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Ultralink UCube

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by Ralph Graves

They're small, they're portable — and they rock. The Ultralink UCube computer speakers are a simple and elegant way to make any workspace come alive with music.

USB powered — straight from your computer
Who needs another power cable snaking down behind his or her desk? The UCubes are powered through a USB cable going into your computer. A high-quality audio cable connects the speakers. These two cables make the entire setup. Imagine opening up your laptop in a hotel room and connecting the UCubes in a matter of seconds. Instant sound system!

Small speakers, big sound
Each UCube speaker is a compact 3-1/4" cube. But you'd never know it from the sound. The system receives a direct digital signal from your computer that it processes with its own ultra-efficient processor. This provides more detail in your music than most PCs can deliver with their built-in speakers.

The UCube speakers deliver an amazing near-field listening experience. They encompass your work area in a spacious 170° soundfield. And with 30 watts of total system power, you can be sure your music will have plenty of impact at higher volume levels. The high-quality drivers reproduce the full range of your music with clarity.

Placement options
Pads on the bottom of the UCubes ensure they won't slide around on your desk (or scratch it either). Attachable brushed aluminum stands hold the speakers at an optimal angle for desktop listening. These stands also have protective furniture pads.

From the review The Ultralink UCube Portable Speakers: USB Stylin'

"I liked the Ultralink UCube speakers very much. Their thoughtful design made them an appealing travel companion. And they also worked great in my home office. If you're used to listening to your music through your computer's built-in speakers or — worse yet — some cheap unpowered speakers, do yourself a favor and invest in the UCubes. "

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • stereo speakers for computers and laptops
  • built-in digital-to-analog converter
  • 15 watts X 2
  • balanced, full-range drivers create a soundfield of up to 170°
  • USB input (cable included)
    • bypasses your computer's sound card for better performance
    • provides power for the speaker system
  • high-quality audio cable connects the speakers (included)
  • detachable brushed aluminum stands
  • 3-1/4"W x 3-1/4"H (6"H with stand) x 3-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Pieces in System
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2
Wireless
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No
Video Shielded
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Yes
Tweeter Type
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N/A
Tweeter Size (inches)
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N/A
Midrange size (inches)
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Woofer size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer Composition
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N/A
Powered Subwoofer
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No
Power Output (Watts)
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15 x 2
Frequency Response
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100-18k Hz
Height (inches)
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6
Width (inches)
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3-3/8
Depth (inches)
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4-3/4
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • 1 Powered UCube speaker (left)
  • 1 Passive UCube speaker (right)
  • 2 UCube desktop stands
  • 37" USB cable (USB type-A connector on one end and a miniUSB type-B connector on other)
  • 37" Audio cable (single male RCA plug on each end/ routed between the two speakers)
  • 20 Rubber feet (4 already installed on each stand)
  • Quick start user guide

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Features
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Features

DSP: Although a computer's USB port is limited to 5 volts output, the power supply is DSP controlled and the class-D amplifier can store energy during quiet passages, allowing it to reach 15 watts RMS equivalent power output for clean, dynamic sound. The audio signal is also equalized using the DSP to match the UCube's special BMR driver and enclosure.

BMR Drivers: Designed to envelope you in sound, the BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) is a full-range, flat-diaphragm driver that delivers off-axis response of up to 170 degrees.

Computer Requirements: UCube speakers require 500mA minimum from the USB port, making them compatible with any computer's primary USB port(s). The built-in soundcard is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, and Mac OSX. If connected using a USB hub, the hub must pass the 500mA minimum current.

