Eagle Arion ET-AR508LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage SpeakersAug 17th, 2010 | By Nivedh
Opening up the package, we have the satellites and accessories cradled in a Styrofoam frame. Nestled below that is the subwoofer.
Everything is well-protected. We have the subwoofer, two satellites, remote control, and 3.5mm to RCA audio cable.
The silver and black theme looks very professional and elegant at the same time. All the controls are on the subwoofer, which is a bad design if you ask me as the sub is usually tucked away in some corner not easily accessible should the remote go missing or fail to work.
The satellites have relatively short wires which could be a pain if you want to mount them far away from the subwoofer.
The rear of the subwoofer has all the connections, a power switch, and large heatsink fins.
All in all, the wood enclosures feel solid and are well designed. Once the power is turned on, the display lights up blue. There is an EQ as well. However, the volume level is not displayed.
Setting up the system is easy. All the connections are labeled. The satellite wires are a little on the short side (less than 2 ft.). This is fine if you’re using the system on your desk but I would have liked to see some slightly longer wires – nothing that can’t be fixed with RCA extension cables though.
In terms of sound quality, I was impressed. I’m not an audiophile but I could clearly tell the difference between these speakers and some generic $5 speakers.
First I listened to music with my iPod connected to the speakers. Trying out everything from rap and hip-hop to jazz and country, I was very impressed. I heard things in songs that I couldn’t hear from my laptop speakers and even the thirteen fancy Logic7 speakers in my car.
I tested the speakers with movies also. The sound was clear and the subwoofer made a huge difference for movies with explosions and other high-bass sound effects.
I also played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to see how the speakers fared for gaming. Sounds were crisp and clear. While not providing full surround sound capability, the speakers are adequate and are definitely an upgrade over monitor-integrated speakers and the like.
The included remote is very convenient considering all the adjustments are on the subwoofer. I would’ve liked to see at least a volume control knob on one of the satellites though as the subwoofer is often placed in a not-so-accessible position.
Speaking of volume, these speakers can get very loud without distorting the sound. Messing with the bass and treble settings too much, however, throws things off balance.