There’s some strange Creatures on the show floor at this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City. They’re Harman Multimedia’s Creatures, a three-piece speaker system with an organic, science fiction design.
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Designed for Macs, PCs and portable MP3 and DVD players, the Creature subwoofer and two satellites to appeal to all sorts of folks, from casual users to gaming fans, Joe Milano, director of customer service with Harman Multimedia, told MacCentral. The audio system is the latest in the line of Harman Multimedia’s multimedia audio systems that include the SoundSticks and Champagne series. HM also works with Apple to build the Pro Speakers that come with some Macs and the optional iSub subwoofer.
The Creature incorporates the latest in Odyssey transducer technology called the Odyssey Plus. Featuring a new and proprietary industrial design, the Creature audio system boasts a small footprint and soft-touch tactile controls. It also recalls the volume setting from when the computer was last shut down. This product is available in silver (titanium to Mac fans), white (or snow), and blue. All three models’ satellite speakers “glow” from the bottom.
The new audio system plugs into a headphone jack on a Mac (or PC or iPod). You can even add more than one Creature system by using a splitter, if you wish. With about the same wattage as the SoundSticks system, the Creature offers just as much or more volume, crisp mid-range tonality, and a “stunning level” of bass response, Milano said.
“We think users will like these speakers, and we had a lot of fun developing them,” Milano said.
At a suggested retail price of US$129, JBL Creature audio is immediately available at selected Apple retail stores and in August at all Apple retail stores, major electronic retailers and online at the
Harman Multimedia store.