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Darth Vader meets Desktop Speaker Design


October 4, 2003

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The JBL Creature 3 piece speaker system sits squarely in the incredibly crowded desktop speaker market at AUD$267, but has managed to differentiate itself with the most amazing shape that immediately brings to mind the sleek lines of Darth Vader's helmet. As Gizmo learned during a trial of the system, striking design does not hinder performance - the powerful subwoofer provides clean low bass and along with both satellite speakers (mini-creatures), it is magnetically shielded to provide protection against image interference on the computer monitor.

The subwoofer (24watts at 10%) sits under the desk and the two mini-creatures (8watts each at 10%) sit either side of the monitor to deliver powerful crisp sound at the very high end of the market quality-wise.

The sound levels are adjustable with a quite unique capacitance touch system on the right mini-creature and bass and treble is adjustable via nodules on the subwoofer.

The creatures come in silver, white and metallic blue and metallic silver and both of the satellites have green LEDs which allow for a very cool desktop when the lights are low.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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