I purchased a set of Sony srs a201 pc speakers from an ebay shop for £18.99. I bought them because I was frustrated with the extremely low output and low quality of the built in speakers in my Samsung laptop.
They are smart looking and have extremely small footprint so they don`t take up loads of room on your desk. They are simplicity itself to use, just plug them into the headphone jack of your laptop and off you go. The speakers are fitted with 2 metres of cable which should be more than enough for most uses. I bought them over the internet without having a chance to hear them and so put my faith in the Sony brand name to provide me a good quality product.
They are certainly an improvement in sound quality and volume over the internal speakers of my laptop but beyond that I was quite disappointed that they were not as loud as I had hoped. Playing games or rock music at a relatively high volume the speakers seemed to lack bass and the sound would distort the louder i wanted to go.
I suppose my expectations were too high as they are about the cheapest pc speakers you can buy from a good brand name and you can spend several times this amount for higher quality speakers. Another minor observation is that they are so small and light that they are easily knocked off the desk when I snag the cable. I ended up blu-tacking mine down to prevent this!
When, earlier this year I found myself in the position of having to replace my desktop computer I also decided I wanted to splash out on a new pair of speakers too. Faced with a large choice available and having only a modest budget to spend I wanted a pair from a reputable brand name but also some which wouldn't break the bank. Looking on-line and in-store at Currys in the end I settled for the subject of this review; the Sony SRS-A201 multimedia speakers in Black and Silver.
A respected brand name and one synonymous with Hi-Fi and audio equipment I knew I was onto a winner with these from Sony. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and costing a respectable £19.99 discounted from almost £40.00 it seemed too good an offer to refuse so I bought them, brought them home and connected them to my home PC.
*How they look and How they connect*
As shown in the above picture these are a pair of silver and black speakers, they measure approximately 15cm in height, 8cm in width and 7cm in depth so are not too large or obtrusive. I sit mine either side of my monitor and had no problems connecting them to my PC thanks to the jack connector, they plug into the mains and having a 2 metre cable means they easily reached a nearby plug socket. The contrasting black front to the main silver body of the speakers themselves gives them a modern, stylish look and they match really well with the black trim of my wide-screen monitor and its silver stand.
When switched on there is a green light at the front of the right speaker which illuminates and this is the speaker where the volume control button is located as well as the on/off switch. Because I use these speakers with my computer I tend to control the volume via my PC but as these speakers can be hooked up to an external sound system it is handy to know that they have their own volume control too.
The most important feature when it comes to speakers is the sound quality they produce, at only 2 watts you would be forgiven for assuming that these would have very little bite or power. On the contrary and despite their relatively low output the sound which is produced from these is clear and crisp, the balance between treble and bass is pitch-perfect and when watching films or music videos on-line from the likes of YouTube they certainly have enough power to project the sound around a room.
They're not really comparable to 'proper' speakers though which cost many times the amount these do and have a much higher output so I certainly wouldn't suggest that these would make a suitable purchase for your primary source of music at home such as an Ipod/Hi-Fi system etc. Be aware that there are no additional controllers or equalisers for Bass or Treble, there are no 'boosts' or an array of buttons or dials to play with, this, I know may be a concern for some and the reason why I mention it. For use with a home PC or even for taking on holiday to hook up to an MP3 player though they are fine and would certainly get the thumbs up from me, their simplicity appeals to me and I know that they deliver an excellent sound every time I use them.
The design and ease of use of these speakers is definitely a plus point, they are small enough to be unobtrusive but are the right size to be seen and admired, they look well made and durable featuring rounded corners without snags or sharp edges and once in place they serve their purpose as they were intended. They weigh very little at around 200 grams each and the Sony brand name is picked out in white lettering on the face of each of the speakers, for £20 you cant really go wrong with these if you have a desktop PC with a modern, flat-screen monitor and are wanting a pair of speakers to sit either side of it.
All in all these have proven to be a quality pair of speakers from a quality brand name, the sound quality is clear without crackles or distortion even when set at their highest volume and they have been used every day since I bought them earlier this year. Available on-line for the price I paid the Sony SRS-A201 speakers come highly recommended by me and even though they are quite basic when compared to some, higher priced speakers available they would still receive a perfect 5 star rating from me.
Definitely recommended, Thanks for reading my review.
My laptops built in speakers are rubbish! I am not some great music aficionado who demands crystal clear sound and enough Bass to start a small earthquake.
I purchased the SRS A201 purely driven on price and brand name and have been very with my happy with my purchase to date. They offer great value for money, sure they have their problems the leads are ridiculously short and it the seems that a mains connection must be within 10 inches to power them and if you crank up the volume to the max the sound quality nose dives to that of a 80s ghetto blaster but for the price they offer me a outlet to play my music at reasonable noise level, watch tv, or see some kid do something stupid on you tube.
I live in a studio flat and as a conscious neighbour these speakers prevent me from getting a bang on the door demanding to turn the sound down.
Overall another steal for the price
The A201's are an active portable speaker system that sounds as good as it looks. Whether it's used as a travel speaker or an audio desktop companion, the A201's and its built-in 2W amplifier are no doubt a great accessory to perfectly suit that portable audio player or even laptop computer!