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Designer speaker specialist Auluxe subscribes to the belief that speakers should be seen as well as heard. Its Dew system is a stylish 2.1 speaker setup that, it says, has a design as delicate as the rustling of leaves, yet delivers sound as commanding as the raging splendour of the storm. It's available to buy now from Amazon for £199. Let's have a listen, shall we?
The Dew kit consists of a cuboid subwoofer, two satellite speakers and a volume remote, all of which look sensational. A range of different colour finishes is available including maple and cherry woods, as well as glossy black and white.
We were especially fond of the maple wood effect on our review sample, which Auluxe says is crafted from real wood in order to create a more natural sound. It has a beautiful, smooth finish that looks brilliant against the aluminium legs of the subwoofer and on the retro design of the satellite speakers.
The Auluxe Dew is simple to put together and use. The satellite speakers connect to the subwoofer via two RCA cables, the volume remote hooks up via its own dedicated multi-pin plug and power is supplied via an external brick, which sadly isn't as pretty to look at as the rest of the speakers. The audio input comes by way of a standard 3.5mm jack.
Unfortunately, these cables can spoil the Dew's aesthetic slightly. You'll often see the Dew pictured with no wires whatsoever, but the reality is that you'll have to be pretty canny about where and how you position it, as the whole thing can easily become a tangle of messy wires, which ruins the look.
Auluxe claims the Dew's looks are matched by its sound quality, but we'd beg to differ. We threw a variety of audio at it and it sounded only slightly above average as computer speakers go. The subwoofer delivered sufficient, if hardly earth-shattering bass -- a consequence of its small size -- and the satellite speakers, while crisp-sounding at low to medium volume, distort noticeably when cranked up.