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      Hercules Game Theater XP 6.1 and XPS 510 Surround Speakers Review

     
     
     Date: January 9th, 2002
     Type: Review
     Supplier: Guillemot
     Author: mayhem
     RRP: $329 AUS (R.R.P.) for Game Theater XP 6.1, $199 AUS (R.R.P.) for XPS-510 Speakers
     

    Now for the Hercules XPS-510 Speakers, with more and more powerful games and home theater setups based on the Home Personal Computer there is an ever present push for more affordable surround sound speaker sets.

    Features

  • 5.1 kit with 60 Watts total output power
  • Ideal for 3D surround effect for your games and your Home Theater movie playback
  • Five independent satellites
  • 20 Watts Subwoofer encased in wooden enclosure for undistorted deep bass effects
  • Compatible with all sound cards and Dolby AC3 decoders
  • Three year Warranty
  • RRP $199
  • Being a complete six (6) speaker set gives you total surround sound with two front speakers, two read speakers, a center speaker and finally a Subwoofer. A great benefit from the satellites is that they are so small and easy to mount you can put them just about anywhere (you could even screw them to the wall by drilling through the mounting stands - which is exactly that these babies will be doing soon).

    Subwoofers are a fundamental part of any large audio system, no matter what sort of music you listen to a sub can always make your listening experience all the better, having the Subwoofer mounted in a wooden box with a port (the breathing whole at the front) allows maximum performance to be achieved with little power output.

    Technical Specifications
    Total Output Power 60 Watts RMS
    Subwoofer 20 Watts RMS
    Dual Satellites 5 x 8 Watts RMS
    Special Features Wooden Case Subwoofer Bass, Volume and On/Off Switch Power
    Game Compatibility DirectSound 3D, EAX 1.0, EAX 2.0, A3D 1.0, I3DL2, MacroFX, MultiDrive, ZoomFX, EnvironmentFX Sound Cards
    Audio Compatibility MP3 Player, CD Player and all sound cards
    DVD Compatibility All Dolby Prologic and Dolby AC3 Decoder

    The only main drawback from having all these speakers is the amount of wiring that is required, as you can see from this photo the back of the Subwoofer has all of the controls (inputs and outputs) for the system and is therefore the bottle neck for wiring, when you have you speakers all nicely setup it is strongly recommended that you use some cable ties or flexible wiring pipe to tidy up all the cables and prevent wires getting all tangled.

    By setting the six (6) speakers in proper locations and angling them towards your computer chair (where of course you will be sitting) you will improve the surround sound by making sure that you are in the center of focus. The best location for the Subwoofer is on the floor to the front of where you will be sitting (mainly because the cable is too long to reach behind and for best performance it should be mounted on the floor). The only real dilemma is where to put the center speaker, depending on your setup you most like wont have a central point for the speaker, in that case you should just mount in to the front (front center).

    * Image modified from a scan by Asher Moses from TweakTown.com

    NEXT: Setup, Testing and Conclusion

     

      Supplier Information

     

    Hercules Australia (a division of the Guillemot Corporation) have a wide variety of computer gaming and multimedia products from the Graphics Cards to Sound Cards, TV cards, Speakers and also other gaming equipment, they are one of the leading brands in todays rapid computer technology market. If you would like more information on the company then please visit there site: www.guillemot.com.au, alternatively if you would like to browse the Hercules product line then you can visit there Australian site: au.hercules.com.

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