Logitech X-220 Review
Since I was out shopping one day when the urge hit, I picked up two sets of speakers to try. One was a GE Ultrasonic 2.1 speaker set, the other was an Altec Lansing 121 2.1 speaker set. Both were selling for $29.99.
BTW if you're confused by speaker specs like I was, 2.1 refers to a system with 2 small speakers and one sub-woofer. The small speakers sit on the desk and reproduce the high notes. The sub-woofer sits under the desk and reproduces the low notes. There are also 4.1 and 5.1 systems for surround sound with 4 or 5 small speakers and one sub-woofer.
Anyway I set them up and listened to them. The Altec Lansings were disappointing. The sound wasn't good and they distorted badly when turned up to full volume. They went into the pile for returns...
The GE Ultrasonics weren't as bad, but they still weren't great. Sound was better, but they still distorted at high volume and their consumer interface designer must have been having a bad day when he designed them. All the controls (on/off, volume and bass volume) were slick shiny conical knobs with no gripping surface. Not only were they hard to turn, but they were also mounted on the sub-woofer. Remember now that the sub-wooofer goes UNDER the desk, so every time you wanted to make an adjustment you had to grovel down under the desk and try to get those shiny knobs to turn. Unsatisfactory. The GE's joined the Altecs in the "to be returned queue".
At this point I did my homework, surfed the net for reviews and finally came down on the Logitech x-220 speakers. They got good reviews and cost well under $50. Too good to be true? Well, no not really.
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