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ShockWave SU-201 Review

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The ShockWave SU-201s were less than impressive and a letdown. The sound quality was only marginally better than what comes with my laptop, and they require power provided by the USB port while a second TRS connection is needed for the audio. The layout of speakers is also disappointing due to the location of the volume control dial. As the volume is increased on the SU-201s, distortion takes over and whatever you are listening to becomes nothing more than a muddy mess. Some people will likely enjoy the ring of light that is visible around the speakers, but these are secondary in my mind to sound quality. These speakers do appear to be on the bottom end of ShockWave's product lineup, so hopefully some of their other offerings put the 201s to shame.



  • Neat looking light pattern on front of speakers
  • Offer slightly better sound than a laptop's built-in speakers



  • Poor placement of the volume control
  • Requires USB power
  • USB only for power, not for audio
  • Audio quality degrades with higher volumes


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  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing
  4. Conclusion
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