Frankenspiel FS-1 budget mini speakers blow us away

Frankenspiel FS-1 budget mini speakers blow us away

If you’re looking for a pair of very high quality desktop speakers at a price that won’t break the bank, you’d be well advised to take a look at the Frankenspiel FS-1 units.

Their name and look may be a bit weird, but don’t be put off because these little £130 speakers offer astounding value for the price.

Frankenspiel FS-1 budget mini speakers blow us away

The octagonally shaped wonders can belt out a hefty 40W output when hooked up to your PC via USB – and this jumps to 50W when connected to mains  power.

The speakers may be small  (9cm x 9 cm x 9 cm) but the sound is big, with a room-filling, detailed, clean sound serving up a surprisingly robust bass response from the  Balanced Mode Radiator drivers.

Smooth as you like

With a smooth mid range, crisp vocals and a general feeling that the little fellas are in complete control of the sound, these are the perfect speakers for the desktop – or as a set of portable speakers (the FS-1s come with a small carry case, plus USB and RCA cables).

The Frankenspiel FS-1’s recently scoped the ‘Best budget desktop speakers’ award from the folks at What Hi-Fi, and we can agree that they thoroughly deserve the accolade. Recommended.


5 star – Sound quality
4 star – Build
4 star – Features
4 starhalf star – Value for money
5 star – Overall

Tech & Acoustic Specifications:

Cabinet type: modified cube, vented port.
Stereo: 1 Active + 1 Passive
Bandwidth ( –6dB points): 80Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: 86dB @ 1W, 1m
Nominal impedance of drive unit: 8ohm
Theoretical maximum SPL: 99dB @ 1m
170° Wide Sound Dispersion

Amplification: patented low-power consumption digital
Drivers: 2 x high-extension BMR 63mm
Connectivity: cabled USB
Power: USB port.
Speaker dimensions: 9cm x 9 cm x 9 cm

[Frankenspiel FS-1]

3 Comments on “Frankenspiel FS-1 budget mini speakers blow us away”

  1. What on earth is the point of stating “desktop speakers at a price that won’t break the bank” when you make no mention of the price anywhere?

  2. I own the Frankenspiel FS-1 speakers and they were/are worth every bit of the price paid. These speakers are crisp and clear. They fill up a room more than adequately, and I am playing high resolution sound files 24 bit, 96 kHz files and the sound is great.

    They are USB powered and I can take the speakers anywhere with me and not have to worry about batteries or power. As long as my Macbook Air 11″ has any life in it, am good to go.

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