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Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Speakers
Enhanced Bass with BasXPort technology
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164 of 168 found the following review helpful:
Great $80 Speakers, Better than the Bose Companion 2'sAug 31, 2012
I wanted some decent but not too expensive speakers, so I set out to find some decent speakers under $100. I bought and tested 3 different sets.
* Creative T12 Speakers
* Creative T20 Series II Speakers
* Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers
After purchasing the listed 3 speakers sets, I had to play them with the various types of music I listen to, Rap/HipHop, R&B, Classical, Jazz, and Country. Here is my short review based off my experience with each item.
1: Creative T12 Speakers
PRODUCT: Very small packaging, nice design, easy to setup. Small speakers in size. Decent construction and great overall build quality. Speakers include one driver. Front of the right speaker is a volume knob, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm aux jack and a green power light. Rear of the right speaker is a second 3.5mm aux jack, port to the left speaker and port for power. The extra 3.5mm Aux jacks come in very hand for connecting to multiple devices such as MP3 Players, Gaming Headsets, Laptops, Cell Phones, etc.
SOUND: I thought they were decent until I compared them side by side with the Creative T20's which blew these out of the water in every way possible. I notice at medium to high volume levels the T12's tend to distort audio significantly, mainly due to the "bass flex" technology trying to push too hard for its little self. At low to moderate volumes they aren't that bad, but for anyone that is an audiophile, loves sound but doesn't consider themselves an audiophile, I would completely avoid these. The T12's don't get too loud, loud enough to fill a small living room but they will likely start to distort. I would ONLY recommend these speakers to people looking for a very cheap solution to simply amplify sound on their desktop or laptop.
2. Creative T20 Series II Speakers
PRODUCT: Small packaging, better build and design construction compared to the T12's. Speakers include one driver and one tweeter. Front of the right speaker is a volume knob, bass knob, treble knob, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm aux jack and a blue power light surrounding the Power Knob. Rear of the right speaker is a second 3.5mm aux jack, port to the left speaker and port for power. These speakers a much bigger than the T12's. The extra 3.5mm Aux jacks come in very hand for connecting to multiple devices such as MP3 Players, Gaming Headsets, Laptops, Cell Phones, etc.
SOUND: For $80, these sound very nice, I was actually extremely surprised how clear, crisp and loud they were compared to both the Creative T12's and the Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers. They have a bass port at the top of each speaker. After listening these for a few hours side by side with the T12's, the T20's blow the T12's out of the water in every aspect. The T20's compared to the Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers are better, especially in the mids and lows. They don't blow the Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers out of the water, but they definitely have a much better sound for all the genres of music I listen to. I would recommend the T20's over the Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers for the same price. I do however think the Bose speakers have a more sleek, clean design. I would recommend the T20's over the Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers easily for the same price. I did notice however with the BASS anywhere past the mid point, the speakers start to distort pretty bad. I preferred to leave the treble on max and bass between the 30-50% range.
3. Bose Companion 2 Series II Speakers
PRODUCT: Small packaging, not too small, not too big of speakers, perfect in size for a small desk or kitchen. Very clean, sleek design compared to the Creative T20 Series II Speakers. Right speaker in the front has a volume knob and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In the rear of the right speaker, power input, 4 RCA (red & white) inputs and input for the left speaker.
SOUND: Very clean, nice sound overall. They lack some crispness in the mid and lows. They have a very nice sound for the size of the speakers, nothing amazing, nothing horrible. They are definitely worth the $60-$80 range. You are paying some extra money for the "Bose" name, more so than a quality product. In every aspect however, the Creative T20 Series II Speakers beat the Bose. For the same money I would recommend the Creative T20 Series II Speakers over the Bose, but keep in the mind the Bose still sound very nice for the size and price. If you're stuck on getting the Bose and aren't looking for an "god like" speaker you wont' be disappointed, but I would definitely recommend the Creative T20 Series II Speakers over them.
172 of 182 found the following review helpful:
Good Sound for the PriceOct 15, 2009
By D. Frost
I had to move my computer to a small setup/desk and my 4.1 speakers just did not make sense. So, I decided to get smaller desktop speakers. I listened to a number of cheaper speakers and it was hit or miss. Some sounded downright awful while other were decent but a bit tinny.
Since I really liked the "Creative" branded 4.1 Cambridge Soundworks speakers I decided to give Creative a second shot. Turns out it was a good decision. These speakers are loud enough for a small setup or small room. I would not expect them to fill a room like bookshelf speakers and a 80watt amp :). But these speakers make good use of the 28watts they have.
