Ligitech SoundMan Xtrusio DSR-100
What could be better than a sleek, powerful pair of speakers
for your system? Apart from a slick sound card to match, I'd suspect not
When it comes to gaming, watching a favorite DVD or listening to a collection of MP3's it's the sound that counts. A little white pair of 5watt computer speakers just doesn't cut it. No, we demand superb quality sound an earth rattling Bass! For too long the computer has been straddled by tiny ineffective $10 computer speakers that sound
about as good as an alarm clock.
One such solution to this vexing sonic problem may just well be Logitech's SoundMan Xtrusio - so called because of its extruded aluminum construction. The Xtrusio is the one sound system we've tested which can compete with a full sized stereo system, both in bass and in
volume. For a set of computer speakers that says a lot.
To accomplish this Herculean task the Xtrusio has some special features up its aluminum sleeves. A 100W RMS subwoofer, Dolby Digital Surround sound, Linear Magnet Drive Audio Technology and the all important remote control.
Logitech Soundman Xtrusio DSR-100
- LIMAD technology with 100W power output
- 52W Xtrusio"! aluminum subwoofer
- Digital and analog 4-channel audio input
- Dolby Digital certified PowerDVD"! software
- SoundTouch"! remote control
- 4-channel master volume, fade, power and EQ controls
- Headphone jack on remote control
- Excellent magnetic shielding
- 2-year product warranty
- Made By: Logitech
- Price: $179.00 USD
- Total power output: 100 watts RMS @<10% THD
- Satellite power output: 12 watts RMS per channel
- Subwoofer power output: 52 watts RMS
- System frequency response: 28 Hz - 20 kHz
- Crossover frequency: 160 Hz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: > 80 dB
- Input sensitivity: 130 mV max.
- Input impedance: > 10 kW
- Power supply: AC 90V-240V (built-in auto-switching
Setting up the
With the many components of this
surround sound system out of the box, the set-up can begin. All satellites, audio
inputs, and controls plug into to the back of the woofer which also has the
system power button. Each of the connections is colour coded so the setup
process is incredibly easy and quick. If you can match colours you can set up
the Xtrusio in a few seconds.
Apart from the power button and universal
power input (90-240V AC) there are also jacks for the remote, digital audio
input, analog front & rear audio input, and outputs for the
front-right, front-left, rear-right, rear-left satellite speakers.
Each of the magnetically shielded
satellite speakers is about the size of a can of coke, and two
of them can be attached to a wall with a couple of
included metal brackets. The satellite speakers are not made of extruded aluminum, but rather
dense plastic. They are dark Grey in colour and have a dark silver metal
Sound quality is very good, but distortion will start to
kick in when the volume is completely maxed out. Each of the satellite
speakers receives the power it need to operate from the audio cable. This keeps
the setup very clean, with only one wire going to each of the satellite
The suggested configuration
has the subwoofer on the floor, with two satellite speakers on either
side of the display. The two remaining rear satellite speaks would then
be mounted on adjacent walls at a slightly different angle, or positioned back from
the computer to give the set up some depth.
The rear speakers have slightly longer
150" cables so they can be positioned further away.
There are only two controls on the
subwoofer which allow you to adjust the sound characteristics for your
particular environment. For instance, if the room is large and uncarpeted you
might want the sound a little deeper to compensate for the space. Conversely, if
the room is carpeted with sound absorbing materials it might be better to adjust
the woofer so the sound is more high pitched.