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ARCTIC S111 USB-Powered Portable Stereo Speakers for Tablet/eReader/MP3/Computers, Balanced Treble/Superior Bass - Silver

  • Portable Stereo Speakers System in 3x3x3 Compact Footprint
  • Upgraded Drivers Delivering Balanced Treble & Superior Bass Sound
  • Volume Control at Back of Right Speaker
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The ARCTIC SOUND S111 is the ultra portable speaker system that entertains you anywhere. It either replaces mediocre notebook speakers or connects to an MP3-player for the audiophile on the go.

  • newegg Portable Measuring just 7 x 7 x 7 cm, with a weight of 500 grams only, the ARCTIC SOUND S111 is highly portable and fits into every backpack. They also squeeze into the tiniest corner making it suitable for desktop PCs as well. Using the standard 3.5mm jack, the ARCTIC SOUND S111 can also be used with a wide range of audio devices.
  • newegg Good Audio Performance Compared to mediocre notebook speakers, the ARCTIC SOUND S111 offers much better sound quality. The bass, in particular, outperforms literally any built-in speakers. The small cube-shaped speakers are able to play at a decent volume level enough to entertain indoor and outdoor parties.
  • newegg Independent Power Source You can use this without any power sockets. Powered via USB, the ARCTIC SOUND S111 can be used anywhere. All you need to do is connect it to a notebook or portable charger such as the ARCTIC C1 Mobile, you can also use USB-wall chargers, like ARCTIC C1 or C2 to enjoy your music.

Learn more about the ARCTIC COOLING S111

Model

Brand
Arctic
Model
S111

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
2.76" x 2.76" x 2.76" (L x W x H)

Speaker Specification

Specification
Connection: 3.5mm stereo jack
Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 25 kHz
Impedance: 4ohm
Output Power (RMS): 2 x 2W
Power Requirement: 5V DC 1A
Cable: 3.28 ft.

Features

Features
Portable

Good Audio Performance

Independent Power Source

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • James D.
  • 4/10/2014 11:15:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI LOVE my ARCTIC S111 Compact Speakers purchased in 2013

Pros: Great clarity on vocal and piano range! They even pick up a little bass that speakers normally this size and price won't pick up. They are super compact (two 2x2x2 cubes). You can connect via USB (or via 1/8' stereo or headphone jack when plugged into a power source). My wife and kids actually have to tell me to turn them down sometimes.

Cons: These speakers didn't ship with a USB power adapter. Luckily I had an extra one lying around. The front of the speakers have no grill or other protection over them - so if you have ruthless kids, you may want to keep them out of their reach.

Other Thoughts: I love these. I'm looking at buying a second set - that's why I thought to come back and do a review a year later.

When I first bought these, I got them because my old multimedia speakers took up too much space, and had a huge honkin power supply... and mysteriously shorted out one day. I have limited desk space and didn't want to buy another set of speakers at the low clearance price of $70. I was willing to trade moderately low bass for a teeny foot print on my desk. So, I did a ton of online research on compact speakers for under $25 (watched tons of reviews and read through lots of specs, and price compared with features, etc).

I ended up taking the chance on these. I also bought some other speakers from Big Lots for under $20 and tested them side by side with these. There was no contest - these speakers sounded way better, and even picked up lower lows than the other (much bigger) multimedia speakers. The other ones sounded ok... until I played these. Then I could really hear the plastic-ey hollow lamo sub-kmart quality come out of the other ones. I took the other ones back to Big Lots pretty quickly.

The volume is great on these - especially for their size. The clarity is great too. I'm glad I found the absolute best speakers I could find in this price range.

I'm not willing to claim that there are no better speakers out there - I have heard some this size that would blow you away... at $200-300, which I wasn't prepared to spend on speakers. And, if you want real good thick base, then you'll want something with a subwoofer (or even just a separate woofer unit).

But if you just want some small really nice-sounding speakers to plug into your laptop or desktop computer or iPod - ones that don't take up a full square-foot footprint, then get these. They take up a 2x2x4 inch footprint total.

