In this era of digital sound, multiple speaker sound systems, decoders and multi-jack sound cards, there is still some joy to be found in the simpler audio things. One such example is the Hercules XPS210 speaker system designed for multimedia sound entertainment.
Comprised of a subwoofer and two satellites, the XPS210 manages to pump out a hefty 50W RMS (Root Mean Square) - which equates to a much larger figure when displayed as PMPO (Peak Music Power Output).
Figures aside, this 2.1 speaker system gives of a sweet, balanced and rich sound, which can be easily manipulated via volume, treble, bass and 3D effects controls on the front of the subwoofer.
The subwoofer itself is constructed of wood and has total output power of 30W RMS. Each of the dual 10W RMS satellite speakers is made up of two small non-detachable tweeter and mid-range drivers with casing that allows them to swivel independently up to 90§. This helps improve the 3D experience but also allows for a more natural sound, as it can cater for high, medium and low frequencies.
The speakers plug straight into an AC outlet, negating the need for a DC converter. When placed together, the two satellites and the sub-woofer are no larger than a shelf-top stereo system. Additionally, the cables that connect the satellites are several metres long, resulting in the ability to considerably separate the left and right channels to enhance stereo and 3D effects.
Sound quality was very good, with distortion-free volume great enough to easily annoy most of the people in the offices around me. Although this speaker system is compatible with just about any sound card with a stereo speaker-out jack, sound quality will vary depending on the sound card used.
Priced at $119 with a three-year warranty, the Hercules XPS210 provides a level of 2.1 sound usually found in more expensive speakers.
Guillemot Hercules "XPS210
On the positive side, the Hercules XPS210 has a big sound and three-year warranty, but sound quality varies noticeably depending on the sound card used.
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