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To call these speakers overrated would be a major understatement
on 30 December 2011
I bought a pair of these for about twenty-five pounds not long ago. They were delivered promptly but one arrived with its tweeter broken off and rattling around the cabinet. 'Not a problem' I thought, I'll just open the speaker up and glue it back on...
Long story short every reference to '50w RMS' is a pack of absolute lies.
The main driver (speaker) was rated at 8Ohms, 15(!) watts and the pitiful tweeter was rated at 4Ohms, 2(!) watts. Both of these ratings were taken from the paper labels on the magnets of each driver for those in doubt.
I strongly doubt these would survive being given 50 watts each for longer than about 6 seconds or so!
For twenty-five British pounds you can't complain (much) but this really stretches this point to the limit. All over the box and indeed on the back of the speaker it claims 50 watts RMS.
In fairness, the speakers (when combined with my existing high-quality setup) add a nice high frequency boost making my system produce more crisp and bright music.
Overall, if you are aware of these limitations and have a small low-powered application in mind (eg driving them with a small chip amplifier - think TDA2025B which outputs about 2 watts per channel) then these are perfect. Otherwise, save up a bit more money and go for something not from this company. Expect to spend about two to three times as much but it *will* be worth every penny!
Quick update: upon further listening it seems these are actually quite dull sounding - the crossover frequency is *stupidly* high - probably as the tweeter is only rated for 2 watts.