Connections

Left Cube (powered):

  • USB input: mini USB type B; power and signal supplied by computer
  • Speaker output: single RCA output jack for right speaker

Right Cube (passive):

  • Speaker input: single RCA input jack, signal routed from left speaker

Dimensions

On the stand:

  • Width: 3.375"
  • Height: 6.0"
  • Depth: 4.75"

Speaker Only:

  • Width: 3.375"
  • Height: 3.375"
  • Depth: 3.5" (4.625" including cable)
 
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5 out of 5

Ultralink UCube

Written By Lynn, San Juan Capistrano, CA on Friday, October 12, 2012
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Amazing sound from such small speakers. I have them on my desk and they are so clear. No overwhelming woofer sound when listening to talk radio. Highly recommend..
Pros:
Small...Clear Sound...Perfect for desk in office
Cons:
Wish there was a jack plug in for playing other devices through them
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5 out of 5

Excellent Speakers

Written By bullmoon, ATL on Friday, June 08, 2012
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These are not cheesy or thin sounding speakers - very smooth and balanced. No, they are not party speakers for your house, they are for near field listening at a computer, but the sound is quality. They do get loud enough for reasonable listening in a small office even away from the desk. I am very happy with them - for the size and simplicity, they are perfect and are beautifully finished.
Pros:
- they look great - compact - sound great - plug them in and they work - nothing to install or setup
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Really good, little speakers

Written By ryanal, Southfield, MI on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Astonishingly good sound for relatively small speakers. I listen to classical music and opera. Easy to set up. Look good. They don't travel with me, but sit pleasingly on my desk.
Pros:
Small. Easy to set up. Great sound.
Cons:
Another USB port used.
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5 out of 5

Best portable laptop speakers

Written By JBrad, Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, August 02, 2011
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These ultralink uCube speakers are powered by a USB which means no need for a power brick and connection when you are on the road with your laptop. They are small, lightweight and provide exceptional near-by sound when positioned at the sides of a laptop. USB is also used for the sound signal, so the signal goes direct to the speakers which have their own digital processor. This effectively bypasses the (usually inferior) laptop sound card and speakers. Setup in a couple of minutes, and better sound than a lot of brick powered portable speakers that I have tried. Best portable USB digital laptop speakers yet.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Ultralink UCube: good, but lacking power.

Written By Otto C, Kenosha, Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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I'm not a stereo expert so take this review for what it's worth. Normally I don't like to listen to music too loud. I purchased these speakers for a small room, about 8 X 8. To my surprise I had to turn the volume all the way up to get some decent sound for Classical and Jazz pieces when I wanted it to be a little louder . That said the separation was good and the sound was clear.
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5 out of 5

Ultralink UCube™

Written By BrianO, Covina, CA on Thursday, July 21, 2011
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My wife ordered U-Cube speakers for me in silver as a surprise gift. I liked their appearance, very modern and sleek, not cheap looking at all. Installation was simple and I hardly needed the instructions, a real bonus. I was listening to the speakers literally two minutes after opening the box. And I don't have that clutter of cords I needed for my "powered" speakers. I played our new album for the guys in my band on the UCubes and we were all blown away. The volume for such a compact system was really impressive for their size... no way could we have a normal conversation without turning them down. They have a nicely balanced sound -- the highs are good, surprising really, the mids were rich and attractive, and the bass good for their size. They aren't trying to do more than they can do well. Instruments were all well articulated and the UCubes set up a really wide sound field. When I switched to one of my daughter's metal bands, Avenged Sevenfold, the speakers didn't flinch. All-in-all I think the UCubes are a bargain at the price. Fast delivery from Crutchfield too. Thank you dear! You know me so well.

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2 out of 5

Disappointed

Written By Joe J, San Diego, CA on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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I was debating between the UCube and the Bose Companion 2 speakers for awhile. I had the opportunity to hear what the Bose sound like at a local store. I only read what others wrote about the UCubes being better than the Bose. They said things like the Bose are trash and to not waste your money on them. I'm more disappointed in myself in believing what other's say instead of relying on my own ability to judge the quality of something I'll be buying for myself. I will say this about the UCubes: aesthetically, they are beautiful! They just have the "Mac look" Sound wise, though, I'd go with the Bose. Also, the UCubes use only a USB connection which I appreciate about them. Bose have those big plugs that look crummy and and more cable mess. So, for that (aesthetically beautiful and USB connection only) I rated the UCubes with 2 stars. A low score because I bought the speakers for sound quality 1st and aesthetics as just an added bonus but they don't deliver in the sound department.
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