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1. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System
$137.74 $135.61 list($199.99)
2. Altec Lansing MX5021 90-Watt Powered
$149.14 list($199.95)
3. Altec Lansing MX5021WHT 3-Piece
$37.99 $35.99 list($49.95)
4. Altec Lansing XA2021 Powered Speaker
list($29.99)
5. Altec Lansing AVS300 2.1 Computer
list($49.99)
6. Altec Lansing 221 Amplified Speaker
list($149.99)
7. Altec Lansing 621 2.1 Computer
list($129.99)
8. Altec Lansing ACS48 Computer Speakers
$29.99 list($99.99)
9. Altec Lansing 2100 2.1 Computer
list($49.99)
10. Altec Lansing ACS33 PowerCube
list($199.99)
11. Altec Lansing ADA305 PowerCube
list($69.99)
12. Altec Lansing ATP3 3-Piece Speaker
$34.99 list($49.99)
13. Altec Lansing XA3021 2.1 Speakers
list($199.99)
14. Altec Lansing 641 Digital Computer
list($99.99)
15. Altec Lansing IBM345 Computer
list($99.99)
16. Altec Lansing ACS46W Powercube
list($77.99)
17. Altec Lansing ACS45.2 Powercube
list($99.99)
18. Altec ACS451 Power Cube Multimedia
list($69.99)
19. Altec Lansing ACS45.2 PowerCube
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20. Altec Lansing ADA305W Surround

1. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System

our price: $199.44
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Asin: B0001EMLXE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 798
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Amp up the audio from your digital audio player or gaming console with the 3-piece Altec Lansing FX6021 speaker system. Using Altec Lansing's proprietary InConcert technology, sound is directed straight ahead and to the sides, not up and down as you'll find with other 3-piece speaker systems. The FX6021 has two ultra-slim satellites with a flat profile that feature a total of twelve 1-inch neodymium micro drivers, with each pair of micro drivers powered by its own discrete amplifier. Rattle the room with low frequency bass from a 6.5-inch ported subwoofer set in a low-resonance wooden cabinet. The satellite speakers offer 12.5 watts of power apiece while the subwoofer pumps out 50 watts--for a 75-watt total.

Altec LansingÕs InConcert uses three separate amplifiers to power a total of 12 high-performance, full-range micro drivers. A frequency filtering system beams intense, concentrated audio straight out. You'll get sound that is pure, clean, and uncluttered by reflections from the ceiling or floor. Whether youÕre sitting in front of the speakers or several feet away, youÕll hear every nuance of sound with virtually no volume drop off.

The FX6021 comes with wireless remote and a wired control pod, both of which can control bass, treble and master volume. With the auxiliary input jack, you can connect to two different audio sources (such as your PC and an MP3 jukebox) at the same time. It also features a headphone jack for private listening.

What's in the Box
This package contains 2 satellites (with bases), 1 subwoofer, wired controller, wireless remote, 3.5mm audio cable, and printed manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless Remote and Control Pod
  • Power and Volume Bass, Treble and Standby
  • Headphone Jack
  • 105 db SPL
  • 75 Watts RMS Total System Power

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding for the Price
I bought these speakers because I wanted something to hang on the wall and be invisible in my living room. In my family room I have a stereo system that costs nearly $5000. I was astounded at how close the sound of these amplified speakers comes to my high end system, at least in the all important midrange and treble.

The mid range and the treble (produced by the sattelites) is nearly world class. Sweet and clear, very musical and non fatiguing but with pleny of detail. For speakers hanging on the wall they image very well too. I would guess you would need to spend 5-10X the price of these to get performance to match this.

Since for your $200 you are getting both speakers and an amplifier (!!), you just need to hook them up to a decent CD, MP3 player or DVD player and have a very nice system for only around $300. Or make your computer really sing by using these instead of whatever junk it shipped with.

As others have mentioned the woofer on this system is only adequate. Keep in mind you can adjust the bass by moving it toward or away from walls and corners. If it sounds boomy, move it away from the wall (extension cables for the speakers are included so you can move them pretty far away from the woofer). The bass is OK and does have a "one-note" quality to it, but for $200 for amplified speakers, are you kidding - the overall sound from these is amazing, even at several times the price.

The speaker connections to the woofer are proprietary so you cannot upgrade the woofer. I hope Altec Lansing considers selling the sattelites with a more worthy woofer or selling the sattelites separately to pair with a woofer of your choice. The sattelites are really something speacial - I would say revolutionary at this price point - and deserve to be marketed in as many ways possible.

If your definition of good sound is overexaggerated, teeth jarring bass, you should probably look elsewhere. If you are looking for clear, sweet, balanced, accurate music, pair these with a $100 CD player and you have a system that rivals some costing several thousand dollars. Very highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars a few hitches in an otherwise sonically astounding system
Advice for previous reviewer:
If you get a rattling in the sub, the troubleshooting guidebook says one of the screws is probably loose on the back --- just tighten it up.

For everyone:
You can plug three different sound sources into this unit easily --- dvd/ps2 rca stereo input, computer single line input, and an auxillary input on the control pod for your tape player/mp3 player/ etc.

There is some static in the gaps of music (which I have come to expect from speakers at the volume I use them). Other than that, the sound is loud - crisp and undistorted even at ear shattering volumes.

Electronic/percussion/r&b/beat driven --- astounding.
Ambient -- gets me high.
Piano -- sounds right in front of you save for slight static in the gaps.
Rock/Pop/Jazz -- clear, all instruments are easily differentiated.
Spoken -- no distortion, some static.
Strings -- powerfully intense, some static in the gaps.

Note -- these speakers are very responsive to your software equalizer and to the control pod's bass/treble levels. What sounds good for one CD won't sound as good on the next. For someone like myself that listens to music from dawn til' dusk and back again, I love getting the feel for each instrument in a mix and trying to adjust the levels accordingly. For others, it might be a deterrence.

PS - REMOTE CONTROL!

4-0 out of 5 stars cool looking and cool sounding
I am very happy with the sound and the looks of the system. The remote control can come in very handy. You can also fine tune the system using both the remote and the wired controls. I have listened to many different types of music on this system and find that it performs very well across the board. Combine the looks with the sound and you have a very nice computer sound system.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very big BOOOM!
Sound is too "boomy", it is not sound quality item. If you need it LOUD and dirty, it is Ok, if you need it PRECISE it is not it exactly. For $200 you can get pro studio monitors. The bass response may be cleaner, but the satellites sonically quite good. I listen to the symphonic, classical music mostly and it reproduces it with quality. I would like to see more even and flat friquency respronce.

3-0 out of 5 stars is it really worh it?
last year, i was using the altec lansing 641... until the bass stopped working on it. the company has been very supportive and gave me the new fx-6021.
the satellites sounds excellent... and the bass is "acceptable".

but recently... my bass started rattling... there must be some loose items in there... the noise can't be really be noticed unless it exceeds approximately 2/5 of its full capability...
once the speakrs and placed lying sideways... i found the rattling noice reduced.

the design of the satellites are awesome... while the bass looks somewhat dull... i would have to say that this speaker system is a bit overpriced for the kind of quality you get from these speakers

over all, i like this system.. it's just that rattling noise.. it's so annoying~ (i've never read of other cases of rattling for this item from other reviews) ... Read more


2. Altec Lansing MX5021 90-Watt Powered RMS 3-Piece Speaker Set
list price: $199.99
our price: $137.74
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Asin: B0000C2KB7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 1418
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 3-piece Altec Lansing MX5021 delivers full, accurate, THX-certified sound, whether it be a sophisticated cello suite or intense PC game action. Two midrange drivers in each satellite produce extremely responsive sound, while the horn-loaded tweeter offers extra-wide dispersion of those crystal-clear highs. With its auxiliary input jack, you can connect to two different audio sources (such as a CD player and an MP3 jukebox) simultaneously. It has 90 watts of total power (50 watts from the subwoofer and 20 watts from each satellite).

