Speaker set offers a sound difference for frugal gamers

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August 01, 2002|By Kevin Washington

Console gamers can spend upward of $500 on a sound system to hear every high and low offered by Halo. But what if you want to blow your extra cash on other peripherals like controllers or games rather than on a top-of-the-line sound system?

Interact Accessories has the answer for you: the DSS-900 5.1 Speaker System -- Gaming Series. Its list price is $150 (though an Internet search will turn up vendors selling it for $100).

We tried the DSS-900 on the Xbox, PC and PlayStation2 and discovered that while it won't produce the sound a $500 system will, you won't be disappointed. At that price, you get five, 5-watt satellite speakers, a 15-watt subwoofer and a controller box with digital optical, coaxial digital and analog inputs. It all produces really good Dolby-quality 5.1 surround sound that makes gaming bullets sound like they're whizzing from left to right and back to front.

Sound remained sweet up to the last few notches on the volume dial, at which point things began to break up. These speakers aren't recommended for gamers who want to blast their neighbors with sound, but they are perfect for the casual gamer who wants quite a bit more fidelity than TV speakers offer.

Information: 410-785-4064 or www.interact-acc.com.

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