If it worked for plasma and LCD...
If you’ve read our TVs section anytime in the last six months then you’ll know what fans we are of the Philips Ambilight system, with its 37in LCD and 42in LCDs and 42in plasma receiving glowing (yes, pun intended – I am that clever!) reviews. So why stop with televisions…
Marketed under its alternative ‘amBX’ monitor, Philips is bringing Ambilight technology to… wait for it… speakers! That’s right, I was shocked too, but seeing it up close and personal it actually works remarkably well.
Available in either 2.1 or 5.1 combinations, the speakers appear like giant torches and light your room in no less than 16 ”million” colours which respond instantly to match what is happening on screen. The result is something that I found actually drew you into the gameplay, rather than distracted you from it. The speakers themselves are no slouches either with each satellite capable of a phenomenal 40W while the subwoofer churns out a neighbour hatred inducing 80W.
This isn’t the end of the experience either as Philips has also come up with a slim line, game activated wrist rumble pad and will also sell a pair of 5,000RPM desktop fans! I loved this for all of about 5 minutes before the fans turned my contact lenses into sheets of glass, so take note visually-challenged-yet-image-conscious dudes and dudettes.
Unfortunately Philips wasn’t able to provide me with a release date or pricing information for these raucous assaults on the senses, but hardcore gamers sign yourselves up.
Epileptics, run for the hills…!
”’Update:”’ Product codes and prices for you: SGC5101BD (Starter Kit) for $199, SGC5102BD for £299 (Pro-Gamer kit), SGC5103BD for $399 (Premium Kit) and the SGC6101BD Extension Kit ($99) for the vibrating palm rest and fans separately. No further details yet on what comprises each option.