Excerpt: That old adage about children being seen and not heard should be flipped around for speakers: They should be heard, not seen. In an ideal world, anyway. But until the Invisible Speaker becomes reality, a lot of manufacturers have taken to interesting ways of making those plastic chunks that spit out music look as good as they sound – like making them transparent.
Pros: Power to spare, for PC speakers, Chest-thumping bass, crisp treble, Sleek, modern design, Included desktop remote control
Cons: Audible hiss even at moderate volume, Slight lack of presence, Non-standard speaker cables, Enormous subwoofer hard to hide, Awkward desktop controller
Excerpt: Not too long ago we took a look at the Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass speakers. We found them to be pretty good for the price. Now we got our hands on the Expressionist Ultra speakers also by Altec Lansing. Do they live up to their predecessors?
Pros: Crisp and clear bass, Treble speakers with a tweeter for higher frequencies, Good control device
Cons: Unwanted static noise, Excessively large subwoofer, Somewhat expensive ($199.95 on Altec’s website)