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Altec Lansing ADA890

Posted: September 30th, 2001
Written by: Tuan Huynh

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Looks like Altec Lansing has been listening to what their customers want and included a headphone jack! For people who canít afford a Game Theater XP or SB Live Platinum and want to use headphones at night to play games, Altec Lansing has included a headphone jack in the left front satellite. The headphones are also controlled by the volume of the speakers.

Like most Altec Lansing speaker systems, it comes with a complete cabling kit. From left to right the cables are; front, rear, mini S/PIDF to PCM and AC-3, and coaxial cables. There is an optional OC1 adaptor that allows you to connect the ADA890 to an Optical interface rather then Coaxial. The OC1 is sold separately and can be obtained from Altec Lansing.

And lastly in the box you get a neat little remote. The remote allows you to turn on/off the system, change treble and bass settings, Mute the speakers in case the phone rings, change the level of the center, surround, and audio mode for the speakers. If you lose the remote you will no longer be able to change center and surround sound audio levels.


The ADA890 pumps out 120 watts RMS. The subwoofer alone is 60 watts with the satellites being 15 watts a piece.

  • Frequency Response: 27Hz to 20kHz
  • Total Audio Output: 120 Watts RMS
  • Input Impedance: >10K Ohms
  • Analog Input Sensitivity: 300mV for full output
  • Digital Input: S/PDIF
  • Drivers (satellites): Four 3-inch full range, Two 1-inch tweeters
  • Drivers (subwoofer): One 8-inch Long-Throw Woofer
  • Satellite Power: 60 Watts RMS (15 watts per driver)
  • Subwoofer Power: 60 Watts RMS
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio: >80dB
  • Power Requirements: USA/Canada model (120V/60Hz)
  • UL/CUL (CSA)/CE Approved

Audio Modes The ADA890 supports a total of 5 audio modes for your listening pleasure. First there is normal Stereo mode that either takes a signal from the front analog or PCM digital connectors. For those of you who donít have a 4 channel sound card, there is Stereo x2 mode which outputs the same signal as the front to the rear channels. For old school users who are still using old videoís that support Dolby Pro Logic, there is a Dolby Pro Logic mode that takes signal from the analog front input and activates all 5 speakers. For the gamers, there is a Quad mode that takes signals from the front and rear analog inputs for your surround sound game playing needs. Lastly, there is the Dolby Digital mode that takes an AC-3 signal and decodes it to all 5 speakers creating a Theatre effect. Please make note that the built in Dolby Digital decoder can only decode AC-3, and Dolby Digital 5.1 signals, DTS is not supported by these speakers.

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