MWSF: New 4.1 audio Invaders spotted

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First, they brought us the Creature speaker system. Now Harman Multimedia, a provider of audio products for the desktop, has introduced the JBL Invader audio system, the company's first 4.1 speaker system.

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The 80-watt, 4.1 multichannel audio system includes four satellites and a subwoofer. The four 12-watt speakers are extremely light and the 32-watt subwoofer boasts a wood enclosure. The Invader system can also function as a 2.1 system for playing CDs and MP3s. This is useful since Mac OS X doesn't offer built-in multichannel support at the present.

"We wanted to be ahead of the curve," Harman Multimedia spokesperson Jennifer Ackman told MacCentral.

The JBL Invader has a 32-watt subwoofer that incorporates a new, proprietary port design and a MAGNUM transducer designed to beef up the bass.

The audio system's controls are meant to be simply and intuitive, Ackman said. For instance, with the right satellite volume control, just a turn increases or decreases the volume. Treble and subwoofer controls are on the subwoofer. The Invader audio system utilizes a straightforward interconnect technology, which provides an effortless user interface with minimum desktop wiring.

The Invader system has a frequency response of 40-20kHz. Crossover frequency is 150Hz.

The Invaders should invade the scene in March for $179. They'll be available in one color: silver (with chrome details). The system JBL is compatible with all analog stereo and multichannel sound cards in desktop and laptop computers, as well as MP3 players and personal CD players. It sound be a natural match with M-Audio's new Revolution 7.1 surround sound card.

"After introducing the award-winning Soundsticks and Creature products, Harman Multimedia is now launching an innovative 4.1 system optimized for gamers and music aficionados," said James Druckrey, president of Harman Multimedia.

The company is also considering a 5.1 system for the future, according to Ackman.

This story, "MWSF: New 4.1 audio Invaders spotted" was originally published by PCWorld.

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