PS, I rarely turn mine up past about 3/4 of the way and listen to iTunes and sometimes a dvd with them. I'm normally worried about blowing my speakers; so, I try to take care of my speakers. These are still plenty loud at 3/4 volume in our 1100 sqare-foot 2 bedroom apartment. Artists like Norah Jones, Carole King, Diana Krall, The Beatles, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, music with acoustic guitars and pianos with vocals, etc. all sound surprisingly good on these compared to typical $25 speakers.

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  • nelson e.
  • 12/21/2013 10:07:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice sounding cube speakers

Pros: Very decent sound set of speakers

Cons: Cons:
- the surface scratches easily so be careful handling them if you want it to stay looking dandy
- As you see, the speakers are fully exposed.

Other Thoughts: This is a plain looking set of cube stereo speakers that delivers. They are tiny, about the size of a big kiwi fruit. You power them by plugging it to a USB wall outlet or directly to your laptop's USB slots. The audio input comes in via a 3.5 mm audio cable. Both cables are permanently attached to the speakers, which can be a convenience or a bit annoying, depending on your preferences.

Frequency response:
Audio quality is superb for a mini speakers. It sounds clean and generate decent bass. I use a tone generator and these speakers start to distort around 40 Hz. At 30 Hz it becomes almost inaudible.

The volume control is located at the back of one of the speakers. It is a big dial with little knobs grip.

I tried to power it with a battery pack but some of my battery packs play it only for a few seconds and then stops.

What it is not:
- it is not a Bluetooth speaker
- it is not battery powered

Nice sounding speakers for the price as long as you don't need those two I mentioned on what it is not.

A sample of this product was sent to me for review purposes.

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  • john s.
  • 6/30/2013 4:06:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: Compact and stylish.

Cons: Not as loud as I hoped.

Other Thoughts: Wanted something a bit louder than the ones on my 20" lcd. The sound is nice, though.

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  • Stuart T.
  • 4/24/2013 10:09:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Sound, Great Value

Pros: These small 7cm (2 3/4 inch) cubes provide very good sound. Of course, we are not talking about audiophile level sound, but surprisingly good sound for the size and price. I shopped around quite a bit in stores before buying these, and am completely satisfied with them.

Cons: When the USB power cord for these speakers was plugged into any of my desktop's USB sockets, there was an unacceptable intermittent buzzing tone at the frequency of about middle C on the piano. A .1 amp USB wall charger worked well at low volume but cut out at high volume with a lot of horrible noise. An inexpensive, generic 2 amp USB wall charger/ power supply plugged into a Monster brand line conditioner allowed the speakers to work without any hum or buzz.

The "audio in" cable is three feet long and attached to the right speaker. This is a convenient length for use with a laptop, but I needed an extension cord to plug it into the speaker port on my PC.

Other Thoughts: If I was using these speakers as portable speakers for a laptop, I would get something to carry them in so that the exposed speaker cones would not be damaged.

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  • Trenton Z.
  • 3/17/2013 8:00:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor volume

Pros: Small

Cons: Very low thresh hold for volume

Other Thoughts: At a relativity low volume, (softer than my cell phone) the speakers make a loud popping sound. When they work, sound is ok for the price.

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  • Michael M.
  • 3/12/2013 1:44:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, if only

Pros: I like just about everything about these speakers for the price. And I'd give these 5 eggs, if only they weren't defective.

Cons: The Right speaker flickers from working fine, to static, to no sound at all. I'll have to assume that I was incredibly unlucky and happened to get a defective pair. it happens.

Other Thoughts: The most discouraging thing about this obvious defect is now having to ship back these broken speakers that were sent to me BROKEN, at my cost. Then they verify for 4 days, then they send me my replacement speakers... 2 weeks later, I'll have spent $25 total on speakers I ordered (and needed) 3 weeks prior. :(

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  • Elliott T.
  • 3/4/2013 2:53:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSound Decent

Pros: The sound quality is decent.

Cons: I am quite disappointed that they do not charge and have to be connected to a power source in order to play. The cords are obnoxious because they are short and connect to each other which makes them less than mobile. Additionally the volume is not very capable. Tried to share something via Ipod in the car while moving 70 mph in a reasonably quiet car and the volume was too low.

Other Thoughts: These offer a good value if you are looking for speakers with decent quality at an affordable price and you do not care about mobility.

