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Part #: 221

SKU: 8966
Shipping Weight: 14 lbs

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Experience: 7 Months


Good sound. Nice looking design.
Can't adjust bass volume.
I had these speakers until a few weeks ago and they sounded really nice but I found the bass would always overpower the speakers so I would suggest you go one step up to the 251's as that sub does have a button to adjust the volume.

Experience: 1 Days


reasonably accurate bass
as expected with a 20W RMS rating - distortion of bass when trying to push it, noticeable static from satellite speakers
I expected more from a brand-name that has established itself in the PC industry but I've been seriously disappointed. The price is quite steep for the coarse quality it delivers. Even with much ambient noise, I can hear the background hiss especially during its quiet moments.

Winter Storm
Experience: 6 Months


Good Sound Clarity
Stylish Design
Solid Construction
Headphone Jack
Weak bass
I wanted to replace my Altec Lansing ACS33 because it lacked a headphone jack. When one gets the urge to play Return to Castle Wolfenstein at 2 in the morning, one does not want to wake up the rest of the house with one's fragging.

Because I loved my Altec speakers so much, I decided to buy the 221 right away. The black colour really matches well with my NEC FE771SB monitor and it had the headphone jack I sorely needed.

My impression is that the bass on these speakers are kinda weak and nowhere as good as my old ACS33. Maybe the design of the subwoofer is flawed but it seems that my ACS33 blew it away in terms of richness. If you're looking for good bass I would recommend something like the Altec Lansing ATP3 or Logitech Z-340 instead.

On the other hand, the clarity of the satellite speakers is superb. I play all kinds of music from rap to jazz to classical and the sound from the satellites is noticeably better than my old ACS33.

Although somewhat disappointed with the bass, it was not enough of a disappointment for me to return these speakers. If you have no intention of rocking the house down with the subwoofer, then these speakers will be just fine. The Altec Lansing 221 speakers are solidly built and I expect to enjoy them for many years to come.

Greg P
Experience: 7 Days


I am not sure what the above poster got his info. They are shielded satellites, unlike Logitech's Z540s and Z560s (which was why I didn't buy them). They look great and have nice clear sound with my Asus A7N8X Nforce2.(http://www.alteclansing.com/product_details.asp?pID=221&sID=2)
Bass? Seems kinda lacking, but no biggie if you live with your parents or in a appartment.
Overall, I am very happy with them, very modest price.

Francois C
Experience: 1 Days


low cost, good looks
sub, lack of bass control
Bought these for the headphone jack on the sattelite. Bass from the sub is way too loud/boomy for music and with no subwoofer controls it sucks. Sub not shielded either. I'll be returning these after 1 day to get something else.

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Great sound with bass you can feel. This 3-piece system is a sturdy system for music and gaming that fits on your desktop and within your budget.
Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • 2 Satellites
  • Subwoofer
  • Manual
  • QCC
Power Source Power Supply
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Color Black
Speaker Configuration 2.1
Minimum Frequency Response 20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response 610 Hz
RMS Output Power 20 W
Satellite Speaker Height 5.60"
Satellite Speaker Width 3.60"
Satellite Speaker Depth 3.70"

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     PMPO Output Power: 50 W
     RMS Output Power: 20 W
     Speaker Configuration: 2.1
     Controls: Power
Master Volume
General Information  
     Brand Name: Altec Lansing
     Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
     Manufacturer Part Number: 221
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.alteclansing.com
     Product Name: 221 Amplified Speaker System
     Product Type: Speaker System
     Additional Information:
  • Signal to Noise Ratio @ 1 kHz input: > 70 dB
  • Compact Subwoofer
  • Quality Stereo
  • Headphone Jack
  • Distinctive, All-Decor Styling
  • Color-Coded Cables
  • Power Requirement: 120 V AC @ 60 Hz 0.75A
  • Total Connectivity: Easily connects to video gaming systems*, portable CD players, MP3 players, PCs and other audio devices.

    * Requires add-on video gaming system AAC1 Y-adapter, not included. Available for purchase at www.alteclansing.com.

     Package Contents:
  • 2 Satellites
  • Subwoofer
  • Manual
  • QCC

Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Material: Wood - Subwoofer
     Satellite Speaker Depth: 3.70" (93.98 mm)
     Satellite Speaker Height: 5.60" (142.24 mm)
     Satellite Speaker Width: 3.60" (91.44 mm)
Power Description  
     Input Voltage: 110 V AC
     Power Source: Power Supply
Technical Information  
     Magnetic Shielding: Satellite
     Maximum Frequency Response: 610 Hz
     Minimum Frequency Response: 20 Hz
     Limited Warranty: 1 Year

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