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VideoLogic Crossfire 4.1 audio setup

The product
  • SUBWOOFER MDF cabinet, containing magnetically shielded bass drive unit.
  • SATELLITES Mid-frequency (bass/mid) drive unit and separate high-frequency drive unit (tweeter), both fully shielded.
  • AMPLIFIER Self Peak Instantaneous Temperature (°Ke) (SPiKe™) Protection Circuitry for protection against overvoltage, undervoltage, overloads, including shorts to the supplies, thermal runaway and instantaneous temperature peaks.


(+,-) $350USD

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VideoLogic Systems is a division of Imagination Technologies. They were always well known in producing a range of innovative products in the areas of 2D/3D graphics. Their Key products include graphics accelerators based on PowerVR technology. Their recent success with the PowerVR graphics chip found in the new Sega Dreamcast gave VideoLogic an opportunity to become one of today’s leading graphics acceleration companies in the world.

Over a year ago, VideoLogic saw an opportunity to enter today’s tight PC audio arena. Their main strategy was simple and quite different from other PC speaker companies; Introduce hi-fi quality speakers for use on today’s computer systems. Of course today’s latest offerings of PC speakers seem to be outstanding in both quality and performance, but none of them could be compared with real high fidelity audio equipment (hi-fi).

VideoLogic’s first speaker release was the sirocco speakers. A set coming with an Audax 6.5" cone (35Hz to 130Hz) subwoofer, two Audax 4" cone (130Hz to 3.8KHz) satellites using an Audax 10mm polymer dome (3.8KHz to 20KHz) and of course VideoLogic’s own powerful Amplifier with 28000µF of smoothing capacitance.

Just by looking at these specifications and companies involved we already see that this unit would not come cheap. As in the beginning VideoLogic speakers were initially limited to Europe, this Sirocco set-up was estimated to cost around $350~400USD. I must admit that a $400USD price tag for two stereo speakers and a subwoofer is not cheap indeed, but this equipment can’t even come close to these plastic things we are used to have on our computer desks. We are talking real hi-fi here!

With its recent success in Europe, VideoLogic extended its Sirocco speaker products to reach everyone’s need. The new Sirocco Crossfire is a 4.1-surround system for the hard-core gamers out there. The Sirocco Spirit is a high performance desktop mini-monitor set-up for the average home user, the powerful Sirocco Pro is a powerful system for home musicians and studios and finally the DigiTheatre and DigiTheatre DTS is an all-in-one home cinema audio systems. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or a music producer, VideoLogic has the right speakers to fit your needs.

Over a year ago, VideoLogic decided to extend its market in North America, mainly for the second biggest country of the continent; the United States. They had availability for only some specific products at the time as the New Crossfire 4.1 solution. Last week, we received the official VideoLogic Press release about them partnering with Voyetra Turtle Beach to Sell Sirocco and DigiTheatre Speaker Systems in the United States. What this means? Simply greater availability, and maybe even lower prices in the near future.

The Sirocco Crossfire speaker’s is VideoLogic’s first quadraphonic 4.1-surround set-up for the Personal Computer. As almost all of today’s new sound cards come with front and rear out-puts, VideoLogic saw an opportunity in manufacturing a surround system for the PC and enter today’s 4.1 competition.

Today, we are taking a look at the Sirocco Crossfire speakers from VideoLogic.


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