Summary: I have solder altecs, and there is a huge difference. these are light weight. the lack of quality is evident. the sub weighs about 2 lbs. very weak performance. it took over 30 minutes in tuning to get these to about acceptable sound with a creative blaster Z sound card. you can surely do much better for the same money or less. too lazy to pack them for return.
Summary: I have an older pair of Altec Lansing speakers that I have had for over 6 years that were amazing. I wanted to upgrade my speakers to new Altec Lansing speakers and had high hopes they would be just as good. When I plugged them in there was tons of static and load crackling sound, you could barely turn the speakers up, so I ended up returning them for a full refund. I’m not sure if I recommend them to anyone.
Summary: These speakers are extremely choppy at any volume a little bit over halfway. You can't use the speakers to anywhere close to their decibel range, and the sub is absolutely useless if you can't get the volume up without the sound cutting out at any reasonable bass level. Not to mention the plug is a foreign plug and you need an adapter to use it in the US.
Summary: As other reviewers have stated, the exposed speakers make me very nervous. I'm sure someone will accidentally kick through the subwoofer speaker. Overall the sound is decent but not great for the price. The subwoofer buzzes occasionally. Also, mine broke after less than two months. There is a very loud constant humming noise coming from the subwoofer (louder than I'd normally set the speakers, so it's unusable). I'm guessing there's a bad connection.
Summary: I love Altec speakers. But these are a dissapointment. I have a set of the Altec ATP3s that blow these away. They seem to lack the power of the ATP3s even though they have 1 watt more power 28w to 27w. The bass is loose and muffled in the sub while the midrange speakers deliver decent sound. Overall they are just ok, and should have done more research. I would have rather purchased another set of the ATP3s. Save your money and make a different choice.
Summary: I absolutely loved my Altec Lansing ACS-45.2 speakers which I had used almost daily since the late 90's, but they finally died. Altec Lansing recommended this model as the replacement. Sadly the build quality and sounds produced is nothing compared to the ACS45.2 The bass is weak and lifeless compared to the ACS-45 which would make the room rumble. The mids and highs quickly distort as you increase the volume.
Summary: I have purchased many of these units before, Altec Lansing has never let me down, until now. This unit has lots of feedback in the standby mode, (when it's idle and on). If it wasn't for the shipping cost I would have sent it back the second week. However the sound signals are pretty good for the price I paid.