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Friday, November 9, 2001
IMG Reviews Cambridge FPS2000 Speakers
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Sound and music are an integral part of the gaming experience, and with the advent of 3D surround sound and environmental audio in games, the need for high quality speakers has become a necessity for every Mac gamer. Today IMG reviews one of the most popular gaming speakers, the Cambridge SoundWorks FPS2000 Digital. Here's a snippet from the review:

The 'FPS' in Cambridge SoundWorks' FPS2000 Digital speakers stands for "four point surround". This set consists of four speakers, each of which operates at a maximum of 7 Watts RMS, backed by a 25 Watt subwoofer.

Each of the speakers in this set is discrete--meaning each one can receive its own, separate audio signal, providing true four point surround (just like the name suggests). Early home surround sound solutions actually consisted of special encoding and decoding processes developed by Dolby Laboratories that were used to fit extra surround information into the regular two channels of audio. Systems that supported Dolby Surround and later Dolby Pro Logic could send this extra information to two rear speakers; the latter scheme also powered a center channel which basically reinforced the main left and right channels. Though this innovative technology provided some sense of surround sound, it did not actually provide the capability for sounds to be sent to specific speakers. To put it into an example, you couldn't have a plane fly in from the left side of the front and past the viewer to the rear right...the rear channels both played the same signal, so all you got was a sense that the plane had gone behind you.

If you're in the market for a good set of speakers, then be sure to check out our review.

Cambridge SoundWorks: FPS2000 Digital
IMG Review: FPS2000 Digital Speakers

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