Altec Lansing VS2621 2.1 Speaker Review

Altec Lansing VS2621

After bunch of earphones, headphones, now is the time to review the Altec Lansing VS2621 that I bought last year’s black Friday sale.

To be honest with you all, I never planned to buy this speaker. I went to Staples to buy the Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 that I’ve reviewed also in this blog. Then, I saw the speaker with a price that almost hard to resist. The next thing I know is, I’m carrying the speaker box out of the Staples. :p

I’ve used the speaker for more than four months now, and here I’m sharing the review of what I think about the speaker.

Size and Form

First I want to clarify first that the Altec Lansing VS2621 is rather a small 2.1 speaker set compared to other Altec Lansing speaker I’ve seen. Back when I was in college, the brand was simply a standard choice whenever my friends are buying a complete PC set.

The speaker packaging box somehow quite mislead me. The sattelite speakers are small and also the subwoofer. But rather than disappointed, it actually made me happy :D. Because I still move places quite often, the small size of this speaker set made it quite portable.

The subwoofer are just a standing black box made of wood, with a hole in front and speaker membrane on the side (4″ side firing). While the sattelite speakers are two small speakers (2″ drivers) with volume and tone adjustment know on the right sattelite speaker.

Sound

The golden rule of choosing an audio gadget, ‘never judge the sound quality by the brand’. Okay maybe you’ve never heard that before, because I’ve also just made it up a few minutes ago. But that’s really how I review all the audio gadgets in this blog.

I’ve heard a good Altec Lansing speakers before, and I’ve also heard a pretty bad ones too. So where the Altec Lansing VS2621 fall into? It’s in the middle I should say. Not so bad, but nothing that made me very delighted as well.

Probably this is due to the fact that my previous speaker was a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified speaker system. It has two drivers on each sattelite speaker and bigger power subwoofer.

Anyway, to be fair with the VS2621, I guess the sound quality is good enough, considering the size and price (Bose speaker has smaller size).

Bass sounds are good enough, though somehow I hope it can be a bit deeper.

Mid and trebles also sound good enough, the tone knob can be use to adjust the brigthness of these sounds, anyway, I’ve got no complain.

The speaker system total power is 28 Watt RMS (2 x 7.5W speakers and a 13W sub). Well, if I consider this small power, then the VS2621 sounds really good.

For more information of the specification, check this document.

Extra Features

Volume and Tone knob adjustment, and auxilliary mini-stereo jack in front of the right satellite speaker. No remote.

Price

Ah, the reason why I bought this speaker. It’s $20 on the black Friday sale in Staples :D. At Amazon it’s around $40 as of this writing. (Altec Lansing VS2621 2.1 Channel Speaker System)

Conclusion

If you need a 2.1 speaker and you want a very affordable speaker that sound good, Altec Lansing VS2621 can be your choice. However, don’t expect an exceptional sound from this speaker.

I believe casual music lovers will definitely love this speaker, but an audiophile will never consider it.

For gamers and movie fans, I think a good headphone will better satisfy their experience than this speaker.

Lastly, here’s a video of a YouTube user reviewing the speaker.



Author: Trijito Santoso

I’m Trijito Santoso, a Seventh-Day Adventist, a medical technology graduate, and a software developer. The reason why I shifted from medical technology to computer science is because I love to create things (design, software, articles, anything), and being a software developer allows me to create things everyday. I’m currently studying Master of Science in Computer Science at Northeastern University, Boston. My Google Profile+

4 thoughts on “Altec Lansing VS2621 2.1 Speaker Review”

  1. Hi,

    I recently bought a 51″ Samsung plasma and can’t stand the sound from the in-built speakers. So I was considering to buy a 2.1 set to connect to the headphones jack of the tv. I was almost decided buying the Creative T3130, when someone advised me to check out the VS2621. I’m not hoping to get spectacular sound from them. Do you think these are a better option than the Creative ones? Thanks.

    1. @Ray,
      I haven’t listened to T3130 so I can’t tell which one is better. Looking at the specifications they are pretty much in the same class, though Creative T3130 packs more power (30 watts). However, looking at the Amazon reviews, it seems there are a lot more people who are happy with the Altec Lansing VS2621 than the Creative T3130. 😀

  2. hi, i should have read this review before i purchase “these” speakers (its not worth calling it as a sound system). subwoofer is real disappointment (coz i was expecting heavy n deep bass). surely sound is crisp n clear but regret buying this product. thanx for unbiased review.
    can u suggest any 2.1 speaker system with deep bass with good quality sound? thanx.

    1. @linus,
      It sounds like you like deep basses sound, in this case you might want to look at speakers with larger and high powered subs (definitely not VS2621 :p). The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 I mentioned in this post sounds a lot stronger, you might want to check it out. 😀

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