This set also features a control pod for fingertip management on your desktop of bass, treble, and master volume as well as a wireless remote control, a headphone jack for private listening, easy-to-connect color-coded cables, and shielded satellites for use near video monitors.

What's in the Box
Altec Lansing MX5021 package contains 1 subwoofer, 2 satellites, wired controller, wireless remote, 2 speaker wires, console gaming Y adapter, and 3.5 mm stereo audio cable. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-piece speaker system for PCs, gaming consoles, portable DVD players, and more
  • THX-certified cinema-quality sound
  • 1 subwoofer (50 watts) and 2 satellites (20 watts each)
  • Control pod for adjusting volume, bass, and treble on your desktop
  • Headphone jack

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dude, get these!
Ok, I never thought I would write this about computer speakers.. If you dont have a woop (...) set of computer speakers, then buy these.. if you have to wonder if you do.. then you dont. If you have these Altecs you will understand that... Now down to the details, amazon.com got these to me ASAP and for free.. thanks amazon. Next, let me tell you that my first pair came from circuit city but i paid about fifty clams more:( but i have now purchased 5 yes 5 more pair from amazon. I gave them to a few emplyees as a gift. and another pair for my home computer. Dont sit too close to these and crank them as hard as they will go. They can play clean and undistorted to a higher level than your ears can bear. I first opened them, disappointed to see MADE IN CHINA after about 3 minutes of listening I have changed my opinion of MADE IN CHINA. Stop reading this and buy a pair. (...) gosh my ears are ringing..

5-0 out of 5 stars Start ripping at higher bit rates...
Just got these speakers from Amazon and I have to say, "Wow!" I'm a music lover/stereophile who is picky about sound quality. These speakers replaced an aging set of Altec Lansing ACS53 speakers from the mid 90's. I used to be a snob, doubting that a set of computer speakers could measure up to the sound I got out of my high-end home system. Boy, was I wrong. I base this review on how it sounds with music, everything from classical, piano, vocals to rap and techno. I didn't try it with movies or games... they're not my thing on my computer.

The difference between the old and the new speakers is night and day. The highs and the mids are crystal clear without harshness, buzziness or coloration. The lows are powerful, punchy and tight, not boomy or muddled. Amazing 2.1 sound quality. Not nearly up to par with the high end rig that I have in the living room. But for a small fraction of the price, to even be mentioned in the same sentence is truly amazing. Plus, I can enjoy them while working on my computer instead of having to take time out to enjoy the home rig.

I was debating between these and the the Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1. Though I can't comment about the Klipsch speakers, I have to say that, if you value music, for the price you can't go wrong with these Altec Lansings. Great for the computer/music lover or iPod user.

Three warnings:
1. The satellites are tippy and may fall forward if not secured.
2. You will want to start ripping songs at higher bit rates. Lower bit rates won't do them justice. You'll be able to hear the difference. Crappy recordings will sound like crap. High quality will sound like high quality.
3. Your neighbors will hate you from all the loud music coming from your place.

Good luck and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Altec Lansing still the best
Before buying these speakers I read just about every review on every speaker on Amazon. You have to be very skeptical about reviews because some are shills (from the competing manufacturers). My first set of Altec Lansing speakers for my home stereo system I bought 14 years ago with 15" subwoofers. I haven't purchased a pair of Altec Lansing since so I wasn't sure if they retained their standard of perfection. But I can see that my worries were unfounded. The sound is absolutely crisp and as clear as you'll get for computer speakers. I listen to everything from classical to hard rock to Ottmar Leibert (except rap, which I refuse to de-genius myself by doing) and the sound quality is consistent. I was considering Klipsch speakers, but after hearing them at the store there was no doubt that Altec Lansing was the clear winner for my ear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice!
My search for quality computer speakers for my Mac seems to be over! These guys decently handle anything I throw at them, from Rock to Jazz, Hip-Hop to New Age. With the equalizer in iTunes (or your jukebox program of choice), I can tweak the sound even more beyond the included control box if I want to achieve truly ear-pleasing results. There's some hiss, of course, but it is not really noticeable when playing music and the control pod allows you to easily turn off the speakers when you desire absolute silence.

The speakers look fantastic and the control pod is really well designed. Of note is that these speakers are WALL MOUNTABLE (not noted in the specs above), and come with the brackets to do so, in addition to some standard screw threads on back that look like they can be used with your own backets or stands if you so desire :)

Before buying these speakers, I have a pair of Harman-Kardon SoundSticks, which sounded great but failed far too quickly. I then bought some JBL Creature II's, but was dissatisfied with the amount of hissing they produced and the overall sound quality. I'd been looking at all of Klipsch's speakers before buying these, but I was simply not happy with value for the money or their lack of design.

For the money, these speakers struck a great compromise between all the features I was looking for. Perhaps the best news for me was that the speaker connections use standard speaker wire (bare wire, no connectors), which allows for custom placement if you wish.

About the only complaint I have is that there's no Mute button; you have to turn the speakers off temporarily instead. Also, not really a complaint, but the Auxiliary input on the control pod mixes any audio input with the sound from the computer input, rather than cutting off the computer sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Husband loved them
I bought these for my husband to go with his new Sony media center computer and we love them! We record our favorite TV programs to replay and watch. The THX feature makes it sound like we are in a theater. We also don't have to turn the volume way up (although you can) to get big sound. Plus the high gloss finish looks beautiful. ... Read more


3. Altec Lansing MX5021WHT 3-Piece PC Speaker System
list price: $199.95
our price: $149.14
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Asin: B0002IXGS8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 3558
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Product Description

Altec Lansing (MX5021WHT) 2.1 White Speaker System ... Read more

Features

  • THX certified, enjoy cinema-quality sound
  • Wireless remote and wired control pod
  • Connect two different audio sources with auxiliary input jack
  • Headphone jack for private listening
  • 90 watts of total power

4. Altec Lansing XA2021 Powered Speaker System for Gamers
list price: $49.95
our price: $37.99
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Asin: B0002XITJO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 23667
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Product Description

Altec Lansing (XA2021) 3-pc Console Gaming Spk Sys ... Read more

Features

  • Powered speaker system designed for video games, DVD players, and portable music devices
  • Includes pair of 3-inch satellite drivers and 5.25-inch ported subwoofer
  • Auxiliary input jack lets user connect two devices at once
  • Built-in power switch and master and subwoofer volume controls
  • 17 watts total system power (3.5 watts x 2, plus 10-watt subwoofer)

5. Altec Lansing AVS300 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker, White)
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005QIPU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 14323
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Product Description

The AVS300 three-speaker system from Altec Lansing is an excellent audio setup for music or gaming needs. Easily connected to a PC or portable audio device with a 3.5-millimeter plug, these speakers include convenient volume and power controls located on the front of one of the satellites. Featuring a pair of stereo speakers plus a subwoofer for stronger bass punch, this system delivers excellent sound at a great price. With a frequency response of 70 Hz to 18 kHz, the AVS300 speakers reproduce all but the extremely high and low frequency sounds.

