by April 10, 2002 0 comments

This is a 32 W RMS, 2.1 speaker system–one sub-woofer and two satellites. The satellites are rated at 6 W RMS each and the 8” sub-woofer driver is rated at 20 W RMS. The sub-woofer box has a sturdy build and there is no sign of internal vibrations even at high bass. The satellite speakers are tiny, but pack a lot of control over the high notes in frequency. 

The sub-woofer gives no sign of internal vibration even at high bass

LABTEC PULSE-424
Price: Rs 4,899 (one-year warranty)
Features: One subwoofer, two satellites, total 32 W RMS power
Pros: Good sound quality throughout the frequency spectrum
Cons: High price
Contact: Aditya Infotech, Delhi. Tel: 011-6816986-90 
E-mail: navinder_chauhan@adityagroup.com

The power cable connects to the sub-woofer box and the adaptor is built inside the casing itself. A thick cable runs from a connector (looks suspiciously like a PS/2 port) on the box’s rear panel and runs to the right satellite speaker. This is a big advantage as it does reduce cable clutter. A woofer volume control knob is also at the back. The right speaker also connects to the sound card (or any other source) with a normal stereo connector pin. The hard-wired cable between the satellites is around 5 feet long. Though this does give you enough separation for a desktop, some enthusiasts might prefer to have a pin-and-socket type arrangement here for optional cable extension. The right satellite has a volume control knob, a power button and a headphone jack. 

Be it games, music or movies, these speakers are a clear winner when it comes to performance. All high-hats were crystal clear, the deep rumbles came strong and the beats punchy. The sub-woofer was able to reproduce a distinctive note of even 20 Hz. The sub-woofer works solo till around 120-130 Hz after which the satellites also start kicking in. The system could accurately go up to as high as 18 kHz and even at high volumes we could not detect any trace of distortion in sound clarity.

The Bottom Line One drawback here is the expensive price tag of Rs 4,899. For a 2.1 speaker system, this is costly, considering that other reputed brands offer similar configurations at almost half the price.

Ashish Sharma at PCQ Labs

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