Look out Goliath, here comes a young English fella with a slingshot and a rock. What does this mean? Well, for a while now, Klipsch has enjoyed being on the top of the speaker pile, but it seems there is a new kid on the block. VideoLogic, a division of Imagination Technologies, has recently started offering their products in North America. The first set of speakers from VideoLogic being reviewed here at AnandTech is the Sirocco Crossfire.
VideoLogic's existence dates as far back as the 1970's, when two gentlemen by
the name of Mike Fuller and Joe Startup, whom worked for Philips at the time,
started VideoLogic Limited. The company went through some transitions, and by
1985, things really began. They have had quite a reputable past, winning the
Queens award for technology, jointly developing the PowerVR chip with NEC, and
among many other achievements, introducing their latest, the Sirocco PC speaker
The Sirocco Crossfire is one of many in the Sirocco line. The Crossfire represents the 4.1 solution. The package is made up of 4 sattelites, each putting out 10W RMS, a subwoofer that puts out 40W, and a very elegant amplifier. All of the speakers are Audax drivers. (Audax has been in the speaker business since 1926. The company itself is a division of Harman International, which is essentially Harman Kardon, one of the most famous companies in the audio industry.) All in all, the system puts out 80W at 0.1% THD, and 100W at 10% THD. This, however, does not compare to the staggering 400W that the Klipsch puts out, but the Crossfire makes up for this difference elsewhere.
Low frequency drive unit: Audax 6.5" cone.
Bass/mid frequency drive unit: Audax 3" cone.
High frequency drive unit: Audax 10mm polymer dome.
Power supply unit: Dual rail toroidal transformer with 28000µF of smoothing capacitance.
Power output: Satellites: 4 x 10W RMS.
Subwoofer: 40W RMS. Full system (all channels driven): 80 Watts RMS at 1% THD; 100 Watts RMS at 10% THD.
Frequency response: < 3Hz to > 100KHz.
THD (nominal output): Less than 0.01% at 1KHz.
Input sensitivity: 200mV RMS for inputs 1 and 3; 1.5V RMS for input 2.
Controls: Power on/off, Volume, Subwoofer volume (relative to main volume), Front/Rear fade, Source switch, Quad switch (for stereo surround).
Connectors: Gold plated phono inputs for surround source, stereo source, and Dolby Digital LFE channel; 3.5mm jack for second stereo source; individual outputs to each speaker unit; 3.5mm headphone jack on amplifier front panel; IEC mains inlet.
Power supply: 220-240V AC 50Hz.
Cables supplied: IEC mains cable, two 3.5mm stereo jack to dual RCA phono cables, and loudspeaker cables.
Approvals: CE marked. Compliant with the EMC and Low Voltage Directives (89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC).
Dimensions: Satellites: 100mm (W), 136mm (H) x 74mm (D). Subwoofer: 235mm (W) x 420mm (H) x 370mm (D). Amplifier: 204mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 340mm (D).
Weight: Approx. 16.5kg/36lbs 4oz.
Technical support: Technical hotline and Internet web site.
Warranty: Two years.