This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus

About Video Transcript

First Look: Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus

2:07 /

Altec Lansing's Expressionist Plus FX3021 is a good compromise for someone looking for a compact, affordable 2.1 PC speaker that delivers decent sound.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm David Carnoy, and I'm gonna give you a quick video tour of Altech Lansing's Expressionist Plus PC speakers. Now, this, as you can see, is a 2.1 system. There's a little subwoofer here and two satellite speakers. This is basically the stepped down model to the Expressionist Ultra, which has a much bigger subwoofer and also bigger satellite speakers. But for those people who really don't like 2.1 systems, don't want to have to deal with the subwoofer that much, this might be a good alternative because this sub is pretty small. The speakers are also pretty small. They come on sort of these wire stands, and they can be adjusted up or down. One interesting thing is that it's not totally clear where you'd want to stick this sub because you do have some input on it. You could actually stick this on a desk. Most people would probably want to stick it on the floor; however, the base level adjustment and the power control for this sub are on the top of the sub. And you have some volume controls in the right satellite speaker, but there are no inputs for headphones or anything like that on the satellite. We usually see some of those on one of the satellite speakers. Like a lot of these 2.1 systems now, the speaker wires are actually hardwired into the satellite, then you connect those wires to the subwoofer. This is a downward firing subwoofer. In terms of sound, you're definitely not gonna get as much space as the Expressionist Ultra, but this actually does deliver a decent amount of base, and it isn't boom-y. It's actually fairly tight, and the satellites do a good job with the detail. And all in all, it's a pretty well balanced system. And this costs less than $100.00, so we were generally pretty impressed with the sound for a sub $100.00 speaker system. You're not gonna get fantastic sound on this, but for -- certainly for games, music, and movies, it's gonna do a decent job, so we have no problem recommending it at this price point. I'm David Carnoy, and that's the Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus PC speaker system. ^M00:02:03 [ Music ]

New releases

Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video
The big trends to watch at CES 2015
2:55 December 24, 2014
With CES around the corner, Bridget Carey tells you what to look out for at the tech expo. Expect buzz around the smart home, virtual...
Play video