5.1 Surround Speaker System (with 3 Year warranty) - £29.99 at Aldi
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5.1 Surround Speaker System (with 3 Year warranty) - £29.99 at Aldi

£29.99ALDI Deals
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Found 14th Oct 2011
Yes this is not going to be as good as Sony or Onkyo etc. but if you're on a budget, can't really go wrong!... (well it could go wrong, but you've got a 3 year warranty!)

5 satellite speakers
Powered subwoofer
150 watts total output
LED indicators on subwoofer unit
Full function remote control
Fully compatible with TV, games, video cameras and computer sound systems
2 front, 2 rear and 1 centre speaker
Includes instruction manual and 2 x AAA batteries

44 Comments

Good price and probably good enough to play my copy of tony ferrino's "phenomenon" album

£29.99 and you DARE to mention Onkyo or Sony?

OMG!!

onkyo !!! lol

Voted hot.

Thanks OP - I'll be getting one. The subwoofer on my previous 5.1 has diminished and I've been looking for a replacement without having to either shell out on a package including an unwanted DVD upscaling player or big bucks on a Sony, Onkyo, Logitech etc (there I have mentioned them !)

Aldi equipment has generally been surprisingly good quality and excellant value for money.

oooo i wonder if it has optical in!

Just 30 bucks! I'm getting this.

RicknVic

oooo i wonder if it has optical in!



I don't think so - it looks very much like this system :
amazon.com/Cur…UAA

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Original Poster

renderman

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I don't think that's possible at all, even with today's technology...

omg pmsl ^^

thats a shame, want one to go with my PS3 really.

Oooh this is particularly nasty!

£5 boot sale territory in my opinion..

Be bargain at boot sale at £5 would you get the 3 year warranty ?? No No No !

Note that they're also selling a 5.1 Channel DVD Player (aldi.co.uk/uk/…htm), so this speaker system probably relies upon discrete line-level analogue outputs from the source (i.e. the DVD player they're selling on the same day, or potentially a PC).

It almost certainly won't have coax or optical inputs, or include a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder necessary to get surround sound from a console, set-top box, TV, VCR or whatever...

Do DVD players have 6 analogue outputs? I thought they just had right and left usually. If its hooked up to a seperate DVD player wouldn't it need to be transmitted already decoded and via a cable capable of carrying 5:1?

Will this do for my PC? All I have is hopeless tinny speakers.

Looks dire, says compatible with any dvd player and its described as 5.1 so must have both optical and coaxial digital connections plus dolby 5.1 decoding but none of this is mentioned on the description. If it only has a 2 channel input it should mention dolby prologic decoding but again nothing.

You can get something far better secondhand for £30.

Banned

Cheap rubbish, your a mug if you buy them. No apologies to you either.

spnorbury - Oct 15, 2011 12:33Cheap rubbish, your a mug if you buy them. … spnorbury - Oct 15, 2011 12:33Cheap rubbish, your a mug if you buy them. No apologies to you either.



Often the Aldi/Lidl products like this are actually really well manufactured and good to get. That's German engineering for you, and you're the mug for not considering it.

There's a reasonable review here

And if this is the same product (I think it is) it seems to get fairly good feedback here
Edited by: "asm80" 15th Oct 2011

I think id sooner use my TV speakers

hmm

RudiBryson

I think id sooner use my TV speakers


Yeah, 2.0 10/20 watt surely outdoes this package.

rev6

Yeah, 2.0 10/20 watt surely outdoes this package.



Without a doubt .

AndrewRoss

Do DVD players have 6 analogue outputs? I thought they just had right and … Do DVD players have 6 analogue outputs? I thought they just had right and left usually. If its hooked up to a seperate DVD player wouldn't it need to be transmitted already decoded and via a cable capable of carrying 5:1?



