Home Market Watch Market Watch – What goes into this RM200 Speaker?

Market Watch – What goes into this RM200 Speaker?

454
SHARE

Market Watch Introduction

Market watch is a series of the articles specifically dedicated to products that users report to have issues with, and we courageously dive in to investigate .

RM200 2.1 speaker that came from rough history

This series of speaker comes from a well-known OEM brand in Malaysia that have won the heart of Malaysia PC users. The fame also attracted some unwanted attention, as many comments sprout up questioning the quality of the speaker.

It was discussed extensively in a lowyat post stripping down the speaker and exposing the tweeter was in fact a buzzer, which is was used as Bios beep code. An article from China looked into the original model and discovered that the speaker is actually used a metal plate to pass off as a tweeter.

This article is not meant for defamation purposes. We intend to find out whether the company has improved themselves after all these years. Check out our investigation below:

The Main Unit & Power Supply

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
This is the back of the main unit, We do not intend to show the front of the unit as it is a dead give away for the brand. As so Gentlementech will cover up all signs of the brand identity during this investigation.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Sound production is meant to be done in with absolute precision. Seeing the finishing  reminds me of rough work done in rush, finest is one thing that you won’t find here. The transformer is no bigger than half of a male adults hand and has very rough finishing. Honestly speaking, I won’t want any of my devices to have sort this power supply.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Front panel of the main unit. Glue work here functions as a securing agent.

The Multi Input Unit

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
This is the multi-input unit, covered with a layer of sponge, which I assume is to prevent sound leak.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
To extract the multi input unit, one has to simply push out from below. Here again, we were greeted by glue work that was meant to be used as a securing agent.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
It takes allot of effort to remove the glue from wiring socket without damage. So much so that a request for repairs would seem impossible.

The Multi Input Chips

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Here’s the full view of the multi-input unit. As you can see, it is of reasonable quality. Again an improvement from it’s predecessor – see article from Lowyat.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
The Sound Chip is definitely something that interests me, yet sadly I can’t find any information about this strange brand and logo. The only information available was the numeric-figures written on the chip “1708O-118”, which lead to a dead end in google search.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Here’s a second chip , the RTC6222 facing the upper left-hand side. This is an FM Tuner Chip made by RichWave, which makes me wonder if it is this is a Mono FM audio chip (??)  The speaker comes in a 2.1 configuration. Funny to think that from the same series, the RichWave RTC6218 cost almost the same offer stereo configuration.

The Satellite

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
The satellite speaker carries a 1″ inch tweeter and a 3″ mid range driver. There’s no official statement of how many Watt is the driver individually, but it was mention to be a total of 8W per satellite.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Here again, we can see the fine glue work done in an effort to secure the speaker.

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Here’s the wiring done to connect the mid range driver to the tweeter, is a very direct daisy chaining. Nothing too out of the usual here except, pay attention to the speaker power output here, it is stated 10W, yet the official power output state the satellite is total together, 8Watt. Curious is it?
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Here’s the part that I get more and more confused, the tweeter is stating at 5W, 10W+5W=15W. There’s is a likeliness the speaker manufacturer had limit the output for the satellite, under claim the performance so to avoid performance issue. Also to use the same drivers across the line thus mass order in large quantity to save cost. The tweeter looks very worn out and carries very little magnet charges, is so weak my coin can’t stick to it. Previously it was shown by the China article that the tweeter was fake and basically a metal plate, here we can see that it is definitely a real tweeter, how good was it, I’ll let you judge.

Inside the Tweeter

This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Here’s the 8Ω 10W speaker fully view. Notice how a 22uF capacitor was added to the tweeter to only enable high frequency signal to pass through.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Removing top of the speaker cover revive that the speaker is actual mylar speaker.
This speaker comes from a very rough reputation as numerous investigation done by consumer has found foul play on specification claims
Is good to see that the tweeter is a real one, good improvement as it is, please understand the sound produced won’t be any good.

Conclusion

Here you go for our stripe down on this popular speaker. We are quite supprise knowing that it actually begin to use real tweeter, even if is a really basic and sound like it too.

But will you pay RM200 for this? If you ask me, I most likely will go for some other speaker at this price point.

Comments