Altec Lansing covers this speaker system with a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-speaker system with subwoofer
  • 17 watts total RMS output
  • 5.25-inch long throw subwoofer
  • Compatible with any device with a 3.5-millimeter line out/headphone jack
  • Magnetically shielded for placement near video devices

6. Altec Lansing 221 Amplified Speaker System
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000068IGQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 6017
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (32)

3-0 out of 5 stars Descent speakers for the price -- terrible headphone output
Considering these speakers were only $30 at my local Sam's Club, I couldn't really pass them up. I mainly purchased these speakers because of the sleek look and controls + headphone jack on the right desktop speaker.

After I got everything set up, the sound was comperable to my other past low-budget desktop 2.1 speakers, but it may seem to not pack quite as much punch as my other speakers. But for no louder than I normally listen to them, they were just fine -- especially considering the price I paid.

However, my biggest problem with the speakers is the headphone output. This was my first 2.1 set that had a headphone jack, and as I mentioned above, this was a big selling point for me. Unfortunately, the headphone output is terrible! The bass and treble seem to completely drop once you plug the headset in. What's strange is that I use headphones at work (same headphones) on very cheap desktop stereo speakers, and the sound is so much better.

I'm not sure why the sound quality of the headphone output is so bad on these speakers, but I won't be buying this model again, unless I don't plan on using a headset ever.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, too much bass
The satelite speakers sound great and have great treble. Although the sub pumps out sweet bass for the price, there is no onboard bass control (which makes the bass overpower the satelites with some audio sources that do not have an equalizer). One way to fix the bass problem is to do as I did. I took apart the sub enclosure, cut the positive wire leading to the sub speaker, then spliced in a good sized variable resister (same device used for the included volume knob, but a little bigger), then drilled a hole in the side of the sub enclosure and mounted the variable resistor, then reassembled the sub. I also put a black plastic knob on the variable resister for a better look. I now have a perfectly working bass control knob on the side of the sub, and it looks and works like it came with the system.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR ONLY 9 BUCKS
just got it for 9 bucks from Staples... excellent workmanship... bass is really powerful so I had to hide it... you need a stereo coupler and y adapter to be able to connect it to rca audio outputs

3-0 out of 5 stars Good satellites, not so good sub.
I bought this system last year and returned it after a few days of music listenning. The satellites were clear and crisp but the sub was just plain awfull, it has a hollow, distant bass sound. When listenning to musics, the kick drum should sound tight and punchy but on the 221 it sounded like a timpany. I got a pair of socks and stuffed them in the bass port and that improved the bass abit (people do this sometimes even on high end component speakers). The system also didn't have a bass level control. I give it three stars because it has a headphone jack and the improved sock-in-port sound. I know this is a low price set but you'll get better value at Creative or Logitech.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best speaker for 50 bucks (CDN)!!!!!!
I love these speakers better than some $150(CDN) speakers in the store i tested. All who gave these speaks a bad review are all stupid F*** HEADS! ... Read more


7. Altec Lansing 621 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker, Black)
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005U244
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 14751
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Features

  • 200 watts, 100 watts RMS
  • Low frequency bass from a 6.5" front-firing, long-throw woofer with a ferrite magnet set in a solidly built wooden cabinet
  • Mylar tweeters deliver crisp high-end frequency response
  • Digital controller includes power on/off and volume control
  • Shielded satellites for use near video monitors

8. Altec Lansing ACS48 Computer Speakers (3-Piece)
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00000JBJF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 25356
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With the popularity of MP3 music files and the growing sophistication of audio quality in computer games, traditional two-piece speaker systems no longer cut it. After listening to Altec Lansing's three-piece multimedia system, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Setup is as easy as a two-piece system: just plug the right satellite into the subwoofer, the left speaker into the right, and the subwoofer connector into your computer's audio output port.

The two PowerCube satellite speakers provide excellent treble and midrange. The sound quality of the subwoofer, the third piece in the Altec Lansing's ACS48 system, compares favorably to a good pair of bookshelf stereo speakers. For the best positioning, set the subwoofer on the floor underneath your computer.

We found the ACS48 ideal for playing music. Even cranking the volume to top level didn't distort the warm bass tones. Coupled with MP3 Jukebox software, these speakers provide the makings for an excellent entertainment system, good enough to keep your friends dancing at parties.

Our only complaints are the ACS48 lacks treble control and the bass-control knob is on the back of the subwoofer, making it tough to adjust. These caveats aside, you'll be hard pressed to find a better set of computer speakers that sound like the ones hooked up to your stereo. --John Frederick Moore

Pros:

  • Terrific sound
  • Easy to set up
  • No distortion at high volumes

Cons:

  • No treble controls
  • Bass control placed on back of subwoofer
... Read more

Features

  • 3-piece system
  • Electronically controlled satellite speakers
  • Speakers are magnetically shielded
  • Powered subwoofer in all-wood cabinet
  • 1-year warranty

Reviews (47)

4-0 out of 5 stars Doubtful most users need more than this
Certainly not the best speakers you could ever have for your computer, the ACS33 nevertheless fills an important niche in the market. If you're looking for subwoofered sound on the cheap, this is probably your best bet. They're competent performers, without taking price into consideration. Look at how much they cost, and you'll think there aren't better speakers made on the planet. They have the potential to work, as do most speakers, on both Macintosh and Windows machines.

Interestingly, they also have a secondary use. Because they don't need a computer to work at all, they can be plugged directly into any stereo system that has the ability to output its sound (that is, one which has an AUDIO OUT jack). They can thus give resonant stereo sound--even to lowly portables. You'll think twice about whether you really need to upgrade to a whole new system after hearing these speakers. (Before buying for this purpose, however, I'd recommend you go to altec-lansing.com and grab the manual for this product, just to make sure that it's compatible with your stereo.)

Inasmuch as there are drawbacks to the speakers, they are ones you would expect from a product so inexpensive. As another reviewer has rightly pointed out, there's no volume control on the woofer. There's also no bass, treble, or speaker-independent volume control. And the speakers are rated at only 10 watts, with a relatively indelicate frequency response.

But, big deal.

If, like most people, you've got your computer jammed into a corner in a busy room, you don't have the soundspace to set up a truly extraordinary auditory experience. If you've got a lot of people living with you, anything more than 10 watts is discourteous, anyway. Unless you have a room that you can dedicate to the computer, and that's relatively isolated from others, it's extremely unlikely you would actually be able to use more than this system offers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome speaker set!
The Altec Lansing ACS33 Power Cube speaker system is a very nice solution to anyone's computer audio needs. I am a Flash developer and your common everyday music enthusiest so sound is very important to me in my work. These sleak sattelite speakers and sub-woofer deliver crisp, powerful, and LOUD sound. I can also say that they surprised me with the quality of sound they give while set on the lowest volume setting, while barely audible. I only have two minor gripes, however, that keep this product from 5-stars. Music highs sound a bit weak and syntehtic from the desktop speakers, while the sub-woofer is also a bit weak and has no level control of its own (which, in my eyes, is a major problem with most sub-woofers). While these short comings can be contained with a equalizer program, they really shouldn't have appeared at all. But aside from these very minor problems, this system shines as a lost cost system with a lot of power!

