Zebronics is a brand that’s into numerous PC peripheral products with names like ‘Dhun’ and ‘Madhur’. We have not received any of those yet and today we have the Zebronics Duality 5000 speakers. The reason it’s called Duality is because of its 2.2 style architecture. Read on...
Design and Features
This 2.2 speaker system is actually not too different in form from regular 2.1 PC speakers. It consists of 2 small-sized satellite speakers and a large subwoofer. Here the subwoofer is not conventional; it has 2 drivers, aligned vertically in a column, thus the 2.2 nomenclature. The external finish on the 2 units is typical black matte MDF wood finish, except of course the front panels. The front panels consist of a glossy black face plate, separately attached on. The piano finish is not bare here. Zebronics has taken some steps to add that touch of aesthetic appeal, by etching an abstract design on the top half of the panels. The line art they have used looks nice, especially because of the fact that it's not loud and flashy, but is rather a subdued, similar colored texture.
The drivers are a stark contrasting aluminum colored thick fiber, with a shiny reflective dust cap for the satellites, while the sub drivers look little cooler with no dustcap in the center. Only ‘Dual Bass’ is printed in a sleek font. The size of the satellite drivers is 3-inches each, while for the woofer it is 4-inches each. On top of the woofer drivers, on the front panel itself, are 2 matching aluminum colored dials, one for bass levels and other overall volume. The combination of the 2 dials and drivers give the sub quite a nice look. It does not look tacky, which is an achievement for such products. The sub is ported on the right hand side, a decently finished one located near the top corner.
The subwoofer is a heavy unit, with clean edges and connections for the dials etc. When i lifted the unit to position it around, the reflex port creaked a bit, but that should not be an issue. The sats are light and neat, with overall decent build.
The connections at the back are simple and straight up, a bit too simple for me. There is one RCA pair for inputs, so that will accept stereo RCA wires from the PC soundcard. The other pair is also an RCA output for the left and right speakers. There is no 3.5mm EP input, which should have, or rather could have easily been there. The power is 40 watts RMS, signal to noise ratio is 65 dB. Rated frequency response is 20Hz- 20 kHz, quite a bold rating, We will have to check that.
Setup included taking PC soundcard output via ‘Y’ cable into input behind subwoofer, and using the provided single RCA wires we connected the speakers . To start off we used our Test and Burn in disc, and also lined up Music CDs by Amon Tobin, Tool and Jamiroquai. Also we had lengthy MP3 playlists to check different random genres, and last but not least, in the video domain we used the 300 DivX file for checking sound output.
For frequency response we ran pure tones throughout 20-20K sweep, and realized firstly that the speakers do not go down till 20 Hz, rather taper off at 33 Hz. The high end too is audible till 18 KHz. Low mids were higher than normal, while mids and high mids were flattish in sound. High frequencies again had a little bump up in the level.
The bass was good on its own, though it overpowered the rest of the spectrum, like a fat school bully throwing his weight around. I guess the 2.2 stature is a bit overkill here, but I have to clarify that the bass quality itself is not so boomy and all that bad, it just overpowers the rest. The solution is to reduce bass level below half. Sibilance and shine was there in the sound, though vocals were lacking the ‘zing’ in them.
Basically it could have been a bit more crisp in the mid frequencies region, which is where stringed instruments, dialogues etc. are located soundwise. The good thing of the sound was that it didn’t ‘crack’ or ‘fart’ at high volumes, basically no dynamic level distortion was encountered, and we did play the set at loudest to check this.
Price for Duality is Rs. 1600, which is not bad. The sound quality has some unevenness in frequency response levels, but all sets at this price do have these issues. Mainly it does not distort, and does go till a loud enough level for a room. Bass is more, and might appeal to Bassheads; it works well for action movies and modern techno music.