Summary: I liked the idea of the volume thing being on the desk and not mounted on the speaker. The speakers sit a ways away and I thought this was a great idea. BUT... when my computer is booting up these speakers give horrible feedback. Even with volume all the way down. The sound is hollow and the bass is extremely boomy and over powering. Sub volume down to minimum its still very over done. These are junk. I wish I had just stuck with the speakers built into the monitor.
Summary: Sounds good for the price. However, I cannot seem to find the right position to eliminate the frequency hiss/humm/distorsion sound. I am extremely disappointed since the cabinet, sound reproduction may have a great potential if not for the interference. Since I am in Japan, FPO address, this is serious inconvenience to return, I'll just have to try and hoping this will work better in my garage when I return to US.
Summary: Good speakers with very good sound. Just like the other reviews, I too experience the interference with anything electronic in any room. It is not just cell phones, which are the worst, but cordless phones, radios, and the TV screen when I use it as a monitor rather than a TV. It picks up interference from the router and switch on the other side of the wall, also.
Sounds good for the price, but RF static interference is awful
D. Jonez, Amazon
19 May 2009
Summary: I'm happy with these speakers when they're not picking up static / interference from my cell phone or laptop. The static issue is so bad that I'm going to have to give up on them. Adding RF chokes to the cables made no difference. If you'll using these speakers to listen to an iPod at a Quaker village then you'll be satisfied, otherwise keep hunting.
Summary: These speakers cause quite a bit of interference with my cell phone. I did not have this problem with my old speakers. There is very loud interference when the phone is connecting, like during a call or just before a text message. And there is occasional interference when the phone is sitting on my desk. I could not recommend these speakers to any who plans on using a cell phone near their desk. which is pretty much everyone right?
Summary: The sound is not bad. A little weak in highs. But from the first day this speaker set would randomly buzz. Nothing to do with signal or being overdriven, just an annoying buzz that occur every couple of minutes. Either picking up radio interference as others suggest or something failing in the amplifier section. Returned for a refund.
Summary: I get a lot of hissing from my speakers. I thought it was just a bad item so I returned them for a second set. The secon set did the same thing! It seem's to me to be the speakers. No good luck here. Hiss and crackle.
Summary: Cellphones often interfere with speakers producing a very distinctive sequence of buzzing sounds. These speakers seem to amplify this intereference to ear-piercing levels. If I watch a movie I must turn my cell off completely. I can tell when my roommate two doors down is about to receive a call. Worthless. If you don't have a cellphone or live in the same neighborhood as someone who does, then these aren't bad at all for the money. Otherwise give them a pass.
Summary: The speakers sound great with rich bass. However they suffer from radio interference. In my case I can hear a radio station no matter what volume I set them to. I tried them in several places in the house, same issue. Aluminum foil on the cord that connects the control to the subwoofer seems to help a little. Cellphone in vicinity drives these speakers crazy. Needless to say, my other Altec Lansing speaker pair (6 years old) work just fine.
Altec Lansing VS2421: Cheaply manufactured basic speaker set
22 March 2009
Summary: Modern speaker technology has definitely made strides and if you can find the right product you can get a lot for very little. That is what I thought I was getting when I purchased the Altec Lansing VS2421 speaker set about two years ago. I rushed home and installed the system, expecting great sound. Well, I got sound, and some of it was great. The bass is pretty good and it doesn't rattle when you turn it right up.