AMS 5.1 Speakers - Page 2
When I unwrapped the box with my trembling hands, I thought
about how anything this big and heavy must be good enough to
warrant any distributor to produce it.
hope that dust & dirt don’t affect these
speakers that look just so pure and white..
what you get in the package:
This remote interfaces
via infra-red to the Digital Control Unit (DCU) and
possesses a whole host of functions that allows full
control over the settings of the speaker system,
any speaker and altering its bass / treble / volume
through the remote
between preset equalizer modes (ie. Rock, Cinema,
Jazz, Game, Pop, Night – to dampen dynamic output)
any speaker or the entire system
on / off the speaker system
between audio resampling modes / mixing (ie. 2 to 5.1
speaker, 4 to 5.1 speakers, Normal or stereo mode)
or save any preferred settings and configurations in
- 01 x Micro-processor
based Digital Control Unit (about 2-3m cable length)
This set-top box should
typically be placed above or near the monitor where it can
be easily “seen” by the remote.
As you can see from the picture, it has a few LEDs
(indicating its current setting or sampling mode) and a
power / standby LED, together with a control knob that is
primarily used for volume control.
In addition, pushing this knob also cycles between
various modes and allows tweaking of settings by rotating
it. This is similar
to most knob-dials in home-entertainment systems.
However, in retrospect, I never did use much of the
DCU for control as the same (and more) can be achieved via
the remote itself. The
DCU also interfaces and controls the rest of the speakers
via a min-DIN connector to the back of the sub-woofer. See below for more details…
- 01 x 23W RMS Sub-woofer
housed in a solid 5.25” wooden cabinet
This is probably the best
component of the lot! This
sub-woofer is huge and stolidly built – approximately
2.3 to 3 times the size of my old Cambridge sub-woofer
that came with the FPS bundle. Just look at the photograph above and you can see how it compares
to the satellites…
It comes with its own
dedicated power supply to drive it and is the central
component where all the other speakers + DCU connect to
(as seen in the picture below) via its back housing.
In comparison with my old
Creative FPS satellites, these speakers are definitely
sturdier + heavier, with a more solid construction.
You would also notice that the speakers come with
metallic bronze latches at the rear, that allow mounting
on walls if you so desire.
Unlike the Creative FPS bundle, these speakers do
not have any accompanying stands to elevate them.
However, I never was inclined to use stands for
elevation anyway as these look too odd and non-aesthetical
in one’s room…
Looking awesome, but tell me how it sounds…