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'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.
Summary: I picked these speakers up because the price was right and they sounded great in the store. But I get them home to my quiet house and lo and behold the subwoofer constantly hums. I'm not an audiophile and therefore not overly particular about sound... other than this annoying hum from the subwoofer.
Summary: I've had (and loved) Altec's ATP-3s for years, but after thousands of hours I think a tweeter has gone south. So naturally, I turned to these -- the successor to the ATPs. But compared to the ATPs, the vs4121s are like a bull in a China shop. 1. The bass is overpowering and muddy.