The Video Review
For this video review we paired up the Samson Expedition Express speakers with an Elite Screens Yard Master screen and the pairing worked perfectly!
Samson Expedition Express Features and Specs
Lets talk about the physical characteristics of these little miracle boxes. First, the shape. Each Expedition Express stands around 16″ tall, and about 10″ wide and deep. And even with all their internal components they weigh in at about 10 pounds a piece. Despite their light weight, the speakers feel quite sturdy.
There are three other unique physical traits in the design of these speakers:
- Each Expedition Express includes a molded in handle at the top. I can’t tell you how convenient this is when moving them from location to location!
- They also include a standard pole mount hole on the bottom so they can be placed at the perfect height when paired up with any old stand.
- Some incredibly clever designer saw fit to angle one corner of the box to ensure that if they are placed on the floor its possible to angle them up at the listening area. Genius.
The Expedition Express uses a dual speaker design with a 6-inch woofer and a 1-inch high frequency driver. When they are in operation I have to keep reminding myself that these things only cost $200. In fact, while watching a movie, on a 120″ screen, outdoors, on a pair of these speakers everyone quickly forgot about the audio until after the movie was over! It’s quite impressive that these tiny speakers weren’t overpowered by our expectations, and had way more than enough power to satisfy us even in an open pavilion!
Not to keep harping on this subject, but the highs were always clean and clear, never harsh; and the lows sounded as if they were coming from a much larger driver. Even audiophiles would have to do a double take if they walked by and these were playing.
The Expedition Express also features a 3-channel mixer with XLR (microphones), 1/4-inch (guitar and line-level devices) and 1/8-inch (MP3) input options. Plus, it offers a link output to daisy-chain multiple speakers together! You could easily hook 4 or 5 (or 20) of these in line with one another, all sharing the same source signal.
If all of the inputs and outputs weren’t enough, Samson saw fit to include separate bass and treble controls to allow you to tweak the sound to match your source.
Where to get the Samson Expedition Express
The Samson Expedition Express speakers are available on Amazon for $199 each. We haven’t seen them in any local big box retailers yet, but hopefully they’ll also get picked up for distribution by someone like Best Buy.
Samson Expedition Express Gets the Editor’s Choice Award
From the moment we opened the packing on the first Samson Expedition Express we were impressed with its build quality and solid feature offering. But its one thing for a speaker to look good, and another for it to sound good.
The Samson Expedition Express wins an Editor’s Choice award because it’s one of those rare products that manages to marry form and function, quality and value, and it does so for a price that pits it against drastically inferior competitors. Bravo Samson!