Altec Lansing MX5021 review: Altec Lansing MX5021

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Lets you bring Roady or Roady2 XM receivers in from the car; solid sound reproduction; includes a subwoofer; provides line-in support for other audio devices.

The Bad Remote doesn't control the receiver, just the speakers; not a full stereo system (doesn't receive AM or FM signals); speakers take up much more room than standard desktop speakers; there are less expensive ways to hook up a Roady or a Roady2 if you already have speakers.

The Bottom Line Altec Lansing's three-piece speaker system lets you get more mileage from your Roady XM radio.

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With the Roady and the subsequent Roady2 , Delphi introduced two mighty-mite XM radio receivers; they're small, loaded with features, and easy to install in cars--hence the name Roady. With its beefy three-piece MX5021 speaker system, Altec Lansing lets Roady users bring their iPod-size receivers indoors so that their listening doesn't end at the driveway.

For the record, Delphi already offers a home-adapter kit for the Roady receivers. The $40 add-on plugs into your existing speakers or A/V receiver. You'd upgrade to the 2.1-style MX5021 system if you'd prefer listening to XM programming in a room of the house that doesn't already have an audio system. (Note that Altec Lansing also makes a PC version of the MX5021--except for its lighter color and the lack of a Roady cradle, it's basically identical.)

The THX-certified Altec Lansing MX5021 comes with a desktop docking station that attaches to your Roady or Roady2 and the subwoofer; left and right speakers are plugged into the sub's rear. You also get an XM antenna, which you'll need for home reception, and a small remote. The cable length is adequate for most setups, but it also creates a rat's nest of wires in cramped spaces.

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Altec Lansing MX5021

Part Number: MX5021WHT Released: Mar. 1, 2004

MSRP: $179.95

As shown: $179.95

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar. 1, 2004
  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speaker system
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 20 Watt
    50 Watt
  • Color white
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired