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The two speak­ers share a sin­gle cord that plugs into the out­put jack in the back of the sub­woofer. An in­cluded 3.5mm cord plugs into the ad­ja­cent in­put jack. The other end plugs into the aux­il­iary out­put or head­phone jack on your PC or mo­bile de­vice, or you may con­nect the sys­tem via Blue­tooth if you pre­fer to be un­teth­ered. The power cord is at­tached to the back of the sub­woofer, so you don’t need to worry about mis­plac­ing it.

Once the sub is plugged into an AC out­let, all you have to do is flip on the power switch. Every­thing is con­trolled from a panel on the front of the sub. A pair of knobs con­trol the vol­ume and bass level, re­spec­tively. Be­neath these is a “pulse” but­ton that ac­ti­vates the LEDS. These glow steadily un­til you crank the bass past 80 per­cent of max­i­mum, then they’ll pulse with the mu­sic.

Given the big sub­woofer–and the name of the sys­tem it­self—it wasn’t sur­pris­ing that the bass stole the show in my test­ing. How­ever, it tended to bleed into other fre­quen­cies. Dial­ing down the bass knob added a lit­tle more clar­ity, but the bass had more or less the same boom qual­ity whether I was play­ing rock, jazz, or EDM. The midst and highs were more dis­tinct, and the sound never dis­torted even with all knobs cranked to the limit.

The puls­ing lights, how­ever, were a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment. Maybe I was ex­pect­ing too much, think­ing they would op­er­ate more like a dance floor strobe, but even with the bass cranked they pro­duced noth­ing more than a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it flicker like you might ex­pe­ri­ence in a brownout. Frankly, they work bet­ter as a light by which to nav­i­gate the speaker con­trols in a dark­ened dorm room than an am­biance-en­hancer. The BASSPULSE may over-prom­ise on its light­show ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but it’s a good speaker sys­tem for the price. Most users will no­tice a def­i­nite sonic im­prove­ment over their PC’S built-in speak­ers, with enough power to fill a small room whether you’re lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, gam­ing, or watch­ing a movie.


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