4-0 out of 5 stars altec dont crank em
i love the altec lansing speakers so i bought a second set thats two sets of altecs on my desk top i like to edit music and i like a lot of power these speakers do that
unfortunatly at high volume playing they seem to pop the mids speakers and i have had trouble with the switch on the sub it has shorted out so i must now tear it apart and repair it so i am back to one set for now all in all good set of speakers though i got three years out of the first set which is good for me i like the wooden sub box better than plastic

5-0 out of 5 stars Best bang for your buck... and then some!
I've had these for quite a few years now, bought them for around $50 or $60 at the time, and never once have they failed me. They're extremely powerful and loud... louder than you'll probably ever need. For the price, there are absolutely no better speakers out there. They're worth double or triple what they sell for now. They sound awesome with all types of music, which is very important. From techno to hard rock to classical, they're just that good. Everything sounds how it should, and I'm really picky. Get these and you won't be disappointed. I also hook them up to my TV for my Playstation 2 and it definitely gives everything a boost. The only thing I can complain about is that the cords between the two satellite speakers is slightly short, there's barely 4 feet or so between them I believe. Other than that, if you're thinking of getting these, don't hesitate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Altec Lansing ACS48 Speakers Rock My Socks
...This review is for the Altec Lansing ACS48 speaker set....

These speakers are amazing. They've got huge sound, and high quality at that, in a relatively small package. I'd ding them one star for some usability issues (shortish cord between the small speakers, no easily-accessible headphone jack, volume controls don't give a visual indication of level, lack of sufficient magnetic shielding on the subwoofer (it can't go near a monitor, but a few inches away from the computer case is fine), [poor] mfr carton (though the styrofoam packing is good)), but the sound more than makes up for it. There's no hum to speak of when the speakers are sitting idle, and the full range of sound is crisp and clear, even at volumes high enough to be heard in the other end of the house, with no distortion or muddy or tinny qualities. If your computer speakers double as your stereo, these are definitely worth the money (and you can get them fairly cheaply at auction these days). Two inputs allow you to hook them up to both your computer and a discman or TV or other device, so you can use them for more than just computing, and with the computer off. Our set has been going strong for 3 years so far, and I'm considering getting another set to use as "home theater" speakers (until we can afford a really nice Bose package or something). ... Read more


9. Altec Lansing 2100 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker, Black & Silver)
list price: $99.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005S8KY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 20
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 2100 3-piece speaker setup from Altec Lansing is an excellent audio solution for computer or home audio needs. Featuring two thin satellites and a compact subwoofer, the 2100 offers explosive sound without a high space cost. This combination offers a frequency response from 40 Hz to 20 kHz.

Each satellite is run by two aluminum-coned neodymium high-performance micro drivers for super signal accuracy. Powerful bass is supplied by the ported, dual front-firing subwoofer drivers, housed in a solid wooden cabinet.

The 2100 comes equipped with a standard 0.125-inch mini plug can be used with any personal audio device or computer equipped with sound card, and can be easily connected to a gaming console with an optional adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact, 3-piece speaker system
  • Includes two thin satellites plus dual subwoofer
  • 50 watts total, 26 watts RMS power
  • Frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Connects to any audio device with a standard headphone jack

Reviews (36)

4-0 out of 5 stars Tim Robertson MyMac.com Review
My first impression upon seeing the 2100 series speaker from Altec Lansing was "sweet!" Yes, I like the look of these speakers, but looks are but one of the many important factors into making your decision on what speakers to buy.

Sounds quality, I hope, is the number one factor. In that regard, the 2100's sound great. While not as loud as the ... Monsoon PlanarMedia 9 speakers, they do have about the same clarity of sound. That is to say, very good in both audio reproduction and imaging.

The 2100 series are a three-piece speaker system, consisting of two satellite speakers, and one powered sub-woofer. Like most other computer speaker systems, this one also has a remote control (wired) that has a Mute button, as well as two volume controls. Nice, but what I especially enjoyed was the metal stand the remote control rests on. This may seem a small thing, but not after you have had to deal with the remotes on most other computer speakers, which usually lay on the desk. The remote stand shows forethought on Altec Lansing's part.

The satellite speakers are very small, half the size of the Monsoon speakers reviewed a few weeks ago. If you have a cluttered desk, and a pair of large flat-panel speakers would have a hard time finding a home on your desk, take a look at these. Each speaker is set into a metal stand, making them harder to accidentally move. Even with the metal stand, the speakers are still tiny.

They say good things come in small packages. This is proven true here, as I was really impressed with the sound quality of the two desktop speakers. The sub-woofer is equally great sounding, but is anything but small.

The sub-woofer sports not one, but two 4" speakers, which do a respectable job of reproducing low base sounds. The sub is made from sturdy, well-crafted wood. They are also ported, meaning better bass response.

Obviously, ... speakers are not going to rival a home entertainment system in pure volume, clarity or base, but the sound level the average computer user will listen to the 2100's at will not be disappointed.

Specs:
Power: 35W RMS ‹ 50 WATTS total peek power. (Look for distortion when pushing anything close to their peek.)
Front Speakers: 5.5W/Channel at 4 ohms.
Subwoofer: 17.5W at 4 ohms.

Overall impression: I like these speakers! If I were doing a head-to-head comparison with the aforementioned Monsoon's, I would have to give the Monsoon speakers a slight edge in sound quality. In workmanship, the winner would be the Altec Lansing 2100.

A good value speaker that sounds more expensive than they are. A true audiophile will want to look elsewhere, and spend more money. For the average computer user who wants better sound than the built-in speakers on your computer, these will make you smile.

MacMice Rating: 4 out of 5

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Tim Robertson

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Designed With Me In Mind
So, first, let me get this out of the way: These speakers sound great. The bass is powerful and punchy while the small and very attractive speakers deliver a crisp high end. Mid-range does suffer a bit in larger spaces, but probably only to the very discerning listener. I replaced my clunky Yamaha YST-MS50 system with this one and, as far as the sound goes, I find the 2100's to be very comparable.

OK, so why give it 2 stars? Well, it has everything to do with the design of these things. Altec Lansing has successfully taken a potentially great product and ruined it with terrible controls. The remote, in my opinion, is completely useless. It features a power button and two volume buttons. Now, assuming you have the speakers plugged into the same outlet strip as your computer, most users will shut the speaker system down with the computer system. This makes sense to me. The problem is that whenever you bring power back to the system, you must manually turn on the power button on the remote and re-adjust the volume to a normal level. The default for this system is for it to be OFF and at VERY low volume. The only workaround to this is to keep the speakers powered on all the time. But this, to me, makes very little sense. When I turn my computer on, I expect to hear sound. Well, you don't with the 2100's.

My second gripe has to do with the fact that this system has no headphone jack. This is a major inconvenience when using the computer late at night.

My third gripe has to do with the fact that you have no idea what volume you are listening to. The remote, as I said, features two volume buttons but with no visual display telling you where you are at. This just goes against my natural tendency to want to know what volume I am listening to relative to the system's capabilities.

My last gripe has to do with the design of the speakers. I have no complaint with the subwoofer as it is very slim, compact, and well protected. However, the satellites have fully exposed speaker cones that are barely protected by only a thin vertical strip of metal. I had to move these speakers well above ear-level in order to keep them away from the stray hands of my young child.

So, overall, the system is great sounding, attractive, and completely user-unfriendly. Just not enough, in my opinion.....

