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Date: February 1st, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Altec Lansing
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ALTEC LANSING 5100 INTRODUCTION



Computer speakers of today have come a long way from the basic, tiny, 2 channel, tinny pieces of audio junk that the consumer was stuck with only a couple years ago. Those days are gone, and trust me, they will be gladly forgotten. Even today's prebuilt computer systems are coming out with multi-channel cards that support a 5 channel listening environment and the owners don't know about it. I can't even count how many repair jobs/upgrades I have done for customers that had a surround sound card come with their computers, but yet, the cheap computer manufacturers ship them with trashy 2 channel stereo speakers and so therefore the customer thinks that they have only support for two speakers when they actually have a card that will support a sound system like I will be reviewing today. If you own a Compaq, HP, Dell, Gateway, Micron prebuilt computer system, grab your owners manual and see exactly what soundcard you have included in your new computer, you may just have the support for a home theater system in your office, now wouldn't that be a bonus.

 

ALTEC LANSING COMPANY PROFILE


Altec Lansing's early technological developments in acoustical and electronic components have earned a place of prominence in sound reproduction few companies can match. The predominance of Altec's name over the years in sports stadiums, arenas, theaters, airports, auditoriums, churches, amusement parks and more recently on desktops within homes and at the workplace attest to this fact. Altec Lansing speaker systems have formed the backbone of the sound systems in such world renowned places as The United Nations Building, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Disneyland and Disneyworld, New York's Lincoln Philharmonic Center and the Schubert Theatre, MGM's Grand Hotel, The Singapore National Stadium, and The Sydney Opera House, to name a few. Today Altec Lansing speakers appear in myriad environments, addressing the wide array of needs for quality audio among diverse professional business people, musicians, families, students, music connoisseurs and gaming aficionados within their respective milieus.


Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc. is the industry leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of advanced audio solutions for PCs and related technologies. The company strives to provide outstanding performance and value to leading computer manufacturers, resellers and end users. Altec Lansing is the marketshare leader in the PC speaker system category providing high performance multimedia products for the computer OEM, reseller, distributor and retail marketplace. Altec Lansing employs over 1500 people in facilities throughout the United States, Asia/Pacific and Europe. Altec Lansing's ISO9002 and SA8000 certified manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China, supplies speaker components, micro speaker assemblies and complete audio solutions to partners worldwide.


Altec Lansing is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality computer and home entertainment sound systems, and a line of headsets, headphones, and microphones for personal digital media. Our mission is to create and sell industry leading products and services that enable our customers to experience a unique, memorable and high quality audio solution. In the end sound has little to do with watts or decibels or digital technology. It's about the listening experience, those precious moments when the heart is touched or the spirit transformed. The promise of the Altec Lansing brand is that our sound artisans will continue the legacy of blending art with science to stir the soul.

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS



- 73 Watts Total Continuous Power RMS (4x7 W/Satellites; 22.5 W/Center; 22.5 W/Sub)
- 100 Watts Total Peak Power
- Ported, Dual Subwoofer Drivers
- 6-Speaker Surround
- High Performance Micro Drivers
- Full-Function Digital Controller
- Headphone Jack
- Auxiliary Input Jack
- Total Connectivity
- Tri-Mode Selector
- Cast Alloy Stands
- Color-Coded Cables


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