This was exactly the point I was making in my comment last night. It'll probably make a passable surround sound system for a PC with analogue 5.1 outputs (though this might require the purchase of some additional leads), or with the DVD player that Aldi are selling at the same time (which does, apparently, have 5.1 analogue outputs for its built-in decoder).

cowbutt

This was exactly the point I was making in my comment last night. It'll … This was exactly the point I was making in my comment last night. It'll probably make a passable surround sound system for a PC with analogue 5.1 outputs (though this might require the purchase of some additional leads), or with the DVD player that Aldi are selling at the same time (which does, apparently, have 5.1 analogue outputs for its built-in decoder).



That DVD player has a coaxial output apparently, coaxial can carry a 5:1 signal so it's entirely possible the above system has a coaxial input, unless it also has a 6 channel analogue output as you say, the whole thing is confusing lmao

PixlCrushr

Often the Aldi/Lidl products like this are actually really well … Often the Aldi/Lidl products like this are actually really well manufactured and good to get. That's German engineering for you, and you're the mug for not considering it.



What does german engineering have to do with low cost chinese electronics? Aldi are just a retailer often selling poor quality goods and this looks like one of them. Can't believe anyone would be as naive to believe that just because its a german shop suddenly low grade chinese goods become suddenly better.

When Lidl first opened in Yeovil I bought a tin of catfood and it was the most vile concoction of slop I've ever seen. Something had gone wrong in the factory and there was like a huge hairless cow nipple crushed at the top of the can and there was no brown dye in it so it was a horrible blood pink colour. Its like there had been some fault at the factory and hadn't been minced up. I put it down for the cat minus the nipple thing and not only did the cat not eat it but scratched around it as if it was a litter tray and then left the house. The catfood was italian or spanish I seem to remember and they hadn't raised their standards for the germans thats for sure.

There used to be a german electronics company called Schiender and their products were **** poor too at about the same level as Amstrad.

No digital inputs or decoders. A rip off for £30 IMO.

From the manual: DTS surround dolby prologic and dolby digital surround depends on DVD player or any one coder. This speaker system is providing 5.1 virtual surround sound effect.

If asm80's link is the same product (and it looks like it is), its analog inputs only so no HDMI pass through or optical

Let me throw in my $0.02.

I bought a cheap system not dissimilar from this to use with my PC from Asda last year. As the system didn't have optical in I had to to purchase a couple of cheap 3.5mm to stereo phono leads from Amazon to achieve 5.1.
Although it pains me to say this I do believe the Asda speakers are equally capable of handling Dolby surround as my £200 Samsung setup, volume and clarity wise.

So for PC users on a budget I cannot fault cheap systems such as these for adding another level of immersion to games/films

OK, I have a PC which I use for watching iplayer etc, it currently has 2 altec lansing speakers and a subwoofer (2.1?), which are very noisey and need replaced. If I don't want to spend much more than this, and just want to plug it in and listen, what should I go for?

cowbutt

This was exactly the point I was making in my comment last night. It'll … This was exactly the point I was making in my comment last night. It'll probably make a passable surround sound system for a PC with analogue 5.1 outputs (though this might require the purchase of some additional leads), or with the DVD player that Aldi are selling at the same time (which does, apparently, have 5.1 analogue outputs for its built-in decoder).

unless it also has a 6 channel analogue output as you say, the whole … unless it also has a 6 channel analogue output as you say, the whole thing is confusing lmao



I'd be amazed if that were the case at this price.



The review asm80 linked to has a link to the (likely) manual, and it shows a set of 5.1 and a set of 2.0 analogue inputs (it doesn't say which connectors - I'd guess RCA phonos, but it could be something proprietary)

asm80

OK, I have a PC which I use for watching iplayer etc, it currently has 2 … OK, I have a PC which I use for watching iplayer etc, it currently has 2 altec lansing speakers and a subwoofer (2.1?), which are very noisey and need replaced. If I don't want to spend much more than this, and just want to plug it in and listen, what should I go for?



