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These speakers were purchased to watch films in surround at uni. I think I paid £30-40 for them which is a bargain. The set is a 5.1 speaker system no decoding of dolby or dts is carried out on this system. For this you will need a player or sound card with the analogue outs which is 3 stereo mini jacks, each carrying 2 channels of the 6 needed for 5.1.
In this set you get four satellite speakers a centre and a sub. The front left and right have a mid sized driver and a tweeter for high frequencies. The rear left and right have just the mid driver. The centre is a bit bigger and features a better stand than the other speakers. The set is quite plasticy and cheap to feel, and the floor stands keep falling out. The sub is surprisingly big and made partially of wood. The connecting cables are all thin and flimsy and congregate at the back of the sub.
The sound is full when you listen to music, but on closer inspection there is a big lack of mids. The highs and lows try and cover this up however after a while it leaks through. For films it bears a bit better as the lfe channel is more than capable of handling explosions, bullets and crashes.
For this price you can't complain about the sound quality being bad or the cheap plastic used. If you want to over come these problems you will have to pay a bit more. But for casual use these will suite you just fine.
Picked up a set of these for something crazy like £35 if I recall correctly - a bargain for a 5.1 system.
Don't expect cinema-style bass at this price mind you. The subwoofer can cope with a fair amount of bass before fluffing - enough to make your floorboards vibrate.
The front right satellite has a headphone jack which is really handy since I don't have a headphone port on the front of my PC. With the volume control they can effectively be used as an amp if you're sound card or on-board sound doesn't go high enough with an EQ preamp enabled.
The bass control is oddly on the back of the subwoofer which means you have to get up to add a little punch to your music or movie... or shut the parents up.
Volume-wise they're sufficient for doing a bit of a house-party in one room. Muted at full volume there's very little noise over the connection. The satellites don't distort much but the mids sound a little sharper at high volumes.
The speakers themselves are simple enough to connect - the phono connectors from the satellites go in the back of subwoofer (everything is labeled) then the subwoofer has three 3.5mm jacks that connect to corresponding coloured jacks on the soundcard/on-board sound sockets. Afterwards it's just a case of plugging it in.
All in all I'd recommend these if you're not looking to spend over £100 on a PC surround sound system.
These speakers are by far the best I've ever had, the sound quality is amazing for their price range and it's a great way to switch from the traditional PC speaker setup of Stereo to 5.1 Surround Sound.
This speaker systems includes five speakers and one subwoofer: 2 front speakers, 2 rear speakers, 1 centre speaker and the 1 subwoofer.
And i can say without too much of a problem that they will revolutionize the way you watch films and listen to music through your PC.
The volume can go up far louder than anybody would find it necessary for watching a film, and if you love playing your music extremely loud like I occasionally do, they will not disappoint!
My only negatives on this speaker system is that:
- The bass is perhaps too powerful... For normal computer usage or just watching TV shows through your PC I have the bass setting on the sub turned right down - though when playing loud music I do turn it up.
- The speakers are not compatible with an xbox 360
And ignore what dooyoo says about the price being £73.68 at amazon, as they are actually £49.99 at amazon, which is well worth it!
These are great, they are the best sounding speakers i have had, i use them with a creative SB X-FI sound card on my pc and they are so loud even with the voloume control hardly turned up, the bass vibrates through the floor, you can adjust this on the back of the subwoofer, and also tweak settings in your sound card, i didn't really have to do much tweaking apart from changing the setting from 2.1 to 5.1 , and had to turn the bass down a little, before the neighbours complained. The subwoofer is quite big and sits on the floor and i have my speakers scattered around the pc, they are easy to set up, they just all plug into the back of the subwoofer, 2 of the speakers have more cable theh the others which means you can place them further away, there is also holes in the back of them so you can attach them to the wall if you want. I just have them scattered around my pc, and they still sound great. One has a headphone socket and volumne control on it, and a bright blue light when turned on, which looks quite cool. I will have to wait for the neighbours to go on holiday or out for the day before i can say what they are like at full, but they are great sounding at the volume i use. I would recommend these speakers to anyone who wants a good sound for a reasonable price.