The Altec Lansing FX6021 is a three-unit system (2 satellite speakers, 1 subwoofer/amp) designed for use with a computer, TV, or gaming unit. However, just because Altec Lansing decided to position this speaker system for those markets, don't think that they have skimped on the sound quality. These speakers will compete well with some speakers systems at twice the price...more on that at a later date.
The FX6021 comes with an integrated amplifier in the subwoofer unit. Using 3 amplifiers, the sytem is fully capable of cleanly powering all 12 drivers. There is a power control pod with a remote for convenience.
The tilt angle of the flat left/right satellite speakers are not adjustible, but they are wall mountable. These may actually be even more adjustible if you use gimbal-type wall mounts.
The drivers of the satellite are housed in a slim-profile case which will blend in well with most modern decor...and especially with the whole Apple G5 line.
Assembly is extremely simple. All of the pieces connect without tools. The cables are color-coded and tabbed. It is virtually impossible to hook things up wrong :-) The extensions are also included. Note that these speakers were designed mainly for use with computer systems and gaming units, so it is expecting to take get its audio input from a mini-jack cable and not via L/R audio speaker wires.
We were able to set everything up inside of 10 minutes. The only thing which took a little time was figuring out where best to place the subwoofer. As with all subwoofers, exact placement is not critical...just someplace out of the way.
Now we are ready for the A/B test between the Harman Kardon Soundsticks II and the Altec Lansing FX6021. Check back in a month or so to see how they compare.