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Review: Road Warrior: Altec Lansing XT1 Speakers

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Amazing speakers if you have the room when traveling. Probably not needed for a few days trip - but when you are out of country or city for weeks at a time - they are a requirement.

You can only take crappy laptop speakers for so long. Or cheap hotel TV sound.

So here we go.. Specs followed by a more verbose outpouring.. and a few pics...

SPECS
System Reqs: WinXP or 2000 (didn't have a chance yet to try on 2003 and if you are on ME or 98, you should take this money to upgrade)
Cost: ~$99
Comes with: Two speakers, retractable USB connection, aux cable, other things you won't need.

Case:
~6" wide, ~9" tall, ~1.5" deep
Semi-hard (plastic inside poly)
Dual, full round zipper

Speakers:
1.5 Watts RMS (750 mWatts per channel @ 7.7 ohms @ 10% THD @ 100 Hz - 20 Hz (2 channels loaded) -3dB
Signal to Noise: > 65dB
Size: 1.9" wide, 7.5" tall (but can lay down), 1.3" deep

REVIEW
First, installation = plug them in. And start music. Not hard. I have had occasional issues with some laptops where I had to disable the onboard sound to get them to work without the onboard speakers (just a quick disable in Device Manager...)

I listen to everything from Mendelsohn to Beastie Boys to The Pogues to Ass Ponys to Violent Femmes to Rammstein. And these do great on all counts.

The bass (given the size of the cone) is impressive. The mid is amazing and the high is also amazing if you dial down your treble output a little (else it is a little too much.)

The power/volume controls are on the right side of the main speaker, which is nice if you are lazing in bed and just want to grab something and change the volume without having to get all the way up to deal with a laptop keyboard.

The additional ability to hook up an MP3 player is great. Since it is juicing off the laptop power through the USB port, it won't hit your power much. Thus, if you have build the ultimate play list on your MP3, you are set. I am listening to Cake ("I Bombed Korea Everynight") through my iRiver as I type this. So that options is nice.

The volume on max will get a compaint in a Motel 6 (thin walls) but in better places you can crank it all the way up and enjoy. The sound carries maybe to one other room in a suite - but if you close a door they are hard to make out (this is a GOOD thing.) Sitting right in front of them at max volume is just about right for me... Just glad Beijing Hyatt has thick walls as I type this (Cheap Trick - "Dream Police" on now...)

On a recent trip, I invited some guys from work to my hotel for some poker, and about an hour into it someone mentioned they were surprised even a good hotel had a stereo for use in the rooms. I laughed and pointed in the corner where my iRiver was feeding the XT1s.

I have taken this pair on around 350,000 miles of travel - both in the case and without. I even taped some floppys to the speakers just to check shielding - and the floppies were fine. They still look as new as when I bought them - definate high quality materials (hard plastic, aluminum mesh, etc.)

Now, don't get me wrong.. They have their flaws. The little rubber glue on feet come off easy (no bid deal, they rarely rattle and if they do a folded piece of paper keeps them quiet - or the always versitile hotel washcloth).. I wish bass was a little heavier. Just a little. An if max volume had about 2 more dB I would be much happier - but that is a personal 'I like loud music' thing.

And now a few pics, care of Beijing Hyatt backdrops:

Speakers in case:


Case:


Speakers and Acer laptop:
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Good review.
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is that a solo core or duo core?
great review those speakers look awesome
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where'd u get the speakers from anyway and how much do they retail at aussie outlets
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Not sure about Aussie. They are $99USD in the US. I ordered them from a supplier I use (just a local PC chop.)

And it is a core duo
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