subwoofer that came with these speakers was a little disappointing.
Unlike some really powerful subwoofers that come with speaker
systems made by Altec Lansing, and Cambridge Soundworks The
subwoofer that came with these speakers does not seem to provide
enough bass to shake a room, or even provide a little rumble
for that matter. You really can't tell that the subwoofer is
actually working unless you put your ear right up to it, or
listen to the speakers without it attached. Don't get me wrong,
the bass provided by the 2 speakers alone (if you have the bass
knob turned all the way up on the subwoofer) is enough for me,
and certainly helps me feel any deep heavy sounds by causing
a slight vibration in my desk. Games like unreal, mechwarrior
3 and Quake 3: Arena are excellent examples of games that use
having a poor subwoofer these speakers do provide crisp, clean,
sweet sound. Unless you turn the bass or volume knob all the
way up there is very little distortion or hissing noise that
occurs. Using the "3D surround" sound option is a mixed bag.
While providing a much more realistic sound that would easily
help fill up a room, a side effect is that it adds more hissing
and distortion at the higher volume levels. By not using the
conventional "cone" type of speaker system, these speakers can
really produce true 360 degree audio that can easily fill up
a room, just as I said before.
this speaker system's minor drawbacks of an under powered subwoofer,
and a slight hiss at higher volume levels, these are a pair
of excellent speakers. The shear slick-ness of these speakers,
and crispness of it's sound is incredible. I would recommend
this sound system to anybody who wants a fairly priced, space
saving, good sounding set of speaker. Just make sure that you
can live with its under powered subwoofer.
- 9.1 Performance
- 8.6 Overall