In an airplane or train, an audio system will also come in handy: the volume of the laptop speakers or the PMP itself in most cases is not enough to effectively muffle the sound of wheels or the roar of turbines. And the system on four AA batteries is quite capable of voicing a couple of films until exhaustion, which is just enough to have fun during a flight or trip.

Case and design, speakers

The material of the system's case is quite predictably smooth plastic. The color scheme is also not difficult to predict, based on the preferences of the Archos designers of the last couple of years. Outside, the body of Archos Portable Speakers has a silver color, inside - anthracite. So, the system goes well with the colors and shapes of the PMP fourth series, and it also attracts the attention of an older, that is, wealthy audience with its “solid” appearance. Archos here acts quite naturally and correctly, as they say, to Caesar - to Caesar: in comparison with the design of other systems, Archos Portable Speakers look like an aircraft carrier against the backdrop of pleasure yachts, not in size, of course, but in the impression they make. The appearance of the system really turned out to match the expensive PMP Archos, you can apply the epithets “restrained”, “calm”, “adult” to it. Recently, there has been a certain tendency of well-known manufacturers to move away from youthful, catchy designs to more conservative, restrained colors and shapes. This suggests that the age limits of the audience they are targeting have significantly moved upwards, and this cannot be ignored. Simply put, those who happily accepted the “digital revolution” a few years ago have already grown up today and are buying more functional, capacious devices, for example, the same PMP Archos. Accordingly, appropriate design moves are expected from these devices (and accessories for them).

The shape and dimensions of the system resembles a UMPC (Origami) portable computer or a 10-inch laptop. True, Archos Portable Speakers will be twice as thick.

When folded, the top cover and both ends are empty, they do not carry any significant elements. The rear panel of the lower half of the case is equipped with a nameplate with information about the device and two battery compartments covered with snap-on hard plastic covers. The front side panel is also clean of everything superfluous and, in addition, is slightly beveled inwards.

The main payload is on the rear side panel of the chassis. There is a platform with connectors and a sliding switch. From the connectors there are: two types of USB, a line-in and a socket for a network adapter. The switch is used to turn on/off the power supply to the system.

Inside the case, the picture is much more interesting. If you open the "suitcase", then in the middle there will be a socket for installing the PMP, to the right and left of it there are two platforms with speakers. In the lower part there is a podium, part of the volume of which is occupied by batteries, and the rest of the volume is given over to the working space of the low-frequency speaker with a diameter of about 5.5 centimeters. The diameter of each of the four mid-tweeters is about 3 centimeters.

The quality of the system is at a good level, there are no visible flaws in stamping, assembly and fitting of parts. All gaps, including those in the area of ​​the battery compartment, have a small and uniform width along the entire length.

Control, power, connection

Unfortunately, there is no remote control for Archos Portable Speakers, so you will have to control the system using the buttons placed on the podium. Manage, in fact, almost nothing. There are three buttons: with the help of one of them the system turns on and off, and two more serve for smooth digital volume control. The buttons are painted "under chrome" and have a decent size. True, they are a little recessed into the case and in addition, so you can’t call them particularly comfortable. Pressing is fixed with a slight click, so this somewhat compensates for the not very high thoughtfulness of the buttons.

The system connects to the computer using a regular USB cable, which, oddly enough, is not included in the kit. When connecting, everything happens the same as when PMP is connected with a proprietary cable, you can select the UMS or MTP profile. Accordingly, music, video and other files are transferred to the device through the operating system or using a compatible software manager.

The presence of a USB connector allows, as I already mentioned, to install the system on a desktop or office table and install PMP into it if necessary. Thus, the battery is recharged even when the computer is turned off, provided that the system is connected to the network; this is a trifle, but very useful, remember, for example, how convenient a good cradle for a mobile phone is.

The system has two power sources: four AA batteries and a power adapter. Battery life varies greatly by brand and system volume, but averages around 10 hours. The battery of the PMP itself also discharges during operation, this happens at a normal rate, as if it were being listened to with headphones. For more accurate data, see our reviews of the fourth series devices, links to them can be found at the bottom of this page.

