Date: December 9th, 2002.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Altec Lansing
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PRODUCT OVERVIEW & BASIC SETUP
What are the factors that make this an amazing system?
One of the major contributors to a great gaming experience is the bass response, and boy, this woofer doesn't let you down. The bass kick from this little front-ported 5 1/4" woofer is amazing! I mean rattle the picture frames on your wall amazing!
Turning the subwoofer around, you will be be exposed to the satellite speaker connector hub, the subwoofer volume selector and the 6-channel/2-4 channel selector switch. All satellite cables are colour coordinated and will only fit into their designated port because of the unique design of each channel's connectors. This in essence makes this a completely worry-free install that only allows you to setup the system correctly.
All that is needed is to plug the subwoofer into the power outlet and plug the audio connectors into the center, rear, and front speaker jacks contained within your 5.1 surround sound card.
The satellites were no laughing matter either kicking out more bass in addition to the woofer and supplying LOUD sound with no distortion or flaws even at really high volume levels. Ask my neighbors how they sounded when they called the landlord on me. Good thing me and the owner of the building swap beers and stories from time to time. WHEW!
Focusing your attention to the front right speaker, you will notice the easily accessed front, center and surround speaker volume adjustment controls. This is a great design decision. Having everything that accessible, you can make that quick adjustment during your 3D game without having to pause the game and adjust the properties through a software driver, application etc.
For everyone that has a setup where they cannot mount the speakers on the wall behind them, you can observe the best way to setup a 6 channel system in front of you in the photo above. Notice that I had to place the center speaker behind the TFT flat screen seeing that it could not fit on top of the monitor. A good idea would be to include an adapter for people with TFT monitors seeing that they are becoming more and more popular in the technology world of today.