Eagle Arion 2.1 Soundstage Speaker with Subwoofer (ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1)Jul 28th, 2009 | By Jared
The speakers themselves are black with the Eagle Arion logo on each piece. On the front of the subwoofer housing is a lighted EQ, and five buttons for adjusting the different sound levels.
On the back you can see that each satellite is hard wired and connects via an RCA jack to the subwoofer. The wires on the satellites are 50 inches long, so they are somewhat on the short end. Inputs include a 3.5mm jack along with RCA audio jacks. The power switch is located near the bottom next to the power cord.
Each piece has four rubber/foam feet on the bottom to help absorb sound and prevent surfaces from being scratched.
Once powered up the front has a bright display that pulses with the sound. Since you typically will place the subwoofer on the floor, this really is almost a lost feature if you plan on using these for your PC.
The wires on the satellites are somewhat on the short end, so there could be problems if you have a larger desk. On the flip side, RCA extensions are easily found.
With them connected and setup, it was time to take them for a spin. Everyone focuses so much on the latest video cards or processors, that often speakers are overlooked and the quality of the sound that comes out of them as well. Unlike a lot of the PC speakers made, the Arion Soundstage’s are made with wood cabinets and the quality of the sound shows through. The remote has a good range and while having a remote is nice, if you are using these speakers for PC, I would prefer to have a volume adjustment knob on one of the satellites. Another bonus to having a volume knob, is that you can easily see what the volume is set to beforehand. With the ET-AR504LR-BK set, you really don’t know until something plays. These speakers get very loud, and only began to distort at the top.
I played a wide range of songs, everything from Avenged Sevenfold to The Black Eyed Peas to some John Williams compositions. Overall the sound was great, though things sounded just a little off at times but using the remote I was able to adjust it for the most part. The highs came out high and the lows were low, base response is good throughout the entire range.
Games also sound wonderful on the Soundstage set, with the scream of the Hunter in Left 4 Dead coming out crystal clear right before the pounce. While a 2.1 speaker setup can’t match the positional sound of a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, the quality of the Soundstage’s are good at home with games.
The last bit of testing was watching a few movies. After watching both Eagle Eye and Gran Torino using the Soundstage’s, sound was good without having to make any adjustments. Both sound and voice came through clear, I came away quite impressed with the quality of sound.