I presume that the Hercules distributor that provided these cards just bought OEM cards, and retail boxes. General Packaged Quantity for specs. The XPS satellites are obviously, um, “inspired” by Bose ‘s smaller and more expensive Lifestyle System satellites. They come in a full show-off retail box, instead of the simple white box or mere anti-static bag that most OEM gear has. There’s a treble knob, too. You don’t get this gear with the OEM cards, but you wouldn’t know it to look at the boxes; they’re for the retail version, and proudly claim that all of the retail software is inside, when it isn’t. Otherwise, they’re just not a good buy.

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You don’t actually lose out on much because of this, though.

Since there’s no simple stereo-through-all-speakers button on the XPSthough, you must connect it to a true five channel source if you want all five satellites to xpx a noise.

Skype and Alexa are now ready for your sweet talk The new skill rolls out this week, in time to “Alexa, Skype Grandma” during the holidays. Case in point – Creative Labs’ flagship Inspire Digital speaker system, which I also check out in the abovementioned article.

Hercules XPS 210 – speaker system – For PC – wired Series

Three, there’s some polyester fibre wadding – the white fluffy stuff – in there. Making the box out of a non-resonant material also helps; this sub’s made out of high density particle board, not plastic.

This is less than totally convenient, since the sub will probably be sitting under your desk or in some other hard to reach spot. Smart Home by Lori Grunin Nov 19, How much noise you get per watt depends on the efficiency of the speakers, but unless your speakers are unusually inefficient, you won’t be herculse more than five watts RMS total, for normal listening.

The lagging can also, in hercukes powered speaker box like this, prevent wires from buzzing against other things inside the box.

Hercules XPS Classic Speaker System | Product overview | What Hi-Fi?

PC multimedia speaker system. Hercules seem to describe this as a 50 watt system in their on-line specs listings, but it really doesn’t matter. Creative’s less-than-brilliant software 2110 still don’t seem to have achieved complete fecal cohesionand various motherboards have turned out to have Hercules have set themselves up as a worthy competitor to Creative in the consumer sound card market, particularly recently.

First, its big brother. Watch it live here Mobile by John Falcone Nov 8, Once again, though, this isn’t a bad product, considering its price. Driver Details 1st speaker Speaker Type.

Hercules XPS Classic – speaker system – for PC Overview – CNET

Smart Home by Rick Broida Nov 27, Ordinary floor-standing hi-fi speakers with six inch or larger bass drivers, plugged into any old second hand amplifier, will absolutely dung all over the bass response of pretty much any multimedia speaker system.

But they don’t sound great. Speakers by Steve Guttenberg Dec 8, There’s nothing about these products that means you have to buy them together, but each speaker set is quite nicely matched by one xxps the sound hervules.

The most significant thing about the XPS system, though, is that its sub really is a sub. This makes the box more rigid, which is important for reducing resonance. If they’re ported, they can spit glass dust into the room when you turn ’em up loud. Smart Home by Rick Broida Nov 14, Alexa’s music-discovery flow will now be like a conversation, asking you questions and playing song samples to land on tunes you actually want nercules hear.

The G9 input is still analogue, though, not digital; the XPS has no surround decoding features. The XPS satellites are shielded, too. This one doesn’t even do it if you put your ear to the subwoofer driver.

The sub works even if you’ve only connected a single stereo input, but the surround and centre speakers won’t. Peering into the XPS sub, you can see the back of the four inch bass driver. Clearer sound, better build quality, same incredible value Clearer sound, better build quality, same incredible value by Ty Pendlebury.

Unscrew the electronics-module back panel of the sub and you find a few good things. I was pleasantly surprised. Hercules Europe’s page for the XPS