Hercules - not the greek hero, the hardware company - has announced a pair of speaker sets that the company claims to be the thinnest 2-channel speaker package currently available. There's the Hercules XPS 2.0 40 Slim and the Hercules XPS 2.1 40 Slim.

The XPS 2.0 40 Slim speakers stand 6cm wide and 23.5cm tall, and were designed by Amylee, of Paris. They come with a mini wired remote control that also includes a volume knob, headphone jack and line-in input. The speakers are magnetically shielded.

The XPS 2.1 40 Slim adds a subwoofer into the mix, which is made of wood and "ensures a powerful bass presence", says the company. It also contains the same wired remote control, and can pump out 32W RMS - 8W per speaker and 16W for the subwoofer.

The 2.0 40 Slim costs £30, and the addition of the subwoofer in the 2.1 40 Slim brings the cost up to £50. Both will be available from October.