Audio Box Thor 900

Au­dioBox Thor 900

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by Az­izulRah­manIs­mail

Bear­ing the name of the Norse God of Thun­der, this mas­sive 2.1-chan­nel sur­round sys­tem from Au­dioBox boasts ‘earth-shak­ing' bass, ‘high clar­ity, full-func­tion' LED dis­play, and a few bells and whis­tles we ex­pect from this class of speak­ers. We pro­ceed to put the Au­dioBox Thor 900 to the test as we know that size alone does not mat­ter.

Its 6.5-inch sub­woofer tells most of the story. The Thor 900 is built for those who are into bass-heavy, elec­tronic tracks. Even at low vol­umes, the power of the 30W sub­woofer is un­de­ni­able and un­avoid­able. As a plus, Au­dioBox did in­clude a bass con­troller at the back of the sys­tem, but turn­ing that down would be be­sides the point of get­ting such a sys­tem.

Com­pared to other speak­ers in its cat­e­gory, the Thor 900's sound qual­ity is up to par. The sound stag­ing is good, and the mids to highs are pack­aged to­gether in a bun­dle. It's not to­tally un­pleas­ant, but ser­vice­able.

The stylings of the sys­tem send out mixed mes­sages and could use a lit­tle re­fine­ment. The ca­bles that come bun­dled with the speak­ers are what you would ex­pect from a midrange sys­tem. How­ever, we did not ex­pect it to be so short.

In a nor­mal setup, the sub­woofer would be placed on the floor. How­ever, the cable that con­nects it to the PC would not go that far, nor would the satel­lite speak­ers. This sug­gests that the whole setup is meant to be placed on the desk­top, yet the size of the sub­woofer could eas­ily ri­val a typ­i­cal tower PC.

Other fea­tures of the Thor 900 in­clude FM ra­dio, USB in­put, an SD card reader, and a re­mote con­trol. In a pinch, we could see how the sys­tem could dou­ble as a stand­alone audio sys­tem, but few peo­ple keep their mu­sic in USB drives and SD cards nowa­days.

We would also like to note that the LCD dis­play is as ad­ver­tised, ‘high clar­ity' and ‘full-func­tion'. Nev­er­the­less, it is lack­ing when it comes to nav­i­gat­ing through songs on a USB drive or an SD card. You'd be bet­ter off press­ing play and hope for the best.

A set of speak­ers to avoid the Au­dioBox Thor 900 2.1 speak­ers are not. Still, as we said ear­lier, it is built for those who ap­pre­ci­ate the thump­ing, desk­top-shak­ing per­for­mance of a speaker sys­tem that is all about that bass.

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