Audio vendor Altec Lansing on Thursday announced the company’s new “value” line of computer speakers, ranging in price from $20 to $50. The least-expensive model, the $20 BXR1220, is a pair of small, satellite-style speakers that connects to your computer via USB for both audio and power. The speakers are magnetically shielded, finished with titanium-metallic accents, and feature a volume ring for easy volume adjustments. The $30 BXR1221 mates the BXR1220′s satellites with a small (4-inch-driver) subwoofer, but requires wall-outlet power.
The new two-piece VS2620, also priced at $30, features a trapezoidal-tower design that includes, in each speaker, a 3-inch active speaker and a matching 3-inch passive driver. The system includes two input jacks–one in back for your computer and another in the front for a second audio source–and includes power, volume, and tone controls.