The MidiLand S4-3050M Speakers
to know the secret of some great products? Not a new concept, but if a manufacturer
collects various pieces from other great products and does a mix & match,
quite the interesting creation can take shape. Remember the S4-4060's? Grab
the satellite modules. Think back to the MLi-490's. Pair the excellent 6.5"
polypropylene subwoofer with the aforementioned sats and violá! A seemingly
new speaker system emerges.
I was informed of the opportunity to review the 3050M's, I jumped. Why? Because
the satellite modules and the subwoofer impressed me in earlier reviews and
months ago, I briefly thought, "geez, this piece with that piece would
make quite the audio marriage." Thanks to MidiLand for the review samples.
Let's see how successful they were at integrating two pieces of previously
successful systems together.
- Power Output:
50 Watts RMS
Response: 20Hz-20KHz ±3dB
- AC Adapter:
- Input Sensitivity:
- Total Output:
- MSRP: $99.95
subwoofer enclosure isn't a mirror image of the 4060's, it is very similar
to the 490's reviewed many months ago. You may recall that the 6.5" polypropylene
unit garnered more than faint praise from this dedicated listener.
the satellites dug up memories of satisfying high frequencies from a single
full range driver. No, the 3050M's don't possess a tweeter, but if there were
any such full range driver that sounded like one existed beneath the acoustic
covering, this 2.5" would have my vote.
are mounted on the subwoofer housing itself. This made me bend over and reach
under my table far too many times to adjust the volume, so leaving your system's
desktop audio controls active and minimized becomes almost mandatory.
exactly my favorite color but what struck me as odd was the off-white coloring
of all the connector wires. Somehow, it seemed out of place on a system attempting
to make some kind of non-off-white fashion statement.
also sport the 15º and 25º tilt option. When aligned one way, they
point at an angle that is either 15 or 25 degrees above the horizontal normal
of the table surface. In general, this might prove sufficient for those users
that prefer the lazy man's slouch position, whereas the nose barely peers
over the keyboard, but as for some of us that value our spinal columns, I
preferred to raise them 4 inches above the table.
A quick look
inside revealed a smallish 6,800µF 25V main filter capacitor and seemingly
MidiLand's favorite Philips OM8383S four channel amplifier. One of these days,
I'm going to find someone at Philips that will "leak" that datasheet
in my direction. For now, all I can do is speculate on how it does its job
and reported of this type is done without any opinion or bias whatsoever.
For a quickie brush up course on audio terminology and measurements, point
your browser to the Audio
Reproduction Systems article.