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing speakers....
Buy this and u will love it......no more words.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT SPEAKERS
These speakers work amazingly if you know a fair amount about a computer if you are to use them with a computer. Get the newest drivers for your computer, use windows media player (or any player with an equalizer). Have your system volume level all the way up, and control the sound with the remote included with the speakers. Turn the treble way up, and you can decide how you like the bass, whether loud and deep, or low and quieter. Make sure you put the subwoofer in a place next to a wall, corner, or any solid object to help reflect the sound back towards you. Xbox utilizes these speakers quite effectively also.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Speakers
These speakers are definetly the best speakers for under $100 and maybe even better than many that are over $100. The only thing is if you are using windows media player you will have to make some equilizer adjusments but after that they sound great, with nice deep bass and good treble ... Read more


10. Altec Lansing ACS33 PowerCube Computer Speakers (3-Piece)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00000JBJQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 23677
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Altec Lansing PowerCube speaker system is a three-piece multimedia audio solution for your home or office personal computer. Providing 25 watts of total power, the system includes two 5-watt satellite speakers for mid- to high-range frequency response, while the 15-watt powered subwoofer delivers extended low-range bass. A patented control circuit automatically boosts bass at low volume to maintain musical sound realism. The unified volume control simultaneously adjusts the volume of the satellites as well as the subwoofer. The satellite speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent monitor distortion.

The PowerCube speaker system comes with a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • High-performance 3-piece system
  • Compact speaker satellites with 10 watts of power
  • Powered 15-watt subwoofer
  • Volume control and power-on LED
  • Magnetically shielded

11. Altec Lansing ADA305 PowerCube Computer Speakers (3-Speaker)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00000JBJW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 17526
Average Customer Review: 4.96 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Wait until you feast your ears on the Altec Lansing Digital PowerCube system! This mighty three-piece speaker system delivers booming bass and crisp, clear tones for multimedia computer applications such as gaming, watching DVDs, and listening to music. If you're willing to shell out the extra cash, these speakers don't disappoint.

The system is a snap to set up. Even without a manual, we were able to get the system up and running in less than 10 minutes. The two satellite speakers connect directly into the color-coded jacks on the back of the subwoofer, which we then plugged into our sound card. After connecting the power line and the USB cable (we tested it using Windows 98), we powered up the system and were ready to go. The software booted up immediately and installed without any flaws.

We positioned the subwoofer on the floor under our desk and the satellites on either side of the monitor. Since the satellites are magnetically shielded, positioning them near the monitor will not cause distortion. The controls on the satellites offer easy access to volume and subwoofer controls; however, treble, bass, and other controls are located within the Audio Management software, which you can use only if you have a USB connection. Another thoughtful addition is a headphone jack located on the satellite.

We cranked the speakers up to full volume to test the clarity of the bass. Although some distortion was present, you won't detect it unless you listen to these speakers at full volume. Watching DVDs was a beautiful experience with the PowerCube system. Effects seemed to come from each side, with a full spectrum of sound. Gaming was also heightened with the PowerCube system, and we were delighted with the array of sound effects that often go undetected with less powerful computer speakers.

There is only one danger with the PowerCube system: once you hear it, you'll never want to go back.

Pros:

  • Full, rich sound for any application
  • Magnetically shielded satellites
  • Easy setup

Cons:

  • Can only access Audio Management software with Windows 98 and USB port
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Features

  • True multichannel audio
  • Audio Management software
  • On-screen control
  • Integrated volume control
  • Uses USB port (with Windows 98) or standard 3.5 millimeter stereo audio output

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sound in a Small Package
These speakers, used with the Sound Blaster Live 5.1 sound card are nothing less than spectacular! MP3 quality can truly be measured with the ADA-305's. For the money, I would challenge anyone to top this system. If you're an old 100watt/channel stereo audiophile, it's time to upgrade. Trust me, you WILL be blown away! Altec Lansing is to be commended for taking PC sound to the next level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pricey but worth it...
I've had the speakers for nearly a year now and was reading through a few of the reviews here and i also have to agree that these speakers really are Unbelievable they just sound great doesn't matter what music your into. The bass is great! And the prologic technology actually does sound excellent.
In a previous review however i read that a person had difficulty using the speakers with win2k well i found that i couldn't use the software which enabled the usb cable (speaker software) but that didn't mean that i couldn't use the surround sound. If you hold the centre button down for 3 or 4 seconds it switches the speakers from analog to prologic. I just happened to stumble across this when messing around with the speakers. Its easy to see if you've switched the speakers to prologic by looking at the light on the unit if its orange it means its on analog if its green then its prologic.
The speakers are soooo good!!! that i've actually put them into my room and hooked them up to my stereo system to add an EXTRA punch to my sound system, it Works amazingly with the other speakers.....
So yeh go get yourself a set of these if you can afford them at the price they're at :(

5-0 out of 5 stars Little tweaking and you'll get the sound you want. Best!!!
Midrange and highs and very clean and crisp. Bass is also very clean and deep.
But I was not satisfied with bass at first. It was too low at low volumes, even with bass volume set at max. I tried to increase the bass using the equaliser that is built into mp3 player, but it distorted the music, it was distorted even at lowest volumes and it was distorted with othe speakers that I tried, so I concluded that it must be the soft equaliser that is messing things up. I was diappointed about it at first, I even went as far as ordering stand alone equaliser. But couple days later I found the solution to this problem. It turned out that (on mp3 player equaliser) you should leave the bass lever where it is and turn down the rest of the levers to get distortionfree bass. Than crank up the volume on the speakers.After that, I did got much, much more distortion free bass than I needed. (prologic mode cranks up bass even further)
In fact I listened music for 5 minutes at 30% volume with bass set up as described above and my next door neghbour showd up complaining about music.
I never even plugged in stand alone equaliser that I recieved.
I am completely satisfied with these speakers now.
You can get these speaker for a total of $100 at yahoo shopping.
It is dirt cheap for this much clean sound.
(I did compared them to Klipsch promedia thx 2.1 and think that midrange is more present (or live) in ADA890 and bass also goes deeper (no wonder ADA890 has 8" bass driver vs 6.25" in Klipsch)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW - I'll never use another speaker again!
First of all, this system is A+++! I have had the system for a while, as I wanted to make sure I had a full listening experience before I wrote a review. The ADA890 makes my TV explode with sound. The dolby digital/THX is so realistic when I watch DVD's. It is great for games too, all of the little sounds you just can't hear with just your TV come alive.

I just wanted to share my great experience and kudos to Altec Lansing for making another superior product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear
I feel like i am in the movie when i listen to them and the bass is solid and the highs and mids are perfect. Sounds like one o those 3,000 dollar bose systems ... Read more


12. Altec Lansing ATP3 3-Piece Speaker System
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00004XRED
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing Consumer Products
Sales Rank: 10928
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Amazon.com Product Description

If you have limited desk space, consider the Altec Lansing ATP3 flat-panel 3-piece computer speaker system--a stylish, space-saving audio solution consisting of two tall,tower-shaped satellites and a larger, more conventional-looking subwoofer. Each12-watt satellite encloses two 28-millimeter flattened-dome microdrivers capableof full midrange sound mounted atop a 3-inch midbass speaker firing down againstyour desk. The subwoofer has a 6.5-inch downward-firing cone, an 18-wattamplifier, and a wooden cabinet that adds power and low-frequency realism. Theresult of all this firepower is smooth, pleasant output throughout the audiblerange with deep, detailed bass. Three adjustable knobs on the right satellitecontrol overall volume, bass, and treble. Designed for general-listening spaces,it comes without a headphone jack.

