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Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Speakers

Introduction

Eagle Tech is not a company most would recognize by name–at least, not by that name. They have made something of a name for themselves indirectly through their iNeo imprint. People have thus come to associate Eagle mainly with hard drive enclosures and NAS boxes. Recently though, they’ve decided to branch out into PC speakers. Their initial offerings are fairly modest, seemingly aimed at people who want nice-sounding speakers without dropping a huge wad of cash.

Today, I’ll be looking at the top of this new line, the Arion 504 2.1 speaker set. With a going price of $49.99 (Google Shopping results), even the top end is fairly affordable. The real question is, of course, are these speakers worth the price? Let’s have a look (and a listen) and find out.

Eagle’s Take

Quality matters! These speakers have been tweaked to maintain overall efficiency and fidelity at significantly higher sound pressures than conventional speakers. Stiff and light cone materials, precision shaped wooden enclosure and raised crossover points of the midrange and tweeter assemblies, make these speakers very efficient at vibrating air – without added distortions. The result? You get seamless overall imaging and soundstage of the music that is nothing short of clear and natural – even at high decibels.

This post has been brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department, ensuring backup solutions since—hah, kidding. All snark aside, it’s pretty clear the folks at Eagle are proud of what they’ve put together here. I count three different ways of saying low distortion at high volumes, so it’s pretty obvious they want us to crank these things up. To me, that sounds like a plan.

Features

Feature Commentary
Exceptional tonal fidelity and low harmonic distortion Just in case you missed it, we think our speakers sound great
Dedicated subwoofer, mid-range and tweeter drivers for high decibel output Pretty much de rigeur for any full-range speaker set
LCD with digital equalizers Relax and watch the blinkenlights
Raised crossover points of midrange and tweeters Making the tweeters and mid-range driver ranges overlap prevents those transition-frequency sounds from dropping out
Stiff and light cone materials for precise vibrations Mushy speaker cone = mushy sound
Smooth response over broad frequency so you hear the music at exactly the same way it was recorded A bold claim, we’ll see how well it holds up in audition
Solid wood enclosures accurately amplifies overall sound level Hooray, somebody over there understands acoustic resonance
Great for MP3 player, CD, PC, video gaming system, home audio system or just about any other audio sources …so please buy as many as you can! seems to be the implied message here
Full function remote control For indulging your inner couch potato
Multiple audio inputs Handy for using your MP3 player without constant plug-swapping
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