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5.0 out of 5 stars Good "Standard" fidelity, 14 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: Acoustic Energy AEGO M 2.1 active speaker system White (Accessory)
This speaker set up is perfect for MP3 playback, and CDs really shine through them.
Out of the box, the satellite speakers are heavy and suggest quality components as opposed to the more plasticky offerings at this price range, though this is mostly due to their metal casing. The Sub is compact enough to sit on the floor out of sight , or even up on a shelf. All in all, an attractive, minimalist look. Set up is as easy as plugging cables into the right places. They should be given a while to run in, to warm up.
The best way to describe the sound quality is to say that it's possible to get a clear, crisp sound that's more than capable of filling an average sized room. There's lots going on here, and you could spend a lot of time setting your ipod's EQ, along with adjusting the 3 bass levels (1,2, and, er,3) on the back of the AEGO, but the simple fact is that it sounds it's best when it is neutral. If you want towers of bass, it's there, but it can have a tendancy to muddy the rest of the mid-range if set to it's highest setting. I imagine this would be an advantage to gamers, but for music the effect can be too boomy.
Once set up, the speakers really sing. The 5 metre cable that is supplied ensures that a wide soundstage can be achieved. It's notable that these speakers are balanced well enough to finally make your ipod sound atmospheric and closer to a CD than you thought it could! Simon and Garfunkle's Bridge over Troubled Water is spacious, the vocals lush, and the strings are set free. Classical music is dynamic and well defined. Massive Attack's Mezzanine (A true dynamic range tester!) is thick and punchy. The flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics sounds almost Live!
Though not an audiophile option, these speakers are more than enough for most people. Bass is strong, and trebles are bright. If anything, these speakers can be seen as a low budget Hi-Fi replacement without ever looking back. Sure, it's not audiophile quality, but then it's not audiophile prices, and it takes up a fraction of the room too.
Compared to other speaker packages, the AEGO Ms have a lot going for them, - it really depends what they are going to be used for. As an iPod Hi-Fi, which is what I use it for, they easily compete with Bose's SoundDock (or more relevantly Bose's Companion Speakers) Also this is less than half the price.
My 5 stars are to reflect Sound quality and Value for Money, and I really don't think there is a better buy as of Feb 2008. Recommended.
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