Hooking everything up was akin to a trip down easy street. Simply set the speakers where you like, make a few simple connections, avoid the extreme urge to swap that neon green Ethernet cord for one of these speaker cables and you're practically set. Notably, satellite placement in this 2.1 rig wasn't nearly as important as it is with most setups. Due to the 360-degree design, sound really was emitted from "everywhere." We'll be honest -- we weren't expecting such a gimmicky sounding feature to actually affect results, but we truly grew to appreciate the expansive "sweet spot" this setup provided.Impressions
After everything was properly in place, we snatched our resident iPod and a nearby PC to utilize as sources. Upon queuing up Anberlin's Cities
, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me
and a variety of tunes (all of which were ripped in WAV) from every genre we could find, we were immediately taken aback by how much power these critters possessed. When ratcheting the volume around 80-percent of the way up, we literally had to back away in order to prevent our ears from throbbing. Best of all, however, was the fact that we didn't want to. No, even at four-fifths of the way to maximum volume, the Mako performed admirably -- no clipping, no bottoming out and no other audio issues that tend to rear their ugly heads when signals are cranked.
Upon restoring the overall level to a slightly more sensible point, we began listening for the subtleties often heard only when a decent set of cans are wrapped around your dome. Particularly in the regions of 5,000Hz and up, we were admittedly impressed with what was delivered. Quiet background tracks were presented fully, driving rhythm and lead riffs were allowed to cut through, and vocals never seemed too
"in front." Put simply: these speakers were actually living up the THX logo that graced each of them. As for the lower frequencies, we were reminded that we weren't parked in front of a multi-thousand (million
?) dollar home theater. Sure, the bottom end was copacetic, but we did feel that it had a somewhat tough time delivering the necessary punch when faced with double bass runs and the like. Still, under the majority of circumstances, the bass maker was a real champ, and for folks who just can't get enough of the low-lows -- precision be darned -- we can assure you that the Mako won't disappoint.
Realistically, this system wasn't designed just for music. Rather, we got the impression that it was created for music lovers, gamers and movie buffs alike -- albeit buffs who don't mind a non-5.1 system every once and awhile. When we tested the speakers in each of the aforementioned scenarios, we came away pleasantly satisfied every single time. The bass was full and impactful, the mids and highs were crystal clear and the enveloping sound emitted from the satellites almost made us forget that we were listening to just three speakers -- almost.