Altec Lansing ATP3 review: Altec Lansing ATP3

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The Good Potent amplifier; tremendous treble; sleek, futuristic design.

The Bad Some distortion at high volume; no headphone jack or separate subwoofer volume control.

The Bottom Line This stunningly designed, power-packed system is a sub-$100 treat with few flaws.

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Sporting a bold design and more raw volume than units costing twice its price, the Altec Lansing ATP3 three-piece speaker system charts a course that few competitively priced products can match. Despite its distaste for ultralow bass frequencies, the sleek, all-black ATP3 is an electronic marvel worthy of its $99.95 price tag. Sporting a bold design and more raw volume than units costing twice its price, the Altec Lansing ATP3 three-piece speaker system charts a course that few competitively priced products can match. Despite its distaste for ultralow bass frequencies, the sleek, all-black ATP3 is an electronic marvel worthy of its $99.95 price tag.

Distinctive design
Standing nearly 10 inches high but with footprints no larger than that of a typical computer mouse, the ATP3's space-efficient desktop satellites make an indelible aesthetic impression even before they pump out their first note. Each unit features two distinct ingredients: a semicircular base that houses a unique downward-firing, 3-inch midrange speaker and a slim minitower with two tiny 28mm drivers. A rotary volume dial, treble and bass controls, an LED power indicator, and an on/off switch are incorporated into one of the satellites, although a headphone jack is conspicuously absent.

Two disappointingly short 6-foot wires connect the satellites to the subwoofer cabinet, which itself is bedecked with enough curves and lines to make its rectangular 14-by-8-inch profile look downright futuristic. One 6.5-inch driver sits inside, as does a seriously punchy 30-watt (RMS) amplifier. Altec Lansing neglected to include a discrete subwoofer volume control or LED, but it has smartly constructed the unit so that its power transformer resides inside the box rather than attached to the AC cord. One more cable connects the system to the sound card's line-out jack.

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Altec Lansing ATP3

Part Number: ATP3

MSRP: $99.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speaker system
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 6 Watt
    15 Watt
  • Nominal Impedance 10 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active subwoofer, passive satellites
  • Crossover Channel Qty 2-way
  • Connectivity Technology wired