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Altec Lansing VS3251 5.1 Surround Sound System

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #11 in Speakers


Pros: 5.1, overall solid output not noticing any cracking sound when volume is turned way up, black colour, durable.

Cons: Confused as to why movie voice only output from centre speaker for some multi audio channel movies.

I have been using this Altec Lansing 5.1 system that I bought from FutureShop.ca for ~$60 CAD quite some years ago when I was still using my socket 478 Celeron D 340 "Blue Kryptonite Tower".


The onboard audio from Mach Speed mobo wasn't that good... so I didn't enjoy the speakers as much back then.


The outlook of the speakers is cool in black with open end wiring to the subwoofer resembling HiFi sound systems, but didn't seem to give you a high end professional feel because of the plastic exterior. Oh well they sound great to me anyways (even from the other end of the house...)


Also, I've accidentally knocked the centre speaker off the table and straight down to the floor or on the subwoofer for more than 5 times... and it still works without a problem! tongue.gif


The physical setup wasn't difficult, but I did find "STER/SURR" and "5.1 IN" buttons on the remote a little bit confusing. Like what's the purpose of having these button there when I basically setup how audio output should be in Windows already...???


Audio sounded different but odd when I press the "STER/SURR" button compared to when I press "5.1 IN" button.


I will still keep this as a backup if I decide to get a new sound system of the mainstream like 7.1 in future.


One other problem I have with audio is that for some movies with different types of multi channel audio, the voice of the dialogues seem to only come from the centre speaker... Is this normal or is this the way how movie voice dialogues of some movies should be?

Altec Lansing VS3251 5.1 Surround Sound System

Versatile surround sound system with subwoofer for PC or DVD player Sure, its compact satellites and gnarly subwoofer are good-looking. But listen to the VS3251, and you’ll forget about looks. This system rocks! You can get awesome 6-channel surround sound from a PC or game console.* But you can also plug in your iPod or DVD player and get 70 watts of full-bodied, hard-charging stereo. And it includes a wireless remote. This is a romping good deal! Crystal-clear Sound Thrusts you into the movie and gaming experience! Powerful Bass Feel shakes and quakes from the front-firing, long-throw subwoofer housed in a ported, wooden cabinet. Full-featured Wireless Remote Sit back and enjoy the experience! Includes controls for stand-by, volume levels, stereo/surround modes, and toggle switch for your MP3 player and PC.** Dual-Mode System Each listening mode is specially engineered to provide outstanding performance. - Gamers and movie enthusiasts: Use the Surround mode with your PC’s 6-channel sound card, or even your gaming console or DVD player*, to thrill your senses with the vivid, panoramic experience of surround sound. - Music lovers: Switch to the Stereo mode to experience what great stereo sound is all about. Wall-mountable speakers Features removable stands for a convenient and flexible installation. Distinctive Styling Looks great next to your flat panel monitor or anywhere in your home. Headphone Jack For private listening. Secondary input jack Connect two different audio sources – your MP3 or CD player – at the same time. Shielded Satellites For use near video monitors.

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