Lacie, best known for professional desktop monitors and stylish external hard drives, is slowly moving into the portable speakers business. Here’s another chic and sleek-looking set designed by Neil Poulton of Lacie. A plug-n-play bus-powered compact speakers system requiring no additional drivers, AC adapter or batteries to work with your PC or Mac system.
Compared to the original $99 FireWire version, the updated speakers now featuring a more widely used USB 2.0 interface, are driverless for PC system and are $40 cheaper. On the other hand, the lower power output USB interface results in a 1-2W minimum power output as oppose to the original 4-8w output. DAC signal processing has dropped from 24 bits/96khz to 16 bits/48khz.
The Lacie USB Speakers will be available in September.