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    Altec Lansing 5100 5.1 Speaker System Review
    Author: Jakester
    Date Posted: August 28th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: To get the most from any gaming experience you need a decent sound system, we reviewed the futuristic looking Altec Lansing 5100 Speaker System, it was crisp and even, how did it cope when we put it to the test, read on to find out in our official review....

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    Deep Bass Subwoofer - Low frequency bass from ported, front-firing, long-throw dual woofers in a wooden cabinet.
    6-Speaker Surround - Connects to 3D positional sound cards for surround sound.
    Small look Big sound - Two full-range 1" neodymium micro drivers with aluminum cones to aid in sound production.
    Fully Functional Digital Controller - Wired controller allows easy access and full control over the system.
    Auxiliary Input Jack - Connect two different sources simultaneously.
    Tri-Mode Selector - Found on the wired controller- used to change settings to any one of the three sound modes: 5.1 Theater Sound, 4.1 Gaming Sound, or Stereo X2.
    Cast Alloy Stands - Look sharp and add to the satellites' stability.
    Shielded Satellites - For use near video monitors.


  • Front Speakers: 7 Watts/Channel @ 4 ohms @10% THD @ 100-22000 Hz 2 Channels Loaded
  • Rear Speakers: 7 Watts/Channel @ 4 ohms @ 10% THD @ 100 - 22000 Hz 2 Channels Loaded
  • Subwoofer: 23 Watts @ 4 ohms @ 10% THD @ 30 - 85 Hz Single Channel Loaded

    32 Hz - 20 kHz (-10dB)

    >70 dB

    Two 1" neodymium micro drivers

    2.25" (W) x 2.5" (D) x 7.3" (H)

    Two 1" neodymium micro drivers

    6.4" (W) x 1.9" (D) x 2.6" (H)

    Two 4" long-throw woofers

    6.5" (W) x 13.5" (D) x 12.0" (H)

    The 5100's have many features, but notably, deliver only 73 watts for $179USD. In comparison, the Logitech® Z-640 5.1 configuration speakers have 70 watts for just $79.95USD. That is a $100USD difference in price for around the same amount of power. So why is there such a huge price difference? Because the 5100's are superior to the Z640's; the Z640's support only 5.1 surround sound, while the 5100's can convert from being a home theater in 5.1 sound to a game system in 4.1 sound to a music playing system in its Stereo X2 mode.

    The package includes a wired remote that plugs into the back of the subwoofer. The remote has quick access for volume, bass, and treble control. It also has the "Mode" button on it which obviously shuffles through the Stereo X2, 4.1 gaming, 5.1 Theater sound modes.

    Aside from the technical details, the 5100's look extremely sharp as you will see in the next section of the review.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Features
    3. Installation
    4. Performance
    5. Conclusions

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