$29.98 Canadian, or $22.59 USD at the time of writing. That’s how much the Blackweb 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System cost me at Walmart. Now, I normally take my time deciding what I want, but for $29.98, I figured I might as well give it a shot.

I should probably clean up and stuff.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the box is very small for a 2.1 speaker system, and surprisingly light. Part of me was wondering if that really was it, but whatever. The box isn’t important.

Now we get to the stuff that matters. 2 compact speakers, and a modestly sized “.1" to compensate for the highs from the tiny speakers.

Get it all out of there and hook it up, and it’s all really simple. A 3.5mm to RCA cable that handles audio input, a standard household plug to provide constant power, pretty much standard speaker wire and spring-loaded terminals to connect the two small speakers, a knob on the back for bass, a knob on the front for volume, and a switch on the back to turn everything on.

It looks like this from the front, but how does it all sound? Well, I don’t normally like cheap computer speakers, as they tend to be 2 channel systems that sound tinny and simply can’t produce enough bass. This one is super cheap and uses a “subwoofer” to fill in the lows and make everything a little more even, so it sounds really good. Keep in mind that even with the bass boost cranked, it does not bump hard. But as a balanced super-compact system that sounds solid and smooth cranking out everything from Alice In Chains to The Weeknd, it’s really good for the money. There will be distortion at high volumes and the speaker wiring is rather short, but that’s to be expected. If you want a decent set of speakers for the garage, or maybe want an affordable speaker system that takes up minimal space in your dorm, I’d recommend buying these.

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Interestingly enough, the system listed on Walmart’s American website is vastly different than the system we get in Canada. Although the American system is $44.46 as opposed to this one at $22.59 USD, it’s almost 8 times more powerful and has a remote volume control. Interesting.