Altec Lansing Expressionist Classic FX2020 review: Altec Lansing Expressionist Classic FX2020

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good Distinct design; affordably priced; relatively decent sound at lower to mid volumes.

The Bad Not terribly detailed; sound gets a little rough around the edges at higher volumes.

The Bottom Line Altec Lansing's Expressionist Classic FX2020 PC speakers may not blow you away with their sound quality, but their distinctive look will win them some fans.

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To date, Altec Lansing has two models in its Expressionist line of PC multimedia speakers, each of which boasts a distinct design. The larger Expressionist Bass FX3022 speakers are cone-shaped and have a somewhat retro futuristic look that's reminiscent of the setting of BioShock. The more affordable Expressionist Classic, which is also referred to as the FX2020, has a more arty design with speakers that look like tubes that sit in a square sheet of tinted, translucent plastic. The speakers have 3-inch drivers and are relatively compact, though the "tube" extends back about 5.75 inches, so they have a bit more depth than your typical multimedia speaker. We liked the design, but it is distinct, so not everyone will be smitten.

The power button is located on the back of the right speaker and the volume controls are on top of the same speaker. The buttons are rubberized and easy to access if you're sitting at your computer. Some PC speakers come with a remote, but at this price ($80 list), we weren't expecting one.

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Altec Lansing Expressionist Classic FX2020

Part Number: FX2020 Released: Nov. 18, 2008
MSRP: $79.95 Low Price: $38.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov. 18, 2008
  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speakers
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 7.5 Watt
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
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