POCKET FRIENDLY SOUND

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The MJ-580 is like the flag­ship 5.1-chan­nel speaker set from Intex, which has faith­fully been pro­duc­ing ac­ces­sories for long. We say “flag­ship” not just be­cause it is top of the line, but also be­cause this set has in­tim­i­dat­ing looks and per­for­mance to boot. While the com­pany sells this as a mul­ti­me­dia speaker for PCs, we think it can eas­ily re­place your home-the­atre sys­tem.

To start with, the main speaker unit has an LED dis­play over the con­trol panel to guide you on vol­ume and other con­trols. This is good be­cause the ear­lier Intex 5.1s did not have this and users fum­bled about, spe­cially when us­ing the FM ra­dio. There is also a large blue LED ring on the front which doesn’t serve any pur­pose but can act as a night­light. The satel­lite speak­ers are made of wood, though they have a shiny chrome disc on the front. We would have pre­ferred a meshed front con­sid­er­ing how dus­try rooms can get across the coun­try.

But then the wooden speak­ers mean the sound is true and not jar­ring even at high vol­umes. We tested the speak­ers both on the com­puter as well as

Good value for money, de­cent sound.

when rigged to a large screen TV and me­dia player. The per­for­mance was good in both cases, though we pre­ferred the lat­ter be­cause of the full bod­ied sur­round sound. To add to the movie watch­ing plea­sure, the MJ-580 features 5.1 pro­logic out­put even with two-chan­nel in­put—this is really good with our PCs, which do not have 5.1 out­put. How­ever, an SPDIF out­put op­tion would have been an added ad­van­tage.

Still, the MJ-580 can play mu­sic di­rectly from the USB drives or me­mory cards, for which there is a slot in front. The ra­dio is also easy to tune and use. The re­mote is handy though it lacks an on/off switch. This is more of a drag be­cause the power switch is on the rear of the cen­tral sub-woofer and the re­mote just gives you a standby op­tion, which does not power off the blue ring in front. This is a bit of a headache for the en­ergy con­scious among us. Then there is a large boom ev­ery time you switch on a con­nected de­vice.

Over­all, this is a pocket friendly op­tion if you are look­ing for speak­ers to at­tach to your en­ter­tain­ment con­sole or com­puter.

GG

INTEX 5.1

Price: ` 5,085

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