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Technika 2.0 Stereo Speakers

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  • Sound distorts at high volumes
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      03.03.2015 12:10
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      • "headphone socket on year "
      • "Nice size for desk tops"
      • "good enough sound for PC work"

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      • "Bass is a bit of a waste of time"

      Give your PC a little more volume...

      Each speaker offers 3 watts and is about 215mm tall, 110mm wide and about 95mm deep and are made out of a lightweight plastic that reminds me of the little trays that separate the chocolate layers in a Morrisons 2 for 1 offer on the run up to Mothering Sunday. But the thinness of the plastic is not really noticeable once the speakers are sitting on the desk. Even when the volume is on full power the plastic does not rattle apart.
      On the back of the 'power' speaker, the one that plugs into the mains, there is actually a headphone socket which allows you to connect headphone to without disconnecting the lead into that goes into the PC, or what ever music device you're using.

      Setting it up is a breeze, simply plug the 3.5mm jack from your music player, or PC, into the port on the rear of the 'power' speaker, then plug the other speaker into the port next to the one you've just plugged into. Then you simply plug the speaker into the mains. Yes, this does need a direct plug to the mains as it does not work off a USB port.
      Once you're plugged in you should begin to hear the sound from your music device, or PC, with you being in full control of the music levels

      The speakers work as a pair, with only one having the controls on it. These controls coming in the shape of three little turnable knobs that sit on the lower section, just below the speaker itself. These knob are, (from left to right), Bass, volume and power. There is also a tiny little light below the controls that shines when the power to the speakers is on.
      The power one turns to click the speakers on or off. The volume turns to give more or less volume and the bass does the same. And that is how to control the speakers.
      These are a nice set of speakers and not at all over powering, in shape nor volume. They sit nicely on the desk without getting in the way and the sound quality that comes out of them is pretty good really, although, even with a bass control, you don't get much bass out of these speakers, not even when you blast a bit of heavy metal out of them. All you get is loud(ish) music coming from the speakers.

      These sell for about £25 - £30 which is not too bad for what you get.

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      04.02.2015 12:59
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      • "Poor connector"
      • "Lack of quality and clarity"

      Save your £10

      These speakers came as part of a bundle with my laptop about 3 years ago.  I thought they were very poor quality from the start and did not use them until recently when I came across them again while decluttering the house.

      I plugged them in again and listened to one album before unplugging them again and giving to charity.  The sound is unclear and any rapid change in tone or beat results in buzzing, vocals are alright but it's hard to listen enough through the speakers to capture the tones of most vocalists.

      The speakers create a harsh buzzing interference noise when plugged in and unplugged from the laptop, hard to find anything good to say about the quality of the connection.  The music will turn up loud but quality suffers all round, at half the available volume the sound is not worth listening to and at top speed vocals and music is lost in distortion.

      They feel cheap and plastic, in looks they're something I'd expect to see used by a kid because they're so cheap looking they don't look like a serious piece of kit.

      I haven't used them much, for one full album only but wouldn't recommend them based on that.  The sound quality is not good enough and the sound through the speaker built into my laptop is better.

      High tone vocals are not conveyed well by these speakers and lyrics are lost, the album I played had male and female vocals with the male sounding better throughout as the deeper voices.
       
      Brand new they cost £10, there are limited stockists now but you can still buy them.

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      26.01.2015 23:03
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      Great speakers! Worth every penny! Fantastic sound!

      I had these speakers about 3 years ago and they still work fine today. They cost me around £10. I have an expensive set of speakers that I use at home but these speakers are perfect for if I go away for the weekend to listen to music on my laptop. The speakers look great and have a really sleek and stylish design. They are small and can be packed away easily and taken on your travels. The sound quality is really impressive for a set of speakers of this price. Ok, the sound does distort at high volumes but if played at moderate volumes the sound is quite crisp and clear. I think you have to remember that the speakers are £10 and for that you should not expect to get fantastic sound quality at high volumes. If you play games on your computer then these speakers are fine, you can get a good gaming experience and I regularly played Max Payne of my PC using these speakers and the sound was ok. The speakers can be used with many other devices besides your PC and when away staying in hotels or camping I plugged them into my phone or mp3 player and it provided some beats whilst we were getting ready to go out or relaxing in the evening. If you want to play loud music with friends that you can dance around too then these speakers wont be up to the job. Ultimately you get what you pay for and for £10 you can't go wrong.

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      25.01.2012 16:41
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      Money well spent, a big mood changer on a dull and rainy day!

      The Technika 2 speakers are a powerful and attractive add-on for anyone who's after a bit more volume with their laptop, pc, ipod or even so you can hear the soaps a bit more clearly on your tv!
      As a DJ im used to music been played at ridiculously loud volumes so my perception of what loud music actually is may vary some what to what someone else may think! Anyway to cut a long story short I purchased a pair of these speakers a couple of months back costing around £10 It wouldn't have even been worth returning them even if they didn't work at all because of them been so cheap..

      The first reason I purchased these were the design, they go perfectly with my packard bell lj71 laptop which also comes in a sleek black and silver finish so straight away it was like the perfect match and then not really needing much persuasion to part with my £10 note I soon became another satisfied customer!

      The Technika 2 speakers run of a 14v power adapter and includes a 3.5mm stereo headphone cable which easily connects the speakers between any standard headphone output. There is also a connection between to the two speakers so you can decide whether you want one or both plugged in. There is also a tone control on the side of the main speaker which controls the level of bass or vocal which you hear on the output, along with this there is a volume control on the unit which drastically increases the output and saves the hassle of having to resort to your media device to turn it up or down.

      The speakers are black and thin and stand up without problems, my only problem is they sometimes seem to get in the way and because they are so lightweight it only takes a slight knock and there on the floor and again dispite the numerous clashes with my tile floor they still perform as well as they did when first purchased.

