At just 10 watts apiece, the meter tall side-mounting speakers feature a 1" diameter tweeter and
two 3-1/2" diameter mid ranges behind a fabric dust grill. There is also a tiny
little 1-1/4" diameter woofer on the rear of the speakers which gives them
a little bit of Bass to liven up the sounds - for example when a
big explosion occurs in a film.
quality of the two speakers is good,
but not a replacement for a good home theatre audio set up if you want
to take full advantage of what DVD's have to offer acoustically. Each of the speakers are connected to
the SPL4225 with really thin speaker wire that is not more than about two
meters long - so if the speakers are detached and mounted on the
optional floor stands, you will either need to place them close by, or replace the
wire if you want more distance.
speakers are mounted directly to the plasma panel with the help of a nice metal bracket and some screws, and
in that way wall mounting really does leave the table top absolutely free from any other objects. If
you pony up the dough for the optional metal speaker stands, the two
speakers can then be placed independently of the plasma display itself - again though, you will need to use
longer wire in most cases.
There are no integrated speakers
within the plasma panel itself, so if you don't want to get the side mount
speakers, you'll have to find other means of outputting the audio - either via a stereo
system, or home theatre set up.
Samsung SPL4225's on
screen menu system allows keen users a few sound control options
including a few presets like; music, speech, movie, standard and even your
own custom settings. The speakers are good for what they are, and I don't
think the sound is bad by any means - it is certainly not as sweet as you would hear
from a full set of decent stereo speakers. The beauty of them
really is for environments where the plasma display hangs on a
wall, or no stereo equipment is present.
Audiophiles will undoubtedly want to bypass these satellite
speakers and pump the audio directly
from a separate DVD player, or HDTV tuner to the amp. Incidently,
there are four audio inputs round back, but the only outputs are
the wire connectors for the speakers themselves.
The death of beige
components could not be a more welcome change - the speakers that come with
the SPL4225 measure about 1m tall and come with really cool looking stands so
they can be positioned away from the display if you wish. Each speaker connects to the
main plasma display via a set of wires which also power the speakers. Sound quality is good,
but if you want to get knocked back across the room with Bass, you'll
have to look towards other solutions.