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Wafer-thin speakers

Don't judge these speakers by their footprint -- they deliver big sound.

November 19, 1998
Web posted at: 3:10 PM ET

by Yardena Arar

(IDG) -- LAS VEGAS -- If thin is in, then Benwin's Flat Panel BW2000 speakers could be the hottest items at Comdex. Measuring only .13 by 5 by 7 inches and weighing about .5 pound each, these futuristic-looking speakers and their bulkier subwoofer deliver good-quality sound for an estimated street price of $129.

The 3-watt speakers use technology licensed from NXT to produce sound using a cardboard-thin transducer instead of a cone. Sound is transmitted in a 360-degree radius so that audio quality is consistent wherever the listener is positioned. This makes the system a good candidate for use by gamers, professionals who want to upgrade their sound system, and owners of home stereos and portable PCs and radios.

Volume, tone, on-off controls, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the top of the 6.25-by-4.5-by-4.75-inch, 2.2-pound subwoofer.

The BW2000 system is expected to ship early next year. NXT's technology can also be used in non-PC applications such as talking posters.

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