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Hercules Expands XPS Audio Line with XPS101 Refined Performance Speakers

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NEW YORK, NY – (January 4, 2011) – Hercules, the digital audio specialist, expands its successful XPS multimedia speaker line with their latest creation, the Hercules XPS 101 system. Meeting the demanding criteria of multimedia PC users, these speakers deliver the dynamic ambience of a live music event, the captivating soundtrack of an action movie and the precision audio effects of a multiplayer video game. A high-end 2.1 audio system, the Hercules XPS 101 combines acoustic excellence, visual appeal and high-quality materials, resulting in a product well beyond the average speaker set up. Featuring a design that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear, these wide-ranging acoustic workload, multimedia speakers can be proudly displayed in the user's living space. Hercules XPS 101 will be available in January 2011, at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

Precise design for refined sound

As excellence in sound quality is achieved through precise design and engineering, the Hercules XPS 101 brings the latest technology together with high-quality audio components and materials.

The subwoofer houses 3 drivers: one 6’’ main active driver, and two 6’’ passive pressure drivers. This non-ported design takes up minimum space, while providing the quick response time of compact drivers and all of the deep bass generally reproduced by a large driver. The subwoofer's wooden enclosure guarantees excellent bass reproduction.

The satellites feature high-performance wideband drivers, which – combined with the speakers' rounded shape, in which air has room to expand – ensure enveloping, rich and clear sound, with perfectly reproduced treble and mid-range frequencies. In this way, the overall sound is highly balanced and full of subtleties, for enhanced musicality.

Hercules XPS 101 provides 101 watts RMS of output power – ideal for perfect listening enjoyment without any audio deterioration, no matter what you're using it for.

Stylish, understated design

As always, Hercules has paid particularly close attention to the design of this new speaker kit, ensuring that it provides balanced sound along with total visual appeal, for seamless integration into the user's living space. The rounded satellites feature a black lacquer finish, with metal back sections and transparent “floating” stands at the bottom: they are both elegant and powerful.

The challenge for the subwoofer was the same: how best to make it captivating for users, both in terms of audio performance and looks. The answer is a completely novel design: it is covered with stylish, dual layer black Lycra fabric, and crowned by a metal plate on top.

A system full of ingenuity

Hercules XPS 101 includes a wired “pulse” remote control that is very intuitive and easy to use, providing precise control of both bass and treble levels, in order to satisfy even the most demanding ears. Press once to power on the system and adjust the master volume; press again to adjust the bass; and press a third time to adjust the treble. Blue backlighting and LEDs – Hercules’ signature touch – guide the user through the adjustments.

For the ultimate in flexibility, users can connect an MP3 player, headphones, a game console and even a headset (using the included cables) directly to the XPS 101 system.

Another clever design feature: all connectors are located on the underside of the subwoofer, leaving its shape and lines perfectly harmonious and unspoiled.

Check out the entire Hercules multimedia speakers range at www.hercules.com

About Guillemot Corporation :
Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries including France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Romania and Italy, and distributes its products across more than 30 countries worldwide. The Group's mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment end users. www.guillemot.com