Audio Box Thor 900
AudioBox Thor 900
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.