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Designed for home and project studios, this THX-approved system is fully professional in capabilities yet highly affordable. It includes 4 full-range satellite speakers plus a center channel and long-throw 8" subwoofer. The satellites and center speaker are powered with 53W each while the subwoofer is driven with 185W. Decoding includes Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby ProLogic. Inputs include optical, TRS 1/4", and RCA phono jacks, plus PC mini-jacks for total flexibility. The satellite and center channel speakers are connected with heavy-gauge wire and have adjustable mounting brackets that allow console or wall mounting. The digital decoder includes a full-function remote.
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It's good, but I haven't heard other monitors, so it's hard to compare.
(my english is not very good,sorry) This speakers is ABNORMAL!! For the first time when I use this "small" speakers, in my home, my wife say "WHATS happening with my glasses and windows!!" After that I take speakers and put it in my studio. After days and days testing I must say to Alesis: YES, this is the BEST 5.1 speakers in this price range and much,much more (This is true). Sounds is like BIG and FAT DRAGON! Bas is incredible DEEP (for me, I slow down sub-volume on control unit). Now, I used ProActive for Mixing and Mastering 5.1 because records and complete sounds is really "real" for CD and of course DVD music. Example: IN STUDIO-if you have some critical sounds in your songs/recordings, you hear exactly what you need on home cinema/DVD-theater speakers. That is simply explanation...If you have some peaks, and distorsion sounds from -0.5dB to 0db, you have warm-sounds like clipping and overloading,very short but you can hear this and this is very important when you record voices. In other words, for some negative terms, speakers have small noise, I mean white noise, who lost when you start some sounds or music, etc.And I have some important qustion for Alesis-WHY and really why used licence from Logitech? This speakers is IDENTICALLY like Logitech Z-680. I mean, Logitech have smaller price. For me, this is stupid and notcommercial moves for Alesis. For conclussion, now I have speakers which is cheap and quality. For this price and in any range and any category of quality of THX 5.1 speakers I put ProActive to high-end.
This speaker set is a rebadge of the Logitech Z-680's, which were recently discontinued as the newer Z-5500's have been released.If you don't believe me, look up the specificiations on logitech's web site.The Z-680's have been called "overpriced" at two-hundred seventy dollars, and the Z-5500's can be had for under three hundred.The Z-680's recieved glowing reviews from many computer enthusiasts in their heyday, and are a very good competitor to Klipsch's ProMedia line, especially when considering price. Logitech has also continued to improve across its whole line of speakers.
I've had this system for almost a year.... And I'm very happy with it.. I don't know if you can get a THX certified surround sound system at this price point.. or what the situation is today.. but you couldn't when I picked it up a year ago... In fact it's hard to pick up stereo reference monitors of comparable quality at this price point.One of the reviewers on this site tells the story of the ProActive having too much Bass.. It's true.. but you can turn down the bass and once you have its fine.. Because it's a THX certified its perfect if your mixing for film.. as it meets Mr. Lucas's standards.. Which is a different from mixing for CDs....If your serous about mixing or mastering you should know that no system is perfect.. and your surely not going to reach perfection at this price point.. What you do is you take a CD that you've listened to all your life so you know how it sounds.. and you play it.. and from that your ears will tell you something about what's going on with the speakers.. and when you do your work.. play it in as many different situations as you can to see how it holds up.. And from doing this, from 'learning your speakers' you learn how to work with those speakers.. And it really doesn't matter how good your speakers are, your still going to have to do that.. In fact there's a guy who's famous for the quality of his mastering work.. and he does all his mastering with these crummy radio shack speakers.. and the reason he uses them is because he knows them so well from using them for so many years...That said I'd say these speakers are able to create a very accurate sound and you hear an awful lot of detail... I'm very happy with them..
These speakers are actually built by logitek and designed for a college dorm room ar frat house. These work great as 5.1 monitors for watching DVDs on your computer but are way too inaccurate for monitoring.The biggest problem is that the subwoofer is way way too loud. There is a control for attenuating the sub level but even with the sub all the way down it is too loud. This was tested with both electronic measurements and confirmed by listening to DVDs and music.Overall if you need a cheap 5.1 monitor set up that can do most of the formats then this is your system. If you need critical monitors to mix with then forget it.
I got this thing, and it sounds not so good. There is no clarity whatsoever on the high end, but it barely matters, because all you can hear is bass! I tried turning the subwoofer down as low as it will go, and it's all bass. If you mix thinking that this system is reality, when you put your mix on anything else, there will be no bottom end, because you will have undercompenstaed for the bass. Plus, there are only two exact positions for the speakers. Facing up and facing down. If you mount them, you cannot swivel them at all. A disappointment.