by August 21, 2002 0 comments



This set of 5.1 speakers from Mercury have a wattage rating of 5800 W PMPO, with RMS power of 25 W per channel for the satellites and 50 W for the sub-woofer. The satellites have been designed such that in one satellite, you have one speaker sitting on the top of the other one, and it can be rotated out to send sound in a different direction. The subwoofer is around one foot high and has a power control button along with the connecting sockets and roller controls for front, center and rear volumes of satellites and the subwoofer bass as well. The set that we received did not have any installation manual and loads of cables, connectors and stands. A basic wiring diagram is printed on the box itself. The cables for all the satellites are long enough to give you a proper listening experience. Before purchasing these, make sure you have a sound card that supports a 5.1 configuration (5 satellite speakers plus one sub woofer).

The
speakers have a good frequency response ranging from 35 Hz to 18.6 KHz 

Snapshot
MERCURY HT 5800 SPEAKERS
Price:
Rs 6325 (one year warranty)
Meant for: 
Home
Feature:
5800 W PMPO wattage, Magnetically shielded
Pros:
Good sound reproduction
Cons:
Flimsy stands for wallmounting
Contact:
Kobian India. Bangalore.
Tel: 
080-5566636/24/26.
E-mail:
rohit@kobian. com

The speakers have a good frequency response ranging from 35 Hz to 18.5 KHz. This response accounts for the good treble and bass generated by the speakers. The sound quality is good, though there is a slight splitting in the sound when the volume is maximized. The bass is good at low and medium 

volumes, but, the subwoofer starts blurting out, which gives an effect of improper balance of sound and the bass generated by the speakers. Of course, this effect varies with song and song quality as well. All the speakers are magnetically shielded, which means that you don’t face distortions due to any source of magnetic radiations like the monitor or your cell phone. The speakers are compatible with AC-3, DTS and THX standards as well. The satellites can be wall-mounted using the accompanying stands, but it was a cumbersome procedure trying to figure out the exact manner in which to connect the stands, so that you don’t get speakers falling off the walls. And with the satellites being heavy, the stands appear to be flimsy in comparison. You will have to use very good long screws (not provided) to ensure that they stay in place on the wall.

The Bottom Line. Overall, an average speaker system for the price it comes for.

Ankur Saxena at PCQ Labs

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