I have been a fan of Audyssey products since I met them at Pepcom back in 2009. At that time, they were showing off their South of Market Audio Dock and were chatting up how they have been in the business for years making components for auto and home entertainment systems. I did a little research and found that Audyssey has a huge track record of companies they have made audio systems for. Don’t believe me? Google it.
I was extremely impressed with the audio quality of the South of Market Audio Dock. The sound was astounding. For the price of $299, the South of Market Audio Dock was definitely not for your average joe. Everyone loves an underdog and seeing Audyssey stick it to brands like Harmon Kardon and Bose made me feel like this company is going places.
Fast forward about 16 months and I hear word that they are working on some media speakers. This time around, their minimalistic focus was on the optical port for Apple TV and video game systems. Although the Lower East Side Media Speakers appear to be your average desktop computer one/two punch, these things will knock you out.
The Audyssey LES media speakers are very versatile. I didn’t really care to watch movies on my computer, but after hearing these, I would consider using these in my living room (small living room). Music is my first reason for wanting good speakers. My music library mostly consists of rap/hip hop, R&B and techno. I wasn’t disappointed. The sound of the speakers were very powerful. They were very crisp and deep on the mid to low frequencies. The real audio tech reviews out there may not care too much for the heavy sound, but it made all the difference when watching a movie with explosions. When a company makes speakers like this, you have to understand that there won’t ever be a perfect desktop speaker. Especially, if you want them to be an all purpose setup.
Coming in at a price of $199, you have to wonder, can Audyssey really compete at that price. To be honest, I think so. They took a risk with their aggressive pricing and obviously it has paid off. Apple doesn’t just sell any audio equipment. They pick the creme of the crop. Check out a local Apple store and try these out. I assure you, an Apple employee will probably tell you to turn these babies back down.
If you take a walk around an Apple store you may find some other viable options out there. The Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D sports a 2.1 system that brings a little bit more versatility at maximum volume. If $200 is too much for a sound system, then there are other options out there but, let’s face it. This post is about the Audyssey LES and it’s bang for the buck.