“ The Dell Surround Sound speakers are a great option to link with your computer, giving you high quality surround sound for everyday gaming, listening and viewing. For the price, sound quality is very sharp and loud. „
It was coming up to my 18th birthday, my parents had asked me what I wanted for present. I had asked my parents for a computer of my own to save me sharing with my Father. Computers years ago were more expensive than what they are now, so to be fair I didn't think that they would of agreed to get me one. Rather than buying one my parents decided to talk to my Uncle who builds computers as a hobby. He orders in the parts for the computers and builds them up himself, surprisingly enough he found out how to build them through the internet. It works out much cheaper than buying one and he is able to make a little money off it for himself too. Luckily for me my Uncle agreed to make the computer, he ordered the parts and it was only a waiting game till the parts had arrived and ready for him to start building my computer.
My Uncle had ordered all the parts for the computer from a website called ebuyer. I'm not sure if you have heard of it before but I had never head of it, this was the first. As well as ordering all the inside parts for my computer that makes it work, he also ordered me speakers, a mouse, and a keyboards, all from the same website. If you are wanting to have a look at the website I have listed it for you below. They are very reasonably priced, the website is:
In this review I am going to tell you all about the speakers that were ordered with my computer. I will also write other reviews on the different items that my Uncle ordered with my computer, so if you find this review useful please keep an eye out for my further reviews.
When my Uncle brought my computer over to my parents house to set up for my birthday he asked me to give him a hand. As I don't know much about setting computers up only using them when all the hard bit is done, I thought this would be a good learning opportunity, so I took him up on his offer. As I picked up the box to pass it to my Uncle I was shocked at firstly how big the box actually was, as I thought it was standard sized speakers that he had ordered. Secondly the weight of them took me buy surprise causing me almost to drop the box. After getting over the strain of carrying them over the computer to start setting them, I opened the box to find out that the speakers were indeed not your standard sized or standard package of speakers.
In the box I found:
4 surround satellite speakers which I thought looked rather modern.
1 rather small centre speaker which comes with a metal stand.
1 massive sub woofer which is what made it so heavy to lift.
A connection cable which had 3 outputs and one input.
A spare fuse in case you were to blow a fuse you had a spare one to replace it.
And last but not least an instruction manual.
There isn't must point in describing the speakers to you as you can see them in the picture above. As you can see, the sub woofer is in a black case, in what I think is made out of MDF. The other speakers are all, also black with a metal effect stands and in my opinion look quite modern.
Luckily for me the computer was set up in my parents living room which to be pair is rather quite large. My Uncle picked these speakers for me as he knows how much I like watching my online movies but the sound quality of the films are not a good standard with normal speakers as what it would be on the television, hence the reason why my Uncle chose these surround speakers.
My Uncle started to position the speakers where he thought was best, but I stopped him in his tracks to suggest that if he was teaching me how to set up my computer it was maybe best to follow the instructions. Shocked as I never normally read instructions for anything he agreed with me to start reading them while he went for a well deserved break and a cup of tea. Not being very good with instructions it has to be said, if I can understand them anyone can, they are practically idiot proof just like the books that you get like computers for dummies. As I read the instructions I start to follow them. I found a place for my sub woofer on my computer desk the I plugged the rest of the speakers into the back of the sub woofer. After I arranged the rest of the speakers on my desk, I put the electrical plug into the mains and then the plug that was left into the back on my computer. Normally I would of had to of asked someone where I would plug in the connection plug into the back of the computer, but luckily for me the wires were colour coded and matched the connection on the back of my pc. As I was plugging them in I also noticed hat the connection were designed with only what can be described as knobbly bits on it, which makes it impossible to plug the speaker cable into the wrong connection.
I noticed that how much cable there was when I was setting the speakers up. I was pleasantly surprised, I could of pretty much of positioned them anywhere around my parents living room, but as my Mother didn't want them around her living room as they didn't match her deco, I decided to keep them positioned around my computer desk. Now that they were set up, they were now ready to use woohoo.