Sound, conclusions, impressions

Miniature metal cone speakers can be called a trend in portable audio systems, they can be found in the products of Creative, Philips, Logitech and other well-known companies. Outwardly, they do not make any serious impression and, as a rule, when looking at such speakers, you do not expect high-quality sound. This impression is misleading in most cases, including the Archos Portable Speakers. There are four speakers in the system and they do a very good job of reproducing medium and high frequencies.Listening to the system was carried out in an office area of ​​forty square meters, while the sound of films and just music can be heard clearly and loudly throughout the area. Thus, the system is quite capable of sounding almost any living room, unless, of course, the neighbors above you are cycling the parquet. In terms of low frequencies, the built-in auxiliary speaker of increased diameter helps a lot. However, the quality of its sound and the level of audible bass significantly depend on which Crjul ORIGINAL surface mounted system and from the position of the listener relative to it. At a distance of several meters, the bass is almost inaudible, but this is not surprising, given the very small diameter of the cone and the working volume of the speaker. But being next to the system, you can even be surprised by a very good low-frequency support for dynamic scenes in films, this is a pleasant surprise. Of course, you need to make allowances for the volume of the system, say, with the Apple iPod Hi-Fi, it cannot be compared in sound, but Archos Portable Speakers are quite capable of competing with, say, the Logitech AudioStation Express.

Summarizing, we can recommend the system to Archos PMP owners who are looking for a way to get decent sound from their device without bothering with excessive switching. The system can be very useful on vacation, especially if you are traveling with a group and, say, renting a house. In my memory, a person who guessed to take with him a “soundtrack” for feasts and careful preparations for an “evening promenade” was awarded thanks during the entire period of rest.

Unfortunately, the price of the system matches the price of the Archos PMP, that is, it is quite biting: at the moment, Archos Portable Speakers are asking for about $150 in Moscow retail. On the other hand, along with vague buttons and the lack of a USB cable, this is perhaps the only tangible drawback of the system found during testing.

Archos Portable Speakers Overview

Following other Big Ten personal audio players, Archos is finally starting to seriously develop its own line of accessories. This decision is probably connected with the release of a very successful fourth PMP family of the company. The "first sign" was the portable audio system Archos Portable Speakers.

In an airplane or train, an audio system will also come in handy: the volume of the laptop speakers or the PMP itself in most cases is not enough to effectively muffle the sound of wheels or the roar of turbines. And the system on four AA batteries is quite capable of voicing a couple of films until exhaustion, which is just enough to have fun during a flight or trip.

Case and design, speakers

The material of the system's case is quite predictably smooth plastic. The color scheme is also not difficult to predict, based on the preferences of the Archos designers of the last couple of years. Outside, the body of Archos Portable Speakers has a silver color, inside - anthracite. So, the system goes well with the colors and shapes of the PMP fourth series, and it also attracts the attention of an older, that is, wealthy audience with its “solid” appearance. Archos here acts quite naturally and correctly, as they say, to Caesar - to Caesar: in comparison with the design of other systems, Archos Portable Speakers look like an aircraft carrier against the backdrop of pleasure yachts, not in size, of course, but in the impression they make. The appearance of the system really turned out to match the expensive PMP Archos, you can apply the epithets “restrained”, “calm”, “adult” to it. Recently, there has been a certain tendency of well-known manufacturers to move away from youthful, catchy designs to more conservative, restrained colors and shapes. This suggests that the age limits of the audience they are targeting have significantly moved upwards, and this cannot be ignored. Simply put, those who happily accepted the “digital revolution” a few years ago have already grown up today and are buying more functional, capacious devices, for example, the same PMP Archos. Accordingly, appropriate design moves are expected from these devices (and accessories for them).

The shape and dimensions of the system resembles a UMPC (Origami) portable computer or a 10-inch laptop. True, Archos Portable Speakers will be twice as thick.

When folded, the top cover and both ends are empty, they do not carry any significant elements. The rear panel of the lower half of the case is equipped with a nameplate with information about the device and two battery compartments covered with snap-on hard plastic covers. The front side panel is also clean of everything superfluous and, in addition, slightly beveled inward.

