|New Company xHiFi Brings High Fidelity Sound To PCs Gaming Devices, MP3s|
|Home Theater News Speaker Systems News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 19 February 2003|
xHiFi creates audio and home theater products that provide state-of-the-art levels of design and technology within non-traditional, real-world applications, offering a different take on how high performance can appeal to everyday people with everyday needs.
Founded by Mel and Howard Schilling, owners of Camelot Technology, and Doug Goldberg, high-end audio/video designer (Camelot Technology, PS Audio, Genesis, Audio Alchemy), xHiFi re-defines the notion of “hi-fi” from expensive, esoteric specialty to affordable, applicable, and practical solutions.
The company’s debut product, the xDucer, is a high performance, compact, upgradeable, beautifully finished three-piece loudspeaker system (two satellites plus one subwoofer) designed for today’s multimedia consumer, who values improved sound quality from everyday sources like PCs, mp3 players, and gaming consoles (such as XBox, Playstation 2, and Game Cube).
The xDucer’s European Cherry finished subwoofer enclosure also houses the system’s audiophile-quality, high current 50 watt subwoofer amplifier, and custom 50 watt Class “D” digital amplifier for the two satellite speakers. Both the satellite and subwoofer employ driver designs developed by JVC Japan. The subwoofer’s single 6.5 inch paper cone driver incorporates special coil and center cap designs, and mates precisely to the satellites, which employ an ultra-high bandwidth 360 degree driver, delivering rich, enveloping sound quality with frequency response out to over 50 kHz, twice that of typical speakers. This allows for compatibility with future higher resolution formats like DVD-Audio and SACD.
The xDucer offers numerous upgrade options, such as Digital Multimedia Playback (for Memory Stick, Compact Flash, Secure Digital, and Smart Media cards), automatic 24-bit/192 kHz Digital Upsampling (ideal for compressed material like mp3), more powerful amplifier circuits, improved cabling, and additional speakers and amplifier channels for multi-channel formats such as DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, and SACD. Many of these upgrades will be available within a separate desktop product planned for Fall 2003.
“Over the past year or so, we have been very impressed with the success of excellent products like the Bose FreeStyle ® Speaker System and Klipsch ProMedia ™ series,” xHiFi’s co-founder and CEO Howard Schilling said. “We saw an opportunity to utilize our extensive capabilities and experience with the foremost digital technologies to create products that offer to these emerging markets even higher levels of performance and features, but at only a slightly higher price. We believe these customers will welcome this approach, and establish going forward what ‘better’ means to the next generation of music, movie, and gaming lovers.”
xHiFi sells its products worldwide directly via the World Wide Web, Telephone, or FAX, and provides its customers with a 30-day in-home trial. The xDucer will begin shipping on April 1, 2003, at a special introductory price of $695.