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Altec Lansing FX5051
4.6 out of 10

Altec Lansing FX5051

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Overall 10


Connor F., Newegg
7 November 2008
  • Summary: Great set of speakers. you cannot go wrong with these especially for the price! Altec Lansing is on the top of my audio quality list next to Bose and i love them! if you have the money buy these right now (if you can stand a slight not to loud buzzing noise) and let the music flow out of these!
  • Pros: This speaker set is amazing. i have owned these speakers for a while now and love them. the first time i owned altec lansing audio device was with my headset which i cannot find any more ( i broke the first pair and didn't even know it was altec until i looked at the side... but i got another pai...
  • Cons: the hissing gets a little annoying sometimes... it doesnt bother me when i have my computer on because of the fan in my computer has made it possible for me to ignore the hissing/buzzing noise. the only time it really gets me angry is when i am laying in my bed and i forget to turn them off and t...
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Overall 4

Don't buy them. Period.

Ashwin P., Newegg
19 August 2008
  • Summary: I've had these speakers for 1 year now, and they have recently started to produce crackling noises, the cause of which probably lies with the USB audio synthesizer, but this durability flaw is the least of its problems.
  • Pros: My primary use for speaker systems is listening to music, and let me tell you -- if you absolutely must have a surround sound system in this price range, check out the Logitech Z5500/Z5300 series, I've experienced those for a year and they are much more powerful and crisp, and don't suffer from t...
  • Cons: Another major annoyance with this system is the constant, audible hiss that all speakers produce. As long as the system is on (even with the volume at 0), the hiss will be noticeable and may drive you crazy if your brain doesn't like ignoring constant ambient irritation. If you want to go to slee...
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Overall 8

Great USB Speakers

Andrew S., Newegg
6 August 2008
  • Summary: These speakers DO support XP, but be warned: Being USB speakers, these do not touch your sound card whatsoever. USB audio devices are treated in Windows as separate sound devices, almost as if it was a second sound card.
  • Pros: Great USB Speakers. Pretty much plug and play.
  • Cons: The option to use an analog input from a sound card would be a nice feature for those who are not interested in USB.
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Overall 10

Great stuff

Brandon W., Newegg
28 March 2008
  • Summary: For the amount of money I spent, I got a good speaker system. While expensive, it's worth the buy. Altec Lansing has typically been the better end of things when it comes to computer-related sound, and that's apparent with this setup.
  • Pros: Very sleek design overall. I've heard of a few others having issues with USB compatibility, but mine plugged in and ran right off the bat. Simple to install, and pretty straightforward with adjustments. Very powerful bottom-end, and the satellites deliver far more sound than I expected.
  • Cons: The remote is far too small, and needs more functional controls than just volume, Bass/Treble, and Front/Center/Rear. The main desktop control is also very simple (in fact, the remote has more controls than the control does), and powering the unit on and off has been sketchy at times. When turned...
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Overall 8

thay work with my xp

maureen g., Newegg
21 September 2007
  • Pros: set up was a snap. and thay do what i thought thay would. and thay work with my xp
  • Cons: nada
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Overall 2

Don't buy these!

Steven M., Newegg
16 August 2007
  • Summary: Don't buy these!!!
  • Pros: None, they don't work.
  • Cons: They don't work! The USB interface does not work with XP. The sound controller does not work. Does not work with my Soundblaster Audiology 2 card. Tech support said, "Duh, I've never heard of that problem before."
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Overall 10

POWERed Audio

Seth K., Newegg
4 June 2007
  • Summary: I think that with a little creative problem solving and some audio extension cables this system is more than worth it. Sure you could pay twice as much for a slightly higher quality but for the money you cannot go wrong here.
  • Pros: This is my second set of Altec Lansing speakers and I couldn't be happier. Sound quality is superb as far as I am concerned.
  • Cons: Another reviewer mentioned heat issues with the sub. I had the same problem until I spaced the sub a few inches from the wall and elevated 3 inches off the carpet (on top of an AC vent) That mitigated the heat issue but I had weird shutdown issues until I plugged it into an outlet on the opposite...
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Overall 8

Not bad

Anonymous, Newegg
24 May 2007
  • Summary: As long as you intend to use it for a small room then these speakers are fine. The bass might leave something to be desired, but hey the price is right. I'm really happy about the aesthetics of the speakers/subwoofer. Bottom line: Great 5.1 set up for the price.
  • Pros: Looks fantastic mounted on the wall. Sounds are clear and crisp. Priced well.
  • Cons: 100 watts short of complete satisfaction.. Rear speaker wires are a bit short. Expect to buy some extension wires for the rear speakers. Remote feels and looks cheap(Dull sheen, cheap plastic feel).
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Overall 8

Good speakers

Alexandr D., Newegg
12 May 2007
  • Summary: Good buy overall if not the overheating problem.
  • Pros: Excellent sound.
  • Cons: Seems like subwoofer is overheating. Underneath screws are so hot you can't touch them for more than a second. As a result, sound stops playing sometimes. Turning speakers off and on helps. Constant hiss, very audible when you first hear it but I got used to it when watching movie or playing game...
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Overall 10

Great Gaming Speakers!

Raymond S., Newegg
15 April 2007
  • Summary: As usual Newegg did a great job in shipping. I got it the next day after I ordered!
  • Pros: The quality of these speakers are amazing! The sound is clear and perfect for the price. I would recommend these speakers to all gamers!
  • Cons: None as of yet...
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