The Genius SP-HF1800A speaker system consists of two tall, hefty “three-way” speakers with no subwoofer. This makes them a 2.0 system, which may appeal to those who don’t want a bulky subwoofer getting in the way -- although, of course, this means that you’re sacrificing some bass. For the price tag (they can be purchased on Amazon for $67), the system is impressive looking and not too shabby sounding.
At a Glance
The Good: Warm sound, no distortion at high levels
The Bad: Not very loud
- Output power: 50 watts
- S/N ratio: 85dB
- Drivers: one 1-inch, 4-ohm tweeter; two 4-inch, 8-ohm tweeters
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Line in and headphone jack
Unlike many of the systems reviewed on this site, the SP-H1800A speakers are tall and heavy, measuring 15 inches by 6.25 inches by 5.75 inches. That's on the larger side for computer speakers, and unfortunately the power cord was a bit short for a system of this size. I needed an extension cord while testing them -- something I haven't needed with other systems. These are most definitely not for those who have desktop space concerns, although they're pretty serious-looking speakers for your average desk jockey.
The tweeters and woofers are exposed, which is always kind of cool if you like to watch them shake when you turn up the bass. The lack of a grille can also prevent any sound interference, although you'll need to be extra careful since there's no protection from debris and damage.
As we've said in the past, it's not just about how loud the speakers can go -- it's how they sound once you turn them up. An insanely loud system is useless if it's filled with nothing but fuzz and distortion when you crank it up. The SP-HF1800A knows its limitations. The speakers didn't really impress on their volume capacity, but they did not distort at full capacity, and they barely boomed when both bass and volume were at 100 percent. (Although you may like a bit of boominess for your bass thumping.)
The sound was warm and even for both music and movies. Highs were crisp, and lows only became a bit muddy when the bass was at full capacity. Overall, this doesn't seem to be a system that overreaches in its expectation, and as a result you're getting a solidly satisfying system.
The speakers would be powerful in a small office or bedroom for personal use, but they wouldn't exactly knock your socks off if you're hosting screening party for friends. They are fairly priced, but you should also check out Logitech's Z323 system, which have smaller drivers but add a subwoofer.
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