Xbox Spherex 51000 6-Piece 5.1 Surround Sound System
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- 5.1-channel surround sound system designed specifically to enhance video game audio
- Includes 5 satellite speakers with 3-1/2-inch woofers and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeters
- 100-watt 8-inch matrix cone subwoofer with MaxxBass augmentation
- Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding; 3 digital audio inputs, 1 analog input, and USB 1.1 port
- 300-watt digital DDX amplifier; 10-year limited warranty
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The sleek Xbox 5.1 Surround Sound System - the newest, most advanced 360-degree home theatre experience. The system's versatility handles all gaming, movies and music playback needs. With five independent audio inputs and 300 Watts of power, it's compatible with your gaming console, DVD player, CD player, Portable Media Player, computer, TV or other current and future formats. It also features SPHEREX OPTIMIZED surround sound through cutting-edge technology from a number of industry leaders – Mirage-exclusive OMNIPOLAR technology combined with Apogee's Direct Digital Amplification (DDX), MaxxBass from Waves and Texas Instruments Aureus Digital Signal Processor. Developed in conjunction with and approved by the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), it sets the reference standard for audio.
Developed in conjunction with the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG)--which sets the "reference standard" for video game audio--the Spherex Xbox 5.1 surround sound system delivers a sophisticated 360-degree home theater experience whether you're playing Halo 2, watching Lord of the Rings, or listening to the latest U2 release. The system features five independent audio inputs (three digital, one analog, and one USB 1.1 port), so it connects easily to your game console, DVD player, CD player, portable audio device, or computer. Sound is distributed through the five satellite speakers, each with a 3-1/2-inch woofer and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeter, and the dual-vented subwoofer with its 8-inch matrix cone woofer. The system's audio enhancements include Omnipolar technology, which rations sound (30 percent direct to 70 percent reflected) in a 360-degree dispersion pattern, so listeners can position their satellite speakers in a variety of configurations, along with MaxxBass augmentation, which extends the lower end of the frequency response to deliver deeper, more natural bass tones from both the subwoofer and the satellites themselves.
The system comes with a powerful 300-watt DDX amplifier (50 watts x 3, 25 watts x 2, and 100-watt subwoofer), which eliminates signal distortion by maintaining a digital signal flow to each speaker. And thanks to the Aureus digital signal processor, listeners can enjoy rich surround sound regardless of the format, with decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic II. Additional features include an expansion slot for future compatibility and an infrared remote control with an IR receiver. The system also carries an impressive 10-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
Five satellite speakers, subwoofer, 6-channel amplifier, remote control, IR receiver, digital fiber-optic cable, three 10-foot speaker cables, two 23-foot speaker cables, quick setup guide, user's manual.
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* Color-coded wires make setup easy.
* Remote is comprehensive.
* Bass is strong, Trebles are also good.
* High quality sound for a low price.
* Built-in handle on woofer/receiver is very useful.
* Plenty of inputs, including optical, coax, and analog.
* Speakers are solidly built and disperse sound evenly.
* Handles DTS quite well.
* VERY heavy.
* Speakers are large and heavy, and could be difficult to place (especially center).
* Supposed USB update ability seems to have been scrapped.
* Remote has extraneous buttons reserved for "future use" that don't do anything ("future use" never happened).
* Remote is not universal, so DVD controls on remote are useless.
* Digital display can not be dimmed and must face forward.
* Certain modes seem to have a quiet hiss when no sound is being produced.
* Flakes out and stalls, requiring cold reset every once in a rare while.
* Interferes with OTA digital broadcast signal strength if too close to OTA antenna.
I'd recommend this unit for anyone who wants surround sound for their entertainment center, but who doesn't want to spend a lot of money. This sounds as good, and offers as many options as some $300 systems at half (or less) the price.
The Spherex system fits nicely in my apartment without taking up a lot of room, yet offers a sound experience much larger than its size suggests. I am impressed not just by the bass but by the clarity of the mid and high frequencies. Equally impressive is the wide sweet spot.
Gaming experience on the Xbox is so much better with the Spherex - epecially Doom 3 (you feel you are truly there with the sound immersion like when the door closes or a monster materializes behind you). Same goes for action movies.
The same sweet spot technology in the Spherex is also found in the higher end Mirage line of speakers at a fraction of the cost.
What's the con about this product? There is only one analog input but this becomes a diminishing requirement with everything going digital nowadays.
One thing I dislike is that the unit may still consume 60W in standby mode. I manually power off the unit via the rocker switch behind the subwoofer to avoid the 60W consumption.
Finally, what other product offers a 10-year warranty nowadays?
On the positive side, the satellite speakers are heavy and have great output. The subwoofer is great in producing low end. You couldn't ask for more simpler hookup instructions. The omni polar design does make it a lot easier in finding the "sweet spot" no matter where you put them and they give you 2 optical audio inputs and one coaxial input as well as analogue inputs. They supply you with all the cables including a 1/8" jack to stereo RCA jacks so you could plug your Ipod, Nomad or whatever MP3 player you have. There is also a USB port for any future system upgrades via the web and an expansion slot for any future devices so this won't be an obsolete item in 6 month. Finally someone was using the old brain box. There is also a 10year-limited warranty.
There are a couple negatives. You are a slave to the IR box and the remote because this is the only way you are able to adjust any settings. I would have preferred a set of knobs on the subwoofer/amp to do some fine tweaking. And you may want to invest in a set of 20 ft audio cables (phono plug to phono plug) and a coupler for the rear speakers. Even though they give you a judicious amount of cable I found it still wasn't long enough to do what I wanted to do which was run the cables under the floor via the basement and come up the other side so you didn't see any cables hanging off of doorways and the walls. The optical cable that comes with the system was too short. I nearly broke it when I was hooking it up from my Xbox to the system. Also be careful handling the satellite speakers, those covers come off very easily so pick it up from the bottom.
To summarize, if you are looking for a reasonable priced, decent quality 5.1-surround sound system that a monkey could set up this is the product for you. Now if you will excuse me I have to get back to Doom 3.
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