Altec Lansing MX6021 Expressionist Ultra Review

Not too long ago we took a look at the Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass speakers. We found them to be pretty good for the price. Now we got our hands on the Expressionist Ultra speakers also by Altec Lansing. Do they live up to their predecessors?

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Not too long ago we took a look at the Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass speakers. We found them to be pretty good for the price. Now we got our hands on the Expressionist Ultra speakers also by Altec Lansing. Do they live up to their predecessors?

The Expressionist Ultra series is a step in a different direction for the line. Instead of integrating the subwoofer into the speakers, it is separated as a dedicated floor unit. To be honest, it’s a massive subwoofer. It’s arguably larger than my desktop tower. However, it does create a greater bass response than that produced by the Expressionist Bass speakers. Listening to music ranging from club to classical, the bass seems crisp and deep.

Included are two satellite speakers as well, each with both a tweeter for high treble notes and a main speaker for mid-range tones. Both perform well and seem to be responsive for most all audible frequencies. For controls, there’s a unique knob attachment that controls treble, bass, and overall volume on your desktop. Jacks for headphones and an extra input to the speakers are present, making life just a bit easier when switching between headphones and speakers. Also, there’s a nice set of LEDs that light up in patterns. Who doesn’t like that?

Ultimately, the Expressionist Ultra speakers provide for a great listening experience. However, they do have a few drawbacks. The subwoofer unit is massive. If you don’t have much room on your floor to place a new tower, these are not the speakers for you. Also, in our testing, we noticed a static buzz regardless of the volume of the speakers. I’m not sure if this problem is universal, but it was definitely unwanted in our testing. It seems the sound emanates from the tweeters on the satellite speakers.

Overall, we give them a thumbs up for great audio quality when music is playing, but keep in mind that there may be some unwanted static when listening to quiet music, or no music at all. You can find the Altec Lansing MX6021 Expressionist Ultra speakers at Amazon.com for around $170.00 (at press time).

Pros

  • Crisp and clear bass
  • Treble speakers with a tweeter for higher frequencies
  • Good control device

Cons

  • Unwanted static noise
  • Excessively large subwoofer
  • Somewhat expensive ($199.95 on Altec’s website)

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