Summary: Altec appears to be concentrating on
the 2.1 market and leaving the surround sound arena to its competitors.
I can see the logic in this as the majority of computer users do not
want to string yards of speaker cable to attach rear speakers, and also
find a place where those rear speakers can sound good! Most offices and
computer rooms do not have this luxury, so most users settle on either
headphones or solid 2.1 systems.
Pros: Appealing design, Solid workmanship, Excellent fit and finish, Aesthetically pleasing, Excellent high end reproduction, Excellent bass for subwoofers size and power, Good sound stage
Cons: Slightly muffled midrange, Fairly low power, Inability to remove grills, Not as “room filling” as hoped
Conclusion: I think Altec Lansing says it best when one of their movies on the web page were saying that it’s not about the amounts of watts but it is about how the sound changes your room. And the Altec Lansing VS4121’s do just that. There is no doubt that the Altec Lansing VS4121’s are the best 2.1 speakers I have ever tested and even blazes by the 5100’s in sound quality. What a year makes. The sound quality is as I have said it, excellent, rich, and lively.
Conclusion: So if you are interested in a small, but powerful speaker system, and you don’t have the budget for a huge system then this is where it’s at. Small satellites, a headphone jack on the satellite, a hidden sub, and good looking design, make this a sweet system.
Excerpt: Today I will be reviewing Altec Lansing's recently released VS4121 computer speaker system. With full three way sound, excellent aesthetics and a decent price tag, you might want to stick around if you are in the market for a new stereo speaker system.