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Hercules XPS 5.1 70 Slim Surround Sound Speaker System Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRYkERJcdUEIo3DY1zC8zdw_yLPRib-E1frMXCm8tZ8xivAKZgJkgWhen looking for a new set of computer speakers what is your criteria? Is it good sound quality or simple aesthetics? What about size restraints? Finding a great set of speakers that suit your needs can sometimes be difficult but Hercules has come out with a very affordable, very nice looking set of speakers that will fit on even the smallest of desks. The Hercules XPS 5.1 70 Slim Surround Sound Speaker System has everything you need on paper but let’s see if it is a practical choice for your next surround sound set up:

 

Provided by: Hercules

Price: $109.99

Closer Look:

 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

5.1 multimedia speaker system

5.1 speaker system, featuring center speaker with flat panel screen mounting system and wooden subwoofer.

Ultra-slim satellite speakers: their sleek, modern design fits in perfectly with any décor. Includes a very thin center speaker with flat panel mounting system - a bonus, compared to current market standards. Lacquer finish on backs of satellites.

• Total power: 70 watts RMS (4 x 7.5 W (satellites) & 1 x 15 W RMS (center), 1 x 25 watts RMS (subwoofer)). Peak power: 140 W.

• Frequency response: 30Hz - 20kHz.

• Greater energy savings than market standards: special power supply uses less than 1 watt of power in standby mode.

• Magnetically shielded speakers won’t disturb your surroundings.

Multifunction remote control - practical and easy to use:
- Control knob with 3 functions: on/off, volume control and bass control. LED indicators for the different functions.
- Headphone jack and microphone input.
- Auxiliary line input.
- Virtual surround sound button (applied to stereo input).

• Master on/off switch on the back of the subwoofer.

• Satellite dimensions: 23.5cm H x 5.8cm W x 7.2cm D

• Subwoofer dimensions: 27cm H x 17.2cm W x 25cm D

• Product meets RoHS standards.

Compatible with:
PC
Netbooks
Mac®
MP3 players
CD/ DVD players
TVs
Game consoles

Box contents

• 5 satellites
• 1 subwoofer
• Wired remote control
• Audio cable: 3.5mm to 3.5mm
• Warranty certificate and paper manual

Minimum configuration

PC with sound card / Mac® / MP3 player / CD/DVD player / game console

 

Technology

5.1
System for transmitting sound over 6 channels, with 5 channels reproducing medium and high range frequencies and 1 channel reproducing bass frequencies.
Subwoofer
The subwoofer is a speaker which reproduces bass frequencies, and is often larger than other types of speakers as bass frequencies require larger membranes than is the case with high or medium frequencies. A single subwoofer is most often included in a speaker kit: as bass frequencies are transmitted all around the membrane (omnidirectionally) and not just in front of the membrane, a single subwoofer is sufficient to provide rich bass sound all across an area, as long as it is powerful enough. In a X.1 kit (2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1), the digit after the period, i.e. the 1, signifies that 1 subwoofer is included.
Watts Peak Power
Watts Peak Power represents the peak electrical power delivered by an amplifier to speakers.
Watts RMS
Power in Watts RMS represents the continuous electrical power delivered by an amplifier to speakers.

Conclusion:

Overall the sound quality that came from these little fellas was pretty darn good. Although I wouldn’t say they blew me away the music was clear and for a confined space the surround sound effect was quite immersive. For a sub $150 set of speakers they out performed my expectations, and left me a little impressed. Personally I would not use a lower end set of speakers but if I was buying for a friend in a small dorm room or office I would grab these over any generic 2.1 system any day of the week. The bass is decent for such a small bass driver. The mids are clear and crisp and although the treble is a little sibilant it is not tiring to listen to.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, if you are in the market and your budget is under $150 they are a top choice in my opinion. If you are an audiophile these might not be the best choice you may want to go for a mid ranged set of headphones instead, but if you have a specific purpose like running 5.1 in your dorm on a budget then these are the best choice for you.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Quality
  • Bang for your Buck

Cons:

  • Treble is a Little Sibilant 


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