After deciding to use my laptop has a pretty much permanent home media set up, I decided that I would move my desktop speakers to provide better sound quality than the standard built in speakers when watching movies and TV shows. This left me short on audio in my Mac Mini (Other than the pretty much useless built in speakers). Therefore I went out on the lookout for some low budget desktop speakers.
After recently receiving some Altec Lansing iPod speakers and being sufficiently impressed, I must say I now have great loyalty to the brand. So you can imagine my delight at coming across a pair of desktop speakers that fit the bill perfectly, from the same company. Having looked around at alternatives from other well known brands such as Logitech, the difference in price was minimal, but the deciding factor in opting for the Altec Lansing VS2620 Desktop Speakers, was as much the aesthetic appeal as anything else.
The speakers, largely black in colour, are framed by a silver brushed metal look, and have a subtle hint of Altec’s signature orangey brown. This includes the power indicator which is a small rectangular LED, and the labeling of the control knobs. The knobs themselves are extremely convenient allowing you to alter the volume and tone as well as a power switch to quickly turn them off and on. These knobs are fairly discreet at the front of the right hand speaker.
Additionally, there is an auxiliary input alongside the dials for quick and easy compatibility with MP3 players and such. The speakers are fairly large in size, about half the height of my 19” monitor in total. They are oddly shaped in a sort of flat top pyramid/trapezium fashion. This unique shape creates an elegant and distinguishable pair of excellently designed speakers.
So OK, let’s be honest these speakers aren’t the best around. They are low cost and for that you do sacrifice a sub-woofer. However, the twin drivers in each speaker create a nicely balanced sound with enough bass to make the basic requirements of listening to music, playing games and watching the odd video or two an enjoyable and audible experience.
The maximum volume is actually astonishing. Upon setting up the speakers I decided to preset the volume to about half way (this was ideal on my previous speakers). Only after playing some music from iTunes did I discover that in fact this amount of volume would cause the speakers and several other bits and bobs such as a webcam, to vibrate uncontrollably around the desk. And that is only half of what they are capable of. Also, much to my surprise, the sound quality at such a volume wasn’t bad at all.
Overall, I am extremely impressed and happy with my new Altec Lansing VS2620 Desktop Speakers. They provide a great sound quality and I continue to be impressed by the brand. So much so I am about to order a pair of their earphones since my standard Apple ones packed in last week.