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Probably a very basic 5.1 system...but what would you expect for something that cost £14.99.

Probably good enough if you have the Xbox/PS3 hooked up to it for a bit of Modern Warfare or Battlefield!

Specs:
•Satellite speakers:
•5 x 1 watt RMS.
•Speaker size (H)13.3, (W)8.5, (D)9.5cm.
•Subwoofer:
•5 watts RMS.
•Subwoofer size (H)18.1, (W)15, (D)17.4cm.
•Black and dark silver colour.
•Wired control box for easy use.


Product Code: 675/4130
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#1
any ideas on the inputs for this? spdif? optical etc?
#2
Ordinary analogue cables only by the sounds of the reviews. All I'd expect at the price anyway. Isn't spdif the optical anyway?

Good price nonetheless.
1 Like #3
1 watt RMS satellites oO

You'd be better picking up a sub-£20 2.1 Logitech setup.
#4
Subwoofer 5 watts? My TV packs a better punch!
banned#5
LOL , I bought a Sony 780Watt Peak for £150 , I'd rather fork out the extra cash and pay for power:P
#6
So this isnt optical then, no? Pretty awful wattage though. But for €20 (ireland) it might be worth getting for the bedroom. Im guessing you cant get "true" surround sound with this, just same sound reproduced for background satts?
#7
the 5w will be actual 50w i imagine, wattage is often used in many different ways to make stuff sound more powerfull,dont get me wrong this wont touch my 300w sub on my surround but it will be better than u think,alot better than a lcd tv speaker system,that is 10w per speaker.

Relationship of Watts and Loudness
# The relationship of wattage to sound level is often misunderstood. A doubling of wattage is required to increase the sound level by just three decibels, a minimum perceptible change to the human ear. An amplifier with 100 watts per channel cannot play 10 times louder than one with 10 watts per channel.
#8
Ramiuk1,
Excellent description.
#9
So, does no optical means you cant connect to xbox?
#10
machofairy
So, does no optical means you cant connect to xbox?


Not from the actual Xbox no, but you'd have the sound from the tv through the speakers using the 1 red 1 white audio cables. Speakers are nice and small too, ideal for the bedroom.
banned 1 Like #11
MBeeching
1 watt RMS satellites oO

You'd be better picking up a sub-£20 2.1 Logitech setup.

correct!

iTZzDaGr33K
LOL , I bought a Sony 780Watt Peak for £150 , I'd rather fork out the extra cash and pay for power:P

Totally pointless comment, you just wanted to show off about your low end speaker set-up? Bizarre
You are about as useful as Anne Frank's drum-kit
#12
Cepultura
So this isnt optical then, no? Pretty awful wattage though. But for €20 (ireland) it might be worth getting for the bedroom. Im guessing you cant get "true" surround sound with this, just same sound reproduced for background satts?

The speakers are perfectly adequate for "true" surround sound although I am not sure of your definition of "true". All sound is an analogue and if you connect it to a device that already decodes digital encoded sound (such as PC, a receiver) then the separate channels are fed to this speaker set. Of course, the speakers will not complement receivers but they are more suited for PC use.
#13
ive had these speakers before, they are decent set for bedroom, nice and clear, and the sub had some decent bass to it.
#14
my iMac probably has better bass than that sub woofer....Logitech Z4's are THE best speakers you can buy for under £60.

http://tiny.cc/u332y

i bought them when they were £55 last year.
#15
Whatever you finally buy from Argos don't waste your money on this crap....

Argos Value Range 2.1 Speakers.675/0268

Oh and they are described as 0.5w

Worst speakers I've ever paid money for absolute rubbish - but read some of the reviews....oO
#16
i dont see why people on here are creaming their trunks over wattages nothing mentioned about impedence and ohmage etc for 15 quid id expect something that amplifies the sound to a tolerable level and not distort unless im driving it too loud im not expecting onkyo or any other high end quality and know from experience of buyin a few 5.1 systems that they are nothing to be blown away by unless you spend top dollar.

as for these its usually a system that will more than likely function as a 2.1 set for the most of the time and 5.1 if u break out a dvd etc have all the connections wired for this youll probably need a dvd player/cinema system/ decoder with phono outs just to connect this up as for ps3 and 360 its just L-R audio out and optical not sure how you would connect this to them except just run them in 2.1

for 14.99 if i didnt already own one id prob buy this and upgrade after a while
#17
OP

Please sort out your take on this item.

