New Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3080

I have a vase speaker for my laptop with the Ubuntu logo on it (Love it) but I wasn’t getting a nice, deep sound out of it.  If I hook up a pair of decent headphones (even earbuds) the sound is incredibly awesome.  I think I have a decent sound card in this laptop.

I decided to get a new pair of speakers (the vase one is more portable if I’m working in the kitchen) so I have some deeper and less tinny sound.

Anyway, the speakers were all of $35.  They’re not anything comparable to a hifi, but they’re not supposed to be.  It’s a 2.1 system with two satellites and one sub.  I have no need for anything more.

Below is a picture of what they look like:


Cyber Acoustics CA-3080 speakers (iPod not included, unfortunately).

Setup was a cinch.  A couple of plugs, hook to my computer, and blamo! it’s set up.

I had a little more difficulty setting up the bass just right.  I had to balance the bass with the volume coming out of my computer so I didn’t have massive distortion.  Turns out I need the volume on the computer set to about 75% and the sub set at about 40%.  I don’t need wall shaking bass, just enough to know it’s there.

I’ve got the speakers set on the desk to slide easily back and forth when I slide the laptop back and forth to accommodate what I’m doing (writing with a pen, typing, using reference material, etc).

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Specs:

System Power Output:
18 watts total system peak power
8 watts total RMS
Satellites – 1.8 watts/ch x 2 @ 4 ohm – 10% THD
Subwoofer – 4.4 watts @ 4 ohm – 10% THD

Drivers:
Satellites – 2″ dynamic, 4 ohm drivers
Subwoofer – 4″ poly carbon high excursion driver, with ported wood enclosed cabinet

Cables:
Cord to source and satellites
Complete cable assembly included for immediate setup
Chrome 3.5mm plugs

Power:
AC adapter included; UL/UCL approved

Dimensions:
Satellites – (H) 7.00″ x (W) 2.75″ x (D) 2.75″
Subwoofer – (H) 7.75″ x (W) 6.00″ x (D) 6.75″

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All-in-all, these are a decent set of inexpensive speakers to hook up to your laptop or desktop for listening to MP3s, podcasts, internet video, streaming radio, and the like.  They were a hella deal at Kmart ($35, like I said before) and sound very good.  I’m sure one could spend much more on a set of speakers and get similar sound.

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