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Hercules XPS 101 2.1 Multimedia Speakers (4769199)
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- High-performance 2.1 audio system. Simply sublime, in terms of both sound quality and design.
- Subwoofer with subwoofer driver on the front and two passive woofers (one on each side of the cabinet), for perfect rendering of bass frequencies.
- Speakers are magnetically shielded, so as not to disturb your surroundings.
- Satellite bottoms and top of subwoofer crafted of metal alloy and formed via the "Die Cast" pressure injection method.
- Satellite stands made of clear Plexiglas.
- Piano-like finish on the satellites.
- Connectors located underneath the subwoofer, for enhanced aesthetics.
- Multifunctional remote control with pulse switch and backlighting.
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|Item Dimensions||11.8 x 17.7 x 12 in||10.63 x 16.38 x 5.63 in||11.5 x 12 x 9.5 in||9.25 x 13.78 x 8.54 in||3.1 x 5.9 x 7.5 in||6.5 x 13 x 9.25 in|
|Item Weight||20.7 lbs||4.8 ounces||—||9.8 lbs||5 lbs||7.1 lbs|
This Hercules High-End 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System is one of the latest additions to the Hercules multimedia speaker line. It is designed to suit music lovers, movie freaks, and game geeks alike with high-quality performance. The subwoofer houses 3 drivers: one 6" main active driver, and two 6" passive pressure drivers. The woofer's wooden enclosure promises topnotch chest pounding bass. The stylish round-shaped satellites, with wideband drivers, offer rich and clear sound, with accurate treble and mid-range frequencies. The blue LED backlight remote control has a simple interface, and all ports are located on the underside of the subwoofer for an uncluttered, clean look. This package offers total system power of 101 watts RMS (2 x 20.5W for the satellites + 60W for the subwoofer). Peak system power is 202 watts.
From the Manufacturer
The Hercules XPS 101 is a high-end set of 2.1-channel multimedia speakers. This high-performance 2.1 audio system is simply sublime in terms of both sound quality and design, with a total power of 101 watts RMS (2 x 20.5W + 60W). Speakers are magnetically shielded, so as not to disturb your surroundings. The subwoofer features a subwoofer driver on the front and two passive woofers (one on each side of the subwoofer), for perfect rendering of bass frequencies.
Stylish, Discreet Design
A great new design, only from Hercules: The satellite bottoms and the top of the subwoofer are crafted of metal alloy and formed via a die-cast pressure injection method. The satellite stands are made of clear Plexiglas, with a piano-like finish on the satellites. The connectors are located underneath the subwoofer, keeping wires out of sight for enhanced aesthetics.
A headphone input and an auxiliary Line In input are available, along with a connection cable to the microphone input for a PC or Mac. The XPS 101 complies with the industry standard of less than 1 Watt of electrical consumption in standby mode, saving you money.
Included Remote Control
The multifunctional remote control with pulse switch and backlighting features volume control as well as bass and treble control.
What's in the Box
2 satellite speakers, 1 subwoofer, 1 wired remote control, 1 microphone cable (3.5mm M/F), 1 Line-In cable (3.5mm M/M), 1 double RCA (F) / 3.5mm (F), and manual.
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To get a really great experience with these speakers I recommend buying two sets. You can stack the bass speakers on top of each other.
I get a great sound like this:
Speaker set A) I have set with a higher volume, and turned down bass and turned down treble.
Speaker set B) Set at a lower volume relative to set (A), and turned up bass and turned up treble.
Stack the bass speakers on top of each other. Put speaker set (B)'s bass on bottom and facing forward. Put speaker set (A)'s bass on top facing back.
Use the LINE IN input that is located on the bass speakers (not the one on the handheld control). You can get 2 Male-Male aux cords and one Female-Female-Male audio splitter to connect both speakers to one line.
A duo set up as described works very well for me for all uses from music to gaming to movies/TV. And I am able to reset the speakers easily each day (since I power them off at the power-strip, which means they reset their volume/bass/treble settings back to factory default).
Also, as other reviews have probably noted - these can get much louder than you will likely ever need.
First of all, they are gorgeous looking. The sleek chrome and black look really look like next to the macbook. The subwoofer is elegant and unassuming looking, but very powerful. The two speakers themselves are smaller looking than I imagined they'd be, but WOW! It sounds like you are in a movie theater. I can hear the speakers through the wall in the office while I'm working and am amazed that such a huge sound comes out from such small speakers! Plus it's so rich and clear. We have a 14 year old speaker set hooked up to our flatscreen, and I would love to get another pair of these Hercules to hook up to the television instead.
Setup was a breeze, it seemed to take him 5 minutes, if that. All in all, he is ecstatic with the speakers, and if he's happy, so am I.
I really needed external speakers for a desktop-replacement laptop we've been using. The built-in speakers are, well, as you would imagine they would be for a laptop, and they've been failing lately to boot. I paired the new speakers with an Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Audio System with THX SB1240, and the resulting sound was, ultimately, magnificent. Ultimately, I say, because it didn't happen right away. While the set-up was quick and easy, I suffered a terrible and incessant squealing noise under any audio that played. As it turned out (history in the review comments below) this was due to a known and limited-scope power supply issue. Hercules quickly replaced the power supply, and once the new one was in place, the audio quality was flawless -- the squeal was completely gone. While my experience with their customer care and fix may not necessarily be yours, I can say that I found them (through email and here on Amazon) friendly, easy, efficient, and knowledgeable. They identified the problem immediate, remedied it quickly, and I have a high level of confidence in their desire to put out a great and reliable product.
What does this mean to you, the prospective buyer? That the one (and only, by my measure) noteworthy flaw has been identified, remedied, and what you have left before you is a work of art inside and out. The speakers are beautiful, the sound is rich (I credit this to these magnificent speakers as well as to the Sound Blaster -- the upgrade from my old on-board audio and laptop speakers is so significant that I simply can't properly quantify it). I find the Hercules entirely laptop-friendly (contrary to the sentiment of my original review), their customer support exceptional, and the ultimate quality and value of the Hercules terrific. I love that the satellite control unit (power/volume) also includes bass (which can be substantial) and treble control. Movies, music (I listed to a wide range by way of both iTunes and straight CD and DVD-Audio play), and games; the Hercules lives up to its apt name.
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