Review
Hands On: AudioXperts 4K 2112 Audio Entertainment Console
The industrial design of the 2112 4TV Audio Entertainment Console complements flat-panel TVs.
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AudioXperts’ 4TV 2112 Audio Entertainment Console (MSRP $2,000) fits directly under TVs and provides component-level audio performance.
March 29, 2013 by Robert Archer

AudioXperts is a new company, but it is led by an executive team headed up by Eli Harary, who has decades of experience.

One of the first products the company showed last fall at CEDIA Expo 2012 was its 4TV 2112 Audio Entertainment Console. This product is designed to place a TV on top of the unit’s cabinet to serve as an all-in-one speaker solution that doesn’t need wall-mounting accessories.

With an external appearance that is highlighted by smoked glass, aluminum and a gloss-black finish, the 2112’s industrial design intends to complement flat-panel TVs. Internally, the 2.1 speaker system incorporates an amplifier section that delivers 200 watts of RMS power and 350 watts of peak power. The 2112’s multidriver array includes dual 20mm tweeters with four of AudioXperts’ HART midrange drivers and four 4.5-inch long-throw woofers.

The unit’s rear panel features one optical and one digital coax input; a single set of analog inputs, as well as a single USB input and 1/8-inch mini-stereo input. The 2112 also offers DTS and Dolby processing options, and the company’s own Enhanced Dialog processing. Other features include Bluetooth streaming that’s bolstered by the aptX codec, touch-sensitive user interface and a learning remote control.

The 2112 is a big product. Weighing about 55 pounds, the system measures more than 40 inches wide and 17 inches deep, just over 2 inches tall, and because of its girth, the 2112 can be awkward for a single person to unpack and install. After setting the speaker on my bedroom stand, I placed my 26-inch LCD TV on top of it and ran a coax cable from my cable box into the coax input, and I attempted to run an optical cable from my Blu-ray player to the unit. I finished up by plugging in my Apple USB charging cable for my iPhone and I plugged in the unit and powered it up.

After trying out the cable and Blu-ray player, I noticed my Sony Blu-ray player’s image was skipping and erratic. I figured out that for some reason the player didn’t like the optical output, so I swapped the optical cable for a set of Transparent RCA cables and reconfigured its audio output for analog audio. I am not certain why this glitch occurred, but using the analog inputs solved the problem. Next, I installed the lazy Susan feature by placing the option underneath the speaker and tightening a couple of screws. This feature allows users to angle their TVs into better viewing position.

With the connections set, I fine-tuned the setup by adjusting the unit’s equalization (EQ) curves and bass level by choosing the TV/Movie setting, and I set the bass level at the 2 o’clock position.

I will admit that I am always skeptical of these products because I believe that the only way to get surround sound is to use multiple speakers. But watching movies like “Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings” with my wife and kids, I felt the 2112 brought an enhanced audio experience to movie watching in my bedroom. This was further confirmed while watching a broadcast of Sunday Night Football. Listening to the game at a lower volume level persuaded me to use the speaker’s enhanced dialog option, which better focuses vocals at the expense of surround immersion.

Getting into some music listening, I used the USB input to play back music stored on my iPhone. Feeling compelled to play Rush’s “2112” album to honor the name of the AudioXperts product, I heard lots of midrange clarity and detail. I did detect a slight bit of upper bass emphasis and a touch of top-end tinny-ness. I can’t say conclusively that the upper bass emphasis was the speaker; what I was hearing could have been due to the speaker system’s placement within the room.

My only word of caution is that it is not a replacement for a traditional multichannel system, and it will not fill medium and large rooms with sound. Some users may also complain about the touch-sensitive interface. Once I got used to the interface, I didn’t have a problem, but it will take users some time to adjust to the way it reacts in normal usage situations. With all of that said, it is a solution a great many homes could happily use to solve their sound dilemmas.

Specs
All-in-one speaker system
Produces 200 watts RMS power, peaks of 350 watts
Incorporates multiple midrange drivers and woofers, dual tweeters
Decodes Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams
Supports aptX Bluetooth standard wireless audio
MSRP $2,000

Pros
Slick industrial design
Solid sound quality
Ability to accompany variety of TVs makes versatile

Cons
Another digital output would be nice
Bulkiness can be tough for single-person install

Here’s a video about the product:

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Robert Archer - Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.

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