They make sound.. and some of it you don't want
Sep 24, 2010
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Simple controls, simple connections, small footprint, very inexpensive
Cons:Mediocre (at best) sound, reproduces LOTS of interference
The Bottom Line:
For the money they're not bad, but they're not good either. I'd pass.
The Cyber Acoustics CA-2016 speakers are a small set of speakers intended for use with a personal computer of some kind (they don't care whether you're a Mac or PC, as long as there's a headphone jack and a USB port), and with a low pricepoint and small footprint they're not exactly geared towards the acoustically inclined people that demand extreme fidelity. The feature set is pretty simple, and operation doesn't get much easier: there is a USB port and stereo jack for connectivity, with the speakers wired together. No way to mess that up, unless you somehow goof up the color-coded stereo jack, or jam the USB connector into something other than a USB port (good luck with that). The controls feature a power button, headphone jack and volume knob, as well as an LED to indicate whether they're on or not. Pretty simple stuff!
Recommend this product?
When it comes to actually using the speakers for their intended purpose (you know, making sound), they more or less get the job done. The sound is relatively accurate, although due to the low-power and small-size of the speakers they have very little, if any bass reproduction. Mids aren't great, and the highs are good; essentially they're small speakers with small sound. But hey, you get what you pay for, right?
What gets me about these speakers isn't their connectivity or feature set, but rather, the operation. Yeah, they reproduce (for the most part) the sound coming out of your PC, but they're also very susceptible to interference from anything that's nearby. When my iPhone gets nearby they chirp and squeel, and it's pretty distracting. Also, they've usually got some buzz in them depending on what's going on on the PC. I don't know if there's just some flaky power coming from the USB, or maybe their cords are too close to the monitor signal cable, but these things are usually buzzing due to something. For the record, this is on a Dell Optiplex 755, and I've never had this problem with stand-alone speakers on this model. Maybe it's the USB, or maybe it's just really bad shielding (or no shielding at all, if the iPhone interference is any indication), but when my speakers aren't cranked up to 11 and my PC isn't making any noise, I expect them to be fairly silent.
Overall they're not a bad pair of speakers if all you need to do is reproduce simple system sounds, or maybe play some web games. If you're into movies or music I'd certainly advise you to stay away from them and to spend a couple extra bucks on something nicer, because for as cheap as they are, another $5 will go a long, LONG way.
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