Budget 2.0 speakers have traditionally being horrid sounding when it comes to audio output, only the non-discerning individual wouldn’t mind them. The SonicGear Quatro 2 is unlike those speakers, in fact it actually took me by surprise.
I was skeptical when I was told that the Quatro 2 is capable of having some bass output, I didn’t expect much from this speaker. Even out of the box it looks no different from other speakers – 2 satellites, a cable linking the speakers and another cable for connectivity.
The Quatro 2 looks great though, it comes in 5 different colors – red, blue, green, yellow and black. The name Quatro in the product name is meant to reflect the nature of the product, of which it has 4 bass speakers located at the sides.
Here’s another view of the speakers, it’s a set of great looking speakers and what I like about it is that it comes with 2 strips of rubber feet instead of 4 small ones. This makes it more sturdy and in some cases, less likely to have the feet gone missing in action.
The volume control is attached to the cable.
More details at the official product page.
The SonicGear Quatro 2 requires power to operate so USB connection is a MUST for you to enjoy this set of speaker. I fired up Diablo III on my notebook as my first test on how the speaker fares, and I set the speakers as far apart as I could.
I was pleasantly surprised that the speaker is able to provide decent mid tones and some bass, the game suddenly becomes alive. I’m also pleased that the speaker has good stereo separation, I could hear distinctly the events that happen on either side of the screen.
For me next test, I played some of my regular MP3 and sure enough the speaker performed admirably with the treble area being clear and sharp while providing sufficient mid tones and a hint of bass, just keep in mind that this set of speaker wouldn’t be the right choice for bass-thumping tunes.
The SonicGear Quatro 2 Portable 2.0 Speaker retails at only RM 25, dirt cheap for a speaker that not only looks great but sounds great. The speaker pairs very well to notebooks and desktop computers but being one that requires USB to power, this means that the speaker isn’t one for mobile devices.
Sure, it’s no where near a full-fledged 2.1 speaker system but what more could one ask for from an RM 25 speaker set?