Very very bad design. They sound terrible even for $75, that I paid.
Vlad B., Amazon
19 September 2011
Summary: First of all, I want to say that I have been having these speakers for more than a year in past. First, it's the most ridiculous design I have ever seen. Didn't notice that when I was buying unfortunately. Cons: 1) Mid-range speakers are pointed downwards (???). Question: W T F ?
Summary: My cat had recently chewed through my old Altec Lansing ATP3 2.1 system. At first glance, the VS4121 appears to be a more "modern" replacement for my old set (which came out in 2001). I wrongly assumed that the sound quality would be similar.
Was skeptical, but most reviews are true: bass way too loud
Robert G. Williams Jr., Amazon
29 July 2009
Summary: I am a big fan of Altec Lansing and have had a few small speaker systems that I've been more than pleased with from them. This particular set seemed very well desinged and layed out on paper. Once I tried them, the sound was decent but not necessarily what I've come to expect from Altec Lansing.
Summary: I bought these and was very disappointed with everything. There's a low hum from both the speakers and the sub. The sound is very hollow and overly heavy on the bass. I tried different configurations as well as several locations of the sub which only help very slightly.
Summary: I bought this set a long time ago and I am not happy with it. Way too much bass!! even when I put bass low and treble almost max the sound is way to low in frequences. another problem is if you shutdown the bass there is a noise background. a cheap set but not great. I'll not advise you to buy it.
Summary: i love the design, but like other reviewers have stated... there is hardly ANY mid range coming out of these things.. way too much low end (i have my eq lows scooped out and the bass dial on the speaker all the way to the bottom and there is still too much bass coming from the sub) the lack of mids...
Summary: I'm no audiophile, but I expected more from Altec Lansing. My biggest compaint is that there is no midrange. None. I'm really not that picky, but it's just not there at all. There's the loud sub that does tend towards boomy and there's the tinny sats.
Summary: My altec lansing 45.1 died a few weeks ago due to a lightning storm . No biggie I thought, it's lasted me more than 5 yrs after all. So out I go to get another altec lansing based on reviews that I've read.