I am in no way an expert when it comes to audio devices. When I listen to different devices I know what sounds good to my ears. With that said I was actually quite impressed with the Alien Vibes W601 Speaker System. I have been using it for about two weeks now and I really enjoy it. All of the music I have listened to on the W601 sounds great and the audio reproduction is really good. On thing that really did surprise me about this unit is the bass, it is very loud! I guess I should have expected that since the W601 does have a dual subwoofer. While the bass is loud it does not distort easily.
Both the satellites and subwoofer have wooden construction which is much better than plastic enclosures that we have seen on other speaker systems in the past. The wooden construction not only makes the sound better, but is less likely to break and wear. Each satellite features a dual 3-inch driver as well as a 1-inch tweeter. The subwoofer unlike many is a dual subwoofer so you have dual 5.25-inch subs here.
The subwoofer is also the control point so you have all of your volume controls for overall sound, treble and bass. Also on the subwoofer is a card reader and USB port. You can easily play music from a USB flash drive or SD card. In our testing this worked great, although when using a USB flash drive the act of pausing a song then playing it again seemed a little lagged. There is an included IR remote that allows you to control the speakers from across the room. The IR receiver is located on the front of the subwoofer.
Getting the speakers setup is extremely easy. Both satellites plug into the subwoofer on the back and the connections are color-coded so you know which satellite is left and right. Since each satellite has dual drivers I would suggest sitting them back from you a little bit for the optimal sound experience. Once setup just plug power on, hit the switch and you are good to go.
There really is not that much I can say bad about the W601 Speaker System. Right now you can pick it up at my favorite online retailer for $149.99. At that price I think you are getting a great speaker system that can not only be used for your PC, but has other applications as well. Overall ThinkComptuers gives the Ineo Alien Vibes W601 Speaker System a 9 out of 10 score.
- Quality construction
- Great sound
- Included USB port and SD card reader
- Large heavy bass without any distortion
- Sleek design
- Easy setup
- Experienced some lag when using a USB flash drive to play music