Date: January 7th, 2009
Writers on Show Floor: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor) & Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
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Day One of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Two of our Coverage can be found HERE
Altec Lansing some time ago used to be one of the best brands to consider when buying computer speakers. Until I saw what I saw at their both today, Altec all but fell off the speaker scene and because just another mainstream middle of the road speaker manufacturer with degrading sound quality and poorer component construction.
But, what we witnessed at their booth today seems to show that things are gladly turning around. Their speaker line has changed and the quality seen today is what I used to see over 5 years ago when they used to be one of the top brands on the market.
Their line has been modernized and they had a set of speakers that would satisfy anyone's particular taste.
Take for instance this 2.1 octane plus system which from a quick glance would look like something that wouldn't pack much of an audio punch. But after firing these speakers up, I found myself remembering just how well these speakers sounding some time ago, and thankfully again now. The subwoofer packs a serious thumb for such a smaller model.
This rather large ipod dock at $299.99 is not a cheap option at all, but this bad boy will eat most ipod docks for breakfast or knock them off their shelves with its potency. With a built in 5 1/4 in subwoofer, two 3 inch mid range and two 1 inch tweeters, this dock of more like a portable ghetto blaster. In fact, most other ipod docks seem weak next to the sound quality and volume this product produces.
We were all very impressed by the things we saw at the ASUS display. J.J. gave us the grand tour of the multitude of products that the company has to offer this year. From maximum effort overclocking boards to their entry level offerings, ASUS has gone the extra mile to provide the consumer with a product that offers the consumer quality components and unique, innovative designs at a good value.
Most of the latest ASUS boards feature the TurboV software allows the user to make BIOS level tweaks from the OS. Users can choose their own settings or use the auto tuning mode to automatically overclock the system. While this is nothing new, J.J. assured us that the ASUS application can really boost system performance significantly while maintaining stability.