If your PC already has 5.1 outputs (either from the motherboard, or a sound card), you could use this and (probably) three 3.5mm stereo to phono leads (as per vwdan's comment above). Alternatively, something from this list. I've got a set of Logitech X-540 and they work, but the sub is very bass-heavy, even on minimum volume.

£30 worth of hassle and expect to be treated like a criminal when it goes wrong and you take it back to Aldi. Keep your receipt!!

i spent £30 on a surround sound system years ago from Asda and it was the best £30 i had ever spent, the sound coming from my Xbox 360 via my then-new HDTV was stunning. This, is probably as good!

bonzobanana

When Lidl first opened in Yeovil I bought a tin of catfood and it was the … When Lidl first opened in Yeovil I bought a tin of catfood and it was the most vile concoction of slop I've ever seen. Something had gone wrong in the factory and there was like a huge hairless cow nipple crushed at the top of the can and there was no brown dye in it so it was a horrible blood pink colour. Its like there had been some fault at the factory and hadn't been minced up. I put it down for the cat minus the nipple thing and not only did the cat not eat it but scratched around it as if it was a litter tray and then left the house. The catfood was italian or spanish I seem to remember and they hadn't raised their standards for the germans thats for sure..



That's an outstanding story.

You could make a mint from the film rights.
Perhaps Lady gaga could play the part of the cow nipple.

Edited by: "bbbazman" 15th Oct 2011

bonzobanana

What does german engineering have to do with low cost chinese … What does german engineering have to do with low cost chinese electronics? Aldi are just a retailer often selling poor quality goods and this looks like one of them. Can't believe anyone would be as naive to believe that just because its a german shop suddenly low grade chinese goods become suddenly better.When Lidl first opened in Yeovil I bought a tin of catfood and it was the most vile concoction of slop I've ever seen. Something had gone wrong in the factory and there was like a huge hairless cow nipple crushed at the top of the can and there was no brown dye in it so it was a horrible blood pink colour. Its like there had been some fault at the factory and hadn't been minced up. I put it down for the cat minus the nipple thing and not only did the cat not eat it but scratched around it as if it was a litter tray and then left the house. The catfood was italian or spanish I seem to remember and they hadn't raised their standards for the germans thats for sure.There used to be a german electronics company called Schiender and their products were **** poor too at about the same level as Amstrad.




csb

Scneider are now a world leader in the electrical game and own most of the big players ie merlin gerin, square d etc i even seen some guys doing a cable joint in our street last week and their wagon said schneider on the side i was amazed

172flyer

£30 worth of hassle and expect to be treated like a criminal when it goes … £30 worth of hassle and expect to be treated like a criminal when it goes wrong and you take it back to Aldi. Keep your receipt!!



never had any problem with returns at aldi,didnt even ask for reciept when i returned a multi tool,simply gave me another of the shelf,my sisters tv packed in just after warranty expired again replaced with no fuss!

These are better than the £35 Xenta 5.1 X-Force wireless from Ebuyer posted previously and got to 550 deg +.

The Xenta XForce 5.1 suffered from severe hiss at high volumes and a very audible hum in standby or low volume/mute, which these don't.
The Xenta XForce 5.1 also made a huge thump when being powered on or off at the power switch, these do make some sound but nothing like the thump from the Xenta XForce.
The Subwoofer on these is more compact and imho better for bedrooms or where space is an issue.
Best of all these have a 3 year warranty, unlike the Xenta 5.1

On the negative side though is the fact that these only come with RCA to RCA cable to connect to an input source, which is fine for a DVD player with onboard decoder, but if you wanted to connect to a PC or MP3 Player you will need to buy a set of three 3.5mm jack to RCA cables (cheap enough on ebay)

IMHO these are a better option than the Xenta 5.1 just don't expect Z5500 or Bose level performnce.

LOUGHBORO GUY

onkyo !!! lol



unnecessary on further reflection
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