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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [03.31.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Telex

MSRP: $199.99

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On the side of the same speaker is a headphone jack but Telex takes things one step further and includes a microphone input and a auxillary input, which pass through the satellite and is hooked to your sound card's microphone input via an included cable.

I Hope Your Floor Is Sturdy...

While the satellites are already an impressive size, the matching subwoofer is a behemoth.  At about 35cm in height with a footprint of about a 25cm square, it will certainly require quite a bit of space under your desk.  Its 6" long throw driver rumbles with 125 watts of power (60 watts RMS) and covers the low end of the set's 45Hz to 20KHz range.


In addition to the volume knob on the back of the subwoofer, you'll find RCA inputs for each channel and outputs for the left and right satellites.  Because volume is controlled by the satellites, a control cable is needed to run that to the subwoofer.  This cable doubles as a power source for the satellites.


It's Not The Length That Counts...

Well, actually it is.  Speaking of cables, the SonicXS comes with the shortest speaker wires ever.  At about 5 feet, they're a tad short for most people.  I happened to have some RCA male-to-female extensions on hand so it wasn't much of a problem for me but you shouldn't have to spend an extra $10 on top of the set's $199MSRP.


The SonicXS 2.1's aren't much to look at compared to some of the more stylishly designed speakers on the market like Altec Lansing's 5100 set which we recently reviewed.  These probably aren't the speakers you would want to match up with your tricked out, windowed, cold cathoded rig if you're worried about that.

However for a lot of people the hardcore concert speaker look will have some great appeal (particularly music buffs).  The thing is, they will DEFINITELY stand out in any room, and will dwarf pretty much every other component of your PC.  I can see this set looking really good with some rigs, and totally ugly with others.

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