We tested the Krator Neso 02 N2-21030 speaker system with our standard audio testbed which is a Shuttle XPC SD37P2 (Intel 975X) machine with an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude sound card. For the trials, we kept both the bass and the treble settings primarily at 50 percent. We did pump these values up/down as desired after having a feel of the speaker's neutral stance.
Testing would be done across four categories: CD, MP3, movies and games. We'll be testing the Krator Neso 02 N2-21030 across a wide variety of tracks to gauge its performance since the speakers are for general usage that should be able to handle a variety of needs.
To fully and accurately ascertain the performance of the speakers, we subjected them to four main tests. First, they were tested for their abilities in playing music, and this was broken down further into two sub-categories: CD and MP3. Next, were movies, and lastly, games.
For music, we played a variety of different tracks to see how the speakers would perform across different genres such as acoustic, jazz, orchestral and trance. In movies, we were interested in the overall experience. Was dialogue clear? Were the sound effects apparent? And does it feel like a cinematic experience? Likewise in games, we were interested to find out if the speakers were capable of enhancing the gaming experience. Did it immerse us into the game atmosphere, and did we feel like we were 'experiencing' the game, instead of merely playing. In short, what were interested in was how the speakers made us, for lack of a better word, 'feel' while we were playing the test materials.
Of course, different people have different musical and sonic tastes. Some are bassheads while others are treble freaks, so your preferences with speakers may vary.
As we attempt to present as accurate an analysis as possible with the list of test materials mentioned below, we've also taken note of the positioning of this Krator speaker set at US$110. At this price point, we've not tested many 2.1-speaker systems yet, but we've gained enough experience over the years with various reference units in our lab to assist us. For the Neso Krator Neso 02 N2-21030, we'll be critically comparing against the old but venerable Midiland S4-4060M, as well as the Creative Gigaworks T3 speaker set. Those are tough benchmarks, but the Krator is priced close enough for comparisons.
- Pod Race Scene from Phantom Menace
- Tyrannosaurus Rex Sound Effects from Jurassic Park
- Theme from Jurassic Park
- Apollo 13 Lift-off Sound Effects
- Theme from Cutthroat Island
- Fanfare for Louis, performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony
- Hotel California - Eagles
- Sail on Soothsayer - Buckethead
- Melt My Heart to Stone - Adele
- Elements of Life - Tiesto
- Lord of the Rings - (Starting sequence)
- Swordfish (Starting sequence)
- Battlefield 2: Bad Company