Logitech releases another affordable 5.1 set

by: John -
Looking for some surround sound speakers but don't have much to spend? Logitech has released the X-540 system which lets you enjoy surround sound at a small price of $99. The center channel can be clipped on top of a monitor if you are pressed for space like I am. Logitech's always made great speakers and this pair looks like a nice set for gamers on a budget.

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Logitech (SWX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI), a leading manufacturer of multimedia speakers, today announced the Logitech®X-540 speaker system, an affordable surround-sound system designed for gamers, which solves two distinct problems. The X-540 system enables people to enjoy the experience of surround sound even with two-channel audio sources, by including matrix surround-sound technology. And for those playing games using a flat-panel display with no convenient place to set a center-channel speaker, Logitechs patent-pending integrated center-channel clip gracefully and securely attaches the speaker atop the monitor, saving desk space.

Over the past five years, Logitech has achieved market leadership in the multimedia speaker category with our bestselling X-series speaker line, by delivering great performance, style and value, said Jef Holove, Logitechs vice president of product marketing for audio. The X-540 system leaps beyond that to provide more pragmatic innovation, offering matrix technology and the innovative center-channel clip. It is sure to be a hit with gamers, and our customers can rest assured that, for baseline audio performance, this system outclasses the competition in its price range.

Matrix Surround Sound

Audio sources including many games and nearly all digital music are coded only for stereo sound, limiting the purpose of having a 5.1 system. The Logitech X-540 speakers, the companys first to offer matrix surround-sound technology at a price under $100 (U.S.), split an audio signal to create five channels of sound from common two-channel stereo sources and without distorting the audio quality. For convenience, the matrix button is located on the control center, along with the power button, volume controls and a headphone jack.

Center-Channel Satellite Clip

Many gamers today are using flat-panel displays however, unlike traditional CRT monitors, these displays dont offer a flat place on top for a center channel speaker to rest. Logitech solves this with its patent-pending center-channel clip, another company first. The clip securely fastens the center speaker to the back of the displays top edge. For gamers who still prefer CRT monitors, the center-channel clip also acts as a speaker stand that can sit atop the monitor or in front, on the desk.

Great Performance, Edgy Design

With a dedicated center channel and acoustically matched front and rear satellites, the Logitech X-540 system produces balanced surround sound. The X-540 speakers use Logitechs Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology. This technology helps the speaker system produce richer sounds by having two drivers in each satellite speaker. It also overcomes high-frequency overlap that leads to uneven sound a major barrier to dual driver speakers in the past. The result is uniform, intense sound from any place in the room.

The combination of five satellites plus subwoofer delivers 70 watts of power using the audio industrys official RMS (Root Mean Square) measuring system. The system also includes a down-firing subwoofer and a dynamic, real-time equalizer that maximizes bass while minimizing distortion.

When compared to Logitechs other X-series speakers, the X-540 speakers feature a new industrial design that adds more angles and style to the five satellites. Durable metal grilles protect the satellites and a down-firing design shields the subwoofer driver. With a convenient headphone jack built into the control center, people can also enjoy their games or music privately.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech X-540 speaker system is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in November. Its suggested retail price in the U.S. is $99.99.

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