The controls are actually quite easy to use and easy to follow. There is a power switch at the back of the sub woofer, a volume control and the on/off button in the centre of the speaker. Straight forward with no confusion is just what I like, you can also adjust the volume on your computer using the usual volume control that you would use for normal speakers.
Since I have had the surround sound speakers for my computer, which is roughly 7 years, they are still going strong. Over the years I have listened to CD's, DVD's, online movies off the internet, and even the radio. The sound quality is excellent, I was so surprised when I used them as it sounded just like when you are in the cinemas, you can hear the different sounds come from different places to give much better sound effects. The sound is crystal clear, also fairy loud at 100 watts. While I never played any games using the surround sound speakers my father did. He played the well known army game Call Of Duty, for those that don't know or haven't heard of it before, it is an army game. My Father enjoyed playing this game on my computer rather than his own, as he said the sound affects where like as if it was real life and he was actually in the game. My Father is a little hard of hearing so the volume had to be turned up quite high, I was pleasantly surprised that even at a high volume, there was no loss of tone. No matter what I have used the speakers for, listening to music or watching my online films, the sound that the speakers give off it just amazing. You can hear noises that you couldn't hear before when using previous speakers when I used my Fathers computer, it has depth to the sound, it is sharp, precise and as I said before crystal clear.
My Uncle origionally got these surround sound speakers off the webite www.ebuyer.com but I have checked and they no longer sell them. After so long after purchasing them, I am no surprised that they are no longer on the site to buy. I have however done some researching, I found that you can buy the speakers from the manufacturer Dell, that supplies online direct to the public. I have supplied the website below:
They are selling a 5:1 system which means that there are 5 satellite speakers and one sub woofer. It can be connected by the cable and also magnetically shielded satellites and centre which means that it is safe to put them near your other equipment eg your television. They have an 40hz to 20khz bandwidth, which means they are incredibly responsive and able to produce sound at lots of different frequencies and wavelengths. Including VAT and their delivery charged the surround sound speaker system is coming in at £78.73p much more expensive that your standard speakers that you can pick up at the supermarket at roughly £5 a set, but considering that the sensational sound that there speakers output, the experiences is worth while investing in. Normal speakers last around a year to two years, these speakers have lasted me 7 years and still going strong.
If you are looking for speakers that are easy to install, have exceptional sound quality, look modern and last for a while, then these are the speakers for you. Having spoken to Dell on the phone trying to find out more about prices they told me that you can buy like what we would call ex display speakers that will be a little cheaper as they would be willing to sell them with 20% off if they have any ex display ones in at that time. Although Dell say that the surround sound speakers have only been tested on Dell computers and that their technical support is only available if used with a Dell system, I have to be honest and tell you that my computer system is not from Dell. To be fair it has to be said that I have no idea what parts my Uncle used to make my computer but I do know that it is obviously not manufactured from Dell. Despite that my computer is not from Dell and the speakers are it is safe to say that the Dell Surround Sound Speakers work well with my computer and the sound is fantastic.
I cannot recommend these speakers enough, it has really changed my experience listening to films, music, and gaming for my Father. As I said before my Father is quite hard of hearing, I tease him that it is old age but to be fair he doesn't see the funny side to it. With its !00 watt combined system, the satellite speakers are 9 watts each, the centre is 14 watts, and the sub woofer is is 10 watts. There is more than enough volume quality and depth for us with these surround sound speakers. I would rate these wonderful, stylish speakers full marks of 5 out of 5 and would also say that the price is worth it for the quality and also for how long that the speakers have lasted for. They have really been 100% worth it. I hope that my review has been of some use to you and helps you in making a decision if these speakers are for you or not. Thank you for taking the time in reading my review, it is much appreciated.
The Speakers on my PC were getting a bit battered. They were the original Sony Speakers that came with the PC when it was new. So, I thought, about time for a new pair. I was fully intending to pick a pair up from Maplin's ( an inexpensive chain of electrical retailers) costing about a tenner. I happened to mention to a friend that I was going to get some to be told that she had some that had come free with her PC, that they'd never been out of the box and, (most importantly) did I want them free, gratis, for nothing. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
I am not technically minded, so for the purists among you, sorry if this review isn't particularly technical.
