Conclusion: The Altec Lansing 5100 speakers are a great system to enter 5.1-channel audio. It provides very good sound quality, construction, and theater-like cinema sound. The bass was also very good. I did however feel that they were a little cheaper than the 2100’s for some reason, possible because of smaller drivers. The highs were better than the 2100’s. Mostly because of the added power, highs are crisp and lows are good.
Pros: Very good sound, Remote is better, Memory function, More power
Cons: Subwoofer has smaller drivers than the 2100’s, Price may be steep for some, Plastic look at sub grill, Some issues with satellites distorting
Excerpt: Multichannel sound doesn't have to cost a bundle. The stylish Altec Lansing 5100 5.1-channel speaker system consists of five satellites (each with a pair of 1.1-inch neodymium drivers), two 4-inch woofers, a tethered remote, and 50 watts RMS of power. At high output levels, the 5100 suffers from buzzes, rattles, and compressed dynamics. But at moderate volumes, it produces smooth, uncolored sound from 45 Hz to beyond 16 kHz.
Excerpt: Altec Lansing is a force to be reckoned with when talking about
sound production. The Altec Lansing name was formed when the AllTechnical
Products Company decided to solidify its business and extend its manufacturing
capabilities. The company bought Lansing Manufacturing Company headed by James
B. Lansing and formed Altec Lansing
Corporation on May 1, 1941. Since then, they have become a major contender in the
audio system industry.
Excerpt: Computer speakers of today have come a long way from the basic, tiny, 2 channel, tinny pieces of audio junk that the consumer was stuck with only a couple years ago. Those days are gone, and trust me, they will be gladly forgotten.
Conclusion: Produisant un son de bonne qualité, l’ensemble de haut parleurs à la norme 5.1 d’Altec Lansing ravira les joueurs et les amateurs de DVD. En revanche, le manque de puissance décevra peut-être les mélomanes.