It cannot be used with the Xbox\PS3 for 5.1 you will only get stereo, and it will sound ATTROCIOUS because **** little 5.1 setups like this are only designed to sound okay when they are being used with a subwoofer doing the base.

The only thing this would be good for is a computer that has 3x3.5mm audio outputs for 5.1...
#18
crickyo
i dont see why people on here are creaming their trunks over wattages nothing mentioned about impedence and ohmage etc for 15 quid id expect something that amplifies the sound to a tolerable level and not distort unless im driving it too loud im not expecting onkyo or any other high end quality and know from experience of buyin a few 5.1 systems that they are nothing to be blown away by unless you spend top dollar.as for these its usually a system that will more than likely function as a 2.1 set for the most of the time and 5.1 if u break out a dvd etc have all the connections wired for this youll probably need a dvd player/cinema system/ decoder with phono outs just to connect this up as for ps3 and 360 its just L-R audio out and optical not sure how you would connect this to them except just run them in 2.1for 14.99 if i didnt already own one id prob buy this and upgrade after a while

It will give you 2.0

Subwoofer will not be used.
#19
robo989
crickyo
i dont see why people on here are creaming their trunks over wattages nothing mentioned about impedence and ohmage etc for 15 quid id expect something that amplifies the sound to a tolerable level and not distort unless im driving it too loud im not expecting onkyo or any other high end quality and know from experience of buyin a few 5.1 systems that they are nothing to be blown away by unless you spend top dollar.as for these its usually a system that will more than likely function as a 2.1 set for the most of the time and 5.1 if u break out a dvd etc have all the connections wired for this youll probably need a dvd player/cinema system/ decoder with phono outs just to connect this up as for ps3 and 360 its just L-R audio out and optical not sure how you would connect this to them except just run them in 2.1for 14.99 if i didnt already own one id prob buy this and upgrade after a while


It will give you 2.0

Subwoofer will not be used.


on all the systems ive owned 2.1 and 5.1 using a L_R in the system splits the audio from l-r and seems to send a mixed signal to the sub making it 2.1 meaning its not an individual channel but a channel made from the lower frequencies of the left and right channels, or even because its a sub and has no way of putting out high end frequencies it shouldnt need a separate channel as its just increasing the clarity for the lower frequencies

for 14.99 this will sound better than most integrated speakers on tv's and prob a good way to get started even if it is running in 2.1 most of the time my old dvd player i got for 30 quid 4-5 years ago had separate phono outs for every channel
#20
can't moan when it's £15.
#21
Oh man, I'm so confused. Too much jargon for my liking, is this gonna enhance my gaming experience in any way? Or am I expecting too much for £15? :|
#22
bigmo7
Oh man, I'm so confused. Too much jargon for my liking, is this gonna enhance my gaming experience in any way? Or am I expecting too much for £15? :|


No. Save up and get a proper theater system with optical in.
#23
Blimey....didn't realise this post for a very basic £15 set of speakers would attract a bunch of audio snobs!


They're £15 people. Get some perspective!
#24
Utter waste of money. I [email protected] with more power than 1w!

Can't take a 5.1 input so what's the point. This makes the Logitech's look like an Audiophile's dream.
#25
robo989
crickyo
i dont see why people on here are creaming their trunks over wattages nothing mentioned about impedence and ohmage etc for 15 quid id expect something that amplifies the sound to a tolerable level and not distort unless im driving it too loud im not expecting onkyo or any other high end quality and know from experience of buyin a few 5.1 systems that they are nothing to be blown away by unless you spend top dollar.as for these its usually a system that will more than likely function as a 2.1 set for the most of the time and 5.1 if u break out a dvd etc have all the connections wired for this youll probably need a dvd player/cinema system/ decoder with phono outs just to connect this up as for ps3 and 360 its just L-R audio out and optical not sure how you would connect this to them except just run them in 2.1for 14.99 if i didnt already own one id prob buy this and upgrade after a while


It will give you 2.0

Subwoofer will not be used.


