Upgrading speakers is not often talked about whenever the topic of upgrading a PC comes up. It could be that most people are just simply content with their generic two-speaker setup or maybe most just have not experienced the difference between a good or a bad speaker. Processors and motherboards are essential to actually operating a PC, so it is easy to understand why they are always the topic of upgrade conversations. I would argue that with the amount of multimedia consumed and PC games played by users in front of their computer these days, however, an investment in a good quality speaker is worth it. A good quality speaker or headset can be the difference between just simply passing time or a positive experience.
PC speakers are now expected to be much more flexible in terms of sound reproduction as it is not just a video gaming system anymore, but a full-fledged multimedia unit that can readily stream high-definition movies and access terabytes of digital music collection. We expect high-definition videos to be rendered with clarity and precision on our displays so why shouldn’t we demand the same for our auditory needs? Ineo, known primarily for their storage solutions, has been developing audio solutions under their Alienvibes brand that are designed to address the multimedia demands of the modern PC user.
The Ineo Alienvibes W401 is a 2.2 channel speaker system set for PC use. The W401 speaker’s cabinet is wooden, housing a pair of 4” drivers for the subwoofer and a pair of 3” drivers with 1” tweeters for the satellites. With the subwoofer measuring 280 x 228 x 220mm (WxHxD) and the pair of satellites measuring 110 x 246 x 132mm each, the Ineo Alienvibes W401 is larger than most typical PC speakers. The Alienvibes W401 has a frequency response range of 35 Hz to 20 kHz with a total peak power of 110W. Volume, Bass and Treble controls are built into the subwoofer cabinet of the W401 with a power LED ring indicator around the volume knob.