Soundman Xtrusio DSR-100
| Review Date
by Shawn Sanders
It's all so clear to me now.
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it
make a sound? What a dumb question. To all you pseudo-existential gits out there
- of course it makes a sound. Since when did the existence of sound become dependent
on human ears? What about all the little furry animals of the forest? They have
ears. Or do they not count because they can't wipe their own butts? What's with
all the animal discrimination anyway? You know animals are people too…er…uh...wait
a minute. Scratch that, I guess they're not. Whatever.
Now that I have your attention (the "What the hell is this dork talking
attention), allow me to introduce Logitech's Soundman Xtrusio
. And while you may not be able to hear them in a forest, they most
assuredly produce a sound. And we're not talking about your run of the mill
transmission of vibrations. No, this is glorious, crystal clear ear-crack! And
since I have a set and you don't, listen up.
Logitech pulls no punches with the Xtrusio
. Using a completely proprietary
design called LIMAD (Linear Magnetic Drive), the technology incorporates magnets
made from neodymium
a rare metallic earth element. According to Logitech, this design directly relates
to less frequency interference, which in turn means all around kick-ass clarity.
I don't know or care about the science of it all, but I can agree that the clarity
is second to none.
Soundman Xtrusio DSR-100
But the Xtrusio
has much more to offer. You get digital and analog 4-channel
audio input. This should be enough compatibility for nearly any sound card on
the market, even those old legacy device sound boards. Cool!
Also travelling with the Xtrusio
is the Dolby Digital PowerDVD
software, which retails for $49. This will greatly enhance your DVD audio with
surround and MPEG-2 video. No hardware DVD decoder needed here.
Sadly, the Soundmobile.com software bundle makes an unwelcome return. It's
loaded with a bunch of music editing software that allows you to edit absolutely
nothing. All of the programs are trial versions that refrain from letting you
try anything but the 'Play' button and the one that takes you to their respective
websites. However, I did get a kick out of watching Ben curse like a rogue sailor
who's just stubbed his toe as he tried to utilize the software found on this
veritable drink coaster. This is one bad software bundle.
The most celebrated feature is the extremely handy SoundTouch remote control.
This little doohicky rests about 3 inches from the keyboard and lets you adjust
the volume for the speakers, set the balance with the fader dial or switch the
system to standby. On the front of the SoundTouch remote you get a standard
headphone jack. Once a pair of headphones is inserted, the speakers are instantly
muted. That's what you call a smart design. But for a nice, nerdy and more detailed
list of features, click here
Sporting a sleek, black housing, the 100-watt Soundman Xtrusio
finest speaker set. You get four small, 3-inch high 12-watt speakers. But don't
let the peewee stature fool you. Think of these as the Jet-Li of speakers -
small yet amazingly powerful (though only so-so as an actor).
Most of this awesome power comes from the thumpin' aluminum 52-watt subwoofer.
The size of a small trash can, the subwoofer supplies deep, rich bass tones
that are significantly more impressive than what we heard from the SR-30
speaker set, also from Logitech.
Obviously, the bigger and better sound constitutes a bigger (but definitely
not better) price tag of $179.99 (the SR-30 MSRP is $69.99). Imagine that. For
this kind of money, I would like to see a pair of stands for the rear speakers.
(Here's a tip: Click the Compare Prices link above to find prices running
at about $60 less than Logitech's MSRP.)
Like the SR-30
set, you get a couple brackets for rear speaker wall
mounting, but like most underpaid gaming editors, I rent my humble abode and
my landlord isn't the most lenient guy around. So I'm just not ready to go drilling
permanent holes in things just so I can tell which direction the counter-terrorists
are coming from. Again - give me some light, cheapo stands that can be easily
moved when not in use. I don't think this is unreasonable - especially considering
the $180 price tag.
But oh baby, do these things sound good, and the clarity is amazing. I've thrown
everything I have at 'em. From games to DVD movies and just about every type
of music under the sun, these puppies just keep impressing me. It almost makes
it easy to gloss over the absent speaker stands. Almost
Other than that gnat of a problem and the lame software bundle, the Soundman
is an incredible set of speakers. I have seen and heard
less quality for much more money. Four surround speakers capable of digital
or analog feedback, a pumpin' trash can of a subwoofer and a snazzy little remote
control complete a very enticing package. Logitech scores again.