Audio Speakers 

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Two rather different sets of PC speakers both using USB one self powered and the other also needing mains connection. One pair looks kind of ‘normal’ while the other is definitely more on the side of being a designer product.

Palo Alto Musik Digital Multimedia Speakers for PC or Mac
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Palo Alto Musik

You get a pair of speakers that will be equally at home with a Desktop or a Notebook PC. They are predominately cream with silver grey base front and top. They are 3cm taller at the back than the front and 1cm deeper at the base than the top. Overall they are rectangles with the metallic grill stretching over the entire front.

So the base is 8x7cm, the top is 7x7cm with the units being 15cm tall at the front and 17cm tall at the backs of the units.

The left unit has a hard wired lead emerging from the centre of the base (one metre in length) ending with a 2.5mm jack plug that fits into the rear of the right speaker. The right speaker also has a mini USB connector that goes to a USB port on the PC this carries power to the speakers from the PC as well as the sound from the PC.

The right side of the right speaker has three touch buttons the top is base and the other two are + and – for volume.

I found even with a Netbook that there was plenty of volume and you got a perfectly respectable overall sound.

There is no configuration plug them in and they work, remove them and the notebook or Netbook will return to using internal speakers. The documentation consists of five diagrams over four small pages but really none is required.

The Palo Alto Musik speakers are available from the link below for £49.95 with free delivery.

Palo Alto Cubik SA410PW

Palo Alto Cubik USB Speakers
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Another small set of speakers suitable for notebook or desktop but in this case they need power so probably for someone who is office bound. These are very stylish, cube shaped but on metal stands and balanced on an edge.

The cubes are 7cm with the height on the screw in base a total of 16cm. The cubes are matt black with a rubber dimpled coating to the four sides, the back is smooth apart from the indent to improve bass output and the front has a fine grill mesh covering the speaker.

The left unit has a hard wired propriety cable (one metre) protruding from the bottom of the back, this goes into the back of the right speaker. Both the units have a thumb screw on the stand to tighten them onto the speaker.

The right speaker has the connection for the cable from the left speaker, DC input and a mini USB to connect to the PC or Notebook.

There are four touch buttons on the right side of the right speaker, Bass, Mute + and – volume. As with the unit above plug them in they work, if you hear nothing it probably means either that the Mute button in engaged of the – volume is at maximum. There are no indications.

Sound quality was fine with plenty of bass, I suspect these will be on the ‘executive desk’ as they look the part; they are certainly an executive price.

Doing my Internet searches found the Palo Alto Cubik speakers at £179.95 including free delivery.

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