Logic 3 International
In the past year we have seen many peripherals mimicking the iMac's translucent theme. Many of these have been products targeted at the Mac user, but there are also those that simply copied the idea just to 'conform'. As we set up the Sound Station's subwoofer and two satellite speakers, we couldn't help but think this was another attempt to milk the iMac's success. The main cabinets are translucent 'blueberry' colour, with the subwoofer having a clear front panel with blueberry colour volume and bass controls.
A couple of strange design decisions must have been made at some point, as the two wires connect to the front of the subwoofer unit, not the rear, and the controls are on the subwoofer rather than on one of the satellite speakers. You would normally put the subwoofer under your desk as it's usually quite a large piece of kit, and bass is non-directional so it's position is unimportant. In this case, the subwoofer was so ugly we wanted to put it out of sight even though we had to bend down to turn up the volume. And this is where our main groan lies.
Even at relatively low volume, the sound from both the satellite speakers was distorted. This didn't appear to be limited just to bass frequencies, as the higher frequencies like vocals and percussion were extremely fuzzy too. The subwoofer distorted when the bass dial was turned up above half way.
Overall, the sound quality was awful for most types of music, but for games playing it was just about tolerable.