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Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Speaker System Teardown

29 April 2007
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Main Features / Overview

3 piece, powered satellite speaker system for use with PC or MP3 players.


Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Speaker System Main Image
Target Market

Mainstream consumers - either PC users such as gamers or those using PC as home entertainment system looking for better quality audio, or those using their MP3 players / Ipods as the core of their sound system.

Released

The literature on the system dates to Mid 2006.

Pricing and Availability (at the time of writing)

$49.99 Retail per Altec Lansing website.

Volume Estimations

For the purposes of this teardown, we estimate unit shipments for the Altec Lansing System over the course of an approximate 2-year production lifetime would be on an order of magnitude around 500K units.

As a reminder, volume production assumptions are not meant to be necessarily 'market accurate', but are meant primarily to be used for our cost analysis in terms of amortized NRE and tooling costs, especially for custom components specific to the model being analyzed (mechanical components especially).

Function / Performance

No testing was performed on this unit.

Main Components and Cost Drivers

Main Cost Drivers Representing ~53% of total materials cost as follows :

Subwoofer Front Faceplate - Injection Molded ABS, Silver & Black Painted, Silkscreened

Subwoofer Enclosure Box - 3/8' Particle Board & MDF, Black Vinyl Laminate Veneer, 5-Sided, w/ 9 Internal Blocks & 2 Pre-Installed Threaded Screws

Cable Assembly - 3 Cables, 8-Pin Circular Mini-Din Plug to 7-Pin Vertical Solder-In Header, Stereo Mini-Phone Plug to Stripped Ends, Stripped Ends to Stripped Ends, w/ Molded Rubber Grommet

Power Transformer - Laminated, Horizontal Mount, 120VAC/60Hz Input, 14.2VAC/2.2A Output

Loudspeaker - Full Range, 2' Dia., 4 Ohm, Paper Cone, Foam Surround, w/ Bucking Magnet & Shielding Cup

Loudspeaker - Woofer, 5' Dia., 8 Ohm, Paper Cone, Foam Surround

Passive Satellite Speaker Faceplate, Front - Injection Molded ABS, Silver & Black Painted, Silkscreened

Active Satellite Speaker Faceplate, Front - Injection Molded ABS, Silver & Black Painted, Silkscreened

Subwoofer Rear Bezel Ring - Injection Molded ABS, Silver Painted

Total Materials and Manufacturing Costs $30.47

Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Speaker System Cost AnalysisAltec Lansing VS2321 Powered Speaker System Cost Analysis

Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Speaker System Cost Analysis
What Is Not Included in our Cost Analysis

The total materials and manufacturing costs reported in this analysis reflect ONLY the direct materials cost (from component vendors and assorted EMS providers), AND manufacturing and test. Not included in this analysis are costs above and beyond the material manufacture of the core device itself - cost of intellectual property, royalties and licensing fees (those not already included into the per component price), software, software loading and test, shipping, logistics marketing and other channel costs including not only EMS provider and the OEM's margin, but that of other resellers. Our cost analysis is meant to focus on those costs incurred in the manufacture of the core device and exceptionally in some circumstances the packaging and literature as well.

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Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Speaker System - Box Contents
Manufacturing NotesCountry of Origin / Volume Assumptions

This system was made in China, as one would expect most such systems (which are primarily hand-assembled and feature primarily low tech components and assembly methods as well as disproportionate plastics content) to be made in China that compete with this system.

Country of origin assumptions relate directly to the associated cost of manufacturing, where calculated by iSuppli. In the cases of 'finished' sub-assemblies (such as chargers), we do not calculate internal manufacturing costs, but rather assess the market price of the finished product in which case country of origin assumptions may or may not have a direct effect on pricing.

Design for Manufacturing / Device Complexity

This Altec Lansing speaker system is hard to compare with other teardowns, but overall seems simple, with a limited bill of materials, and assembly that is primarily hand assembly which helps keep manufacturing costs very low when assembled in China, where semi-skilled labor rates are extremely low.

This system has a total of 386 components, of which 113 are mechanical components. The electronic components used in this system are primarily thru-hole technology (with a handful of SMT components on the underside of the main PCB - all passive components, though). Such PCBs are very similar to power supply assemblies.

Component counts have a direct bearing on the overall manufacturing cycle times and costs, and also can increase or decrease overall yields and re-work. Our calculations of manufacturing costs factor counts and more qualitative complexities in the design.



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