Genius SW-G2.1 1250 is a 4 piece 2.1 gaming speaker with 38 watts RMS output. As the name suggests, this speaker system targets gamers. It has an edgy design and the speakers have hot red accents. .
I enjoy 5.1 surround for over a decade already so it\’s hard to switch back to 2.1. The good news is — not everyone wants to buy 5.1 or 7.1 anyway — specially if you\’re on a budget. Besides, if you will buy this mainly for playing games you don\’t really need 5.1 channels to enjoy the majority of games on PC or otherwise. Virtual surround technology is now available in most sound cards, even the built-in ones, and it gives you the experience to enjoy surround sound without the need for a physical surround system.
What\’s in the Package?
The 4-piece set is composed of 2 satellite speakers, a sub-woofer and a controller.
Inside the package you\’ll find 2-channel RCA cable to 3.5mm audio cable. This connects the controller to the PC audio output. There\’s also a 3.5mm audio cable that connects the mic output of the controller to the PC mic input. Basically, it serves as an extension so you can connect your mic in front of the controller. Great for quick and easy access online chat for your gaming buddies.
The satellites are magnetically shielded 3\” cones and they deliver 9 watts (RMS) output each. It has a boxy hourglass shape and it has a hole at the back so you can hang it on the wall if you wish. The wire is hardwired at the back of the speaker and it connects to the controller with a male RCA connector. I am pleased because it can produce full mid-range sounds. Even if without dedicated tweeter speakers, the satellites produce clear high frequencies as well.
Genius SW-G2.1 1250 has a powerful sub-woofer as well. It delivers 20 watts (RMS) output and uses a 5.25 drive unit in a very rigid MDF board cabinet. The lowest frequency it can produce is rated at 58 Hz only but its bass is deep and solid. There is a slight distortion if the bass is driven too much specially when you use a custom equalizer. However, after using a \”flat\” setting (usually the default setting), I didn\’t hear the distortion anymore even if I\’ve set the bass to the maximum. So, to avoid the slight bass distortion at full volume, either adjust the bass level using an equalizer (flatten it or don\’t bump the bass level) or lower the bass level using the bass dial.
What makes this gaming speaker special is the controller. It is not just a separate control box. Usually most inexpensive 2.1 system puts the amplifier inside the sub-woofer cabinet but Genius SW-G2.1 1250 also houses a class AB amplifier inside the controller so it is bigger than usual. It has a dedicated bass dial and a big volume control which serves as the on switch also. There\’s also a mic input and headphones output at the front panel and at the back you\’ll find the a standard 3.5mm auxiliary input that you can use for your MP3 player and video game console.
I\’m really surprised that these speakers are loud enough to fill a room of about 25 sq. meters. I played StarCraft II in full volume and even my neighbors can hear me nuke Zerglings. I can feel every explosions and ricochet clearly yet the subtle ambient background music do not drown or fade in the background. It really surpassed my expectations. I can easily ditch my entry-level 5.1 speakers with these speakers. The key here is the class AB amplifier inside the controller which is responsible for the high quality sound.
In summary, it delivers crisp full range sound and a solid bass. The separate controller gives you easy access to dedicated bass and master volume control and it also has an auxiliary input for a second device. It has one of best price to performance ratio for 2.1 speakers in the market now.
The SRP is not released yet when I got this but tentatively it is around P2500. Internationally, this is available for about $50, street price For the specs alone, it is a steal already. For local inquires, you may contact Ed Zurbano at [email protected] or you may call 688-3181.
Below is my unboxing video of Genius SW-G2.1 1250 2.1 Gaming Speakers.