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09/29/2009 - Hercules leads Winter 2009-2010 Technology Styling Trends With Two New Speaker Systems. Hercules announce two new XPS* ‘Slim’ speaker packages with sound clarity that belies their size.

09/09/29- Hercules, a specialist in IT devices including netbooks, multimedia speaker sets, webcams, DJing solutions and consumer-friendly WiFi products, debuts two new additions to its speaker range, the XPS* 2.0 40 Slim (the thinnest 2.0 speaker package currently available), and the Hercules XPS 2.1 40 Slim, which adds a power subwoofer to the slim-design satellite speakers for extra bass response.

Hercules XPS 2.0 40 Slim: Finally, ultra-slim 2.0 speakers!

Designed to compliment today’s minimalist desktop computer footprint, the new XPS 2.0 40 Slim speakers combine stunning aesthetics with sound quality that has previously only been achievable via bulkier systems. Despite their slender appearance, this genuine technical advancement enables the XPS 2.0 40 Slim speakers to deliver clarity, range, and pure sound.

Less than 6cm wide and 23.5cm tall, the XPS 2.0 40 Slim integrates elegantly and subtly into any computing setup. The speaker fabric and attractive black lacquer finish highlighted by a touch of aluminum colour reflect the current trends in PC and laptop design. The specially developed technology that operates at the heart of this new 2.0 system integrates discretely within its slender form and ensures perfectly clear sound. The slim theme also extends to the price: £29.99 RRP (incl. VAT).

Hercules XPS 2.1 40 Slim: Elegance meets quality

Hercules XPS 2.1 40 Slim, the 2.1 model in this new XPS Slim range, includes two satellites with the same refined and ethereal design. Its subwoofer, crafted entirely of wood, ensures a powerful bass presence. The subwoofer also features an extremely fine-grained finish, inspired by high-end audio system subwoofers.

XPS 2.1 40 Slim delivers homogeneous, perfectly balanced sound, for a truly great listening experience, regardless of the source, this speaker system gives serious presence to gaming, music and movie playback. When it comes to power, XPS 2.1 40 Slim provides 32 watts RMS (8 watts per satellite + 16 watts for the subwoofer), making it one of the best-performing speaker kits in its price category (£49.99 incl. VAT**).

Hercules XPS 2.0 40 Slim and XPS 2.1 40 Slim both come with a mini wired remote control, featuring a volume control knob, headphone jack and a handy line in input, allowing users to directly connect an MP3 player. Each speaker is magnetically shielded, so as not to disturb anything in its surrounding environment.

Hercules XPS 2.0 40 Slim and XPS 2.1 40 Slim will be available from October 2009, at suggested retail prices of just £29.99 (VAT included) and £49.99 (VAT included), respectively.

Technical info:

Hercules XPS 2.0 40 Slim
Output power: 5 watts RMS
Peak power: 10 watts

Hercules XPS 2.1 40 Slim
Output power: 32 watts RMS
Peak power: 64 watts

Compatibility: PC, netbooks, Mac®, MP3 players, CD/DVD players, TV sets, game consoles
Included cable: connection cable to audio source

Art influenced by Technology:
Inspired by the design of Hercules’ XPS 2.0 40 Slim, Parisian artistic designer and painter/colourist, Amylee, has created ‘Trend boards’ which can be viewed at www.indigopearl-press.com. Amylee melds a distinctive blend of colours and materials on her canvases, all of which are entirely handcrafted, with a vibrant fashion and pop-inspired style. For more information on Amylee, please visit: www.amyleeartdesign.com

*   XPS:Extended Personal Sound

** Suggested retail price.

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