At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage is a rather sweet deal.  You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3″ midrange and 1″ tweeters and a 5.25″ subwoofer with a peak power of 70W.  These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper.  Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.  On the plus side, the LCD display on the subwoofer was a big hit.

“Of course the Arion 2.1 system lost out to my 5.1 system; that was to be expected. However, overall I was impressed with what the Arion offered for its $49.99 price tag. I would honestly say, compared to some other 2.1 systems that I have heard, the Eagle Arion sounds better. The subwoofer produced great sound when it came to the bottom end. That is one of the main reasons I say it sounds better than most other 2.1 systems, as most hardly have any bass at all. Compared to the 8″ woofer I used in my home theater system though, there is no contest as to which sounds better, but for a little one, it does sound great. The system would make a great portable system, no doubt about that. I could never realistically take my home theater system with me, so this is where the Arion shines. The LCD screen offers up a way of adjusting the sound level and effects while up close and personal. If you don’t want to get up and adjust the sound or tone controls, you can use the included remote control. If you’re looking for something to complement your gaming rig, but are on a budget, this isn’t a bad place to start. Or if you want a system you could use with your laptop, then this is for you.”

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