|The Expressionist Plus music system is a serious performer in a small package. The stylish, adjustable satellites deliver pure, distinct full-spectrum sound from precision-engineered 2” speakers and the 5.25” space-saving desktop subwoofer fills your space with deep bass. Tuck the compact subwoofer under your desk or on your desktop. Set-up is a snap, so enjoy terrific sound from your computer, CD, DVD, or MP3 player right out of the box.|
Customer Reviews of Altec Lansing 2.1 Speaker System
Very nice piece11/27/2010
I bought this product last month. I am really enjoying the music (best quality) . Product shape, and sound controls are very nice. I never seen computer speakers with this quality of sound. I suggest my friends to go for this (Altec Lansing) product.
Had a computer system with speakers included under the monitor. Sounded like crap. Replaced it with these Altec Lansings and what a difference! The woofer adds a whole lot, and it doesn't need to sit on the floor. Very distinctive. But what's really important is the sound, and for the price (I paid less than 50 bucks, including shipping) I don't think you can do better. Wait for the price, then go, go, go!!!
A Great Inexpensive Speaker System11/23/2010
I had my eye on this speaker system and another by Logitech. I ultimately went with these speakers because I was able to get them for a good price on sale – half the price of the Logitech speakers. I have been fairly impressed by the quality of the sound from these speakers. I first played Love is a Battlefield by Jordin Sparks and the bass sounded very good. I had the subwoofer on the floor to my right and it sounded like the bass was coming from my monitor which was great. This is due to the phenomenon of bass frequencies being more omni-directional then higher frequencies especially below 80Hz. The bass and higher frequencies merged quite well. I next played Bionic by Christina Aguilera, and her voice came across crystal clear. It really sounded good. I placed the subwoofer on a carpeted floor which appeared to have no effect on the bass output, and it shouldn’t. One thing I did not like is that there is no on/off switch for the sub on the satellite speakers. You must push a button on the sub to turn the system on or off. This will require you to bend down, or crawl under your desk to turn it off. If you are using this system for a computer, you will probably put it on the floor as it is too big to place on the desk. I tried to use an outlet strip attached under my desk to turn it on or off more conveniently, but I found that the on/off switch is a “soft” type which means that when power is removed it defaults back to off. Also if you remove power to the unit and then turn it back on, the volume will reset to minimum again. The wall wart draws about two to three watts when the system is off. You will probably want to plug this unit into an always on outlet for maximum convenience.
I bought these to replace my old Altec Lancing computer speakers which were great but these hiss when there is silence. I thought that I could get over it but after two weeks the sound is driving me crazy. I'm going back to my old speakers. The power button location is also unfortunate.
I was very impressed with the quality of these speakers for the price. They are not super overpowering but do sound nice and balanced. Have to mention the very slick design I love the look of the sub. Got these for a steal at 39.99
I was ready to update my 90's altec lansing computer speakers so I saw this set come up at a great price ($39.99). I'm impressed and the improvement in sound is significant. Great sound and nice design. There is a little noise coming from them when I pause Pandora but it is no louder than my constant computer fan noise. I have to hold the speaker up to my ear to hear it. Overall, very well pleased with them and would recommend.
Easy hook up poor controls locations11/21/2010
Very easy to hook up. But on-off on top of sub woofer is very bad, because the large unit MUST BE WITHIN EASY REACH FOR ON OFF AND BASS CONTROL! No treble control only volume on top of small speaker, which means it must be within reach. Bass is excellent but overall limited controls makes sound "canned". At $39.99 from Buy.com it is one of the best speaker values so I purchased a second set for a foreign office.
Good speakers missing tone controls11/21/2010
Better than most 2.1 speaker systems, fair bass BUT LACKING ANY TREBLE CONTROL makes the sound somewhat artificial. I have owned several Altec computer speaker systems and all were much better than this one, but for a guest bedroom it is just fine. Fit and finish are very good, on off at sub woofer is not handy. But overall there speakers at $39.99 with free shipping from Buy.com mad them a "best buy" preference. I bought a second set for future use in a small office.
Bought them on sale with free shipping so 5 stars for value, they look good, are easy to set up and use, sound much better than the speakers that came with my PC
I got these to replace a basic set that came with my Gateway. I had forgotten how good sound could be. Hook up took about 2 minutes. These are a real bargain.
Truly an amazing product, excellent audio quality and easy to hook-up. I strongly recommend it. Excellent for the price.
Missing a headphone jack11/2/2010
I don't have this set, but had considered getting it based on reported sound quality until I noticed there's no headphone pass-through. I use headphones about half the time, and would prefer to not have to swap speaker and headphone jacks in and out of my computer's audio port -- expensive to repair that port if damaged, and a hassle to do all the swapping anyway.
They sound damn good. Not volume wise per se, but quality wise, the more important of the two. The speakers are hard wired, perhaps a turn off to some, but I personally don't mind it. There's a volume control on top one of them, push button. The base/woofer has a separate bass control on the top, and it works very well. Lotsa bass, if that's your thing. It shakes my whole desk when the bass is turned all the way up. On the back of the woofer, are the jacks. Input jack, that plugs into the computer, SAT jack that the satellites plug into, DC input jack, and the bonus, an AUX jack. I just plugged my Clip+ into it, and it sounded damn good. The only downside I can see right off, is that the jacks are all on the back of the base/woofer. It would have been better if the AUX jack would have been on the front of the unit. I actually have it turned around, so the AUX jack is facing me. Not the prettiest perhaps, but way more functional. These are the first speakers I've purchased for my PC, so I really don't have anything to compare them to, but I personally think they were worth the $50.
I was looking for a lot better audio performance for my desktop Dell, particularly in bass response. This product exceeded my expectations and was a snap to install.