Why the Lower East Side?
Well, the marketers behind the new speakers were inspired by the neighborhood's gritty "tenement-lined streets that have been home to immigrants from nearly every country since the neighborhood's inception" and rich musical history that included such "hallowed venues" as CBGB, ABC No Rio, and Arlene's Grocery. (Today, of course, the neighborhood isn't quite so gritty as it once was, and plays home to young hipsters who are represented in the picture below).
The LES speakers are PC speakers that offer one thing a lot of PC speakers don't: a digital optical audio input (Toslink), which means you can connect them to Apple TV or a game system such as the PS3.
Here are the specs:
- Two 3.5-inch woofers
- Two .75-inch silk dome tweeters
- One 4-inch passive bass radiator
- Digital optical audio input (TOSLINK)
- 3.5 mm line input
- 3.5 mm headphone output
- Easy access volume control
- Automatic standby mode
- Weight 3.5 pounds
- Width: 5 inches / 12.5 cm
- Depth: 6 inches / 15.5 cm
- Height: 9.3 inches / 23.5 cm
- Price: $199
- Availability: fall 2011
Audyssey, which until recently was known more for its behind-the-scenes audio technology in AV receivers and the automotive and theater markets, says it uses "unique audio software technology to solve problems with small speakers, which typically can't produce deep bass, lack clarity and produce poor sound quality at softer listening volumes." The company calls that technology Audyssey Smart Speaker technology, and says its new LES speakers' audio performance "far outpaces other speakers in the price category."
We look forward to testing the LES media speakers in advance of their launch this fall and will let you know just how they sound.