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Ozaki WoW 460 2.2 Speakers: A Day Experience

They say you get what you pay for. I don\’t really know the Ozaki brand but I gave it a try because the price is really attractive.

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.

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I didn\’t want to break the bank so I settled with 2.1 speakers only.

Enter Ozaki WoW WU460 2.2 speakers. 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.

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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.

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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.

By Marck V.

Filipino IT consultant on enterprise software. On his spare time he do web project management, photography and blogging. Web 2.0 enthusiast.