      I have used these speakers on a day to day basis and by just having the volume halfway up it can be heard all around my house, they have also performed really well for small house party's and general monitoring when DJ'ing. These are by no means on the scale of reputable branded speakers on a higher price margin however for the price you pay and the long lasting performance that they deliver there really is nothing but value for money and customer satisfaction!

      Having played almost every genre of music through these speakers there doesn't seem to be any restriction for how far the capability actually goes, however the speaker cones themselves aren't too big so there's always the question of asking what are we really expecting? The top hats and vocals are very crisp and clear however does muffle when they are used on a full volume, they do deliver a good degree of bass however the tone control needs to be adjusted acurately to receive the best output!

      So there you have it, a pair of attractive speakers which fit nicely in to a laptop bag which deliver a good volume and quality of sound along with a nice price tag. Tempted yet?

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        30.11.2010 16:09
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        Ok for basic PC usage I would suggest.

        I regularly listen to music on my PC as I surf the net, Facebook my friends or write reviews for Dooyoo and Ciao, I now have a very good set of speakers for my PC which come with their own bass unit and sound fantastic, previous to them I had a set of Technika 2.0 Stereo Speakers which looked good and performed ok but were not really up to the job I wanted them for.

        I paid only £11.99 for these Technika speakers so I cannot really fault them too much, they would do someone fine who perhaps just wanted them for gaming use or to listen to a bit of music at a low volume whilst using the internet.

        I have a wide and varied taste in music but when it comes to a Saturday night and getting ready to go out with the girls it has to be a bit of dance music for me and this is where these speakers with an output power of only 9 watt started to struggle.

        Any bass at all in a track and the sound had to be turned down or the vibration and distortion became unbearable, the sound reproduction at low levels was fine but they became very crackly at higher levels.

        The speakers looked good and were a perfect size at 24.5cm in height, 18.5cm in width and 9cm in depth and if only they were up to the job I would have stuck with them a lot longer.

        I have passed them on to my little niece who uses them to listen to some music and just typical PC usage and they are now a year old with two owners and have given us no trouble so if it is just typical PC usage then perhaps these will do you fine but if you want to pump some serious tunes through them they will fail you on sound quality.

        The speakers come with a 3.5mm jack connection which can easily be plugged into the back of your pc but can also be used with other items such as MP3 players and IPods and the likes but again the sound quality when used to listen to music at louder volumes isn't very good.

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        16.06.2010 22:24
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        Well worth checking out.

        After a recent terrible computer virus our internal pc speakers just decided to stop working. We tried everything to get them going again but to no avail. As my husband is a You Tube fanatic and missed browsing through and listening to many clips I decided to treat him to a new set of external speakers. Not really wanting to spend too much on them but obviously wanting to get quality worth buying, after much research I decided to go for the Technika 2.0 Stereo Speakers at £9.97 from Tesco.

        The speakers came well packaged in a cardboard box along with the 3.5mm jack with lead and the power supply lead and a small instructions leaflet. They were easily unwrapped and equally easy to set up and install.

        These speakers are quite tall, slim and attractive and actually look really good standing proudly at either side of our monitor. Each speaker measures approximately 24.5cm in height, 18.5cm in width and 9cm in depth, although fairly tall they are pretty compact and don't take up much room on the desk. The speakers are matt black and slope back slightly giving them quite an elegant, stylish look.

        The speakers come with a 3.5mm jack, which can easily be plugged into the back of your pc. They are plug and play and are very easy to install. Once you plug the speakers in you are prompted to accept the new hardware and off you go.

        One of the speakers, in my case the right hand one, has a small on/off power button on the side along with a volume control dial, a tuner control dial and a small blue power on light. The speakers give 9w of sound, which I thought was quite respectable for small plug in speakers. Being multimedia speakers means that not only can you use them for your computer but you can also use them for portable devices as well. We have tried out my son's Ipod Touch use these speakers as well and they worked really well.

        Overall I would definitely recommend these speakers. They were easy to set up and look really good. The sound quality is brilliant, my husband even tested them at full volume (much to my dismay) and even then there was very little distortion. They have a good deep sound quality to them with no tinny sound quality at all, all too often small plug in speakers can give quite a tinny sound, but these definitely do not. I like the fact that there is a sound control on the speakers themselves, making it much easier to control the volume, rather than having to use the controls on the computer. I also liked the fact that there was just the right amount of cable. Previous speakers we have had seemed to come with way too much cable, causing an untidy tangled mess, but these ones did have plenty cable, but it was easy to neatly hide the excess cable. Of course I can't forget to mention the super price tag too, £9.97 from Tesco, a super buy, easy to use, look good and give super sound quality. Well done Tesco!

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          07.06.2010 17:39
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          poor speaker

          I work in retail, however had not been made aware of this particular brand.
          That aside , i was dissapointed when I connected these stero speakers to my laptop.
          I sampled them listenening to Coldplay - Viva La Vida, the bass just wasn't there to be honest. On the plus side the vocal were reasonably clear, but thats all I could really get from the first hearing.
          Given the price of these speaker I suppose it can be argued what do you expect for 13 quid...maybe im being harsh, I dont know?
          On the 2nd listen I selected a track from Sigor ros, the melody was claear through out but lacked any kind of bass
          Build quality, is plasticky and the 3.5 mm jack would not connect firmly without me keeping reconnecting it.
          I actually like the fact that the cones on the speakes are uncovered (this uasually means that the sound will be clearer and more unmuffled?)
          should be?
          in practise even this is just a gimmicky design, and does not aid in the sound quality in any way.
          dissapointing even given the price.
          I would only reccomend these to someone who has a £13 budget who doesnt mind the bad quality.
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