Audio vendor Altec Lansing on Thursday announced the company's new "value" line of computer speakers, ranging in price from $20 to $50. The least-expensive model, the $20 BXR1220, is a pair of small, satellite-style speakers that connects to your computer via USB for both audio and power. The speakers are magnetically shielded, finished with titanium-metallic accents, and feature a volume ring for easy volume adjustments. The $30 BXR1221 mates the BXR1220's satellites with a small (4-inch-driver) subwoofer, but requires wall-outlet power.
(Image Caption: New Altec Lansing speakers, clockwise from upper left: BXR1220, BXR1221, VS2621, VS2620)
The new two-piece VS2620, also priced at $30, features a trapezoidal-tower design that includes, in each speaker, a 3-inch active speaker and a matching 3-inch passive driver. The system includes two input jacks--one in back for your computer and another in the front for a second audio source--and includes power, volume, and tone controls.
The top of the value line is the $50 VS2621, a three-piece system with a 4-inch driver in the "subwoofer" and a 2-inch driver in each satellite; the subwoofer's compact size--just 4.9 inches wide--lets it fit in tight spaces. Like the VS2620, the VS2621 includes two audio inputs, as well as volume and tone controls on the right-hand satellite. Altec Lansing claims the VS2621 offers outstanding audio quality and volume levels for the price.
The two BX systems are available now; the VS models will be available in late May.
This story, "Altec Lansing Intros Budget Speaker Line" was originally published by Macworld.