Summary: I bought a set of these to replace my Klipsch Promedia 2.0 speakers which started cutting out on me after a year (seems like a common problem with those speakers). These MX5020 speakers are also designed as high quality 2.0 speakers for those who don't want to run a sub to avoid wire clutter and don't care about the extra bass (most if not all of those 2.1 setups don't sound very good anyway with boomy bass and nonexistant mids).
Summary: I bought MX5020 wanting to be able to listen to the music form portable CD out of my stereo system. I must admit that i do care about the sound quality, so my expectations were not high, however after reading several reviews i decided on Altecs MX5020. Turning them on was a surprise: plenty of sound with quite apealing tone. Suspicious i took them home to compare with real sound from stereo. The moment of truth was somehow sad.
Good if you're on a rally tight budget or space-constrained, otherwise consider the MX5021 3-piece instead
Simon Worboys, Amazon
28 March 2006
Summary: Purchased MX5020 & MX5021WHT systems at the same time, planning to deploy the '021 in our family room and the '020 in the office. Prior to installion I ran both in our great room using a Roku M500 source and performed back-to-back listening tests. The '021 can truly fill the room with a very good sound (and at significant volume) and is a great deal for the money, whereas the '020, being slightly less bass-able and with a rather confined stereo image, rates as...
Summary: I was hoping these would be a replacement for my beloved 10-year-old Altec-Lansing ACS40's. Unfortunately, Altec seems to have engineered the MX5020 to satisfy the hip-hopists' craving for bass, bass, and more bass, at the cost of the remainder of the sonic spectrum. These speakers have very little mid-range response and the treble is somewhat harsh and edgy. Acoustic instruments sound terrible (except for acoustic bass, which is ear-splitting), and vocals are thin.