Arctic Sound S361 2.1 Speaker Set Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Arctic Sound S361

Introduction

As more and more PCs become part of the house as a media device or just in the lounge as we all become savvy with the ways of the information superhighway, then manufacturers have expended great energies in making the old beige box fit in with the modern entertainment systems.

Something that really started with Apple, and quickly found its way to PCs was to make the case less beige, smaller, to make every component seem sleek and modern to enable it to blend in. First was the case, then mice, keyboards, speakers and the whole range of components have found themselves tailored to the "piano black" lifestyle we all embrace.

A great thing to come from this is much quieter PCs, and small often equals popular. A look at the many gadgets you have, mobile phones or MP3 devices in particular, and you see how size reduction has become an unending quest.

One area that has suffered though is sound. Whilst initially the move from generic satellite speakers into curvaceous small items helped the transition from the office to the family room, once PCs became a major part of the media centres they weren't adjusted to cope with the fact that they do more than play Freecell, but stream movies and a variety of other tasks. So you end up with tinny, quiet, small-range speakers attempting to handle the latest blockbuster.

Arctic Sound, part of the Arctic brand that brings us the excellent Arctic Cooling products, are here to try and solve this problem with a proper set of speakers. Let's find out if bigger still does equal better.

Technical Specifications

Popping across to the Arctic website we find the specifications for the S361.

Limited Warranty 2 years
Dimensions (Packaging) 380 L x 355 H x 400 W
Subwoofer Dimensions (mm) 200 L x 335 H x 300 W
Satellite Dimensions (mm) 115 L x 273 H x 150 W
Subwoofer Impedance (ohm) 4
Satellite Impedance (ohm) 8
Subwoofer Output (W RMS) 40
Satellite Output (W RMS) 18
Item Number ORACO-SP005-GBA01
Weight 9.2 kg

 

As you can see with about a foot of height these definitely aren't going to slide under your monitor and when we see 18w quoted for speaker output it's something rubbish like PMPO usually. This is RMS. These will be LOUD!

Let's take a look at them.

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Most Recent Comments

16-02-2011, 07:13:39

Zeals
Arctic Cooling make speakers? And they are good??!!! Quote

16-02-2011, 07:37:40

dugdiamond
40Watts should be enough for anyone. But being quite chunky, i can imagine that they would have to be placed a distance from the PC, so are the cables long enough?

I personally have my rig (7.1 X-Fi) jacked into the AUX on my 200W stereo system with surround (i like overkill on everything )

BTW: sack the packer!Quote

16-02-2011, 08:17:20

Fodr Kreatr
Do they make the floor rumble much?Quote

16-02-2011, 11:42:14

Socks
Hmmmmz...never have been a fan of anything computer sized and making noise. Will always sound terrible to me. If i cant have my system then i wont use any other.

ATC SCM7's and a nice TEAC 8 ohm amp to drive the bad boys, awesome way to spend £700

But by the by, these looks nice, nicer than most. but still I couldnt comprehend spending this money on "toys"Quote

16-02-2011, 12:05:34

jaw2floor
I have a AS P531 and I say for £38 (inc postage) they are EXCELLENT in all aspects.Quote
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