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Hercules XPS 2.150 Multimedia Speaker System (Page 2)

By: James Vozar from Jan 18, 2009 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: Hercules

Specifications and Technical Overview

Hercules XPS 2.150 Multimedia Speaker System

"Wide band speakers give well-balanced, homogeneous sound output for mids and treble" - Hercules

"Vented wooden subwoofer for an intense bass response" - Hercules

These are slender speakers with a quality black glossy finish, orange driver cones and an orange backlit volume knob. The feet are removable for flexible positioning, whether wall mounted or free standing.

Satellite: 7.8" High x 2.3" Length x 2.1" Width.

Subwoofer: 8.6" High x 6" Length x 8.6" Width.

- 32 Watts RMS (8 watts per satellite and a 16 Watt subwoofer)

- 2x8w RMS satellites (@1KHz/10% THD)

- 16w RMS subwoofer (@100Hz/10% THD)

- Frequency response: 40Hz-20,000Hz

Hercules XPS 2.150 Multimedia Speaker System

Complete controls and connections:

- Bass control and an on/off button (on the back of the subwoofer).

- Volume control, headphone jack and a line in connector, allowing users to connect an MP3 player directly to the right satellite speaker.

Box contents:

• 2 magnetically shielded satellites

• One wooden subwoofer

• Connection cable to your audio source

• 220-240V power cable

• Warranty certificate and paper User Manual

The first thing to note here is that the system is quite small and will not take up a lot of space, regardless of where it is put. With slim-line speaker designs and the option to wall mount the satellites, I cannot foresee any problems in setting these up. The subwoofer unit is also quite small in size and will not pose any problems when it comes to finding a home for it.

When it comes to power, the satellites each get 8w RMS and the subwoofer gets 16w RMS. This might not sound like a lot of power, but other factors like speaker sensitivity also come into play. Total harmonic distortion or THD as I mentioned in my Xonar Essence review is the signal relative to the amount of interference it experiences at a given frequency. For this system it's given at 10%, which is not fantastic. However, this is not the end of the world as there are still many other important factors involved in how they sound.

Frequency response is given at 40Hz to 20,000, which is optimistic at both ends of the scale; achieving 20K at the top end without a tweeter is not easy and asking a 5" woofer to go down to 40Hz comfortably is very difficult.

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