Sharkoon Audics 5.1 speaker set
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 30.12.2005 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Upon opening the box the first thing you are greeted with is the manual, remote and the centre speaker. Underneath the manual there was 4 stand mounts for the satellites, if we lift this section of the packaging up we can see what is underneath.
Once the top section is lifted out you can see the other four satellites and the main subwoofer. The first thing that surprised me is the satellites as these were thin, like the Altec speakers we looked at a while back. Let’s get the kit out and take a proper look.
So what do we have? Well included in the kit was the Manual, 4 stands, the 5 satellites, the Subwoofer, a remote and of course all the cables needed for connection. Everything was in good condition and nicely designed. First let’s take a look at the satellites.
I really liked the design of the satellites, with there stretched long and thin look, this is also a bonus for me as the space on my desk is pretty limited. Sharkoon have chosen a design of speaker that although plastic based looks sophisticated and stylish, even the speaker cones are shiny and mirror like.
As you can see the speaker cones were mirror like as I said, my only feat is the sound they reproduce and whether it will be ok for those audio purists out there. To attach the stands to the speakers is easy, here let me show you.
At the rear of the speaker is a mounting clip (left) all you have to do is simply slide the stand into it. If you notice on the picture to the right the stand has a small hole, this is where you push something through if you want to remove the stand. Moving on to the centre speaker we can see it has a different design to the other satellites and uses slightly bigger speakers.
The centre speaker as you can see is a completely different shape and looks nice, this is made to either sit in front of the monitor or on it depending on your setup. I have been weary of centre speakers for a while now and have not found one that doesn’t interfere with my iiyama monitor yet. So we will have to wait to see if it does, Moving on lets get the subwoofer out and take a better look.
The sub itself is well designed and has all the controls found on the remote accessible on the front. Also you may notice the front has a VFD display to let you know what volume and what level each speaker is at.
As you can see the VFD is a pretty well laid out and the functions and uses it shows, from all the speaker levels to the master level and whether its in stereo or Dolby digital. If we move round to the rear we can see what connections are on offer
The good thing about this kit that is the inputs are in RCA format so if you wanted to you could use this kit with a non pc layout, but were here to review this on a pc so without further hesitation lets get this speaker kit setup and see what it sounds like in audio reproduction against a Creative Gigaworks 7.1 kit with only 5 satellites used and set up in 5.1 mode.
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