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ASUS Cine5 Five Channel Surround Sound Speaker - Technical Overview

ASUS are amongst industry leaders in innovation. Today they squeeze surround sound into the smallest package of its kind in the world.

| Speakers in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 22, 2010 9:17 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%      Manufacturer: ASUS

Technical Overview

 

Speaking technically, let's start by looking at some specifications.

 

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Total System Power: 15 Watts RMS.
Frequency Response: 80~20KHz.
Interface: 3x Stereo Mini (Front,Centre-Sub,Rear).
Power supply: 12V / 3A DC in.
1x Headphone out
1x DC in
Control Interface: Single dial with second feature upon depression.
Dimensions: (W x D x H) 373x100x100 ( with metal stands) / 80 ( with rubber stands) mm.

 

Package Contents:
Cine5 Sound Bar
Speaker x1
Power Adaptor x1
3.5mm jack multi-channel audio cable x1
Rubber pad speaker stand x4
Metal speaker stand x4
User Manual x1

 

Taking a closer run through the specifications now and things appear to look pretty much how they should. One small area of concern, though, is the low end of the frequency response. According to ASUS, the Cine5 is only capable of reaching down to 80Hz, which basically presents itself as a limiting factor from day one.

 

Do not get me wrong, 80Hz is certainly bass and anything below 100Hz is considered low(ish). But that's a little bit like saying that sleet is really like snow and that any cold day has the potential for a white out, if you catch my drift.

 

Now, this is precisely the peril faced when designing these types of SoundBar systems. One quick solution would be to have a line out for the later connection of a subwoofer, which certainly does not hurt and would not affect any part of the core design structure.

 

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We do, however, understand the obstacles that designers face when meeting physics head on and attempting to circumvent it with a sure fire design. The point is that niggling battle between form and function which continues to flare up all over the place.

 

Overall power figures for the Cine5 are given at 15watts RMS, which is modest, but honest. It should be enough to provide what is, in reality, quite a small unit, with power.

 

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When it comes to connecting the Cine5, the system comes equipped with three stereo mini-jack sockets only and is not provided with a digital option.

 

Nothing too serious here aside from the minor foible of not really providing any deep bass output.

 

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