The Audyssey Lower East Side Media speakers may be tiny, but they can kick up a storm...
Just occasionally products slip through the WHFSV review net: we only have so many pages each month, and the competition for space can get fierce.
The Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers are a case in point, which is a shame – they're a riot!
Announced last summer, the Audyssey LES speakers were only the second stereo product from a company perhaps better known for its home cinema amp equalisation and set-up software, and having written the initial news story for this site, I was intrigued enough by the little speakers to request a review pair when available.
Time passed, and then not so long ago a box arrived out of the blue from Audyssey, containing a pair of the speakers. In the meantime they'd also appeared for sale here in the UK, through outlets including the Apple Store and Amazon.
Time to set them up and give them a blast, then.
And 'a blast' just about sums them up: designed for use on desktops or in small rooms, as explained in Audyssey's promotional video, these little speakers stand just 23cm tall on their integrated 'lean back' stands, yet deliver a big, big sound with pretty scary bass for their size.
That's all down to a combination of Audyssey's Dynamic EQ, which compensates for loss of detail at low listening levels, Bass XT to monitor the incoming signal and adjust the sound to make the most of the bass driver's abilities.
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Oh, and a 7.5cm bass unit in each speaker, backed up with a rear-mounted 10cm passive bass radiator, seen above.
Hook-up is via either a 3.5mm stereo analogue input or an optical digital in, while there's also a headphone output on the front of the 'master speaker'. This also contains the amplification, volume/power control and input for the mains adapter.