Date: January 16th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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The large, sturdy box that these speakers are packaged in is as large, if not larger, than most 7.1 computer speakers. So what's in it? Let's tear the tape and find out.
Aside from the two satellites and remarkably large subwoofer, you get a standard, three-wire computer type power cord and two approximately 6 foot lengths of heavy, 12 gauge speaker wire. Also included is a brief instruction manual and warranty information.
Simple, eh? I can hear some questions forming already, so let's get right into the installation.
INSTALLATION & SETUP
The first thing you notice about the satellites is the size. Then you notice the weight. These are heavy! A large part of this weight is due to the thick, MDF cabinets. There'll be no unwanted resonance from these babies. You'll also immediately notice that there are no grilles. This is a good thing, as even the best “acoustic cloth” muffles some high frequencies. The third thing you notice is that there are regular spring-terminal connectors for the speaker wire. This is a very nice arrangement, allowing you to use any gauge or length of wire you want.
Then you pull out the subwoofer. While not as trendy as some other offerings, the large, square black cabinet is easy on the eyes, and rather unobtrusive. No easy task, considering how big it is. The 8” subwoofer driver is covered by a black cloth grille, which is not removable. Below the grille you see the hourglass-shaped port.
Turning the subwoofer around, you'll immediately notice something missing. Where are the cords to connect to your soundcard? Unlike traditional computer speakers, these hold true to their studio heritage by providing ¼” balanced jacks. While that might seem to be an odd design choice, it allows you to custom-fit the cabling to your needs. In a studio environment, your monitors might be quite a distance away from the sound source. The use of balanced jacks also ensures that no unwanted noise or hum is introduced to the sound signal.
You'll also notice that there's six jacks. More on that later.