I assembled a new computer last week and one of my goal is to create a multimedia computer that my family could enjoy for watching streaming media and HD videos. I already have a 1080p LCD (LED) monitor before so I just bought an Intel Core i5 2500 Sandy Bridge processor and an affordable Asrock H67M motherboard with 4 GB DDR3 memory and 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD. The setup is nearly perfect but there is one more missing piece in order to complete my new rig — speakers!
Choosing a good speaker with my already limited budget proved to be difficult because I’m coming from a very old 5.1 sound system, Creative Cambridge SoundWorks Desktop Theater 5.1 DTT2200, that I own since 2000 and still sounds awesome. I still can’t believe that for about 12 years it is still producing the same heart-pounding sounds. The only reason I am not using it now is because I left it on my brother’s bedroom which we use to share and I do not want to untangle the wires.
I didn’t want to break the bank so I settled with 2.1 speakers only.
Enter. I don’t really know the Ozaki brand but I gave it a try because the price is really attractive. For only P1900 I get 2 satellites with separate tweeters and mid-range speakers and a wooden sub-woofer with double bass drivers, which they call Woofer of Woofer hence the name WoW. I play bass guitar and I love bass that’s why I gave it a chance.
I tested it in the shop and I was pleased somehow so I bought it. It was already evening then so I arrived at home, I was only able to listen to softer music. I was still pleased with the quality of the bass. The next day, I tested the speakers with louder music and I noticed that there isn’t much mid-range but it was okay because the clarity of the high frequency sound and deep pounding bass compensates it.
Using GrooveShark I streamed several classic rock music to criticize it further. After some time I heard a pop like a balloon exploding. I was puzzled what it was so I turned down the volume. I was clueless so I continued listening to streaming music. I turned up the volume somewhere pass the middle, and I was shocked when I heard another popping sound. This time I saw the left satellite tweeter smoke. I immediately noticed that the satellites lost high frequency response and the volume dropped considerably.
I owned it only for only a day and Ozaki WoW 460 2.2 speakers already broke down. Luckily the store carries standard warranty so I was able to replace it with another speaker. This time around, I opted for a well-known brand.
I replaced it with Logitech Z506 5.1 speakers. Maybe I’ll review it when I have time, but in general, I prefer it over the broken Ozaki WoW 460 2.2 speakers. The bass is not as deep as Ozaki but I would rather pay for quality rather than double bass.
To be fair with Ozaki, it seems that the unit that I bought was defective or just a lemon. I would still try a bigger Ozaki 2.2 speaker if given a chance or if Ozaki sends one for review :) but for now I am still wary with the quality of speakers that they are selling.
This is a lesson for those picky speaker buyers like me. Turn up the volume whenever you test your speakers in stores to avoid surprises when you blast your speakers.