Asus has unveiled the Cine5, which they are touting as the "world's most compact five-channel speaker." It looks nice, but how does it sound?
The Cine5 features a glossy and curvy all-in-one design, making it a nice ornament for the living room - not exactly something you want to hide behind the sofa.
Now as far as sound goes, the Cine5 includes a 5-channel output for full surround-sound, although how big a room it can fill isn't clear. It also promises 15dB more bass than similarly-sized speakers, and it includes a multi-driver configuration to reduce the individual driver load by 50%, improving high-frequency responses for a more brilliant sound.
Gamers might also be interested, especially those who like first-person shooter titles as the Cine5 promises more precise sound location that "improves shooting accuracy." Sounds like a nifty extra benefit.
Some of the other details include:
Connectivity: 3.5mm jacks, Headphone output, DC in
Output Level: 28W max, 15W RMS
Frequency Response: 80~20KHz
Measurements: 14.7- x 3.9- x 3.9-inches (w/metal stands), 14.7- x 3.9- x 3.1-inches (w/rubber stands)
The kit will include the Cine5 speaker, a 12V/3A power adapter, a 5.1 channel audio cable plus both a rubber and a metal stand. Unfortunately, neither a price nor a release date has been announced yet, so stay tuned.