Each satellite has a hole in the back and a hardwired cable. The cable appears to be pretty short, so this could be an issue since I like to keep the subwoofer on the floor to save space. We'll see what happens when I set everything up.
The remote is small and has buttons to control bass, treble, and master volume. You can reset everything to its default settings as well.
A CR2025 battery powers the remote and is easily replaceable.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Most people won't need to refer to the instructions when setting these up, but if you have any questions, there are diagrams in the manual to walk you through getting the speakers up and running. Basically, you connect the green end of the RCA to audio cable to your sound card, and the other end goes to the input ports on the back of the subwoofer. Then each satellite is plugged into its respective output port. Turn the system on, and you're ready to go.
The LCD has some pretty basic information on it and is really just for show. It's still a neat little feature to have though. The equalizer will bounce up and down to music and indicators will blink when you adjust bass, treble, or volume levels
One feature not present that I missed right away was a volume control knob on one of the satellite speakers. With the subwoofer on the floor, I had to point the remote at it and control the volume that way. Moving the subwoofer to the desk would give me volume controls at my fingertips, but I really don't want to go that route due to lack of space. The speakers do look cool though and I'm eager to see how they sound, so let's move on.
I began testing by listening to various kinds of music. Pop, rock, heavy metal, trance, and some rap were on the play list. Everything sounded crisp and clear on the first listen and only began to distort when the volume was turned way up, louder than I would ever listen to music at. I listened through the songs again, and remained impressed with the highs and mids on all types of music. Rock and pop I would have to say sounded the best. Thumping bass on dance and rap songs was generally good, although at high volume levels it became noticeably distorted. I also noticed that some lower frequencies were completely absent. Overall though, the sound is not bad at all. Keep in mind these are entry level speakers.
The next test was using the speakers during a gaming session. I loaded up Left 4 Dead and began a campaign. The shrieks of the Hunter and the explosions of the Boomer were as clear sounding as I could have hoped, and the bass levels were just right. Of course, you're not going to get the same quality of sound you would get from a 5.1 or better setup, but for a 2.1 system I was impressed with the results.
Movies also sound very good on these speakers. I was able to clearly hear soft talking while louder noises such as explosions and music were not distorted at all. Bass seemed to be a bit lacking, but again, all in the all the experience was very good.