Altec Lansing FX5051

A 5.1 rig that brings USB to the party

This famous name is differentiating its 5.1 rig from Creative's and Logitech's by giving it a USB as well as analogue input.

The advantage of USB is that you don't need a 5.1 sound card for six-channel surround sound.

If you already have a decent multichannel sound card installed in your PC - which many of you surely will - using a USB input seems to offer no noticeable advantage in terms of sound quality.

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MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars

5.1 sound without a 5.1 sound card


No sound advantage from USB


A high-quality 5.1 system that provides a good solution for those with non-5.1 hardware


Dolby Digital 5.1


80 x 177 x 58


3.5mm Headphone Jack USB 2.0

Speaker channels


Total power output


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