Logitech SoundMan Xtrusio DSR-100

The Good Potent amplifier; desk-thumping bass; space-efficient design; packed with features; surround-sound capability.

The Bad Average satellites; some inconveniently positioned controls.

The Bottom Line Logitech's new five-piece flagship speaker system kicks serious sonic butt.

Editors' Rating
9.0 Overall

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Review

Logitech SoundMan Xtrusio DSR-100

Jun 2001

Inexpensive and space-efficient, computer speakers generally aren't designed to rival high-end audio or home theater setups. One exception to the rule is Logitech's latest, the five-piece SoundMan Xtrusio DSR-100. Sporting one of the most potent amplifiers in its class and a subwoofer that barks mightily without breaking up, the $179.95 Xtrusio successfully brings living-room performance to any small- or medium-sized computing environment at a price no greater than that of some sound cards.Inexpensive and space-efficient, computer speakers generally aren't designed to rival high-end audio or home theater setups. One exception to the rule is Logitech's latest, the five-piece SoundMan Xtrusio DSR-100. Sporting one of the most potent amplifiers in its class and a subwoofer that barks mightily without breaking up, the $179.95 Xtrusio successfully brings living-room performance to any small- or medium-sized computing environment at a price no greater than that of some sound cards.

Sound and fury
Unlike most comparably priced units, the Xtrusio is at its best when pushed. Its 100-watt (RMS) amplifier rating may be somewhat liberal, but there's little doubt that the system has enough reserve power to rock the room when presented with Dolby Digital movies such as The Matrix or explosive surround-sound games such as Serious Sam. Its subwoofer, shaped like an upscale trash can and sporting a relatively tiny 11-by-7-inch footprint, delivers ridiculously deep bottom end and distorts only at uncomfortable listening levels. That it's capable of reproducing the speaker-killing bass lines from tunes such as Crystal Method's "High Roller" and Paula Cole's "Tiger" is truly astonishing.

The Xtrusio's four wall-mountable satellites are a little disappointing. Although blessed with conveniently diminutive 3-by-2.5-inch footprints and capable of effectively translating any media source, they fail to exhibit the sparkling treble of Altec Lansing's substantially more affordable ATP3 or the clean, airy musical qualities of Boston Acoustics' admittedly pricier Boston Acoustics BA7500G. Nevertheless, the single 2-inch drivers in each cabinet produce solid midrange and passable high end, distorting only when extra treble is added through software.

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  • Brand Logitech
  • Type speaker system
  • Connectivity Technology wired
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