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Boston Acoustics Horizon MM226 Multimedia 2.1 Speaker System (Mist)
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Product Description

Designed to provide outstanding sound with the deepest bass response from any source, the MM 226 system includes 2 satellite speakers, and a separate subwoofer that utilizes a single high-excursion 6.5" driver for powerful bass. The system also boasts a true 100 watts of amplification to bring all your media to life. A special dynamic bass enhancement feature delivers powerful low frequency bass response at any volume. The system's space-saving slim-profile design with soft touch finish makes it ideal for the desktop or any other room in the house, and for unlimited flexibility. It may be used with any computer, iPod, media player, or other portable music device.

Features:
  • Three-piece system with 200 watts of total system power for great sound and powerful bass
  • Second stereo input ideal for use with any iPod or other portable media player
  • BassTrac audio processing for rich clean bass at any volume
  • High-output dual 2-inch drivers and on 6.5-inch subwoofer, includes control pad
  • Mist color with silver grille

Customer Reviews:

  • Best bang for the buck by far...
    I never realized how much I loved my old speakers until (thanks to a vacuum cleaner accident) I was forced to replace my Altec Lansing ATP3's. Say what you will about the Altec Lansing's downward firing mid-range, they have a very rich sound and full mid-range that most other speakers lack. I researched other (2.1) multi-media speakers in this price range for almost 2 months and essentially narrowed it down to the Logitech Z-2300, the Boston Acoustic MM226 and the updated version of my old speakers the Altec Lansing VS4121. I briefly considered the Bose companion 3 (Series II) but the price quickly disqualified them, especially for my needs (Home-Office).

    After reading the numerous reviews of the Logitech Z-2300, and finding them for $100 (with free shipping) I thought how could I go wrong, but quickly returned them after just 2 days. They're good (VERY LOUD) but I guess too much of a good thing is still a bad thing (they rattled my monitor even with minimal bass). I just like listening to music while I work (I have rather diverse tastes in music) and want to hear everything the music has to offer (from the cymbals to the background vocals). I boxed up the Z-2300s for return and immediately ordered the speakers I should've bought in the first place; the MM226s.

    My test for speakers is to listen to them without ANY equalization and unfortunately the Z-2300s had a gaping hole in the midrange. The MM226's on the other hand came closest to the "accuracy and fidelity" I was seeking. With minimal tweaking (equalization) I was able to achieve the sound I desired rather easily. I don't know why this info was so hard to find, but computerpoweruser.com lists the Frequency response as: 35Hz to 20,000Hz. On bass-heavy songs the bass can distort, but again it's nothing that can't be overcome with a slight tweak. They look good (very professional), they don't take up a lot of space (the subwoofer is slightly wider than the ATP3), and sound very good. I have to admit I wasn't `wowed' the way I was when I first heard my ATP3s, but I am quite satisfied with my purchase (even with the cost of returning the Z-2300s added in). I think New Moon stated it best "If you want a good range, from deep lows to crisp highs with a decent midrange, and you're looking for accurate sound reproduction, these speakers are for you!" Easily the best speakers on the market right now, especially for the price. ...more info
  • Excellent desktop speakers for $65
    I was torn betweon the BA speakers and the HK Soundsticks. I chose these because of the good reviews and price, and because the HK's look pretty dated now (think iMac) and would look funny next to my glossy black monitor. The BAs fit well with my desktop aesthetic and no not draw your eye, which is a good thing in my opinion for desktop speakers.

    Lest you think from the above that the look is all the matters to me, my PC is the center of my entertainment universe. I have a turntable on my desk and as well as a digitized library on a home server. For desktop speakers, these are great! The first thing I did was put on Breathe by Pink Floyd when I tested them. They put out more than enough volume for the desktop, have well-balanced bass which can thump your chest if that's what you're into. The only possible weakness is the midrange can be slightly flat if your levels aren't set right between your sound card, software, and the speakers themselves. If you're trying to fill a larger space or you're the kind of audio snob who rips to WAV, your mileage may vary.