The ATP3 three-piece flat-panel speaker system comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • High-quality audio playback
  • 12-watt RMS satellite
  • 18-watt RMS subwoofer

13. Altec Lansing XA3021 2.1 Speakers (3-Speaker, Black & Silver)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000068IGO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 3400
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Featuring 27 watts of total system power, these retro-styled computer speakers will dramatically improve the sound of your gaming, TV, and movies. With a deep-bass ported subwoofer, clear mid-range, and a crisp high-end frequency response, these speakers are easy to connect to your TV, video gaming system, DVD player, or VCR and provide a quick start up. They also sport handy, dual headphone jacks, so two people can enjoy the action without disturbing their neighbors or sleeping friends.

The unit also provides an EQ mode selector with three separate equalization modes for an optimal sound experience, including: TV mode, which adds bass appropriate for TV and movie viewing, Gaming Mode for extra thumps, bumps and booms, and if you can't get enough of that, there's Max-Bass Mode, which provides "wall-shaking sound". Also provided are a wired remote, with power on/off, master volume, and EQ mode selector, an auxiliary input jack for connection to two unique sources (say, a PlayStation and MP3 player) simultaneously. Altec Lansing also shields the satellites for interference-free use near TV sets and video monitors, and provides color-coded cables for easy installation. ... Read more

Features

  • Featuring 27 watts of total system power thrusts you into the gaming experience and dramatically improves the sound of TV and movies
  • Deep-bass ported subwoofer adds explosive bass to your home theater experience
  • Delivers clear mid-range and a crisp high-end frequency response
  • Easily connects to your TV, video gaming system, DVD player, or VCR
  • Dual headphone jacks so two people can enjoy explosive action without disturbing a soul

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
These speakers were delivered less than a week after I ordered them. I am very impressed with the way they sound, the bass is awesome for listening to music and playing games, I hooked them up to my laptop with no problems at all, though you need to have a 1/8" (Standard mini-headphone size for all laptops, cd-players or mp3 players.) cord that goes from the aux., which is located on the subwoofer unit to the headphone plug-in on your laptop. These cables are plentiful at any Radio Shack, Best Buy, or Compusa. You can't beat them for the price, and they also come with a cool remote unit where you can control the volume, eq. settings, bass, and has 2 headphone plugs. Very Very Cool!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Altec Lansing Rocks!
Before Altec Lansing PC speakers were available, people buying a computer would almost always get a pair of white unknown boxes that was packaged with their PCs labeled or marketed as "multi-media stereo speakers", which (I'm sure everyone would agree with me) sounds like a tin can with a chord.

Altec Lansing did everyone a favor by targeting the PC market and creating real multi-media speakers, I have been a big fan eversince. I probably have bought over 4 Altec Lansing speakers and this model the XA3021 is by far the best I've had. Nothing in the same price range can offer you crystal clear audio with a heavy thumping deep bass range. Whether you're listening to Jazz, Classical or Rock, playing explosive heart stopping games, or simply enjoying your favorite DVD movie, you will surely enjoy the experience and I bet at one point you'll smile and say.. "XA3021, I love you!"

The somewhat unexpected, retro design reminds you of microphones from the early days of radio, but at the same time, the green graphics gives you that high-tech feel that seems to scream "I'm from the future! now where is your leader!". The sub-woofer is menacing and looks like an atomic bomb waiting to explode at your command!

Now what are you gonna do ? I thought so, don't forget to get one for your Dad too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Altec Lansing puts some thought into speakers for the masses
WHen you make a purchase, you normally expect a certain level of satisfaction, given your tastes and the price of the item. As for the former, I enjoy a good sounding speaker. I'm Not an audiophile- but when I'm in the sweet spot (and maybe a little off!) I like it to sound clear and vibrant. Something about it just brings a smile to my face. I walked into a Circuit City, gift card in hand. THe card is for $25, from my best friend and his fiancee. I had read about a pair of Altec-Lansing speakers on AOL Broadband Gear (KW:Broadband Gear - not case sensitive) and was going to order but the thought of gettting them even cheaper with my gift card was enough to prompt a "Goodbye" and a head to the store. I was on a mission. Good speakers. Nice purchase. I felt like a beverly hills teenager with daddy's AMEX. First, the Creature's distract me. JBL (I believe) Creatures. Neat edgy styling. The sound coming from speakers about the size of the dial on an Ipod is great. Almost a feat you'd expect from Bose. Silver will match my Dell gear and new Dell Flat Panel (Black and silver), I think. Speaking of Bose, what are these, I say as I approach what I soon learn are BOse computer speakers. A little plain, but stylish for a Bose speaker. The Bass! NO Subwoofer? How do they do it? They continue to innovate and impress me. THen I saw the price...over a hundred bucks for the Creatures and about the same for the Bose. I start doing the math...carry the 7...divide by the Least Common Denomin..plus... probably around 80 bux after the gift card inc tax. Luckily I see a salesman so duck around the corner to finish my brain fart. No..No..NO.. I must find the AL's. Circuit City online says they are in-stock. I should have reserved them online. I finally locate them, all by themselves on a top shelf with the help of a sales guy who seems green to the black and silver sonic stellars but curious nonetheless as he stares at them while I browse around. Either that or he thinks I'm goin to swipe them- I am wearing my baggier pants! Not that kind of person I head to the register and proudly display my card. For the twenty eight dollars I spent I couldnt be happier. Even if I had no discount, they would be worth every cent- and the 28 includes a pack of batteries, too (not for the speakers). Sure the others sounded good, but these look every bit as good - maybe even cooler- and the sound-- the real importance- surely holds its own. They might be a little crisper or clearer or whatever for 100 bucks but I'm happy with a great product that is evident of thought in design and saving money, too. The only thing I've seen that might even come close is a 60 dollar set of Logitech speakers. It'd be close and I havent heard them other than one time in a small store. The color scheme is especially great for Dell owners and X Box fans, too. As for the latter, the phrase more than you'd expect for less than you'd think takes center stage in my mind. Pleasing to the senses- and the cent-ses- they have my recommendation. And they'll have yours too. NOw to find those audio clips in the cd section, I have my wired remote in hand. Happy Shopping!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Speakers, even more awesome price
I purchased these speakers for $40, and they are worth every penny. I hooked them up to my philips dvd726 (dvd player). I have mono sound on my TV and wanted speakers so I could utilize the mp3 playback feature on my dvd player, as well as stereo sound with my dvds, vcds,svcds. I hooked these up in 15 minutes. The only con is the wired remote, I'd much rather have a regular remote, but luckily this is in my bedroom so it doesnt really matter. The sound will blow you away. You can adjust the bass (on the sub), and pick the sound mode on the remote. I didn't really need 5.1 surround sound...2.1 is great for me. My movies sound so different, I never knew I was missing so much with a mono TV, but I really was.

I really really like the headphone hook-ups in the remote for private listening. There are two so that you and a friend can enjoy this feature. The sound is rich and full, and believe me I'm picky too. I have Boston Acoustic Speakers with a subwoofer hooked up to my PC, so I'm used to decent audio speakers. The style of these is funky, which I like! They look like old radios and the sub is sort of like a rocket. This may not appeal to the older set--but I'm a college student and I think most kids and young people will find the design pretty nifty. Plus the silver/black theme matches my other electronics.