wrong pick 5.1 in the audio options and it will be surround,it will only be dolby which is decoded from stereo,for true surround u need DTS(from optical)
#26
ramiuk1
robo989
crickyo
i dont see why people on here are creaming their trunks over wattages nothing mentioned about impedence and ohmage etc for 15 quid id expect something that amplifies the sound to a tolerable level and not distort unless im driving it too loud im not expecting onkyo or any other high end quality and know from experience of buyin a few 5.1 systems that they are nothing to be blown away by unless you spend top dollar.as for these its usually a system that will more than likely function as a 2.1 set for the most of the time and 5.1 if u break out a dvd etc have all the connections wired for this youll probably need a dvd player/cinema system/ decoder with phono outs just to connect this up as for ps3 and 360 its just L-R audio out and optical not sure how you would connect this to them except just run them in 2.1for 14.99 if i didnt already own one id prob buy this and upgrade after a while


It will give you 2.0

Subwoofer will not be used.


wrong pick 5.1 in the audio options and it will be surround,it will only be dolby which is decoded from stereo,for true surround u need DTS(from optical)



my mum has these and they great for her,
#27
ramiuk1
ramiuk1
robo989
crickyo
i dont see why people on here are creaming their trunks over wattages nothing mentioned about impedence and ohmage etc for 15 quid id expect something that amplifies the sound to a tolerable level and not distort unless im driving it too loud im not expecting onkyo or any other high end quality and know from experience of buyin a few 5.1 systems that they are nothing to be blown away by unless you spend top dollar.as for these its usually a system that will more than likely function as a 2.1 set for the most of the time and 5.1 if u break out a dvd etc have all the connections wired for this youll probably need a dvd player/cinema system/ decoder with phono outs just to connect this up as for ps3 and 360 its just L-R audio out and optical not sure how you would connect this to them except just run them in 2.1for 14.99 if i didnt already own one id prob buy this and upgrade after a while
It will give you 2.0Subwoofer will not be used.
wrong pick 5.1 in the audio options and it will be surround,it will only be dolby which is decoded from stereo,for true surround u need DTS(from optical)
my mum has these and they great for her,

Which version of Dolby are you referring to? Dolby Digital and Dolby TrueHD encodes separate channels digitally. DTS does not necessarily require optical connections. As long as the decoder has already decoded the DTS signals into analogue, the resultant signals do not get sent in a digitally encoded form via optical connections. Only when the DTS (or Dolby) signals have not been decoded, they are sent diigtally via optical fibre, coaxial or other medium (such as HDMI) .

Edited By: ElliottC on Jul 23, 2010 02:04:
#28
Mascherano
MBeeching
1 watt RMS satellites oO

You'd be better picking up a sub-£20 2.1 Logitech setup.

correct!

iTZzDaGr33K
LOL , I bought a Sony 780Watt Peak for £150 , I'd rather fork out the extra cash and pay for power:P

Totally pointless comment, you just wanted to show off about your low end speaker set-up? Bizarre
You are about as useful as Anne Frank's drum-kit


Haha i was thinking the same thing! 780watt peak! WOW!!! It's a home cinema kit for go sake the sound quality will never be as good as separates
#29
SpamJavelin
Utter waste of money. I [email protected] with more power than 1w!Can't take a 5.1 input so what's the point. This makes the Logitech's look like an Audiophile's dream.

Surely it can take 5.1 input! It may not possess digital inputs (which can be decoded separately) but it must be able to accept separate analogue channels (which have been previously decoded).
#30
robo989
OPPlease sort out your take on this item.It cannot be used with the Xbox\PS3 for 5.1 you will only get stereo, and it will sound ATTROCIOUS because **** little 5.1 setups like this are only designed to sound okay when they are being used with a subwoofer doing the base.The only thing this would be good for is a computer that has 3x3.5mm audio outputs for 5.1...

I've got that - so I would get 5.1 surround sound when playing a blu-ray from the drive in the computer?
#31
How do these compare with Onkyo?
#32
sinkyboy2000
robo989
OPPlease sort out your take on this item.It cannot be used with the Xbox\PS3 for 5.1 you will only get stereo, and it will sound ATTROCIOUS because **** little 5.1 setups like this are only designed to sound okay when they are being used with a subwoofer doing the base.The only thing this would be good for is a computer that has 3x3.5mm audio outputs for 5.1...
I've got that - so I would get 5.1 surround sound when playing a blu-ray from the drive in the computer?


