RGB lighting can now be found everywhere. Mice, keyboards, headsets and monitors are just a few examples of what can end up on the desk. Genesis now puts the RGB lighting into a 2.0 audio system, namely the Helium 300BT ARGB. Besides LEDs and a direct connection to the motherboard, the speakers can even do Bluetooth. We have tested the speakers, which are held in carbon optics, for you.
|Dimensions per satellite:||200 x 85 x 105 mm (W x H x D)|
|Frequency range:||100 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Output power:||R/L/: 12 W + 12 W|
|Outputs:||RCA; 3.5mm jack; USB; 3-pin 5V (ARGB)|
|Cable:||Connection cable between speakers (135cm, fixed), power cable (135cm, fixed),|
|Price:||Price not available *|
Scope of delivery
The Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB speakers are delivered in a nicely printed cardboard box. Here Genesis already wants to make a good impression and it works. All the necessary information can be found there, just like the product. The box is very sturdy and the interior is neatly padded.
In the box we find of course the two satellites of the Genesis Helium 300BT, in a plastic bag for protection. The necessary connection cables are of course included, as well as a bit of material to read if necessary. For connection, an RCA to jack cable is in the box, the cable to connect the speakers and the power cable are permanently installed. In order to use the RGB lighting to its full extent, a USB connection cable is also included.
Design and workmanship
An eye-catching design is definitely assured to the Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB. The front made of plastic is matte black. Together with the carbon look, the speakers already make quite an impression. The carbon film is applied without bubbles and is easier to clean than, for example, painted surfaces.
Apart from the carbon look, there are actually no noticeable design elements, at least when the speakers are turned off. We find an RGB ring around each of the two drivers, so a total of four LED strips. If we turn on the speakers, the lighting naturally turns on as well. Without a connection to the PC, the lighting can be controlled via the control element on the right side of the right speaker.
We find the decision to place the control element on the right side a bit questionable. The speakers are connected here, the connection cable for the computer is plugged in here and the power cable also comes out of the control element. Yes, the volume, the bass or the illumination are also adjusted via this, probably the controls are easier to reach this way. Visually, however, this decision is simply terrible, since the cables are always visible.
In general, the workmanship of the Helium 300BT ARGB is very good. As mentioned at the beginning, the carbon look film is well applied, with no flaws or bubbles. The control panel and drivers are well embedded in the case, there are no sharp or odd edges.
Features, build and connections
Genesis designs the Helium 300BT ARGB as a 2.0 system, consequently there is a subwoofer and bass comes exclusively from the satellites. We find the midrange and tweeters on the front, logically. As already mentioned, the right satellite is also where we find the control panel. There we find the RCA connectors for connection to the computer, as well as the connection of the left speaker.
A potentiometer allows you to adjust the volume directly on the Helium 300BT, as well as the bass. There are also three small buttons. Probably the most important, if you decide to use these speakers, is “Mode”. This is where Bluetooth is activated. The connection is very simple, press and hold the button, open the Bluetooth settings on your transmitter device and connect – done. Likewise, we can customize the RGB lighting a bit: two rainbow effects, as well as various constant colors.
There is no remote control. So the volume can be adjusted either via the control or on the source device. The Helium 300BT are not high-priced speakers, so this is absolutely justifiable. Especially since it is a 2.0 audio system.
Anyone who gets speakers with RGB elements and Bluetooth for 75 euros, in which the lighting is also addressable, should of course not put too much hope in the sound quality. The manufacturer only has a limited budget at its disposal, and in return, the Helium 300BT ARGB offer really great features and good workmanship.
However, that doesn’t mean that the speakers sound like an empty aluminum can. Due to the 2.0 system, the bass is not really present, understandably. But it is present and can also be regulated. The bass is best when the speakers are at the maximum possible distance. Perhaps Genesis could have made the cable a bit longer here?
High and mid tones aren’t the best either. Many details are lost, in general everything sounds a bit tinny. However, we didn’t put several hundred Euros on the table. For us, the result is more than satisfactory. After all, bass, tweeter and midrange also share a rather small space, which also houses the control element.
If you have the possibility, definitely listen to the speakers beforehand. Nothing is about your own hearing and preferences.
Many features and nothing behind them? That’s definitely not true with the Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB. High-quality workmanship meets a bunch of features. We get RGB lighting, which is even addressable, and Bluetooth with the 2.0 speaker system. All together for just about 75 Euros.
Sound-wise, the speakers cannot fully convince either. There are certainly 2.0 systems on the market that offer a better sound and are in the same price segment, but they don’t have a good design, workmanship or this functionality.
You want to upgrade your desk and can do without some sound quality? Then the Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB are certainly something for you.