The full retail versions of these cards also come with a special cut-down Hercules version of Arturia ‘s STORM home composition package, and another “special edition” of the Game Commander 2 voice recognition package. Hercules have set themselves up as a worthy competitor to Creative in the consumer sound card market, particularly recently. You can get cheaper sound cards than this, but not much cheaper. Speakers by Steve Guttenberg Nov 17, Unplug the satellites and everything but the bass disappears.

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The XPS subwoofer contains the control and amplifier electronics, and also has all of the knobs and buttons. 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 to hear. Note that for really good 3D sound, it’s a better idea to use headphones than multiple speakers. Watch it live here Mobile by John Falcone Nov 8, This may be a cheap sound card, but it’s not a nasty one.

Hercules XPS Classic – PC multimedia speaker system – 12 Watt (Total) at Backoffice

This is a good looking speaker system. And which is, whaddayaknow, free to download from CyberLink. Some subs do it because they’ve got a lousy crossover. 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. 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 to hear.

Want a good, cheap, set of computer speakers? The G9 input is still analogue, though, not digital; the XPS has no surround decoding features. Its sub’s stronger than average, its satellites are no worse than average, and it’s not expensive. Apart from the fact that it’s nice when things you want don’t cost much, the reason why computer speakers should be cheap is because the ones that aren’t cheap end up competing with much more serious audio gear.


The top of the satellite speaker contains a small cone tweeter, and it can be turned 45 degrees to the left or right relative to the bottom, which contains a three inch widerange driver.

These “widerange” drivers aren’t likely to actually have a very wide range, which means the subwoofer often has to play a fair bit of low midrange to fill the response gap. This is very unlikely to be the way that Hercules intended to sell these cards.

Hercules XPS 210 and 510 speakers, and Gamesurround Muse XL and Fortissimo II sound cards

The model numbers tell you the kinds of speakers these are. The electronics module in the is more substantial than the one in theas you’d expect, but Hercules still don’t make grand power output claims; they say 60 watts total 20 watt subwoofer, eight watts per satellite. Their hercjles niche should be well below any decent new hi-fi gear, and more than competitive with OK used stuff.

This chip uses Herculea positional audio technology, which gives it compatibility with the usual list of Microsoft and Creative 3D sound API s, and makes it a perfectly OK choice for two or four speaker game playing. The ring magnet on nercules 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 hervules.


Despite its high price, the ‘s sound quality is quite underwhelming. BAF is the standard middle-of-the-road speaker lagging material, used to break up cabinet resonances and make the box acoustically bigger, at the expense of efficiency.

In case you’re wondering what else might have been in there, besides nothing, there’s only one plausible alternative – a wad of random cotton fibres.

heercules 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. Some subs have to do that because their satellites need the help. Three, there’s some polyester fibre wadding – the white fluffy stuff – in there.

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

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 heercules. You probably won’t get mesothelioma from ’em – certainly not if they’ve got a sealed box with no port – but you should still wear gloves and a herrcules mask if you open the box. Because, um, it’s got surround speakers. Best way to know if you bought the right audio system Best way to know if you bought the right audio system by Steve Guttenberg.

We delete comments that herccules our policywhich we encourage you to read. Speaker System Details Speaker Type. Smart Home by Rick Broida Nov 14, General Speaker System Type.