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5 Mar 2018

Review: Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor 'the best in its class'

5 Mar 2018
djs/hardware Review: Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor


This week we wanted to see something different than studio speakers. We think that DJ monitoring is an underrated subject and can use some extra attention. Not only for producers it's essential to hear what they do, but also is for DJ's. As a DJ it is essential to hear well if your mix in matching the feeling and the actual sound of the effect. Of course, it's possible to use studio speakers for DJ monitoring, but when you're just starting out the Hercules XPS 2.0 is perfect in its price-class.

The Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor are popular active DJ monitor speakers with 4-inch woofers for an open sound with adjustment options. Hercules is a France based company that is known for developing solid DJ and computer hardware in a low price range.

Specifications:

  • Audio-inputs (for computer, DJ-hardware mixer):
    • Cinch cable
    • Jack (6,35 mm, balanced input)
  • Headphones output (speakers are automatically deactivated when headphones are connected).
  • Controls:
    • ON/OFF switch
    • General volume adjustment
    • Bass adjustment
    • Treble adjustment
    • Ergonomic buttons based on Hercules DJ consoles, offering simple grip and use
  • Total power output: 2 x 20Total power output: 2 x 20 W RMS
  • Peak power: 80 W
  • Frequency response: 60 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Satellite measurements: 27.4 cm (H) x 19.2 cm (W) x 18 cm (D)
  • Right satellite weight: : 4.22 kg Left satellite weight: 2.88 kg
  • External power supply
  • Magnetically-shielded satellites for an interference-free environment
  • ROHS standard-compliant product

The build quality

The speakers are made from MDF 9MM wood, with the result they have a classic and detailed look. They are also solid and can take a bump. The main-speaker has the inputs and power connection. With a different cable, they can be linked together. So you don't have to power them both.

The main speaker

The sound quality

The sound quality is impressive. The mid-low range is well developed to hear the finest details in a mix. Compared to speakers in other price-classes, the XPS 2.0 80 is doing well. When going louder in mixes, the sound is falling behind with the quality of professional studio speakers. But when you're starting out or for DJ'ing purposes its a GO! We also filtered low, mid and high frequencies and did some EQ tests, and were amazed at the clarity of the sound.

Finally

Incredible speakers for their price range. We would call it the perfect speakers for people that are just starting out or just want a DJ monitoring system. Hercules did an outstanding job in fabricating an excellent sounding and affordable speaker system.

Recap

  • Pros

    The sound quality for this price is quite exceptional, the design fits perfectly in a studio or DJ environment

  • Cons

    Less good use as studio monitors when using high volumes

  • Price

    €149,99

  • Website

    shop.hercules.com/en_gb/xps-2-0-80-dj-monitor.html

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