*One thing that may bother people is there is a very faint static noise when the speakers aren't in use, but on and turned up to a certain volume. This seems insignificant to me because I only have them turned on when they are being used.

Buy these speakers and you won't be let down. They simply rock. For a small price you get big sound. I was skeptical, but it's true.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
I bought these a few months back to amplify sound on my TV. I hooked them up to a switcher and use them with my cable, DVD player, Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube. They sound really really good. I like them a lot and am not disappointed in the slightest. Apparently, the volume can go louder than I think, because my roommate can sometimes tell what I'm watching all the way from the living room. I'm very glad that there is a bass volume on the subwoofer so that I can adjust the strength (I like some bass, but not a lot).

One little gripe. These speakers have 3 sound schemes: TV, gaming, and max bass. I find little difference between the TV and gaming settings, and would expect a bit more bass from the gaming setting. Max bass is really good for watching movies or listening to music TV channels or for playing an audio CD through your gaming console. These speakers have surprisingly good sound quality.

The little wired remote is a great plus. Some people would prefer a wireless remote, but I don't care either way. With a wired remote, I don't have to worry about losing it or buying batteries. I stuck a hook in the wall and stuck it up there so it's just within hand's reach. I couldn't do that with a wireless! Also, in my room I have one of those light switches that turns the electrical outlet on and off. I plugged the speakers into that outlet, so I just flip a switch to turn them off when I leave the room.

To summarize, this was a good investment. Great quality for the affordable price. I can only imagince how nice the 4.1 set would sound. If you can afford those ones, get 'em! If you want a good surround sound, bass effect for watching movies, get the 4.1 set. The 2.1 don't have quite enough oomph for a really immersive movie experience. But you will be more than happy with the 2.1 set for just casual gaming and movie watching. ... Read more


14. Altec Lansing 641 Digital Computer Speakers
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00005UK8G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 17137
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 400 watts, 200 watts RMS
  • Low frequency bass from two 6.5" front-firing, long-throw woofers with ferrite magnets set in solidly built wooden cabinet
  • 4 discrete channels of sound enhances the gaming experience
  • Exclusive tri-mode selector which allows you to experience the optimum in sound
  • Shielded satellites for use near video monitors

Reviews (75)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound at a Great Price
I purchased the 621 Altec Lansing not for a computer, but for a home theater system. I learned you could do this after purchasing a Altec Lansing 2100 speakers for my HP Pavillion. The 2100 is also a great product...The 621 speakers have 2 inputs (1 main and 1 aux.). One y-adaptor is included and you could purchase an additional 1/8 to 1/8 microphone jack and a Y-adaptor for the L/R audio output at [your local store]...The mid range, highs and lows are very accurate and precise. I expected some noise at higher volumes, but the speakers are so powerful and efficient that you don't hear noise except at ear drum damaging levels...This is a great set up if you don't want 6 speakers for surround sound. I replaced an expensive 2 speaker/1 subwoofer home theater system offering 5.1 sound and saved [money]...I think the power and sound quality of this speaker hooked up to a DVD with virtual surround and VCR would make most people very happy. It sure makes a lot of sense for me.

I wish I knew about this a while back and would not have wasted so much money in the past. Give it a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Techie Essential!
Altec Lansing has definitely cooked up a special treat for all of us. Arguably the best gaming system on the market at the moment, the Altec Lansing 641 delivers 400 watts (200W RMS) of pure power.

Set-up and installation is a walk-in-the-park with the 641. Simply connect the speakers and remote to the massive subwoofer, and you are practically good to go. You can derive the best output from this monster by placing the front pair in front of you and the rear pair facing your back; both at ear level. Most four to five speaker systems are not equipped with large lengths of wire for optimal performance. Altec, however, envisioned and addressed all the potential woes for their consumers. The 641 is equipped with large lengths or wire, wall brackets as well as connectivity features to connect the speakers to additional gaming consoles!

The sound quality is crisp and crystal clear. The treble delivers excellent performance without being overbearing, and you must experience the bass on your own to feel it. The subwoofer is NOT magnetically shielded to crank out maximum vibrations, hence, I would suggest placing the sub away from your monitor. It is difficult to verbalize the intensity of the bass; but don't be surprised if you get complaints from your neighbors.

There were only two things that disappointed me. First, it is a spatial nightmare! The subwoofer is almost as large as a small minitower, if not larger! Secondly, the remote is wired!?!? I cannot understand why Altec would have a wired remote in this age. Conversely, the remote is packed with an array of features. Treble and bass control, multiple sound modes (stereo, stereo X2 and gaming) and of course, volume control and power.

Being a gamer at heart, I tested the speakers with Quake 3, Need for Speed and various other games. One word: Spectacular! I have not seen most speakers in the $... range come even close. The Klipsch 4.1, probably the next best system, clearly falls way short of the 641.

Outstanding sound quality, more features than you can handle, handy remote and bone-rattling bass is what makes up this package. For the price (I got mine for under $..., including shipping), it does not get any better than this! If you have space for another minitower at your computer desk, buy this system immediately.

4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound from a small package
I saw those other sexy little Altec Lansing speakers in the store, but they really sounded poor. I also listened to these and was sold. The sound on this system is unbelievable - comparable with any decent stereo speaker set, great low end base, high end tweeter, and they have mid range cones in them to cover the in between. I still don't get the remote, at least make it wireless, I would rather just not have a remote. Anyway, music and sound from DVDs comes out fantastic, just as good as my stereo. It looses one star because of the subwoofer problem that I know of, and the annoying pop if the speakers are not turned on in the proper order. I still consider these about the best multimedia speakers you can buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sounds like Heaven
Great Set, very Hefty and Heavy, but worth every pound. After using them almost continuosly for 2 years, the sub died on me. If I unplug it for a while, the woofer comes back, but after a few minutes it dies gain. Satelite speakers are in excellent condition, I always take care of my stuff and I am really sad to have to get a new set. This 641 has the most exquisite sound I have ever heard from a speaker set ever. I would recommend this above any other set, but if you do get them, please unplug or manually power off from the rear of the sub, and not only from the corded remote. I hope AL comes back with a set that compares or beats this one, not like the crappy ones they have in the market now.

5-0 out of 5 stars IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THESE SPEAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I spoke to an Altec Lansing tech today and he told me a very important thing about them.

The speakers had a flaw in powering down the system that made the subs die in about an 8 month periond.

If you used ONLY the remote to turn off the system and left the power switch located on the back of the subs on, the subs will still be powered thus shortening their life.

In order to keep the subwoofer life you have to:

1.) Turn off the power using the remote first.

2.) THEN then turn off the power switch on the back the subs.

If you do that simple thing, these awesome speakers will last you forever. I hope this helps out everyone!

