Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.2GHZ
MSI 680i Diamond
Super Talent 6400 4GB @ 1200MHZ
Vvikoo 8800GT 1GB DDR3
Auzentech Prelude 7.1
Western Digital Raptor 75GB, Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB
Windows XP Pro x86
Speakers, like many other peripherals, are quite difficult to test as the results are going to be based mainly around the users personal preference for bass and treble levels, and their ability to convey the quality of the sound. To fully test the speakers though, we play different types of music, movies and games while using the speakers, which gives us as clear picture as possible of what the device can do.
Call of Duty World at War
Call of Duty is quite an intensive title in terms of sound, as it not only has gunfire, and explosions, but vehicle noise and artillery shelling; which makes it a great title to test speakers with. The obvious lack of bass with the Vento speakers was immediately obvious, and it definitely detracts from the experience as you lose the "weight" of explosions, and some of the weapons feel a bit more high pitched than they would be normally. That said, compared to inbuilt speakers in a laptop or netbook, you get plenty of volume; these speakers can go very loud for a pair of simple stereo speakers.
The treble is also not too bad, and though you can’t adjust it on a dial on the speakers themselves, using software enhancements can really make those high frequencies pop. The Vento speakers are never going to trump hundred pound + sets, but for a 2.0 setup so far, I’m quite impressed.
One thing that does remain quite nicely is the whistling from overhead artillery as the shells fall to the ground, blowing off your legs. Nice.
Death Race makes for a great sound testing movie, as the intro sequence features some big explosions, a myriad of blazing machine guns and even the clanging drop of a "tombstone." The Vento speakers did pretty well here, handling most of the machine guns noises quite well indeed. However, again where they’re lacking is bass. The explosions feel muted, and some of the heavier gunfire just doesn’t feel as epic as it does when you throw a sub woofer in the mix.
Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip
Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip are an interesting pairing, as they combine Le Sac’s lumpy drum and bass, with Pip’s melodious poetry. They have some great vocals and some heavy bass which gives quite a good spectrum of sound to test a pair of speakers with. Once again, the bass on the Vento’s lets them down however, as they are screaming for a sub woofer. Treble wise they did fine, and the high end frequencies sound pretty good, but the lack of bass is constantly noticeable.
The Speedlink Vento speakers would set you back £9. They are easily worth this much, I’d probably even pay up to £15 for them but not much more than that.