Altec Lansing MX5021 Speaker System
There are two environments which we test the Altec Lansing MX5021: the computer workstation, and the home theater. In each location, we run a batch of subjective listening tests consisting of music, video games, and movies.
|Motherboard||DFI Infinity NF2 Ultra|
|CPU||AMD Athlon XP3200+|
|RAM||2x256MB Corsair PC3200 TwinX Platinum Series|
|Sound Processor||nVIDIA SoundStorm|
|Audio Output||Altec Lansing MX5021|
Altec Lansing ACS54 (4.1 speakers)
Sony MDR-CD270 headphones (digital reference, full seal)
Athena Technologies Audition Series speakers (home theater)
I realize that the nVIDIA SoundStorm is not the best sound processor to use, but hopefully it will produce some noticeable results for our purposes.
For this review, I selected a broad sample of music styles to give us a fuller picture of how the MX5021 performs. The following is a list of some of the albums/songs I listened to while testing these speakers.
|Alternative / Rock||Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral *|
The White Stripes - Elephant *
|Pop||Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar *|
Evanescence - Fallen*
U2 - All that You can't Leave Behind *
|Hip-Hop / Rap||Missy Elliott - This is Not a Test! *|
50 Cent - Guess Who's Back *
|Electronica||Fatboy Slim - Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars *|
The Prodigy - Fat of the Land *
|Trance||Airwave - Believe |
DJ Tiesto - In My Memory *
|Classical||Bizet - Carmen|
Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik
|Jazz||Diana Krall — The Look of Love *|
John Coltrane — Blue Train *
|Misc||Garden State — Original Soundtrack *|
Lush — Split *
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For selecting movies, I picked Finding Nemo, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Lost in Translation. Each of these movies have their own specialty: Finding Nemo excels at positional audio and ambient sound, The Two Towers for action effects, and Lost in Translation for dialog and artistic expression.
To test gaming, I used Doom 3, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Freelancer. I also tested using two THX certified games: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Need For Speed: Underground.