    I got these in 4/09 through Amazon, but fulfilled by Tiger Direct for $64.99, shipping included. For that price you cannot miss with the BA MM226. It's a month later as I write this review, and it shows up at $155 on Amazon. I suspect that there may be a different competitive field at that price, but probably overkill for sitting at your desk. Shop around, and if you can get them for under $100 do not hesitate!...more info
  • Not shielded? Or just low quality?
    These suffer from the same problem as the MM220 (the variant without the subwoofer)... they are not shielded and are subject to a lot of interference. They sound terrific when there isn't a bunch of static. I tried the MM200 first, then decided to try the MM226, and both of them had this problem. No other computer speakers I have tried have this issue, and they're all on the same desk. I love Boston Acoustics, but these are not suitable for computer use if you have any kind of interference around your PC. ...more info
  • Opinion from an average gamer/music listener/college student.
    These speakers were definitely worth every penny I paid for. 66USD after shipping.

    THESE SPEAKERS NEED BREAKING IN. Play some music overnight and you'll definitely hear the difference the next day.

    I would recommend these to anyone, if you could get them for the sale price. EXCELLENT....more info
  • A great upgrade to older systems, without breaking the bank
    It takes an amazing feat for me to write a review on any item, but I am quite impressed...

    I used these to upgrade from a 4 year-old 2.1 Cambridge Sound System and am very happy with the results!
    The sound is remarkable from audio to television programs to movies. Clarity, definition and spacial response is on-point. The wired remote with headphone jack and MP3 adapter is a feature the high-end units need to offer with their computer sound systems (especially the headphone over-ride).
    Fit and finish are professional and this unit could sit on any desk or shelf from the advanced user to
    the pro-am audiophile or videophile. (On a stingy budget!,,,) (Which I am both!)

    Pros:
    1. Slim design of the desktop speakers takes little real estate on the desktop and delivers great high and mid sound. Should you use an app like iTunes, PowerDVD or IDVD, the audio will be remarkable and you will enjoy outstanding audio media to a great extent. No lag in sync and crystal clear sound.

    2. The setup is very easy and straight-forward with a minimal manual that anyone can follow. Installation was finished in 30 minutes, which included removing the old system.

    3. It looks good on your desktop! I also like the MP3 adaptor on the remote which feeds directly to the
    speakers. Plug in an iPod, Sansa or other media device without syncing, no USB required!. Great when friends come over to play music for a party! I don't think anyone else has that feature on a PC speaker
    system either.

    Cons:

    1. The subwoofer is rather "muscular" But in it's defense, it does sound good and is adjustable!

    2. If you have a limited shielded wiring infrastructure, you may need to invest into a few
    ferrite adaptors for the audio cables (at Radio Shack for 2 bucks a piece), to cut the interference. Worth the effort, on your next trip to the mall or a few pennies on Ebay.

    Summary:

    I got these from [...]. Well worth the WOOT!. I suggest all of you visit
    woot.com or other discount sites on the daily for deals like this. (Vice $180.00 at others...)

    Boston Acoustics has a great product in this gem. If you are looking for great sound and willing to
    hunt for a great price, or have a little change, this is for you.

    You will be satisfied as I am on deals like this! Again, about it's fit and finish, I think it will last as
    long as my old system or even longer, with still great sound....more info
  • Not what I expected from Boston
    I was replacing Boston speakers I purchased with my Gateway computer over ten years ago. Those Boston speakers were like nothing I've ever heard from computer speakers. I wanted that same sound so my only choice was Boston Acoustics. This set of speakers has a wired on/off switch. This wired switch is not properly insulated or properly grounded. I'm not sure which. The problem is, I get a popping sound from the speakers when the wire touches another wire. It took me a while to figure out the problem. To srop the noise I moved the on/off switch from my desktop to the top of my tower making sure no wires crossed and the popping stopped. The sound from the speakers is just as great as I expected but, the popping was very annoying.

    I wanted to return the speakers in the beginning but could not because I had gotten rid of the box the speakers came in. I will keep my boxes on my next purchase. I never thought I would have a problem with these Boston Acoustics speakers. I was expecting ten more wonderful years. ...more info
  • BA.....Stands for more than Boston Acoustics
    These speakers are perfect for computer listening. Tight accurate bass....nice mids and unobtrusive highs. Can be turned all the way up and stays clear without distortion. From Cristopher Cross to Tribe called Quest, these do not dissapoint. A huge improvement over the CS Megaworks 210D set that I just bought and returned....more info
  • Was pleased until control box failed after 2 weeks.
    I enjoyed the Boston Acoustics speakers for two weeks, and then whenever I turned the system on, after a few seconds, one of the channels reverted to a continuous buzzing sound. After several calls, I was told that the control box potentiometer had probably failed. It is now at their repair center in Syracuse. I hope this is not an indication of my future experience with this speaker system....more info
  • Excellent desktop speakers for $65
    I was torn betweon the BA speakers and the HK Soundsticks. I chose these because of the good reviews and price, and because the HK's look pretty dated now (think iMac) and would look funny next to my glossy black monitor. The BAs fit well with my desktop aesthetic and no not draw your eye, which is a good thing in my opinion for desktop speakers.

