Eagle Arion AR508LR 2.1 Soundstage Speakers with Subwoofer and Remote

Search form

Posted by on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 5:04pm

eagletech arion ar508I share the house with my sixteen year old son and my wife.  We all have pc’s, my son and I have desktops and they are both located in one room and my wife has a laptop.  Speakers have not always been a high priority on our list when we upgrade.  For my son and I we would be drowning each other out when we are both playing games and for some reason my wife always thinks everything is too loud (unless she is jamming to something on the radio).  I do have a 5.1 sound system hooked to my computer, although I only have it configured for 3.1 since my rooms layout doesn’t really allow for the rear channels.  My son has been stuck with a 2.1 system that we have had for about 10 years.  Don’t let the years fool you though.  We have looked into many different speaker setups in stores and have never found anything that beat the old Labtec LCS 2424’s.  Until now. 

Introduction to the Eagle Arion ET-AR508LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers with Subwoofer and Remote

I share the house with my sixteen year old son and my wife.  We all have pc’s, my son and I have desktops and they are both located in one room and my wife has a laptop.  Speakers have not always been a high priority on our list when we upgrade.  For my son and I we would be drowning each other out when we are both playing games and for some reason my wife always thinks everything is too loud (unless she is jamming to something on the radio).  I do have a 5.1 sound system hooked to my computer, although I only have it configured for 3.1 since my rooms layout doesn’t really allow for the rear channels.  My son has been stuck with a 2.1 system that we have had for about 10 years.  Don’t let the years fool you though.  We have looked into many different speaker setups in stores and have never found anything that beat the old Labtec LCS 2424’s.  Until now. 

Eagle’s take on the Arion ET-AR508LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers

If your ultimate goal is to have a system that plays loud with accurate audio down low, you need this high fidelity, 2-way loudspeaker system. Its premium quality woofer uses nothing but the best materials to deliver forceful, tight bass and midrange. High quality tweeters add to the realism of the overall sound by rendering specific details of each instrument. With digital equalizer located on the subwoofer unit, you can completely and precisely adjust sound preferences in five seconds or less. You will feel like you are right there in the studio with your favorite musicians.


Packaging and Contents

I was impressed with the packaging and the care of the contents when Eagle shipped me their Arion ET-AR508LR-BK’s.  Not only was the box it came in well designed and good looking, but the contents were well protected from the sometimes heavy hands of the shipping industry. 

You can see here that it’s a colorful and informative box, all the specs you need to know and the upgrades are listed for you. 

They don’t leave you guessing about what you’re going to get, even the pictures are good quality.

As you can see, everything is packed in tight and carefully enclosed in Styrofoam.  All the components are wrapped in plastic which helped protect those shiny surfaces.

It includes a well designed user manual, the remote control and the minimum wiring you will need to hook your system up. 

It’s a very well designed manual with clear easy to understand instructions.  It lists all the feature and how to use them along with all the different ways to hook your system up.  The remote control is pretty basic, but it does exactly what you need it to do, you can adjust to your listening pleasure without having to move an inch.  Very helpful for those that want to tuck their subwoofer out of the way.


Specifications

• Total RMS Power: 70 Watts
-Satellites: 15 Watts RMS x 2 (into 4 ohms, @<=1% THD)
-Subwoofer: 40 Watts RMS x 1 (into 4 ohms, @<=1% THD)
• Total Peak Power: 140 Watts
• Frequency Response: 35Hz to 20kHz
• Drivers:
-Satellites: Dual 3-inch tweeter with solid wood enclosure
-Subwoofer: 6.5-inch driver with solid wood enclosure
• Speaker Dimension:
-Satellites: 4.53 x 9.85 x 5.12 inches
-Subwoofer: 8.67 x 14.18 x 9.85 inches

Features

• 140 watts amplifier with low distortion digital equalizer
• Passive crossover networks for clean separation of different frequencies
• Premium quality tweeters and subwoofer drivers for crisp highs and punchy lows
• Smooth response over wide frequencies with exceptional imaging and accuracy
• LCD display and full function remote control
• Great for HTPC, video gaming system, home theater system and more
• Sound dampening solid wood enclosures


Closer look

Let’s see what you get after unwrapping all the plastic.  After all looks are a very important part of any purchase, plus your speakers stand out in your pc area.  You don’t want to be stuck looking at something you can’t stand every day.


