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  S4 MidiLand 7100 Plus Speaker System 
  May 28, 2001, 09:00am EDT 

Sound Quality

By: Dan Mepham

Sonically speaking, the 7100 Plus is quite good, as are most other MidiLand systems we’ve encountered. The 2.5” satellite drivers do a reasonable job, particularly when one considers the frequency spectrum they’re being forced to reproduce. For the most part, midranges are reasonably accurate. At lower volumes, the satellites sound crisp, but too bright. The smaller 2.5” drivers do tend to slack off a little at the low end of the midrange spectrum, which reaffirms why MidiLand selected a relatively high 250Hz crossover frequency.

Quite frankly, these satellites aren’t good below 250Hz, so that sound must instead be handled by the subwoofer. As with the low midrange, the high upper-range is slightly neglected as well, simply a matter of fact when you attempt to cover that large a frequency range with only one driver. The satellites treble is clean, but noticeably forced and lacking in presence.

The satellites pack an excellent punch, especially at louder volume levels. Clearly this system offers impressive over all sound pressure level capabilities, although the satellites do tend to become slightly harsh sounding at high volumes.

MidiLand’s subwoofers have always been its systems’ strength in the past, and that trend continues with the 7100 Plus. Rated at 50W RMS, the 6.5” driver is small enough that it packs a hefty punch, but large enough that it’s still effective at covering those low-low basses. Equally impressive is the subwoofer’s ability to deliver high-volume bass, with little to no coloration or port ‘chuffing’. For gaming or musical purposes, the subwoofer’s ability to deliver a punch is quite noticeable. Likewise, for DVD playback, the subwoofer handles initial attacks quite well. LFE tracks on DVDs are somewhat neglected, though, as the subwoofer has neither the size nor the power to deliver that ultra-low rumble that makes the walls shake.

Contrary to what the lower S/N ratio would indicate, noise wasn't a big issue with the system, especially when using the digital connection. When using the analog connection, there was a noticeable background hiss, although not unlike other systems in this price bracket. Overall, the sound is very reasonable. Far from perfect, but much farther from poor.

1. Introduction
2. The Satellites
3. The Subwoofer
4. The Decoder
5. Sound Quality
6. Complaints
7. Tech Support
8. Construction Quality
9. Conclusions

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S4 MidiLand 7100 Plus
Performance: 7/10
Quality: 10/10
Features: 7/10
Documentation: 9/10
Price: 8/10
Overall Rating: 8/10

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