In this HD world we live in, having the latest and greatest display in which to fully enjoy this media has become the norm. With every release of a new device, it seems the display is the biggest improvement, with higher resolutions and more pixels per inch being the specs that consumers cling to when deciding one versus another. With such an emphasis on visuals, we can’t afford to overlook the need for high quality speakers to fully enjoy the experience. There are numerous choices out there, and most are X.1 setups. This is generally some number (i.e. X) of satellite speakers and a subwoofer (aka .1). The traditional 2.0 (no separate subwoofer) market has historically been saturated with “cheap” speakers…unfortunately that hasn’t changed much with the emphasis on X.1 setups. So can a 2.0 speaker system cut it in today’s market where so much emphasis is being placed on getting the most out of the HD media and high quality audio that is so readily available these days? Palo Alto seems to think so, and with their Cubik speakers they are here to try and dispel multiple myths. Essentially, bigger isn’t always better, and more speakers does not mean better sound.
If you’re unfamiliar with Palo Alto, they pride themselves on delivering an uncompromising high-fidelity audio experience through extensive audio technology work and research, with an obsessive compulsive need for luxury. On paper all that should translate to one set of awesome speakers, so we here at Techwarelabs are hopeful going into this review.
Before we get into the review, here are the Cubik’s specifications:
- USB full-digital 2.0 active Speaker
- Audio Inputs:
- Mini USB 2.0 for streaming
- 2.5 inch Peerless premium full-range driver
- Neodymium magnet, Magnetically shielded
- Full-digital Amplifier Digital Signal Processing
- Power Supply:
- 100V-240V AC 50/60Hz on external power supply
- 9V DC on speaker
- 6.5(H) x 2.88(W) x 3.32(D)
- Left : 1 lb Right : 1.05 lb
This section normally either bores people to tears or is skipped altogether, mainly because there is generally nothing out of the ordinary. Well, I hope you’re still reading because the packaging for these Cubik speakers was unsettlingly unexpected.
The outside of the box has a minimalistic modern theme. Once opened, each item not only appeared to be individually hand packed, but also had its own specific compartments. There are few companies that package products like this anymore and it’s this type of packaging that honestly makes you feel all warm and fuzzy as you unpack your new toy. Once completely unpacked, the contents are:
- 2 x Cubik cube speakers
- 2 x Detachable metal stands
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x Power adapter
- User Manual