Summary: First Looks
The 8W satellites are glossy black with orange cones. The left speaker is bare, while the right speaker bears the volume control knob on the front and the headphone and input on the side.
The 16W subwoofer is fairly simple in design compared to its associated satellites. It has a black matte finish. The rear has a knob for adjusting the bass, an input for the left speaker, a power switch, and a power connector.
Conclusion: The Hercules XPS 2.1 50 2.1 Speaker Kit is not a bad product, especially if you consider they can be had for around $50, for that price they deliver decent sound. For me personally they just don’t cut it, they sound a bit flat to my ears, there’s just not enough treble or highs in the music and or audio.
Pros: Seem well made, Decent sound overall, Inexpensive, Good bass
Cons: Highs not very pronounced, Additional Cost -Must buy adapters for certain configurations, Cords are a bit short
Excerpt: The very first product I took a look at from Hercules was the Game Theater XP sound card quite a few years ago. At the time this was the sound card to have and helped build a great reputation for the company. Some water has passed under the bridge since then and Hercules now has a brand new line-up of exciting products to show off.
Excerpt: Hercules' XPS 2.1 50 speakers look better than most of the budget 2.1 speaker sets we've seen. We like the glossy black satellites, and especially the orange light surrounding the volume knob on the right satellite. The headphone and line-in sockets are also located on the right satellite, although the bass control is located on the subwoofer - which is inconvenient if you like to make frequent adjustments.