85

conclusion:We like it

85

These small, powerful desktop speakers can fill a room with crisp sound, strong bass, and very little distortion, even at high volumes. Whether you're using your computer for music, videos, or gaming, the Audyssey Media Speakers are a good choice if you're short on space but still want solid sound from your PC. While their list price of $249 is a bit steep, they're available for as little as $169, so be sure to shop around.

Critic reviews

8.0
8 reviews
  • Audio quality
    8.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0

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User reviews

8.8
5 reviews
8.0
TechCrunch Aug 12, 2011

A solid pair of laptop or desk speakers, unremarkable but warm and powerful, with an understated and attractive design. More attention to detail would help justify their price, though.

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8.0
Gizmodo Aug 3, 2011

For $200, these are probably the most righteous setup for a dorm, bedroom, or other such small, budgety arrangement.

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8.0
CNET Apr 4, 2012

Little speakers' bass limitations are a fact of life, but Audyssey's Lower East Side Media Speakers can generate considerably more bass punch than I've heard from any speaker of this size and price. Beyond the bass, the sound was lively and fun; I really enjoyed spending time with these speakers.

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7.0
CNET Aug 6, 2011

While we didn't like their sound as much as the Audioengine 2's, the Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers are an attractively designed set of powered multimedia speakers that offer good sound and the added bonus of a digital optical input.

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7.0
PC Mag Aug 17, 2011

The Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers offer a rewarding two-channel sonic experience for your computer, iPod, or home theater, but the system isn't without flaws.

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9.0
I4U Jan 30, 2012

If the slightly under $250 asking price doesn't scare you away, this is an excellent set of speakers that will leave you extra space on your desk or in the entertainment center.

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9.0
What Hi-Fi Apr 7, 2012

I've had a few good desktop-type speakers through these doors of late, from the Focal XS Book and SoundScience QSB to the amazing Neat Iotas – the little Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers, complete with their red 'go faster' stripes, are firmly on the same 'interesting' list.

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9.0
JasonTsay JasonTsay

Overall, a very highly recommended 2.0 set of speakers. You can hook them up to your TV using the optical input or to your computer through a standard 3.5mm jack. The design is quite nice and sound is very clear. I don't have many negative things to say about these speakers although they will...

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

Compared to my old, cheap Dell speaker setup (two tweeters and a separate sub), these Audyssey's are fantastic. The sound is much clearer, and completely devoid of static (unlike my Dell system). The only thing I don't love is that because the woofers are inside the speakers (which are up on my...

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8.0
gadgetfanboy gadgetfanboy

I bought these when I saw a smoking deal on Woot for way under the normal price. I'm quite happy with them, although at the normal street price of around $175 I might be a little disappointed I didn't go with the Audioengine A2's instead (which I may upgrade to in the future). I have an old pair...

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9.0
crawford crawford

Just picked these up on the recommendation of The Wirecutter. Loving the sound so far. Very precise with just the right amount of low end. It's remarkable, coming from bookshelf speakers connected to an amp. That combo was a little much for the desktop, but the presence of these speakers is...

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