VideoLogic Announces Sirocco Spirit High Performance Active Speakers for the USA

VideoLogic Systems - a division of Imagination Technologies - has today announced its high performance Sirocco Spirit mini-monitors in the USA. For just $249 the revolutionary Sirocco Spirit design from VideoLogic brings amazing quality sound to the PC in an ultra compact, low cost format. Sirocco Spirit is part of the award-winning Sirocco family of products, which are already available in Europe and Australia and have received many awards from the international press. Sirocco Spirit will be available in the USA in May 2000.

Designed and built to exacting professional standards, the Sirocco Spirit out-performs any integrated desktop PC speaker currently available. Sirocco Spirit includes two speakers with an integrated amplifier and manages to achieve a remarkable price point by applying VideoLogic's design skills combined with low-cost manufacturing techniques.

Amongst the awards presented to the original Sirocco speaker system from VideoLogic is PC Magazine UK's Technical Innovation Award for Best Multimedia Product 1998. Sirocco Spirit is the low cost adaptation of the Sirocco design with best-in-class performance that provides an unbeatable combination of audio quality and value for money.

Says Kevin Dale, sales and marketing director: "Sirocco Spirit is a remarkable design that incorporates our renowned Sirocco-class engineering into a compact desktop system. With an integrated amplifier and our Dynamic Virtual Sub Technology™ we've created a discrete stereo desktop system that delivers real studio grade performance."Audio Quality Features

Like the other members of the award-winning Sirocco product family, the components and techniques used in the manufacture of Sirocco Spirit are those used in hi-fi and pro audio equipment. No other desktop speaker system comes close to Sirocco Spirit's hi-fi quality sound.

Instead of separate bass and treble controls, Sirocco Spirit uses a more acoustically accurate dual shelving filter. This 'Attitude' control graduates the whole audio profile from rich deep bass to clear high treble, enabling users to customise the audio profile while maintaining the integrity of the original audio source.

Sirocco Spirit's innovative Dynamic Virtual Sub Technology™ ensures excellent extended bass performance without a separate subwoofer. If required, for additional bass power the Sirocco Spirit can be upgraded with a powered subwoofer connected to the variable output socket on the rear panel.

Sirocco Spirit's uncompromising design delivers 50W true RMS (over 750W PMPO) of output power, while its high-performance toroidal transformer and 18,800 µF of smoothing capacitance maintain ultra-low distortion for studio-class 'near field monitor' performance.

Sirocco Spirit consists of two MDF wood construction desktop speakers, each with bass/midrange drive unit and separate tweeter. An integrated 4-channel power amplifier is housed in the right hand speaker. With two separate inputs Sirocco Spirit can easily be connected to a variety of devices with line-level output including CD players, MiniDisc players, video game consoles, mini-stereo systems and portable MP3 players as well as PCs. Both inputs can be used at the same time, for example playing both in-game audio and complementary CD music.

The Sirocco Spirit speaker cabinets contain high-quality, magnetically shielded drive units from Audax, part of Harman Industries, and renowned in the hi-fi market for their sound quality. Sirocco Spirit's electronics are built with high-performance hi-fi quality components to deliver ultra-low distortion at low or high volume.

The audio integrity of the Sirocco Spirit is not just derived from its hi-fi cones and construction. The integrated electronics includes individual high precision active filters that ensure accurate phase and frequency response for perfect stereo imaging. The Sirocco Spirit cabinets are connected with a single cable to reduce wiring and maximise fidelity.

Sirocco Spirit's fully active integrated amplifier design contains two independent amplifiers per speaker with 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.

Sirocco Spirit is supplied with a two-year warranty and backed by world-wide customer support, including technical support hotlines and an Internet web site. Dimensions: Right speaker 144mm (W - front), 274mm (H) x 216mm (D); Left speaker 144mm (W - front), 274mm (H) x 194 (D). Weight: Right speaker 3.7 kg; Left speaker: 2.2 kg.