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X-Woofer 3D Vibro Woofer Speaker

X-Woofer 3D Vibro Woofer Speaker

Supplied by X-Woofer


Occasionally a product comes across the desk that piques interest. X-Woofer is a unique product that is worn about the neck to provide a personal listening experience enhanced by a Vibro-Woofer speaker system. There were high hopes for the X-Woofer. Imagine an immersive gaming experience where a player not only hears the action but feels it too. X-Woofer is supposed to allow a person to listen to music enhanced by deep sounds without bothering others nearby.

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The X-Woofer may sound good on paper but the true test is in the feel.

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Specifications

NAME

 3D VIBRO WOOFER SPEAKER

MODEL

 X-woofer , Metoo, U-beat

POWER

 AC220V 60Hz –  DC 9V 500mA

OUTPUT

 Sound : 1W + 1W  Vibration : 2W + 2W

IMPEDANCE

 Sound : 8Ω / Vibration: 8Ω)

Sound Frequency Response

 450Hz – 20KHz

Vibration Frequency Response

 40Hz – 300Hz

Vibration Unit

 Φ 26 X 8mm

Sound Unit

 Φ 28mm

Size

  285mm X 235mm X 14mm

Color

 GOLD & BLACK

Includes

  •  X-woofer: 1EA, Controller: 1EA
  • RCA Conn. cord(1.8M): 1EA
  • Y type plug: 1EA, AC/DC Adapter: 1EA
  • Hanging Hook: 1EA
  • User manual: 1EA

Origin

  KOREA

Manufacturer

 G S Electronics (MADE IN KOREA )

What’s in the box

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The X-Woofer is a wearable audio device that hangs around the neck. The box contains the X-Woofer Vibro-Woofer and the necessary power and connection accessories.

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The X-Woofer is hardwired to an control unit.

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The power and audio connection is fed to the control unit by a detachable connection. The two dials control volume and the gain of vibration (how much or how little).

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The control unit lead splits to the audio lead and the power lead (power is the connection in the lower part of the following image).

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The X-Woofer must be powered in order to function so it isn’t a portable experience.

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The audio connection is patched in one of two ways. The 1/8 inch jack (green connector seen in a previous image) can connect directly to a sound card or 1/8 inch audio output of a portable listening device. The included patch cable can convert to left and right RCA connections for use with a stereo or gaming console.

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X-Woofer includes an 1/8″ stereo Y-splitter.

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There is also a self-adhesive hanger to attach “wherever” in order to hang the X-Woofer during non-use.

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Lastly is the manual.

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The X-Woofer has stereo speakers and two Vibro-Woofers.

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There isn’t a lot of speaker power. The speakers are 1 watt each and the vibration units (seen in the following image) are 2 watts each.

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The X-Woofer is simply worn about the neck and requires no software to enjoy the X-Woofer experience.

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Conclusion

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The X-Woofer provides for a unique enhancement to games but falls short for audio enjoyment. The X-Woofer does eliminate any discomfort of ear bud headphones but it’s a little like wearing a horse collar. The audio quality is nearer to AM stereo than a full, deep bass enhancement. The X-Woofer “woofer” offers more of a vibration enhancement than a bass enhancement.

Gamers may get the best of what X-Woofer offers. The X-Woofer Vibro-Woofer can surprise a player by suddenly coming to life during a tense moment and the additional sense of feel brings a new side to games. Ultimately gamers will miss the bass resonance (and volume) found in 2, 4 and 5.1 channel speaker systems. The true draw is the vibration enhancement. Of course the X-Woofer won’t keep the household awake during the late night gaming sessions like a standalone speaker system would. Gamers may enjoy a good shoot ‘em up combining the X-Woofer vibration experience with traditional earphones or speakers.

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The X-Woofer is not portable. It must be powered by house current. The length of cords provide distance similar to that of a game controller or just shy of 6 feet (2 meters). It can be connected to most any device with 1/8 inch or RCA stereo audio output. However the X-Woofer is more audible to others nearby compared to that of personal stereo earphones. The X-Woofer may be difficult to locate in North America. The X-Woofer site lists WalMart as a retailer for it.

The last words are that the X-Woofer would not sit high on the must have list and would be, at most, a unique luxury gift for the boss or friend (provided he or she is a geek).

Our thanks to X-Woofer for
their support of this and many other sites.

 

Highs

  • Enhanced gaming experience through vibration
  • Eliminates ear bud headphone discomfort

Lows

  • Not portable
  • Not totally private
  • Sub-standard sound

Scores Breakdown
Attribute Score Comments
Bonus items & software 7 All necessary cables included. Wireless may be a suggestion.
Design & layout 6 Interesting concept for what it is. Compact design but not totally form-fitting.
Documentation 6.5 Basic
Features & options 7 vibration….that’s about it besides “AM stereo” quality sound
Fine-tuning features 6.5 Can adjust volume and amount of vibration through Vibro-Woofers
Price / value 6 A moderately expensive luxury item. Not on the “must have” list.
Total score 39/60 65%

Comments

  1. Thrax
    Thrax With a name like that, you know it has to suck.
  2. Unregistered
    Unregistered Hi everyone!

    Does any of you guys know where this X-Woofer is actually sold? Any ideas? I've tried to find it online but wasn't very successful with my research. If you should find something I'd appreciate your reply to matrichter@hotmail.com, thanks very much in advance!

    Matthias.

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