The HT6200 Speakers from Mercury are a 5.1 surround sound setup designed primarily
for use with a computer.
The finish is a striking, yet verging on tacky wood finish which feels quite like cheap chipboard furniture.
This is a bit of a change from the usual beige PC components, and might be more suited to a bedroom environment. The buttons on the front are machined
metal giving it the sort of look you might find on an old 1960's Hi-Fi.
The set contains four satellite speakers, two for the front, two for the rear
and one center speaker containing two of the same speakers found in the satellites.
They are all magnetically shielded to prevent interference with other computer
As with most satellite systems, the satellites are meant to do the mid-range
and hi-end and the sub-woofer contributes with the low end. Also like most satellite
speakers, the mid-range is lacking and this leaves a dominant high frequency
which makes any song sound tinny. This has the annoying effect similar to taking
a small drill to your eardrums. The front speakers and the center speaker have
just over one and a half meters of wire connected with phono ends, and the rear
speakers have 6 meters of wire.
The power of these speakers is confusing. The packaging boasts a combined total of 6200W, and also claims 15W
per channel and 25W for the sub-woofer. As is usual with cheap speakers, the 6200w figure is a highly theoretical peak figure, which is as near to an outright lie as truth in advertising laws will allow.
On opening up the speakers we find they
are in fact 8W, which corresponds with the information on their website. The
packaging also states 25W for the sub-woofer, while their website states 50W.
The figure itself is largely irrelevant because as they say, the proof is
in the pudding.
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