POCKET FRIENDLY SOUND
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.
Price: ` 5,085