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Harman Releases Creature Speakers

Three-piece system uses Odyssey transducer technology By Dave Nagel
Harman Multimedia has shipped its new JBL Creature, a three-piece speaker system designed for the Mac. The system includes a subwoofer and two satellites and is targeted toward a wide audience, from gamers to creative pros.

The new Creature system is designed to evoke a sci-fi feel and offers a small footprint with soft-touch controls. The satellite pieces, seen below, glow from below.

In terms of performance, the subwoofer is a 24-watt unit at 10% (THD+N) and has a crossover frequency of 180 Hz. The two satellites are 8 watts each at 10% (THD+N). The system has an input impedance of >5K, signal to noise of >80 dB and a frequency response of 50-20 kHz. The subwoofer uses one 4-inch Magnum transducer, and the satellites each use an Odyssey Plus transducer. The subwoofer measures 9" x 9" x 9", and each satellite measures 3" x 3" x 3".

The JBL Creature system costs $129 and is available now. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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