has introduced its FX4021 and FX 5051, two new 2.1 and 5.1 speaker systems for computers. They’re coming this fall for $129.95 and $249.95 respectively.
Both units feature wireless remote controls that let you control volume, bass and treble response, and also sport wall mount support if you’d like to permanently affix the satellite speakers. Altec Lansing vaunts the satellites’ two-way design, utilizing two active drivers in each enclosure.
The FX4021 uses dual 5.25-inch woofers in its sub, and features two-way satellites with 40mm midrange drivers and 18mm tweeters. They come with weighted cast metal stands. The system also has an auxiliary input for hooking up your iPod or CD player, and features built-in cable management so you don’t tangle up your desk.
The FX5051 is a USB-based system that uses dual 6.5-inch woofers in the sub and the same two-way satellite design as the FX4021 system, but with a total of four satellites. The system includes a digital hardwired controller to adjust master, center, surround, bass and treble controls, as well as the same wireless control as the FX4021.
Altec Lansing cautions that “true 5.1 USB surround sound” is not yet available on Macs, and advises users to switch the sub to the 2/4 channel mode.