One of the most common speaker categories in the PC stereo market is 2.1 systems at the price level of 400-500. These are not expensive systems, but they are systems that provide the vast majority of the population with their sound quality. Until recently, there were ATP3 leaders in this market, and there was an automatic recommendation for anyone wanting to buy a set speakers
In this category. Unfortunately, this model came out of production and was replaced by another model, but it never got the same popularity as its older brother. 2.1 systems of other companies that were in the market until the disappearance of the ATX3 were unable to take their place for any reason, and there always seemed to be no model that could be declared as the absolute leader in the category. This review will be unique to the other speaker reviews we have done in the past, this time containing two 2.1 systems from different manufacturers, and we hope that at least one of them will succeed in exceeding the market supply.
The two systems that will be reviewed this time are the Inspire S2 Creative
, And the X-13 from Microlab. Despite the similar pricing, we could not ask for two different systems, from two different manufacturers. Creative
Has been selling the stereo to the computer for many years, both from the sound card field (which is by far the most prominent player, and not only recently), and from the speaker field with its Inspire series, which has been with us for many years and even with the I-Trique series Which sells the owners of the pocket a little deeper. Microlab is a new player in this market, and has entered the market consciousness by systems speakers
Which seem visually impressive in relation to their price, and by its more expensive 2.0 systems such as SOLO 6 / 7, which are praised throughout the network. It seems that no matter which set of Microlab picks, it will always stand out in design and size relative to the competitors.
Due to the type of audit, which will include a review of two separate systems, the manner of testing will be slightly different than in the past, in order to maintain the audit as objective as possible. First we will examine each set separately in order to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each set, and to get used to the use and sound of each system. This is because in stereo the sound quality of any system can be very misleading at first, and only after a little longer testing can the sound quality be well understood. We will then directly compare the two systems, both on the main subject of their sound, and on secondary points such as ease of use, various problems, if any.
The more intensive testing of the sound quality of the two systems, we will perform after allowing the speakers to work for several tens of hours, to be sure that they are "opened", and that our ear got used to the sound before determining what we think of them. The sound card that will be used by us is theASUS
Xonar D2, which certainly does not limit system performance. Since these are only 2.1 systems, the test will mostly focus on segments Music
From a variety of styles. All files used are in FLAC format, in order to provide the best source for each system. We will also examine both systems in computer games and movies so that we can give as much control as possible about their abilities.
So which of these two systems, which are so different, will prevail, and will any of them succeed in capturing the market at their price level?