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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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    Installation:

    Time to install this puppy. Shown above is the entire 5100 package except the Quick Connect Card, the subwoofer (below), and the front and rear speaker connector cables (used to connect the subwoofer to the sound card). First, let's take a look at the Quick Connect Card created by Altec to help aid in the installation.

    The card isn't the easiest thing to follow, but it gets the point across (card size not to scale). In section 5B it shows how you can hook up external devices, such as your walkman or PlayStation 2, to the subwoofer using the auxiliary input jack. Speaking of woofers, let's look at the 23 watt subwoofer.

    Here we see the front of the 12" tall front-firing, long-throw dual woofers. On the top of the subwoofer you see the Altec Lansing holographic logo. This is also found on all 5 of the satellites, which are addressed below. The back of the subwoofer is well laid out and greatly aids in the installation of the speaker system for even novice users. Each input jack is color coded to show where the matching colored cord is supposed to go. Installing the system is as simple as matching like colors together. Also found on the top of the subwoofer is a sticker that reads "Subwoofer frequencies are non-directional. Therefore the subwoofer does not need to be placed in a particular relationship to the satellite speakers."


    The satellite speakers are very sexy. Each has two full-range 1" neodymium micro drivers with aluminum cones. These drivers are small and help aid in the professional look of the 5100 system. Once again, as shown above, the Altec Lansing holographic logo is on all 5 of the satellites. I'd like to note that the hologram looks much better in person since my camera could not capture the effect of the hologram in a picture. All five of the satellites look exactly the same, so how are you supposed to know which one goes where? Simply look on the back.

    Each speaker is labeled clearly as to where it belongs in the speaker arrangement. As I said before, the speakers' input cords have color coded ends so you know exactly where to plug them in on the subwoofer. Now if you're like me, you don't look at your speakers while watching a movie or playing a game. All you care about is whether or not these speakers are going to make your nerves rattle when something scary suddenly jumps out at you in your favorite scary DVD. Time to check out the 5100's performance.


    Performance Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction
    2. Features
    3. Installation
    4. Performance
    5. Conclusions

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