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Tuesday, December 26, 2000
Speaker System Roundup at Gamecenter
9:23 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

As modern games come pouring into the Mac gaming market, with it comes the need for directional (3D) sound. Games such as Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 require that you know where your oppenents is, and a poor sound system can throw off your game.

Recently Gamecenter put various 2.1, 4.1, and 5.1 speaker systems from Klipsch, Midiland, and Altec Lansing to the test. Here, Gamecenter explains the power ratings speaker manufacturers stick on the speakers:

PMPO is an inaccurate and misleading standard. It stands for Peak Music Power Output, and it's supposed to indicate the absolute maximum amount of power a speaker can handle in a short burst. Since it's almost impossible to actually measure and prove such a figure, companies that use PMPO tend to exaggerate the number to make their speakers look more powerful than they actually are. On the side of a box, "1,500 Watts of Power!" looks better than "50w." Note that if a power rating seems too good to be true, it probably is.

RMS offers a truer number for comparison of power ratings than the usually empty hype of PMPO. Unless an RMS rating isn't offered, we at Gamecenter don't acknowledge PMPO ratings; and even when we're forced to, we don't take them seriously.

Remember, when considering the purchase of any speaker system, you should go to a brick and mortar store listen to it in person. Also keep in mind that games will not be able to take advantage of 4.1 and 5.1 (the first number represents the number of satallites and .1 being the subwoofer unit) systems until Creative Labs releases their SoundBlaster Live!: Mac Edition, which will contain outputs for front and rear channel speakers. In any case, speaker shopping is an excellent way to add a whole new level of experience to your gaming with a relatively small outlay of cash.

Speaker System Roundup at Gamecenter

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