Altec Lansing FX5051 review

A 5.1 rig that brings USB to the party

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Our Verdict

A high-quality 5.1 system that provides a good solution for those with non-5.1 hardware

For

  • 5.1 sound without a 5.1 sound card

Against

  • No sound advantage from USB

This famous name is differentiating its 5.1 rig from Creative's and Logitech's by giving it a USB as well as analogue input.

The advantage of USB is that you don't need a 5.1 sound card for six-channel surround sound.

If you already have a decent multichannel sound card installed in your PC - which many of you surely will - using a USB input seems to offer no noticeable advantage in terms of sound quality.