Getting a good sounding entry level 2.1 PC speakers system is quite challenging with so many known and unknown brands available in the market. Among them, the Altec Lansing VS2621 is one good looking budget 2.1 PC speaker set, it has been in the market for quite a while now and today, let's take this set for a ride and listen to them while they sing their heart out.
The Altec Lansing VS2621 is a 2.1 speaker system that works with a PC, MP3 player and any audio device with a 3.5 mm stereo-out. The speaker has a clean yet stylish design. Each compact trapezoidal satellite speaker has a single 2-inch full-range driver that pumps out 7.5 watts (RMS) of power. The subwoofer has a side-firing 4-inch driver and it has a rated power output of 13 watts. The system total output is 28 watts RMS which is just enough for office use or a small size room. The speaker has a rated Sound Pressure Level of 93dB and the frequency response is rated at 45Hz to 18 kHz which also means that the speaker won'ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt give you those earth-shaking effects. Signal to Noise ratio is rated at average >65dB.
Build quality of the speaker is average with the satellites being made of glossy plastic with the front having metallic-color plastic grille. The satellites face slightly upward while placed on the desk, this helps the sound to project more towards the listener (sitting in front of it). The subwoofer has wooden enclosure which feels more solid than the plastic satellite speakers. It has a side-firing driver which remains unprotected without any sort of cloth or grille. The air-vent/port is located conveniently at the front but the side-firing speaker makes placement a little critical and care needs to be taken as you could easily kick the driver while it resides under the desk. The cables are of average quality but the build quality of the speaker in general is satisfactory for an entry-level product.
The right channel speaker has controls for volume and tone, an orange LED indicator and an aux-in to connect external audio source to the speaker. The two satellites are connected by a fixed cable of around 5 feet long and the right satellite has two other cables attached to its base - one to the sub and the other to a PC/audio source. In terms of connectivity, the speaker offers two audio inputs (one via aux-in and the other via 3.5mm stereo plug) but there is no headphones-out. The system also does not offer remote controls which is justifiable for an entry-level set. The back of the subwoofer has a power switch which is a bit inconvenient and you won'ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt find dedicated bass level control either on this system.