You get a very shiny front surface with two 3” tweeters rated at 15 Watts RMS for your satellite speakers.  I was a little surprised that there were no covers or protection over the tweeters, but the look it creates added to my attraction to them.  Around back you have the attached wiring and a sound tube.  They tell you these are solid wood enclosures and I can’t argue that.  All surfaces are covered in a laminate and everything is so well put together that I could not find any naked wood to check.  My guess is that they are made from MDF, which is wood, but not necessarily my definition of solid wood.  Since there is no way to verify, we will trust Eagle. 

The subwoofer enclosure is where all the action is.  It sports the same shiny black front, the LCD panel and function buttons and these are housed in a silver racing stripe running down the middle.

Here you can see the LCD panel in action.  It tells you what you have selected, like Aux, CD, Mute, Volume, Bass and Treble.  It also works as a VU meter, showing how hard the music is hitting.  The subwoofer has a 6.5” driver and is rated at 40 Watts RMS, so it does have some good bass punch.

From the side you can see the subwoofer opening and the bass tube.


The back of the subwoofer is where all the setup takes place.  The satellite speakers are plugged in here and you have a audio input open for you to use for maybe your Xbox or a CD player.  One item I was happy to see was the MP3/4 player hookup.  Very important to have these days. 


Listening Session

The very first thing I did after pulling it out of the box was to plug in my Zune.  I try to keep some energetic music on there for when I run (I’m forced to; it’s not for fun, trust me).  So I cranked up some System of a Down, Drowning Pool and Marilyn Manson (sometimes you just have to go heavy metal).  I was listening to the music and trying to take some action pictures of the LCD panel VU meter function and I found myself impressed right away with the bass.  It was hitting hard enough to make the camera shaky and mess up my pictures.  No complaints here, I don’t mind the Eagle Arion surprising me like that.  It wasn’t just the bass though, the playback quality was excellent, I was very impressed. 

After hooking it up to my pc I jumped right into YouTube and decided to really stress the bass.  So I pulled up some Jibbs singing King Kong.  I had to play with the bass settings a bit as King Kong hits really hard, but it was an impressive performance by this little 2.1 system.  I quickly changed categories and pulled up some Lynyrd Skynyrd as they are one of my favorite bands.  I ran through a few of their songs trying to get a better feel for the highs and mid-range.  I couldn’t find a fault in its music playback, either with an MP3/4 or with YouTube and even a CD played through the PC. 

That meant it was time for a movie, I know it’s old, but Top Gun is still one of my favorite movies for testing purposes.  Eagles Arion didn’t miss a beat, literally and physically.  Yes it was only 2.1 and no surround but it works for me. 

Last and most important test for me, gaming.  I ran through a few of my favorites here, starting with Counter Strike Source.  If you’ve played this first person shooter, you know how important sound quality is.  If you can’t hear them coming for you, or you can’t tell which direction their coming from, you lose.  Next was Call of Duty, again sound plays a key role, same with Team Fortress 2.  It didn’t matter what I threw at it, it did an excellent job.

Conclusion

I know I spoke very highly or the Eagle Arion ET-AR508LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage, and I’ll tell you it’s justified.  I even went back and looked over everything trying to find a fault, but I couldn’t find it.  I’ve kept the Labtec LCS 2424’s for years not because I’m cheap, but because they were amazing.  I have listened to systems that cost twice the price and still couldn’t keep up with them.  Well they have now been replaced.  For around $80 Eagle has a winner here.  The bass is amazing, and that is very important to me.  I like to feel the movie, game or song and the subwoofer on the Arion does what I want.  Now don’t get me wrong, if you start moving into the pricey 5.1 or even 7.1 systems the Arion won’t be able to compete.  It is not a $500 Bose setup or even a $250 one.  But it is the best system I’ve heard for under $150 and that includes several 5.1 systems.  So if you’re a serious audiophile, well this isn’t for you.  If you’re like a lot of others and you want something reasonably priced, so you can spend a little more on that killer video card, or you use headphones a good bit of the time, the Eagle Arion ET-AR508LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage is for you.

{aseadnetadblock|pc speakers|} 

Category: 

Linode VPS Hosting