Of course, crispness and clarity is not necessarily a bad thing but balance is always essential, and this clarity on the higher end is not matched by a strong mid-range. Turning up the bass does alleviate the problem somewhat, but it never quite balances the sound out enough with the bass becoming rather raucous when tuned up high and the mid-range remaining rather anonymous.
The lack of mid-range is particularly evident when watching movies and videos, with the voices sounding rather distant. The speakers didn’t deal with action scenes too well either, with the high-range bias again spoiling the overall effect.
The lack of mid-range performance is also very noticeable when listening to music at lower volumes, where the percussion once again dominates to the detriment of everything else.
Predictably, this problem carries over to gaming where gun shots sound very tinny and unconvincing. Although these speakers are certainly intended primarily for music it’s still important to be versatile, especially when you’re paying a moderately large sum for a 2.1 set.
Happily there are some positives, with the set creating a nice spatial effect that fills rooms well. This makes them a good choice for casual music listening in a living room when connected to a notebook, or even an MP3 player. This goes at least some way to making up for the deficiencies in the balance, and its certainly a good deal less noticeable when the sound is given more time to blend.
Even with this caveat, however, the SRS-DZ10s are in a difficult position when you consider what you can get for the same price – or even for less. For £50 you can get the superb Logitech Z3s, which are still excellent value and their replacements, the Z4s, are also available for around the same price.
Alternatively, for around the same price, you can get the Acoustic Energy Aego M Speakers that Benny reviewed late last year, which excelled at musical fidelity. Plus, as an added bonus, they provide an option for a third centre speaker to create a 3.1-channel setup that's ideal for watching movies on your PC.
Though stylish and eye catching, the SRS-DZ10s fail to provide convincing all round performance. Music playback is mixed with rather weak mid-range and an overly powerful high-end. They’re not really suitable for films and gaming either. They’ll do a reasonable job for the style over substance consumer, but there are plenty of alternatives that provide superior quality and better value for money.