The main payload is on the rear side panel of the case. There is a platform with connectors and a sliding switch. From the connectors there are: two types of USB, a line-in and a socket for a network adapter. The switch is used to turn on/off the power supply to the system.

Inside the case, the picture is much more interesting. If you open the "suitcase", then in the middle there will be a socket for installing the PMP, to the right and left of it there are two platforms with speakers. In the lower part there is a podium, part of the volume of which is occupied by batteries, and the rest of the volume is given over to the working space of the low-frequency speaker with a diameter of about 5.5 centimeters. The diameter of each of the four mid-tweeters is about 3 centimeters.

The quality of the system is at a good level, there are no visible flaws in stamping, assembly and fitting of parts. All gaps, including those in the area of ​​the battery compartment, have a small and uniform width along the entire length.

Control, power, connection

Unfortunately, there is no remote control for Archos Portable Speakers, so you will have to control the system using the buttons placed on the podium. There is practically nothing to manage. There are three buttons: with the help of one of them the system turns on and off, and two more serve for smooth digital volume control. The buttons are painted "chrome" and have a decent size. True, they are a little recessed into the case and in addition, so you can’t call them particularly comfortable. Pressing is fixed with a slight click, so this somewhat compensates for the not very high thoughtfulness of the buttons.

The system connects to the computer using a regular USB cable, which, oddly enough, is not included in the package. When connecting, everything happens the same as when PMP is connected with a proprietary cable, you can select the UMS or MTP profile. Accordingly, music, video and other files are transferred to the device through the operating system or using a compatible software manager.

The presence of a USB connector allows, as I already mentioned, to install the system on a desktop or office table and install PMP into it if necessary. Thus, the battery is recharged even when the computer is turned off, provided that the system is connected to the network; this is a trifle, but very useful, remember, for example, how convenient a good cradle for a mobile phone is.

The system has two power sources: four AA batteries and a power adapter. Battery life varies greatly by brand and system volume, but averages around 10 hours. The battery of the PMP itself also discharges during operation, this happens at a normal rate, as if it were being listened to with headphones. For more accurate data, see our reviews of the fourth series devices, links to them can be found at the bottom of this page.

Sound, conclusions, impressions

Miniature metal cone speakers can be called a trend in portable audio systems, they can be found in the products of Creative, Philips, Logitech and other well-known companies. Outwardly, they do not make any serious impression and, as a rule, when looking at such speakers, you do not expect high-quality sound. This impression is misleading in most cases, including the Archos Portable Speakers. There are four speakers in the system and they do a very good job of reproducing medium and high frequencies.Listening to the system was carried out in an office area of ​​forty square meters, while the sound of films and just music can be heard clearly and loudly throughout the area. Thus, the system is quite capable of sounding almost any living room, unless, of course, the neighbors above you are cycling the parquet. In terms of low frequencies, the built-in auxiliary speaker of increased diameter helps a lot. However, the quality of its sound and the level of audible bass significantly depend on which Crjul ORIGINAL surface mounted system and from the position of the listener relative to it. At a distance of several meters, the bass is almost inaudible, but this is not surprising, given the very small diameter of the cone and the working volume of the speaker. But being next to the system, you can even be surprised by a very good low-frequency support for dynamic scenes in films, this is a pleasant surprise. Of course, you need to make allowances for the volume of the system, say, with the Apple iPod Hi-Fi, it cannot be compared in sound, but Archos Portable Speakers are quite capable of competing with, say, the Logitech AudioStation Express.

Summarizing, we can recommend the system to Archos PMP owners who are looking for a way to get decent sound from their device without bothering with excessive switching. The system can be very useful on vacation, especially if you are traveling with a group and, say, renting a house. In my memory, a person who guessed to take with him a “soundtrack” for feasts and careful preparations for an “evening promenade” was awarded thanks during the entire period of rest.

Unfortunately, the price of the system matches the price of the Archos PMP, that is, it is quite biting: at the moment, Archos Portable Speakers are asking for about $150 in Moscow retail. On the other hand, along with vague buttons and the lack of a USB cable, this is perhaps the only tangible drawback of the system found during testing.

Archos Portable Speakers Overview

Following other Big Ten personal audio players, Archos is finally starting to seriously develop its own line of accessories. This decision is probably connected with the release of a very successful fourth PMP family of the company. The "first sign" was the portable audio system Archos Portable Speakers.

Obviously, the system is designed to work in tandem with devices of the fourth series, including 404, 504, 604 and 604 Wi-Fi. For a more secure fixation of the device in the socket, the Archos Portable Speakers is equipped with a set of four plastic adapters that wrap around the bottom of the case to be installed in the PMP system. In this case, the adapter snaps into the socket, and the device, accordingly, firmly “sits” in the system.

Technically, the Archos Portable Speakers are also well equipped: there are four small speakers with metal cones, and there is also a separate woofer, which, frankly, you do not expect in such a compact system.

The main "trick" of Archos Portable Speakers is that the system can be folded like a suitcase or a book, though, of course, without the PMP installed inside. The kit even comes with a special carrying case.

In general, writing about portable audio systems becomes more and more pleasant with the onset of spring. Indeed, to the usual and, frankly, rather boring list of applications like “put it on the table in the office or at home, and then fill it up and listen to music without unnecessary switching and body movements”, now it’s added “to take with you to barbecue, not forgetting a dozen batteries”. By the way, in the process of recording one of the recent podcasts, where I talked a little about Archos Portable Speakers and talked about the desire of manufacturers to tie users and other companies to their proprietary connector, the thought came to mind about what else can be done with this device.On the basis of an audio system and one of the PMPs of the fourth series, it is easy to organize a mobile video stand for an exhibition or office. It is enough to turn on the repeated playback of the desired video, say, with a story about a company or its products, or a slide show with sound design. Small companies usually have a small booth, so instead of dimming, renting a projector and shamanic dancing around a laptop, you can get by with this solution.

In an airplane or train, an audio system will also come in handy: the volume of the laptop speakers or the PMP itself in most cases is not enough to effectively muffle the sound of wheels or the roar of turbines. And the system on four AA batteries is quite capable of voicing a couple of films until exhaustion, which is just enough to have fun during a flight or trip.

Case and design, speakers

The material of the system's case is quite predictably smooth plastic. The color scheme is also not difficult to predict, based on the preferences of the Archos designers of the last couple of years. Outside, the body of Archos Portable Speakers has a silver color, inside - anthracite. So, the system goes well with the colors and shapes of the PMP fourth series, and it also attracts the attention of an older, that is, wealthy audience with its “solid” appearance. Archos here acts quite naturally and correctly, as they say, to Caesar - to Caesar: in comparison with the design of other systems, Archos Portable Speakers look like an aircraft carrier against the backdrop of pleasure yachts, not in size, of course, but in the impression they make. The appearance of the system really turned out to match the expensive PMP Archos, you can apply the epithets “restrained”, “calm”, “adult” to it. Recently, there has been a certain tendency of well-known manufacturers to move away from youthful, catchy designs to more conservative, restrained colors and shapes. This suggests that the age limits of the audience they are targeting have significantly moved upwards, and this cannot be ignored. Simply put, those who happily accepted the “digital revolution” a few years ago have already grown up today and are buying more functional, capacious devices, for example, the same PMP Archos. Accordingly, appropriate design moves are expected from these devices (and accessories for them).

The shape and dimensions of the system resembles a UMPC (Origami) portable computer or a 10-inch laptop. True, Archos Portable Speakers will be twice as thick.

When folded, the top cover and both ends are empty, they do not carry any significant elements. The rear panel of the lower half of the case is equipped with a nameplate with information about the device and two battery compartments covered with snap-on hard plastic covers. The front side panel is also clean of everything superfluous and, in addition, is slightly beveled inwards.

The main payload is on the rear side panel of the chassis. There is a platform with connectors and a sliding switch. From the connectors there are: two types of USB, a line-in and a socket for a network adapter. The switch is used to turn on/off the power supply to the system.

Inside the case, the picture is much more interesting. If you open the "suitcase", then in the middle there will be a socket for installing the PMP, to the right and left of it there are two platforms with speakers. In the lower part there is a podium, part of the volume of which is occupied by batteries, and the rest of the volume is given over to the working space of the low-frequency speaker with a diameter of about 5.5 centimeters. The diameter of each of the four mid-tweeters is about 3 centimeters.

The quality of the system is at a good level, there are no visible flaws in stamping, assembly and fitting of parts. All gaps, including those in the area of ​​the battery compartment, have a small and uniform width along the entire length.

Control, power, connection

Unfortunately, there is no remote control for Archos Portable Speakers, so you will have to control the system using the buttons placed on the podium. There is practically nothing to manage. There are three buttons: with the help of one of them the system turns on and off, and two more serve for smooth digital volume control. The buttons are painted "chrome" and have a decent size. True, they are a little recessed into the case and in addition, so you can’t call them particularly comfortable. Pressing is fixed with a slight click, so this somewhat compensates for the not very high thoughtfulness of the buttons.

The system connects to the computer using a regular USB cable, which, oddly enough, is not included in the package. When connecting, everything happens the same as when PMP is connected with a proprietary cable, you can select the UMS or MTP profile. Accordingly, music, video and other files are transferred to the device through the operating system or using a compatible software manager.

The presence of a USB connector allows, as I already mentioned, to install the system on a desktop or office table and install PMP into it if necessary. Thus, the battery is recharged even when the computer is turned off, provided that the system is connected to the network; this is a trifle, but very useful, remember, for example, how convenient a good cradle for a mobile phone is.

The system has two power sources: four AA batteries and a power adapter. Battery life varies greatly by brand and system volume, but averages around 10 hours. The battery of the PMP itself also discharges during operation, this happens at a normal rate, as if it were being listened to with headphones. For more accurate data, see our reviews of the fourth series devices, links to them can be found at the bottom of this page.

Sound, conclusions, impressions

Miniature metal cone speakers can be called a trend in portable audio systems, they can be found in the products of Creative, Philips, Logitech and other well-known companies. Outwardly, they do not make any serious impression and, as a rule, when looking at such speakers, you do not expect high-quality sound. This impression is misleading in most cases, including the Archos Portable Speakers. There are four speakers in the system and they do a very good job of reproducing medium and high frequencies.Listening to the system was carried out in an office area of ​​forty square meters, while the sound of films and just music can be heard clearly and loudly throughout the area. Thus, the system is quite capable of sounding almost any living room, unless, of course, the neighbors above you are cycling the parquet. In terms of low frequencies, the built-in auxiliary speaker of increased diameter helps a lot. However, the quality of its sound and the level of audible bass significantly depend on which Crjul ORIGINAL surface mounted system and from the position of the listener relative to it. At a distance of several meters, the bass is almost inaudible, but this is not surprising, given the very small diameter of the cone and the working volume of the speaker. But being next to the system, you can even be surprised by a very good low-frequency support for dynamic scenes in films, this is a pleasant surprise. Of course, you need to make allowances for the volume of the system, say, with the Apple iPod Hi-Fi, it cannot be compared in sound, but Archos Portable Speakers are quite capable of competing with, say, the Logitech AudioStation Express.

Obviously, the system is designed to work in tandem with devices of the fourth series, including 404, 504, 604 and 604 Wi-Fi. For a more secure fixation of the device in the socket, the Archos Portable Speakers is equipped with a set of four plastic adapters that wrap around the bottom of the case to be installed in the PMP system. In this case, the adapter snaps into the slot, and the device, accordingly, firmly “sits” in the system.

Technically, the Archos Portable Speakers are also well equipped: there are four small speakers with metal cones, and there is also a separate woofer, which, frankly, you do not expect in such a compact system.

The main "trick" of Archos Portable Speakers is that the system can be folded like a suitcase or a book, though, of course, without the PMP installed inside. The kit even comes with a special carrying case.

In general, writing about portable audio systems becomes more and more pleasant with the onset of spring. Indeed, to the usual and, frankly, rather boring list of applications like “put it on the table in the office or at home, and then fill it up and listen to music without unnecessary switching and body movements”, now it’s added “to take with you to barbecue, not forgetting a dozen batteries”. By the way, in the process of recording one of the recent podcasts, where I talked a little about Archos Portable Speakers and talked about the desire of manufacturers to tie users and other companies to their proprietary connector, the thought came to mind about what else can be done with this device. On the basis of an audio system and one of the PMPs of the fourth series, it is easy to organize a mobile video stand for an exhibition or office. It is enough to turn on the repeated playback of the desired video, say, with a story about a company or its products, or a slide show with sound design. Small companies usually have a small booth, so instead of dimming, renting a projector and shamanic dancing around a laptop, you can get by with this solution.

In an airplane or train, an audio system will also come in handy: the volume of the laptop speakers or the PMP itself in most cases is not enough to effectively muffle the sound of wheels or the roar of turbines. And the system on four AA batteries is quite capable of voicing a couple of films until exhaustion, which is just enough to have fun during a flight or trip.

Case and design, speakers

The material of the system's case is quite predictably smooth plastic. The color scheme is also not difficult to predict, based on the preferences of the Archos designers of the last couple of years. Outside, the body of Archos Portable Speakers has a silver color, inside - anthracite. So, the system goes well with the colors and shapes of the PMP fourth series, and it also attracts the attention of an older, that is, wealthy audience with its “solid” appearance. Archos here acts quite naturally and correctly, as they say, to Caesar - to Caesar: in comparison with the design of other systems, Archos Portable Speakers look like an aircraft carrier against the backdrop of pleasure yachts, not in size, of course, but in the impression they make. The appearance of the system really turned out to match the expensive PMP Archos, you can apply the epithets “restrained”, “calm”, “adult” to it. Recently, there has been a certain tendency of well-known manufacturers to move away from youthful, catchy designs to more conservative, restrained colors and shapes. This suggests that the age limits of the audience they are targeting have significantly moved upwards, and this cannot be ignored. Simply put, those who happily accepted the “digital revolution” a few years ago have already grown up today and are buying more functional, capacious devices, for example, the same PMP Archos. Accordingly, appropriate design moves are expected from these devices (and accessories for them).

The shape and dimensions of the system resembles a UMPC (Origami) portable computer or a 10-inch laptop. True, Archos Portable Speakers will be twice as thick.

When folded, the top cover and both ends are empty, they do not carry any significant elements. The rear panel of the lower half of the case is equipped with a nameplate with information about the device and two battery compartments covered with snap-on hard plastic covers. The front side panel is also clean of everything superfluous and, in addition, is slightly beveled inwards.

The main payload is on the rear side panel of the chassis. There is a platform with connectors and a sliding switch. From the connectors there are: two types of USB, a line-in and a socket for a network adapter. The switch is used to turn on/off the power supply to the system.

Inside the case, the picture is much more interesting. If you open the "suitcase", then in the middle there will be a socket for installing the PMP, to the right and left of it there are two platforms with speakers. In the lower part there is a podium, part of the volume of which is occupied by batteries, and the rest of the volume is given over to the working space of the low-frequency speaker with a diameter of about 5.5 centimeters. The diameter of each of the four mid-tweeters is about 3 centimeters.

The quality of the system is at a good level, there are no visible flaws in stamping, assembly and fitting of parts. All gaps, including those in the area of ​​the battery compartment, have a small and uniform width along the entire length.

Control, power, connection

Unfortunately, there is no remote control for Archos Portable Speakers, so you will have to control the system using the buttons placed on the podium. There is practically nothing to manage. There are three buttons: with the help of one of them the system turns on and off, and two more serve for smooth digital volume control. The buttons are painted "chrome" and have a decent size. True, they are a little recessed into the case and in addition, so you can’t call them particularly comfortable. Pressing is fixed with a slight click, so this somewhat compensates for the not very high thoughtfulness of the buttons.

The system connects to the computer using a regular USB cable, which, oddly enough, is not included in the package. When connecting, everything happens the same as when PMP is connected with a proprietary cable, you can select the UMS or MTP profile. Accordingly, music, video and other files are transferred to the device through the operating system or using a compatible software manager.

The presence of a USB connector allows, as I already mentioned, to install the system on a desktop or office table and install PMP into it if necessary. Thus, the battery is recharged even when the computer is turned off, provided that the system is connected to the network; this is a trifle, but very useful, remember, for example, how convenient a good cradle for a mobile phone is.

The system has two power sources: four AA batteries and a power adapter. Battery life varies greatly by brand and system volume, but averages around 10 hours. The battery of the PMP itself also discharges during operation, this happens at a normal rate, as if it were being listened to with headphones. For more accurate data, see our reviews of the fourth series devices, links to them can be found at the bottom of this page.

Sound, conclusions, impressions

Miniature metal cone speakers can be called a trend in portable audio systems, they can be found in the products of Creative, Philips, Logitech and other well-known companies. Outwardly, they do not make any serious impression and, as a rule, when looking at such speakers, you do not expect high-quality sound. This impression is misleading in most cases, including the Archos Portable Speakers. There are four speakers in the system and they do a very good job of reproducing medium and high frequencies.Listening to the system was carried out in an office area of ​​forty square meters, while the sound of films and just music can be heard clearly and loudly throughout the area. Thus, the system is quite capable of sounding almost any living room, unless, of course, the neighbors above you are cycling the parquet. In terms of low frequencies, the built-in auxiliary speaker of increased diameter helps a lot. However, the quality of its sound and the level of audible bass significantly depend on which Crjul ORIGINAL surface the system is installed on and on the position of the listener relative to it. At a distance of several meters, the bass is almost inaudible, but this is not surprising, given the very small diameter of the cone and the working volume of the speaker. But being next to the system, you can even be surprised by a very good low-frequency support for dynamic scenes in films, this is a pleasant surprise. Of course, you need to make allowances for the volume of the system, say, with the Apple iPod Hi-Fi, it cannot be compared in sound, but Archos Portable Speakers are quite capable of competing with, say, the Logitech AudioStation Express.

Miniature speakers with a metal cone can be called a trend in portable audio systems, they can be found in the products of Creative, Philips, Logitech and other well-known companies. Outwardly, they do not make any serious impression and, as a rule, when looking at such speakers, you do not expect high-quality sound. This impression is misleading in most cases, including the Archos Portable Speakers. There are four speakers in the system and they do a very good job of reproducing medium and high frequencies. Listening to the system was carried out in an office area of ​​forty square meters, while the sound of films and just music can be heard clearly and loudly throughout the area. Thus, the system is quite capable of sounding almost any living room, unless, of course, the neighbors above you are cycling the parquet. In terms of low frequencies, the built-in auxiliary speaker of increased diameter helps a lot. However, the quality of its sound and the level of audible bass significantly depend on how Crjul ORIGINAL Crejul ORIGINAL surface mounted system and from the position of the listener relative to it. At a distance of several meters, the bass is almost inaudible, but this is not surprising, given the very small diameter of the cone and the working volume of the speaker. But being next to the system, you can even be surprised by a very good low-frequency support for dynamic scenes in films, this is a pleasant surprise. Of course, it is necessary to make allowances for the volume of the system, for example, it cannot be compared with the sound of the Apple iPod Hi-Fi, but the Archos Portable Speakers are quite capable of competing with, say, the Logitech AudioStation Express.

Summarizing, we can recommend the system to Archos PMP owners who are looking for a way to get decent sound from their device without bothering with excessive switching. The system can be very useful on vacation, especially if you are traveling with a group and, say, renting a house. In my memory, a person who guessed to take with him a “soundtrack” for feasts and careful preparations for an “evening promenade” was awarded thanks during the entire period of rest.

Unfortunately, the price of the system matches the price of the Archos PMP, that is, it is quite biting: at the moment, Archos Portable Speakers are asking for about $150 in Moscow retail. On the other hand, along with vague buttons and the lack of a USB cable, this is perhaps the only tangible drawback of the system found during testing.