The Audioblob2 is a 2.1 stereo system i.e. two satellites and a big subwoofer which also contains the amplifier and external connections.
The subwoofer is chunky (about 11 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ by 11″), it has a single driver and opposite an exhaust port (that looks like a speaker) it’s quite a heavy unit. “Spikes” are supplied which should be screwed into its base and the whole thing sits on the floor.
The satellites are reasonably sized being 5 1/2″ by 4″ by 4 1/2″, but they feel a bit flimsy and topple over quite easily. They should sit on your desk.
Cables are supplied to connect everything together, but the satellite phono to bare wire cables look a bit cheap and the connectors aren’t anything special. There’s a standard mini-jack to phono to connect to an iPod dock or PC system.
There’s quite a punch, especially as there’s 28W pumped into the subwoofer and 12W to the satellites, overall the sound is better than your average PC speaker system with quite a warm sound to it all. However it’s all very dependent on where you place everything. If the
subwoofer is on old floor boards, your downstairs neighbours might get upset.
The subwoofer is finished in a very dark gloss, which means dust becomes very noticeable pretty quickly. It seems relatively resistant to scuffs.
Unfortunately, though the sound is better than your average PC/iPod speaker system, it’s not that special.
The satellites have: –
Frequency Response: 80Hz – 56KHz
Frequency Response: 42Hz – 80Hz
Inputs: 1 phone (3.5mm jack to phone lead supplied)
Outputs (to sat): 2 x phone (phone to bare wire leads supplied)
Input Power: 230V AC, 50Hz, 100VA
The unit reviewed was black, though it also come in white.
A better than average PC/iPod speaker system for around 100 quid.
Ease of Use: 79%
Value for Money: 70%