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  • Jeremy H.
  • 3/2/2013 9:38:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFabulous for their price

Pros: Excellent sound for their size, and decent bass (tested some Tony Bennett and LMFAO). They obviously don't get -really- loud, but louder than I expected, using my Atrix phone for testing.

Cons: I was not prepared for their unrelenting cuteness. Like, baby subwoofers. I suppose better noise suppression would be nice, when using very noisy USB ports/adapters, but given the price, I can't complain. See details below.

Other Thoughts: I got these specifically to replace the built-in audio of a small LCD I'm giving to my parents to replace their old kitchen CRT. The LCD has a USB port, powered only when the TV is on, but unfortunately there is a lot of ground loop feedback noise using that port for power; same issue with the built-in speakers (headphones do not exhibit this on the audio-out port). The audio output level is fixed, so the S111 has to be adjusted. The loudest output is...sufficient; not as loud as using my smartphone with it. Device output level is something to think about; the S111's are fairly loud with my phone, but just loud enough with the TV.
Another important aspect is how to power it; a standard USB port provides 5v @ 500mA per the spec. That's 2.5w if you're playing at home, and the S111's are rated at 4W total RMS. So achieving max output with a standard port could be a problem. I happen to have three different wall/USB adapters, and I tested each with LMFAO (as the bass will drive maximum current usage).
1. 5.0v 550mA (Jabra bluetooth headset adapter): Low noise, but on higher audio output, the speaker amp cuts out, due to USB port voltage drop. This makes sense, given the 4W speaker rating, since this adapter can't supply that per its spec. If this occurred on a standard computer USB port, it may also cause other issues due to the voltage drop (to the computer itself and/or other USB devices on the same hub supply). Note: Some laptops (or most, nowadays) have a 'high power' port (usually colored yellow, and normally 2.1A I think) for use which charging/powering higher current devices (smartphones...or speakers). You would definitely want to use this port with the S111.
2. 5.1v 850mA (Motorola smartphone adapter): This has noticeable feedback noise, though less than the LCD TV I tested. This did not have any issues with the amp cutting out, though the two highest volume notches on my phone produced some distortion.
3. 5.0v 1.0A (unbranded, I think from my wife's old Palm: p/n YFAF22073001): Low noise, no amp cut out issues. Looks like this is what I'll set up with the LCD for my parents. Same high-setting distortion as the 850mA.
4. 5.0v 2.1A (12v Lenmar car adapter): I was just curious if the slight distortion on the 2 highest volume notches from my Atrix would be improved with a higher current supply (as in, is it limited by the S111 amp or the power supply). This had no noise as best I could tell, and did indeed have slightly lower distortion with 'loud' bass. I would therefore recommend at least a 1A adapter, if you intend to use these on louder settings, and a 2.1A especially with heavier-bass audio on louder settings.

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  • Gabriel G.
  • 2/28/2013 10:31:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price and size

Pros: Sound is surprisingly crisp and clear. Sounds better than my mid level headphones and comparable to a more expensive 2.1 speaker set I have. They also sound way better and are roughly the same size as the built in speakers in an eMac, if you've ever used one of those.

They also look good with their simple but effective styling. Mine actually looked better than the pictures on Newegg, as the "Arctic Sound" logo was replaced with the better looking vanilla Arctic logo. Not sure if this applies to everyone though.

The USB power is super convenient for just about any modern computer setup, but an adapter for a wall shouldn't be hard to find in this day and age if you want to use them for anything else.

Cons: While they do have some bass, it isn't going to nearly as big as a 2.1 system for the obvious reason that this isn't a 2.1 system and thus don't have a sub. However, this almost doubles back around to a pro if you don't want a lot of bass so it's harder to bother other people in your house.

The USB power thing can also count as a con if you don't want to use them on your computer. You may need an adapter to plug these into a wall if you want to use them with an MP3 player or something.

Other Thoughts: While the volume dial is on the back, you can get away with setting it in the middle and leaving it alone for the most part. These are designed more for computers after all, so you can just use your computer's built in volume adjuster. Not really a pro or a con IMO.

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  • David A.
  • 2/27/2013 7:38:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little speakers

Pros: Plug them in and they work. They sound good for a pair of USB powered speakers that cost me $17.00 delivered to my door.

Cons: No flashing lights.

Other Thoughts: They are actually pretty loud. Exactly what I was looking for.

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