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Written by Dan McNamara   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Ineo Alienvibes W401 Speaker System
Closer Look: Alienvibes W401
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Alienvibes W401

The Alienvibes W401 Speaker system has a striking contemporary look will fit into any décor from your private office to your living room. The cabinetry is a nice glossy black, and the wood portions add a bit of class to the whole set-up. It is compact enough to be set on a shelf, or desk, and yet leave enough room for your computer peripherals.

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From the front you can tell that a lot of thought was put into making the system look like an expensive piece of furniture. The layout of the speakers and controls seem well balanced. The eye easily flows across the unit from one end to the other. The Alienvibes W401 Speaker system consists of three major units, the bass module, and the two satellite speakers. This unit is not shy about displaying the business end of the system. Right out front are the two 4 inch woofers letting you know that you can let the bass rip. Underneath the speakers are the major controls for Bass, Volume and Treble. There is a very sharp, blue, LED light around the centre dial, not only is it a great eye catcher, it also makes it is easy to find the volume in the darkness.

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On the rear of the bass module you will find the input, output and a power switch so you can make sure that the system is off when you are finished. The input cable is supplied with the speaker system, and consists of a 3.5 mm jack and left/right RCA jacks. Using the same connection you can play audio from your PC, MP3 player, and iPod. Also included are the speaker cables which have RCA jacks on them as well. Set up is extremely easy pull the system from the box, hook up the three modules and plug it in. You are ready to rock.

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The speakers that are supplied with the Alienvibes W401 are stunning. The 3 inch speakers are proudly on display set into glossy black plastic front panel let you know that there you are in for some sweet high notes from this system. I can confirm that both the W401 and the W601 came with the same satellite speakers, so don't worry about overloading them with this set up. The speakers come with a little over 4 feet of cable so you can separate the satellites by about 8 feet, which increases the audio sweet-spot. This is important when you are sharing your music, or watching a video with others.



 

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# RE: Ineo Alienvibes W401 Speaker SystemCR 2013-03-13 08:20
I find it interesting that the main controls are on the sub unit. In my experience, the sub is usually placed on the floor or even out of sight (which works since our brains can't accurately tell where low frequencies are coming from). Having controls on the sub means the sub must be placed on the desk or at least within reach (i.e. not on the floor). And with only 4 foot cables for the speakers, the sub will most likely need to be centrally located. In my setup, that would be where my monitor sits. At 11" x 9" x 9" (roughly), that would be a problem. It is nice that the speakers have a nice look, but I expect that most people will find controls on the sub unit as a huge drawback.
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# RE: RE: Ineo Alienvibes W401 Speaker Systemkiv 2013-04-30 09:26
If by interesting you mean a poor design choice, then yes, it is interesting. All your points are deal breakers for me. my current speaker system has a wired control unit that extends pretty far from the base unit.
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# RE: Ineo Alienvibes W401 Speaker Systemkzinti1 2013-04-30 11:48
I agree that the controls have the most stupid placement I've ever seen.
This tiny system is made to sit on a small shelf!
If you try and hide the sub, you may never see the thing again.
It appears this system is made for an iPod or tablet.
I'll stick with my Corsair SP2500 with its Ottoman sized sub cabinet, thank you.
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