Date: June 7th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Eagle Tech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Each tweeter dome has a small plastic piece covering it, presumably for looks or for protection, or both. My previous set of Eagle Tech speakers arrived with a crushed tweeter dome (see the review HERE ) but these appear to be less vulnerable to damage.
The remote is wired and has a volume control dial on one side, a headphone jack at the bottom…
…and a mute button on the other side. The cord for this remote is long enough to reach the top of a desk if the subwoofer is on the floor, but not much farther than that.
PRODUCT USE AND TESTING
Installing these speakers is a no-brainer for anyone who's used a set of PC speakers before. In the event you have a question though, the manual has some good diagrams to help you out.
I arranged the speakers in typical 2.1 fashion - the satellites were placed on top of the desk and the subwoofer on the floor. While I had enough wire length, there wasn't much slack left and I would've felt more comfortable if the wires had been a bit longer.
The first test with these speakers was listening to music. I tried various genres of music ranging from heavy metal to rap to dance and even a little classical thrown in. Straight out of the box, I was most impressed by the quality of the midrange. It was not muddy in the least; in fact it was quite full-bodied with near perfect detail. The highs were crisp and clear without being too bright, and the bass kicked pretty hard, but not so hard that it drowned out the highs and mids. Clarity wasn't lost when the volume was turned up either – I gradually turned the volume up and didn't notice any distortion even at high levels. These would be good speakers to turn up loud at a party, but I want to stress that this isn't a set of speakers that is only enjoyable at high volume levels. Even at lower volume levels the sound is very clear and balanced.
My next test was watching a movie. I popped in the DVD Live Free or Die Hard. This movie has plenty of action scenes and loud explosions as well as a fair share of dialog, so I thought this would be a good choice to see how the speakers handle a wide range of sounds. The bass was thunderous during action scenes and while it sounded very good, at some points during the movie it would drown out other sounds. Equalizer adjustments fixed that issue, but after the great results I had with music I was left a bit surprised. The highs and mids sounded great without any equalizer adjustments and I had no problems hearing conversations between the characters throughout the movie.
The final test was gaming. I ran through a couple campaigns in Left 4 Dead and was impressed by all ranges of sound. The bass was responsive without being overpowering and the highs and mids were clear so any dialog was easy to pick up. Now keep in mind this is a 2.1 system, so pinpointing a teammate or enemy location won't be as precise as with a 5.1 system. Even still, this is a solid set of speakers for the casual gaming crowd.