Altec Lansing ADA885

Setup & Testing


I placed the rear speakers on the desk that is directly behind me, which serves as a place for my spare rig, or a place for friends to hook their computers up.  Overall, the setup was extremely easy.  The plugs and connectors are all color coded, and knotched so they will only fit in their connector, one way.  This makes installation for everyone fast and trouble free.



There are many different modes, my favorite being Pro Logic.  There are five to be exact.

  • Pro Logic
  • Dolby Digital
  • Stereo X2
  • Stereo
  • Quad

Stereo, is just using the front two speakers.  Stereo X2 is just the standard 2 channels on all four speakers.  Quad is the standard 4.1 configuration, but tones down the bass.  Pro Logic & Dolby Digital are for movies and music, and both utilize 4 channels.  Dolby Digital from what I can tell seems like a toned down Pro Logic, bass wise.  To be honest, this system puts out oodles of punchy, clean, distortion free bass as it is.  Anyway, I used my trusty Sound Blaster Live! 24-Bit sound card, and played my usual music, which tends to be a mix of 70's rock, 80's, and other misc stuff.  The highs were crisp, the midranges vibrated my ribcage (freaky feeling), and the lows would easily make a constipated person run for the bathroom. 
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Most Recent Comments

02-06-2006, 21:26:59

Read the review here guys

Leave some constructive critisizm while you're at it.*

*If you ***** at me, I'll castrate you.



02-06-2006, 21:40:25

* *****s at nick*

Bring it on

Lol, good job m8Quote

02-06-2006, 22:25:00

Glad to see you found yourself an awesome set of speakers at a great price! Altec used to make some quality products back in the day, they seem to have taken a massive plunge in the last 3 years though...

Enjoy em!Quote

03-06-2006, 02:52:29

Nice review Nick.

Is it just me, or does the speaker with the volume controls on it look like a set of scales?Quote

03-06-2006, 04:50:13

Nice review Nick and well presented. Admittedly, the speakers probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but they appear to give be of reasonable quality for their priceQuote

03-06-2006, 06:48:43

Those speakers are some of the ugliest speakers I have ever seen. Altec are good but DAMN those are FUGLYQuote

03-06-2006, 11:33:19

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Those speakers are some of the ugliest speakers I have ever seen. Altec are good but DAMN those are FUGLY
Mate, they're models from 1999... (but new.)

What do you expect lol, I bet ppl thought they were the **** next to their new Dell Dimension XPS PIII 933 w/17" CRT back then...


03-06-2006, 11:38:43

heh, still like my Panasonic 5.1 system tho - 600w including a 220w sub

Glad you like em, and they cost a lot less than mine Quote

03-06-2006, 12:12:16

If you'd like to purchase them, you can do so at

The price fluctuates though, but regardless they're still an amazing deal.


03-06-2006, 12:18:43

Whoa, I'm a retard. I was on Directron's site linking you guys and I took a quick look @ the specs and noticed it said the 2x front satellites have 1" tweeters. Upon further inspection, I noticed they do! So, appropriate pictures & specs have been added to the review. Sorry for being a 'tard.


03-06-2006, 12:24:54

Yea those were my first ever 5.1 speaker system. Really nice and bloody powerful sound. Now I play with the bigshots , the Z680s from Logitech. :PQuote

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