The budget end of the speaker market isn’t exactly lacking in choice these days, with seemingly endless brands battling it out for their share of the market. So when a brand like Wavemaster come along with their entry to this part of the market it can easily go unnoticed and from a consumer point of view it can be very difficult to define the good from the bad, at least until you get them home and try them.
Many people would be cautious about the MX 3+ given their low price as one tends not to associate value with quality, yet Wavemaster seem to have struck that balance perfectly. These speakers are not going to win “system of the year” from some prestigious audio group, but that doesn’t make them any less of a solid performer. You can’t expect perfection in this price range and as far as your general consumer is concerned there is nothing wrong with the audio that comes from the MX 3+ and were you to but a set today, hook them up to your TV, games console or PC you would be very happy with how they perform while you watch a movie, play a game or just listen to some music.
They’re also really well styled, particularly the satellite speakers that share a few of the style points of speakers that cost well over three times the price. With the front panel covers on or off these speakers should look great next to any system and their discrete enough not to be intrusive in a desktop environment. Build quality is decent too, sure they’re made of plastic but there are no rough seams or glued edges that normally plague the lower price end of the market.
I’m happy to give the MX 3+ our eTeknix editors choice award, while I’m not exactly blown away by their performance, they still performed better than I expected in all my tests. I think these are some of the better made, sounding and priced speakers on the market, that actually stands out from the somewhat over crowded budget multimedia speaker options that are currently on the market. I’ll be keeping a closer eye on future developments from Wavemaster in the future as the brand is already showing a lot of promise.