivers clear, full-spectrum sound from a 3 midrange driver and a 1 inch neodymium tweeter
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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.
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|
|BXR1220||BXR1221||VS2620||VS2621||Octane 7||Expressionist Ultra|
|Easy USB connection||Solid bass||Crystal-clear sound||Crystal-clear sound and powerful bass||Most popular design with seven drivers||A 200-Watts (RMS) powerhouse|
|Sound Enhancement Technology||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment|
|Onboard Controls||Power, Volume||Power, Volume||Power, Volume, Tone||Power, Volume, Tone||Power, Volume, Bass, Treble||Power, Volume, Bass, Treble|
|Audio Inputs||2-channel analog (stereo)||2-channel analog (stereo)||2-channel analog (stereo)||2-channel analog (stereo)||2-channel analog (stereo)||2-channel analog (stereo) + RCA|
|BXR1220||BXR1221||VS2620||VS2621||Octane 7||Expressionist Ultra|
|Secondary Aux In Jack|
|Sound Pressure||80 dB SPL||84 dB SPL||92 dB SPL||93 dB SPL||95 dB SPL||106 dB SPL|
|Total Continuous Power (RMS)||N/A||9 Watts RMS||5 Watts RMS||28 Watts RMS||28 Watts RMS||200 Watts RMS|
|Peak Power||N/A||18 Watts||10 Watts||56 Watts||56 Watts||400 Watts|
|Frequency Response||180 Hz - 20kHz|
|50 Hz - 18kHz|
|90 Hz - 20kHz|
|45 Hz - 18kHz|
|45 Hz - 18kHz|
|40 Hz - 20kHz|
|Speaker Configuration||Two 2" full-range drivers||Two 2" full-range drivers with 4" subwoofer||Two 3" full-range drivers with two 3" passive radiators||Two 2" full-range drivers with 4" subwoofer||Four 1" high frequency micro drivers and two 3" mid-bass drivers, with 6.5" subwoofer||Two 3" mid-range and two 1" high-frequency neodymium drivers, with 6.5" subwoofer|
Top Customer Reviews
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The Logitech system, the X-240, was an ok set. Decent looking, similar wattage, and the sub even had a bass volume knob. Speaking of the sub, it is a great little piece, delivering deep, loud bass when asked with minimal distortion.
However, I use my computer speakers mostly for music, and here is where the Altecs take the cake. Where the Logitechs sounded muddy and flat, the Altecs are crisp, clear and open. The mids and highs are great. The satellites are far superior to the Logitech. The Altecs sub is a heavy, well built and quite attractive. I found that where the Logitechs sub boomed, the Altec nicely integrated the bass with the mids/highs. The bass is nice and controlled, and can get loud without distortion. The only plus the logitech had, musically, over the Altec was that the sub on the Logitech would get louder and had a volume control, where the Altec does not. However, for musical purposes, the Altec sub definitely has more than enough kick.
My conclusion is that each set has its own merit. For games and movies, where clarity is less important and bass is, go for the Logitech. But if you want crisp, clear sound with well rounded but not super loud bass, Altec is the clear winner.
If style is a major factor for you, these might win over other models on looks alone. These speakers are small and just look cool. They are about the size of 2 soda cans, turned on their sides with silver stands holding them up at about a 15 degree angle. The right speaker has a turn switch in the back of it to power them on, and there is a volume dial on the top.
My set didn't really have instructions, but instead had simple pictures on the top inside flap explaining how to connect them. Installation was very simple, but I could see some people tearing the box apart looking for the "quick connect guide" referenced on the side of the box.
+ The fact that these are USB powered means you don't have to worry about heavy power adapters or outlets. This is a definite plus.
+ The speakers themselves are VERY light and compact, making them a possible choice when travelling with your laptop.Read more ›
Now the caveats:
On speakers that require an external power source, I would have expected to be able to crank up the volume a bit more. When listening to modern CDs or MP3s on my PC I can turn up the sound high enough to fill a large room without distortion, but when watching an old movie (say 1930s vintage) I can turn up the volume all the way and the dialog is barely audible. Other speakers I've used don't seem to have that issue, but they were more expensive.
This system may be compact for a shelf or desk, but it's not tiny and don't expect it to be portable. The set up is lightweight but rather bulky. The subwoofer is roughly the size of an elongated Kleenex Boutique tissue box; the satellites are approximately the size of Campbell's soup cans.
There are lots of wires, too. The right satellite, the one with the on/off and volume control knobs, has four separate wires: 1) hardwire to the other satellite, 2) hardwire to the jack that goes to the audio source (computer or MP3 player), 3) a jack to connect to the hardwire coming from the subwoofer, and 4) a jack for the wire to the AC adapter. That's a lot of wire coming out of the back of one soup can size speaker!
The wall plug is on the AC adapter. Something to consider if you are already using outlets for the PC, monitor, printer, and whatever other peripherals you need - a power strip may have multiple outlets, but this can easily use one and cover up another.
If none of these observations is a deal breaker for you, then the low price and good sound are a good value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had two of these (the first was stolen) and I have never been more impressed by a pair of speakers at this pricepoint. The lows are thundering and the highs are crisp. Read morePublished 2 days ago by marc
These speakers are fantastic. The satellites have clarity unlike any other speakers I've ever owned. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Samuel Wise
Quality is great but not much different from headphones one pro is the bass is pretty dankPublished 5 days ago by Conner Day
They did not give clear sound at any time. Poorly made. TrashPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice little cheap speakers. They are not the best but they do the job very well.Published 9 days ago by J
Had an old sound system from Dell over 15 years old. Couldn't hear. These have plenty of volume with a volume control button. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ray Lynn
Surprisingly nice sound for the sub $50 price range. The mids and highs are better than the more expensive Logicool 523s. Those offer much punchier bass though. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Demolition Dude