|Spherex Inc. And Microsoft To Build Xbox Branded Speaker System|
|Home Theater News Speaker Systems News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 11 December 2003|
Spherex Inc., a subsidiary of API has just announced its entry into the computer and video game industry through a 3-year global licensing agreement with Microsoft Corporation to produce and market the Xbox 5.1 branded speaker system. The finished units will have a suggested list price of $499.
The Xbox 5.1 is a multimedia audio platform created for use as a game audio and home theater solution, consisting of a 5.1 speaker system with Apogee’s DDX digital power amplification, surround sound processing, multiple audio inputs and networking capability. The 300 watt (RMS) amplifier drives 5 identical OMNIPOLAR satellite speakers and an 8” Subwoofer. The speaker design is based on API’s patented Mirage OMNIPOLAR technology, which disperses sound in a 360 degree pattern, to create realistic immersive experience for gaming, movies and music playback. Four independent audio inputs (3 Digital and 1 Analog) allow simultaneous compatibility with multiple source formats including all gaming consoles, DVD and CD players,
Xbox 5.1 is also the first audio system to feature MaxBass from Waves Ltd. MaxBass works by psycho acoustically extending the lower end of bass frequency response up to one-and-a-half octaves.
The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), a non-profit organization educating and heightening the awareness of audio for the interactive world, has long promoted the impact sound will have on the industry. G.A.N.G.’s members represent many of the world’s foremost music composers and game developers. A 20-person G.A.N.G. advisory board advised on the new system’s features and specifications.
Spherex Inc. will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the Xbox 5.1. The Xbox 5.1 will be introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 8th through 11th, 2004, in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion at the Las Vegas Convention Center.