Yes, as I mentioned earlier, you will receive surround sound. The PC will decode the Dolby or DTS encoded sound (if you are using PowerDVD 10 then you will receive True HD or DTS Master sound).

SpamJavelin mentions that there is no 5.1 input though which is a cause for concern but I find that hard to believe. I am almost certain it accepts 6 separate analogue channels input for the 5.1 sound.
#33
Dolby uses a specific algorithm allowing virtual sound spatialization,which changes a stereo input to a 5.1,or near enough,thats why u still get sound from the sub sometimes
#34
ramiuk1
Dolby uses a specific algorithm allowing virtual sound spatialization,which changes a stereo input to a 5.1,or near enough,thats why u still get sound from the sub sometimes

As I asked, which version of Dolby - Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD or the maybe the venerable Dolby Pro Logic? Which one of these is "decoded from stereo" (sic) and which allows for a clear and distinct separation of audio channels?
#35
ramiuk1
Dolby uses a specific algorithm allowing virtual sound spatialization,which changes a stereo input to a 5.1,or near enough,thats why u still get sound from the sub sometimes


i understand what your saying but it could also just be a crossover in the sub because if its using algorithm to send 5.1 down l-r audio then it would need something to decode those algorithms at the other end this little set up wont do that if it has 6 separate inputs then it needs to be decoded before hand.

Dolby pro II should be able to be decoded by analogue speaker systems and the only way we'll know if someone who's bought one here hooks it up and tells us whether it will output 5.1 from the xbox and ps3
dummies hooking up 360 sound
#36
t121anf
any ideas on the inputs for this? spdif? optical etc?

optical inputs at this price? hahahahahahhaaa LOL, you'd be luckey to have a 3.5mm jack..
#37
People thinking of buying this, stop and THINK!

1. one buys 5.1 / 7.1 speaker systems for qulity of the sound
2. one buys 5.1 / 7.1 speaker systems for qulity of the sound
3. one buys 5.1 / 7.1 speaker systems for qulity of the sound
4. one buys 5.1 / 7.1 speaker systems for qulity of the sound
5. some buy to show off to friends ( wow did you hear that the bullet sounded like it went past me etc.)

Problems with these are cable management, it takes hard work and time and at time money to set them up, but you can do it if the end resulat is good qulity sound.

However from these you wont get good sound, infact anything costing less than £150 i'd avoid and get 2.0 or 2.1 much better
#38
ramiuk1
Dolby uses a specific algorithm allowing virtual sound spatialization,which changes a stereo input to a 5.1,or near enough,thats why u still get sound from the sub sometimes

5.1 sounds needs, Front L+R Jack, Rear L+R jack, and center and sub can use the same jack so at least 3 inputs are required to get decent 5.1 sound, however better with optical and HDMI even better.

Single L+R output cant produice ture 5.1 regardless of audio codec... my tv has virtual surround sound = rubbish

to get 5.1 i use am Amp with optical and HDMI so my PS3 games and blu-ray sound like the cinema - cost of system £1200 + re - plastersng some of the wall to hide the wires and cutting out the celing to hide speakers. for PC use 2.1 is fine with me
#39
tigger80
ramiuk1
Dolby uses a specific algorithm allowing virtual sound spatialization,which changes a stereo input to a 5.1,or near enough,thats why u still get sound from the sub sometimes
5.1 sounds needs, Front L+R Jack, Rear L+R jack, and center and sub can use the same jack so at least 3 inputs are required to get decent 5.1 sound, however better with optical and HDMI even better.Single L+R output cant produice ture 5.1 regardless of audio codec... my tv has virtual surround sound = rubbishto get 5.1 i use am Amp with optical and HDMI so my PS3 games and blu-ray sound like the cinema - cost of system £1200 + re - plastersng some of the wall to hide the wires and cutting out the celing to hide speakers. for PC use 2.1 is fine with me

No, No, no. The resultant sound from optical input, HDMI, coaxial and so on is converted to analogue 5.1 so it is not better with optical. Whatever is used, the end product is still 6 discrete channels of 5.1 analogue sound. If you used a receiver to decode digital sound from optical input, the final result is still analogue 5.1.

Correct about 3 inputs to produce 5.1 sound - each input supporting 2 separate channels.

Edited By: ElliottC on Jul 24, 2010 02:52:
#40
41 posts on a £15 system.....the world's gone mad! (_;)

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