    Lest you think from the above that the look is all the matters to me, my PC is the center of my entertainment universe. I have a turntable on my desk and as well as a digitized library on a home server. For desktop speakers, these are great! The first thing I did was put on Breathe by Pink Floyd when I tested them. They put out more than enough volume for the desktop, have well-balanced bass which can thump your chest if that's what you're into. The only possible weakness is the midrange can be slightly flat if your levels aren't set right between your sound card, software, and the speakers themselves. If you're trying to fill a larger space or you're the kind of audio snob who rips to WAV, your mileage may vary.

    I got these in 4/09 through Amazon, but fulfilled by Tiger Direct for $64.99, shipping included. For that price you cannot miss with the BA MM226. It's a month later as I write this review, and it shows up at $155 on Amazon. I suspect that there may be a different competitive field at that price, but probably overkill for sitting at your desk. Shop around, and if you can get them for under $100 do not hesitate!...more info
  • Save by buying White!
    I just bought the white (Mist) MM226 speakers. I was a little hesitant because of the color. It would really stand out with my black 32" Samsung LCD and the black stand. I know that the black version on the MM226 has sky rocketed recently. I went to Boston Acoustics' website and lo' and behold, you can buy the satellite speaker grilles for only $5.00 a pair with free shipping! (On Sale "For a Limited Time Only!") You can select from a few different colors, even BLACK! I'm saving quite a few dollars by going this route. Hope this helps someone with their decision....more info
  • Sound quality is a step up from Logitech Z-2300
    I moved out of college this spring and had to sell my old 2.1 system, a Logitech Z-2300. Since I moved I've been looking at various options for a replacement. I liked my Logitech set quite a lot, especially for their incredible power and bass kick. However, I felt that it really lacked oomph in the all-important lower midrange, between where the satellites roll off and where the subwoofer kicks in. Also the subwoofer for that set is comically huge, taking up a third of the space under a normal desk.

    Considering the weak midrange and absurd subwoofer I had been used to, I first examined a component system with a stereo amp and two proper bookshelf speakers (no sub), but I couldn't find a complete setup in a price range that made sense for me, and nothing I looked at would fit on my desk. Resigned, I looked at a number of 2.1 computer speakers, and almost bought another instance of my old system before stumbling across these gems. I'd heard some Boston Acoustics speakers that impressed me, and I figured that BA would put some real effort into setting their computer speakers apart from the rest.

    I was not to be disappointed. Both these and the Logitechs have an appealing bright tone and good precision in the highs, but the Logitechs always felt somewhat disconnected as the sound traveled down the registers, jumping from satellite to sub with that missing midrange, and I was worried these would fall apart too. The Logitechs also suffered from an overpowered sub that I could never balance properly against the satellites, no matter how much tweaking I did in my EQ. However, Boston has created a well-balanced, cohesive system that shines across the board. They won't blow out windows at your next party, but that's not the point. The sub is still large but much more sensibly-sized than the monstrous Logitech one. If you're looking for thumping bass and raw power, go for the Logitechs; they can't be beat for price/performance. If you want accuracy and fidelity, though, I'd go for these Boston speakers any day....more info
  • Very Impressed
    I have a $3k home theatre system, and consequently I've never been able to enjoy the sound that comes out of most computer speakers. When I saw that Boston Acoustics made some, I knew they would be my best bet at getting good quality ones.

    The sound quality is great compared to other high-end pc speakers I listened to prior to purchasing. The bass is balanced and not distorted as most speaker systems seem to be plagued with.

    The speakers are visually neutral. They aren't conversation pieces, but definitely aren't ugly. The sub is big as others have noted, but I was able to put it in the corner (where it should be anyways). The separate wired remote is nice, but I found it fell of my desk too often, so I ended up using a 3M strip to keep it in place....more info