Altec Lansing AVS300 Multimedia review: Altec Lansing AVS300 Multimedia

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Cheap; wide-range satellites; proficient subwoofer; exceptional sound.

The Bad No treble and bass controls or headphone jack; distortion at high listening levels.

The Bottom Line Cost-conscious consumers who prefer good sound to myriad controls and user perks need look no further than the Altec Lansing AVS300.

CNET Editors' Choice Jun '01

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Altec Lansing's AVS300 Multimedia is an extraordinarily adept three-piece speaker system that sounds far bigger and better than its low $39.95 price point implies. Although several conveniences have been nixed to keep the cost down, the AVS300 delivers great sound and ranks as one of the finest budget sets on the market. Altec Lansing's AVS300 Multimedia is an extraordinarily adept three-piece speaker system that sounds far bigger and better than its low $39.95 price point implies. Although several conveniences have been nixed to keep the cost down, the AVS300 delivers great sound and ranks as one of the finest budget sets on the market.

Loud and clear
Whereas most sub-$40, two-piece systems offer no bottom end and most sub-$40, three-piece systems are vastly underpowered, the AVS300 has enough muscle to fill almost any moderately sized computing environment with meaty sound.

In fact, the unit decimates similarly priced systems not equipped with subwoofers, such as the Cambridge SoundWorks GCS300 ($39.95), and it certainly compares favorably with significantly more expensive three-piece units, such as the Boston Acoustics BA735 ($69.95).

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Altec Lansing AVS300 Multimedia

Part Number: AVS-300

MSRP: $39.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speaker system
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 10 Watt
    3.5 Watt
  • Color white
  • Nominal Impedance 10 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired