The 2.1-speaker system still remains the preferred configuration for most PC users. Always providing easy setup out of the box while maintaining decent audio fidelity in most usage needs (depending on budget and user expectations), it's a popular configuration for anyone needing a simple audio system or a step-up from what notebooks offer. With that in mind, PC audio peripherals specialist Krator is betting that its 2.1-speaker set, the Neso 02 N2-21030 (which we'll just refer to as the Neso N2 henceforth) would be one of the more popular options for budget upgraders. Launched sometime last year, it's now made available in this region and we got one in for audition.
First impression, as soon as you open the box, is that the Neso N2-21030 is uniquely stylish and bold. Whether if it's your cup of tea, it's really subjective to individual's taste. Its steel brush front and trim along with a wood grain finish cabinet provides a nice counterpoint to its orange speaker cones. For us, it was a double-edged design statement where the whole mix manages to feel classic and contemporary at the same time, but it also feels it's trying hard to give a blatant upmarket feel out of a boxy design. However, as we always say, never judge a book by its cover, so read on for our findings.
The Neso N2 boasts a 2.5-inch driver in each of its two satellite speakers, and a 5.25-inch driver housed in the subwoofer, which is of the “long throw bass” variety. This essentially means the driver has an extra half inch movement space as compared to regular speakers in order to to shift greater volumes of air to better reproduce lower frequencies for areas not in the direct vicinity of the speakers. This could be useful for console gaming scenarios where the console and speakers would be placed further away from the user than if one were to work on a PC. It would still function well for PC music/gaming needs, but it's just a matter of which design is more attuned for a purpose.
A paper wool mix is used to construct the speaker cones while the cabinet is made from 9mm thick MDF which adds heft and sturdiness to the Neso N2. The speaker units are slanted so as to better project the sound to your ears. Furthermore, the circuitry is equipped with the usual performance crossover technology, allowing the speakers to replicate a wider range of sounds by dividing the task of handling different frequency bands between the subwoofer and the satellite speakers. Nothing unusual here, and all is as expected.
Volume, bass and trebles control are handily located on the satellite speaker instead of behind the subwoofer and can be easily accessed to change the settings. We probably would have liked a headphone audio output option, but the Neso N2 doesn't come with it. Instead, there's a Line-in option for hooking up other auxillary audio sources on the the side of the satellite. The back of the subwoofer has a power switch along with audio and RCA input.