The overall sound is good for the size, power, and price. The base and highs end are good while the mid range is a bit weak but not too bad. If you want really great vocals, these may not be enough. Of course if you really want full, accurate midrange, you probably need to spend a bit more on speakers in general. My previous 4.1 (Cambridge Soundwords) did a bit better with midrange but they were about twice as expensive. One tip to help with the weaker midrange is to simply turn down the bass and treble in your PC sound setup.
The hardware itself is very solid and there is no vibrations even when you turn them up to 100%. That is rare with the cheaper speakers which just don't hold up at full volume. Basically, the speaker feel very solid and well build (and heavy) which is a good thing when it comes to speakers.
The cables also are good quality but a few of them could/should have been longer. The power cord and PC (line in jack) are both much too short. I was lucky and the line in jack just barely reached my PC (on the floor). The power brick is nice and small but the power cord also just barely reached the power strip. Its too bad they did no fix this with this, the second edition, of these speakers. So, if you're PC is right at your feet (right side) it will be easy to setup but you may find these cords too short. Thats really a shame when the fix is so easy. You can get standard, longer stereo jack to replace one and maybe even find a longer power cord but Creative should simply add 2 or 3 feet to the cables so they easily fit most installations.
So, other than the cables being much too short, they really have a quality product here. Worst case, you may need to hunt down a speaker jack for 3$ at Radio Shack :) Overall, I would recommend these speakers and I feel the price is reasonable given the overall good quality of the sound.
UPDATE: After more listening of these speakers, I find the lack of good midrange more disappointing. For some material and music, this is ok but for others (talk and movies) it can be pretty muddy. They are still better than having cheap speakers and the bass is good but if you are looking for good multi-media speakers you may want to spend a bit more. Due to this lack of good midrange, I lowered the score to 3 stars. They are still decent sounding but something is just missing in the full range of sound.
130 of 139 found the following review helpful:
Best bang for your $100 bucks!Jul 17, 2009
I have done extensive research on numerous computer speakers, everything from the simple 2.0 to 5.1 surround sound configurations for the past 6 months. I ended buying these Gigaworks Series II 2.0 speakers. Why? Because I couldn't have spent my $100 on anything else better.
Delicated tweeters for your high notes, midrange drivers for your mids, and the BasXport on top of the speakers for them lows, and all in a small 2.0 system! A lot of speakers do not allow the user to adjust their treble and bass, these do. Not a bass person? Dial it down to 0 and turn up the treble, or max out on both and anything in between. That's what the dials are there for, because not everyone is content with preset one-off factory settings.
There are users who complaint about the bright blue light glaring at them when it is on, I don't think it is that bad unless you are sleeping with them on. Some users also said that the speakers don't do too well at high volumes, as in the sound start to become unclear/muffled. I say it is true somewhat, just try not to turn it up past 75% and you should be good. Even at that level it is loud enough to be heard in my entire house, you're not running a nightclub in your house afterall.
104 of 115 found the following review helpful:
Great computer speakers, great mp3 player speakers, great speakers periodDec 15, 2009
By V. Montoya
These speakers in my opinion, are awesome, as long as you know what you're using them for. If you're looking for a surround sound system, this set of speakers is NOT for you. If you're looking for bass heavy speakers with subwoofers that will shake the earth, these speakers are NOT for you. However, if you need a set of speakers with good sound for the price, that you want to play video games/music/movies on without too much hassle, and your source is a computer, television, mp3 player, cd player, etc, these speakers ARE for you.
I had a set of 2.1 speakers from Acoustic Authority that were great, although really it was for the subwoofer. However, one of the speakers went out and I had to chuck the whole thing, including the subwoofer. However I wasn't interested in getting another 2.1 system because I wanted something simple, a set of 2.0 speakers that had good sound, something like my old Harman Kardon HK19.5 2.0 speakers, but better. So I looked around, and before I settled on these, I tried out both the Creative T20 series I and the Bose Companion 2 series II speakers.
The Creative T20 series I speakers were good, but did not bowl me over enough to warrant keeping them. The highs were great and mids were decent, liked the adjustable EQ settings on the right speaker, and were loud enough, however, I did notice that if I put the bass dial a hair past halfway, it would give a weird rattle that would distract me from the music, and if I turned it up louder, it would get worse (it is most notable on bass heavy music or music that had great emphasis on bass kicks). Also that blue light that people said was annoying...it really was annoying, and that sealed it. I took those back, and tried the Bose Companion 2 series II speakers. They were smaller, however they were more sturdy, mostly because they were heavier. No outside EQ setting dials, but had 2 AV outputs in the back, and then I tried the sound. It was really good. In fact it was great, UNTIL I started turning the volume past halfway. By then, it does this weird volume change where the highs and mids are cutback while keeping the bass, so you get this unnatural volume level change when it should be steady, and that bothered me, because it ruined the enjoyment of playing music (or other things for that matter) at a slightly higher volume, even if it was just past halfway. So off they went back.