-Chris ... Read more


15. Altec Lansing IBM345 Computer Speakers (3-Piece)
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005JD6N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 45929
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Another good Altec Lansing speaker-set
This is a standard 2-sattelite + subwoofer set, but the speakers themselves have a very good sound range and can pump out great bass. The subwoofer, as usual with Altec Lansing, is top-notch, with a great internal wooden cabinet that provides very realistic tones and sounds. While these speakers aren't Dolby Digital or THX certified, they still deliver top-notch sound and are worth a long look if you want a 3-piece speaker set. Give these a try, it will be worth your while! ... Read more


16. Altec Lansing ACS46W Powercube Plus/80 Watt 3PC Multimedia Speaker System
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00004Z7LA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
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17. Altec Lansing ACS45.2 Powercube Speaker System with 20 Watt Subwoofer/3Watt Satellites (3-Piece)
list price: $77.99
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Asin: B00004Z7BJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 34307
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High-quality PC audio for music and games
  • Large, wooden subwoofer adds more bass power
  • 6-watt satellites complete space-saving design
  • Extended-range PC audio playback
  • Electronic volume control adjusts satellites and subwoofer at the same time

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4-0 out of 5 stars Doubtful most users need more than this
Certainly not the best speakers you could ever have for your computer, the ACS33 nevertheless fills an important niche in the market. If you're looking for subwoofered sound on the cheap, this is probably your best bet. They're competent performers, without taking price into consideration. Look at how much they cost, and you'll think there aren't better speakers made on the planet. They have the potential to work, as do most speakers, on both Macintosh and Windows machines.

Interestingly, they also have a secondary use. Because they don't need a computer to work at all, they can be plugged directly into any stereo system that has the ability to output its sound (that is, one which has an AUDIO OUT jack). They can thus give resonant stereo sound--even to lowly portables. You'll think twice about whether you really need to upgrade to a whole new system after hearing these speakers. (Before buying for this purpose, however, I'd recommend you go to altec-lansing.com and grab the manual for this product, just to make sure that it's compatible with your stereo.)

Inasmuch as there are drawbacks to the speakers, they are ones you would expect from a product so inexpensive. As another reviewer has rightly pointed out, there's no volume control on the woofer. There's also no bass, treble, or speaker-independent volume control. And the speakers are rated at only 10 watts, with a relatively indelicate frequency response.

But, big deal.

If, like most people, you've got your computer jammed into a corner in a busy room, you don't have the soundspace to set up a truly extraordinary auditory experience. If you've got a lot of people living with you, anything more than 10 watts is discourteous, anyway. Unless you have a room that you can dedicate to the computer, and that's relatively isolated from others, it's extremely unlikely you would actually be able to use more than this system offers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome speaker set!
The Altec Lansing ACS33 Power Cube speaker system is a very nice solution to anyone's computer audio needs. I am a Flash developer and your common everyday music enthusiest so sound is very important to me in my work. These sleak sattelite speakers and sub-woofer deliver crisp, powerful, and LOUD sound. I can also say that they surprised me with the quality of sound they give while set on the lowest volume setting, while barely audible. I only have two minor gripes, however, that keep this product from 5-stars. Music highs sound a bit weak and syntehtic from the desktop speakers, while the sub-woofer is also a bit weak and has no level control of its own (which, in my eyes, is a major problem with most sub-woofers). While these short comings can be contained with a equalizer program, they really shouldn't have appeared at all. But aside from these very minor problems, this system shines as a lost cost system with a lot of power!

4-0 out of 5 stars altec dont crank em
i love the altec lansing speakers so i bought a second set thats two sets of altecs on my desk top i like to edit music and i like a lot of power these speakers do that
unfortunatly at high volume playing they seem to pop the mids speakers and i have had trouble with the switch on the sub it has shorted out so i must now tear it apart and repair it so i am back to one set for now all in all good set of speakers though i got three years out of the first set which is good for me i like the wooden sub box better than plastic

5-0 out of 5 stars Best bang for your buck... and then some!
I've had these for quite a few years now, bought them for around $50 or $60 at the time, and never once have they failed me. They're extremely powerful and loud... louder than you'll probably ever need. For the price, there are absolutely no better speakers out there. They're worth double or triple what they sell for now. They sound awesome with all types of music, which is very important. From techno to hard rock to classical, they're just that good. Everything sounds how it should, and I'm really picky. Get these and you won't be disappointed. I also hook them up to my TV for my Playstation 2 and it definitely gives everything a boost. The only thing I can complain about is that the cords between the two satellite speakers is slightly short, there's barely 4 feet or so between them I believe. Other than that, if you're thinking of getting these, don't hesitate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Altec Lansing ACS48 Speakers Rock My Socks
...This review is for the Altec Lansing ACS48 speaker set....

These speakers are amazing. They've got huge sound, and high quality at that, in a relatively small package. I'd ding them one star for some usability issues (shortish cord between the small speakers, no easily-accessible headphone jack, volume controls don't give a visual indication of level, lack of sufficient magnetic shielding on the subwoofer (it can't go near a monitor, but a few inches away from the computer case is fine), [poor] mfr carton (though the styrofoam packing is good)), but the sound more than makes up for it. There's no hum to speak of when the speakers are sitting idle, and the full range of sound is crisp and clear, even at volumes high enough to be heard in the other end of the house, with no distortion or muddy or tinny qualities. If your computer speakers double as your stereo, these are definitely worth the money (and you can get them fairly cheaply at auction these days). Two inputs allow you to hook them up to both your computer and a discman or TV or other device, so you can use them for more than just computing, and with the computer off. Our set has been going strong for 3 years so far, and I'm considering getting another set to use as "home theater" speakers (until we can afford a really nice Bose package or something). ... Read more


18. Altec ACS451 Power Cube Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00000JBK1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
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19. Altec Lansing ACS45.2 PowerCube Computer Speakers (3-Piece)
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00004XREC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 52973
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Lot of sound for a little money
I have had these speakers for about 4 years, I have went throught 3 motherboards, 3 hard drives, 2 processors, and two power supplies and only one set of speakers, Altec Lansing ACS45.2. These speakers are quilty made with a quilty sound. The subwoofer kicks, it has knock pitchers off the wall and the sound is very tight. These speakers may only be 2.1 but they out perform many high dollar speaker systems. If sound quilty is important to you and you don't have to have 5.1 or 4.1 speakers these speakers are what you have been looking for.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sound
These speakers sound excellent. They don't look like much but the sound speaks for itself. Enjoyed for a year until the speakers bunked out on me, otherwise it would have gotten ***** instead of ****.

5-0 out of 5 stars Altec Lansing AC45.2
This set of speakers are the greatest for the price. They deliver high quality sound and the woofer hits very hard. For [price] you couldnt find a better set of speakers. I have knocked pictures off of the wall downstairs with the volume maxed out. I took this set and wired them into my TV and use them as surround sound. If you are thinking about buying them, go on its a good buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing........These are the best Value-for-money-speakers
I got this set of Speakers with my new system, opting for the "Cheaper" compared to the "Cambridge system". But believe you me. Compared to a similar product by creative, this is worth its weight in gold.

Clear rich bass, with distinct treble and higher tones. Great for games, mp3's, or even a small gathering that wants to rock to some music. The output is good. The two cubes are 6+6=12 watts. The sub-woofer is a great 20 watts with a 6.5 inch long throw woofer. If you dont want to go for the more expensive and bigger 5-piece systems, this is the best 3-piece alternative.

On the downside though...there is no treble control, and the subwoofer bass control is on the back of the woofer. So as in my case, if it is tucked in the corner somewhere, then it can be rather cumbersome to turn it up and down. However, I've found that setting it at medium works, cause with my SB!live card, i control the bass and treble from the taskbar "Play control" properties by going into the advanced properties.

Use it with a good card (SB!live..my suggestion) and it will be your best friend....YOur music system will have to file for redundancy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
When i first saw these speakers, i wondered whats so good about them. When i plugged them in and started to listen to music, i was totally blown away. This is a must for those looking for small but powerful speakers. ... Read more


20. Altec Lansing ADA305W Surround Sound Computer Speakers
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00004YMZ3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 67068
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