Speakers by Steve Guttenberg Nov 10, Speakers by Steve Guttenberg Nov 17, Watch it live here Mobile by John Falcone Nov 8, The ring magnet on the back of the driver’s pole piece is there for magnetic shielding; it’s aligned in opposition to the driver’s own voice coil magnet, and the result is a much smaller radiated field, so you can put this sub close to a computer monitor without distorting the image. I was pleasantly surprised.

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There’s no way to double up the other channels, though, so if you want anything from the surround or centre speakers, you’ll need a real signal going to that input. Making the box out of a non-resonant material also helps; this sub’s made out of high density particle board, not plastic.

Hercules Computer Technology XPS 210 Speaker User Manual

But, generally speaking, multimedia speakers have crummy bass response, especially for music, when you want to hear the low-pitched instruments, not just a vague rumble. Watch it live here Mobile by John Falcone Nov 8, These inputs hercu,es the usual arrangement – one for front left and right, one for surround left and right, one for front centre and subwoofer.

So that’s why PC speaker systems should be cheap. Matching blue cloth grilles on the subwoofer and satellites, and a bit of silver plastic trim on the sub, but no outrageous air dams or bas-reliefs.

Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Unscrew the back of the XPS and you have to unplug a few wires and undo a twist-tie, and remove a nylon cable tie before you can hinge down the back panel. Anyway, there’s a patch of lagging wrapped around the wiring inside the XPS sub box, and another one attached to the rear panel assembly, covering the power transformer and the interior opening of the small rear port.


Apart from that, they’re all exactly the same.

Hercules XPS – speaker system – For PC – wired Overview – CNET

Hercules, like Creative, have sound card models from entry level to deluxe. You don’t have to have something connected to the subwoofer input in order to use it; if only the front stereo input’s in use, the hercule will work anyway. Watch it live here by John Falcone. You don’t actually lose out on much because of this, though.

The “subwoofer” in most of them isn’t actually very “sub” at all, since it’s very likely to have a small vented cabinet the size of a couple of stacked shoeboxes, herculfs a six inch or smaller bass driver. Note that for really good 3D sound, it’s a better idea to use headphones than multiple speakers.

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

The best deals you can still get You can still get discounts on Amazon devices and more. For the hrecules, the XPS system turns in an excellent performance.

If money is no object, then you herfules definitely get better speakers than these, and probably get better sound cards too, depending on what you actually need a sound card to do. Creative’s less-than-brilliant software team still don’t seem to have achieved complete fecal cohesionand various motherboards have turned out to have Speaker System System Components.


Best way to know if you bought the right audio system Best herciles to know if you bought the right audio system by Steve Guttenberg. It’s not the best acoustic absorber ever, but it’s got a good combination of other qualities. Their angled stands are removable, and there’s a keyhole slot in the back of each satellite to allow you to hang it on the wall if you like, but that’s it.

The 2210 input is still analogue, though, not digital; the XPS has no surround decoding features. The C-Media chip doesn’t have any major compatibility issues that I know of, and its drivers are mature.

Review: Hercules XPS and speakers, and Gamesurround Muse XL and Fortissimo

Smart Home by Rick Broida Nov 27, That activates a stereo expansion processor, of which more later. Power Device Power Source.

Smart Home by Rick Broida Nov 14, You also get Sonic Foundry’s Siren Jukebox Xpress, a digital music player and cataloguer sort of thing, but you might as well use Winamp. Speakers by Steve Guttenberg Nov 17, But if you want positional audio capabilities, the Muse XL is where it’s at.

Want a good, cheap, sound card to match? So it matches the XPS speaker system just fine, but can also drive a basic surround setup, if you like.