CES 2012: Altec Lansing and ACS
When at Staples or Best Buy, I'll often take a little time to listen to the computer speakers. After headphones, I reckon this may be the most common way people hear their music. It's been my experience during these impromptu listening sessions that the Altec Lansing computer speakers have consistently sounded quite good. I still have a couple old sets around the house. Unfortunately, the computer speakers in the display were not able to play, so I requested review samples of the Octane 7 and the Expressionist Ultra MX 6021. I have to admit to a personal interest in inexpensive stuff that sounds good, but I'm not entirely sure InnerFidelity readers have the same interest. I'd love to have some comments from readers regarding your interests along these lines, and if you think I should continue to look at inexpensive computer speakers.
Last year, Altec Lansing teamed up with U.K. in-ear hearing device specialist ACS to co-brand their custom in-ear monitors. This category is heating up with now about a dozen makers world-wide. The difficulty when evaluating product in this category is the fact that you pretty much have to buy one to hear one. I'll be working hard in the coming year to get evaluation samples of the top-of-the-line models from as many makers of custom IEMs as possible for review. Unfortunately, because these cans will be custom made for my for my ears, I will be unable to measure them. Oh well, I'll just have to listen carefully.
Craig Casper, and audiologist from ACS, made my ear impressions at the booth and told me about their cans.