Eagle Arion 2.1 Soundstage Speakers with Dual Subwoofer (ET-AR506-BK 2.1)May 29th, 2010 | By Jared
The satellites are all black with an orange ring around the dual midrange speakers. Much like the ET-AR504LR-BK the AR506′s cabinets are made of wood, which should give it a nice sound. There is no protection over the speakers so they are probably best used away from small fingers. Each speaker uses a hard wired RCA cable that is 48 inches (122cm) in length.
The subwoofer like the satellites is constructed of wood and also contains an orange ring around the dual 5 inch drivers. The back of the subwoofer has RCA input and outputs as well as a hardwired power cord and volume control. The volume control cable length is 48 inches (122 cm) in length which might be kind of short if you place the subwoofer on the floor. Towards the bottom next to the power cord is an on/off switch.
Both the satellites and the subwoofer have four rubber feet to dampen any vibrations and prevent them from moving when placed on hard surfaces.
On the control there is a volume knob, mute button and microphone jack.
Now that we have had a tour it was time to hook them up and get a feel for how they sound. I connected them to my PC and while the cables were long enough for situating on my desk where the top sits just 3 feet off the ground and the subwoofer on the floor, any higher and you will need RCA cable extensions.
To test out the sound, I first played through several different kinds of music from the Black Eyed Peas’ E.N.D. album to The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan and even threw in some John Williams greatest hits. In all situations the AR506′s produced crisp sound and deep base. There was some distortion once the volume was turned all the way up. As good as they sounded with music they really shined with games. You can almost feel the concussion from nearby explosions while playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. One odd thing I experienced was two times while using them and they both came while playing games at fairly loud volume, the speakers suddenly cut out and stopped playing any sound. Once I flipped the on/off switch on the back of the subwoofer they came back to life. It only happened twice, but still was a bit strange.
Just listening to the sound in all manner of media you can tell the wood cabinets give them a richer sound that will fill up an office or smaller room nicely. In larger rooms they lose a bit of the fullness so they are more suited to a bedroom or office as opposed to say a living room. While the volume control has a headphone jack, once you plug headphones in, the speakers do not automatically cut out, you have to press the mute button.