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IntroductionOver the years, MidiLand has earned a good reputation for their lineup of high-quality multimedia speaker systems for PC's as well as mainstream home applications. Incorporated in the 90's MidiLand has acclaimed prestige and many awards to its name in the speaker industry. A few months ago MidiLand released the S4 7100 Speaker system, which I thought was quite impressive in its price range. In fact I couldn't find any audio system even close to the S4 7100 in this price range capable of producing Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. However the main problem with the S4 7100 Speaker system was that it lacked a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder. In order to get the true 5.1 surround sound effect a Dolby Digital decoder is a must. Fortunately MidiLand understood their mistakes soon, and now just a few months after the introduction of the S4 7100 system they have unleashed the S4 8200 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Speaker System. In its price range of around $280, it is by far one of the best 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker Systems ever to enter the market.
The introduction of DVD's a few years back has created an ever-increasing demand for 5.1 DD sound. Sound card manufactures too have joined in this bandwagon, and they are coming out with some great sound cards, which are capable of producing 5.1 DD sound. In the early days sound reproduction was limited to a $40 desktop speaker system, however things have changed by far today. With todays ever increasing demand for power, and quality you won't get a decent system for less than the $200 mark.So lets take a closer look as to what this baby has to offer…
Total 200W Satellite 20W + 20W + 20W + 20W + 20W Subwoofer 100W
Subwoofer-Power volume bass LED power indicator Audio Digital Station (ADS-2000)-Power, test, mute, mode, enter Full-functional remote control
Contents and AssemblyThe MidiLand S4 8200 speaker system if you already haven't noticed include five 20W satellites and a thundering 100W subwoofer, home theater cables, wires, and a AC power adapter. The only drawback I encountered in installing the metallic champagne colored satellites was that even though the speakers offered wall-mounting grooves, it lacked the wall mounts. I'm sure MidiLand did this in order to cut back costs, however if you do need wall mounting brackets they are available at the MidiLand website. Other than that the installation process was a breeze. A handy manual is also given if you really have some problem in the installation.The total output of the S4 8200 surround sound speaker system, if you couldn't add up the math, is 200W of sheer raw power. (That's five 20W satellites and one 100W subwoofer) The satellites aren't much to talk about when compared to the subwoofer. The 100W R.M.S subwoofer alone has a higher output than the total VideoLogic DigiTheater 5.1 system, which is only around 63W.Speaker placement is very important in order to experience the true quality of surround sound. Believe me, if the speaker placement is wrong the whole experience of your 5.1 speaker system would be lost. However it's very unlikely that anyone would get this wrong, as this is a 5-speaker system. However if you are mentally challenged fear not, place 2 satellites dedicated to the front, and 2 to the rear, and place the last satellite in the center of which ever side is most convenient. Finally the subwoofer as usual goes to a corner of the room or under your computer table. This is just the conventional way of placing a 5-piece speaker system. In order to get the best surround sound effect however, you are the best judge of your room acoustics, so go ahead and take those speakers all around your room and choose the best placement.