Anyway she dropped them off. I couldn't believe it when I picked the, rather substantial, box up. They weighed a ton. Up to this point my PC speakers have been fairly basic. I eagerly opened my new toys. It was a bit of a shock to discover (in addition to the usual polystyrene and plastic bags) the contents:-
4 - I think very trendy looking - surround sound satellite speakers
1 big (well 275mm x 160mm x 270mm and it weighed a ton) - sub woofer
1 (rather dinky) centre speaker, with metal stand
A cable which had three outputs and one input
Rather bizarrely a spare fuse .
An instruction manual
The Subwoofer is in a black MDF case, the others are all black with metal/metal effect stands. They look very contemporary, even trendy.
This could be difficult I wasn't quite expecting this much kit, and did I have room to set it all up in the small room where my PC lives.
First job read the instructions. I have to say idiot proof is not the word. The instructions are so clear that almost anyone (except perhaps my ex - no we won't go there) could set it up. The First Job, to rearrange my desk to fit the subwoofer on it. Basically all the speakers plug into the subwoofer which in turn plugs into the mains and into the PC Then to plug it all in. I have to say that Dell have an excellent truly idiot proof system. Not only are all the cables colour coded to the relevant connection but also the connections are designed in such a way, they have little knobbly bits, which make it impossible to plug a speaker into the wrong connection on the subwoofer. Then plug the subwoofer into the cable that goes into the PC. Its' the Cable that reduces from 3 to 1.
Set the speakers up. I have to say that something else that really impressed me about the surround sound speakers is how much cable they have. I could literally position them anywhere. Fortunately my main stereo has an excellent surround sound system, that I set up, so I have a reasonable idea how to position the speakers. That said the Dell instructions were pretty comprehensive. Then to switch it on and play
The Controls are dead easy. Power switch at the back of the Subwoofer then on/off and volume control on the centre speaker (which is actually quite nice looking). There is another control on the sub at the front for level.
Over the past 72 hours I have experimented with varying types of medium, from CD's, to DVD's to downloaded stuff, to digital radio. I'm not really a PC games person but I've even borrowed a couple to have a play. I can say that the sound quality is awesome, not quite as good as my Pioneer speakers ( but then it costs a lot less than they did) but not far off. The sound is crystal clear. Not to mention fairly loud (100w). The sound effects on the games, I borrowed an army type thing with tank noises and gunfire. It sounded real If I were into games these speakers would be ideal. Even at quite high volume there is no loss of tone. It gives an added something I can't think of the right word, you can hear noises you couldn't hear before. Got it, the phrase is depth, it's sharp and precise and crystal clear. No matter what I have played and no matter how loud there has been no distortion.
I thought that I'd better check out the cost. Dell is a manufacturer that supplies online direct to the public. Their website is www.dell.co.uk. I checked the speakers, including
VAT and delivery retail at £78.73 They are a 5:1 system (that means there are 5 satellite speakers to one subwoofer - its' one of the better sorts of surround sound system). Connected by cable and with magnetically shielded satellites and centre ( that means its' safe to put them near other equipment such as TV's). They have a 40hz to 20khz bandwidth (which means they are incredibly responsive and able to produce sound at lots of different frequencies and wavelengths)
So what do I think of them, a doddle to install, exceptional sound quality. Even if you buy them under £80 delivered, although Dell do say that they have only been tested on Dell Equipment and that their technical support is only available if used with a Dell System, They seem to work OK on my Sony PC. I think they are great and good value. I'm not sure if I actually need speakers this good, for gaming they are outstanding, I really only use them to play a bit of music through and for that they are exceptional. One other thought, my PC has a rally good sound card. I think that to listen to their full effect you would need a good sound card.
In terms of volume its' loud enough for me - for the technies it is 100w combined system - the 4 Satellite speakers are 9w each, the Centre is 14 watts and the subwoofer is 50 watts. More than enough volume quality and depth
Do I recommend them - course I do.