Long Beach, Calif. - Pioneer Electronics entered the computer speaker market with two products on Thursday.
The manufacturer introduced a 2.0 system (the S-MM301 for $49) and a 2.1 system (the S-MM751RU for $129).
The S-MM301 features triple-coil drivers, USB connectivity, metal grilles, built-in controls and a compact design meant for travel, while the S-MM751RU adds a dedicated subwoofer and more power.
"Our goal with these speakers is to bring that same â€˜larger-than-life' Pioneer home audio experience onto the desktop," said Chris Walker, A/V marketing and product planning director for Pioneer's home entertainment division. "These new computer speakers bring that experience closer for those consumers who love to listen to their music collection from their laptops and home computers."
The S-MM751RU comes with a control puck that enables users to control the volume and play/pause/rewind/forward. It uses Maxx Bass Dynamic Sound technology, Pioneer said, with DSP Bass Enhancement to increase dynamic range. The system is rated to handle a total of 40 watts (20 watt subwoofer, 10 watts for each satellite).
Other features of the 2.1 system include an SD card slot, USB port and a line-in input.
Both are currently available.