So then I tried these. Saw them at Best Buy, thought they sounded good when I listened to the music playing station it was set up at, so I took a chance and bought it at Best Buy, mostly because it was on sale AND I had a coupon for an additional 10% off. I took the speakers out of the box slowly, opened the plastic, set the speakers up, plugged them in, popped in the Talking Heads disc "Speaking in Tongues" so I could queue up "Burning Down the House" (which was the song I queued up when I set up the T20 series I speakers). It sounded awesome. Then I got cocky and decided to crank the bass level up past halfway....wow, not nearly as much rattle from the speakers this time. The bass is actually quite good, for a set of speakers that are under a $[...] bucks that doesn't include subwoofers. Mind you, these speakers do NOT have quite the amount of bass any 2.1 set will have, but that is besides the point. If I wanted speakers with a mad amount of bass, I would have gone for a 2.1 system, but I didn't. That being said, the sound overall is quite good, once you tweak it to how you want it.
- Great sound for not a whole lot of money. Doesn't rattle as much when bass level is past halfway unlike the T20 series I (I did find it will rattle, but only when bass level is near full blast, which I don't do)and it doesn't also have that weird volume cutoff unlike the Bose Companion 2 series II speakers.
- Adjustable eq settings on right speaker means you can tweak your sound more.
- Sharp looking design. Also, the grills are easier to take off/put on (I prefer the grills off). Also on the design note of the speakers, the hole where the X-bassport is on each speaker is more narrow, which is good because less air travels throughout and not as much rattling due to less air traveling.
- Blue light no longer is a bright dot by itself. Instead it's a less brighter ring shade around the volume knob. Doesn't bother me as much so that's good.
- At 28 watts, it gets surprisingly loud. When the volume is roughly in the 1 o'clock position, I can hear it from the otherside of my house. In a 1200 square foot house, that is loud. Needless to say, if you have a small area of residence (like a 1 bedroom apartment), or you need something for the bedroom, these are perfect. In fact, these things can get almost as loud as one of those Bose wave systems (maybe not the BIG wave system, but the regular one) Yes, that loud.
- Surprisingly portable. Now I don't think a lot of people will be carrying this around from place to place everyday. BUT, if you needed to take some speakers to somewhere like a friend's apartment or a hotel room, and you don't want to lug around a heavy boombox, these will do. However, the setup of the plugs and cords and whatnot will keep these from being truly portable. In fact the T10s are probably a better option if that is what you're looking at.
- The eq and volume knobs are more recessed than in the series I speakers, which makes it somewhat harder to just grab and turn.
- I like the black color and finish, but the front panel of the speakers are ripe for fingerprints.
- Slight 2-3 second delay between turning on the speakers and hearing sound. This was one of the things I read about in reviews of these speakers before I bought them, however I have adjusted accordingly and is not a concern to me. Maybe to others, but not to me.
- Left speaker is lighter than the right one and is therefore more prone to wobbling with movement near it, such as if I'm typing really fast, or if I shake the desk a little bit. Doesn't move when music is played so really that's all I care about.
In reality, the cons are just slight nitpicks to me and I can deal with those without much trouble. Out of all of them I think the left speaker wobbling more than the right might be the only issue that could be troubling to others.
Otherwise, if you need a set of 2.0 speakers, without spending a bunch of your hard earned cash, and you want great sound with plenty of options, get these.
23 of 25 found the following review helpful:
The BEST Computer Speakers I Have Ever Heard!Apr 28, 2010
By J. Kunz
Not the loudest, not the most bass, not the coolest, but simply the BEST computer speakers I have ever heard! For the Audiophiles in the house... These have the best Channel Separation, the best Imaging, and the lowest Noise Floor of any desktop speakers I have ever heard! I use them at work for my iPhone, and they sound AMAZING! These have better "imaging" (instrument placement) than some "high-end" home systems I have heard! Sometimes it is spooky!!! I convinced the guy at my local retail chain to do a Bose "no-no" and let me hook my own music into the Bose computer speaker display so I could "A-B" the Bose Companion 2 speakers with these... These blew them away in EVERY aspect! Don't expect room shaking bass obviously, but if you care more about sound QUALITY than bass QUANTITY, I highly recommend these!
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