With PCs sneaking out of the spare room and into the lounge, it's no longer enough that their speakers sound good; they need to look good, too. And TDK's latest Tremor speakers fit the latter requirement very nicely indeed.
Using NXT's flat SurfaceSound panels, the Tremor S-150R packs a surprising amount of sound into its two 16.5W slim satellites, while the twin-21W subwoofer keeps itself busy with the low frequencies. A little too busy, in fact, as you'll most likely want to turn down the bass to avoid drowning out the rest of the track, even at its default setting. Although you can change this easily enough with the supplied infrared remote control, any adjustments are lost when you turn off the speakers, so we'd suggest you use your playback software's equaliser to avoid having to reset your preferences every time.
That said, the main advantage of the NXT driver system is that it delivers nearly omni-directional sound, and the speakers prove extremely effective at room-filling audio. It's also fitted with three inputs: RCA phono, stereo mini-jack, and TOSLINK optical digital. This means you needn't restrict yourself to just a PC connection. A choice of deskstands or wall/monitor mounts is also provided.
Although there's some room for improvement here, there's no denying that the Tremor S-150R is one of the better 2.1 multimedia speaker packages available. Great if you like it loud and bassy, or don't want your PC to look out of place in your Manhattan-style loft apartment.
In brief: TDK Tremor S-150R31/2 out of 5 stars
Once you pull the overly enthusiastic sub-woofer into line, these speakers both look and sound great.
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