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13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Moving from the I-Trigue 3200... Definitely better but room for improvementSep 06, 2010
Edit: Give them a little while and the sound will open up. Add an EQ that ups the midrange and some of the treble and they sound pretty good. One problem though is that you cannot turn the bass completely off... which is more of a disappointment for my housemates across the wall. I'd give them 4.5 stars if I could, because of the bass not turning off and it's annoying to adjust on the back of the subwoofer, and the midranges do leave a little bit to be desired. For desktop speakers though, great.
I had a Creative I-Trigue set up that had lasted me about 5 years, until the subwoofer blew out (don't know whether this was on Creative's end or on my own). I decided I wanted a new system with deeper bass, full range of tonality, and that got a little louder. The bass on this system is certain better, but the sound range may honestly have been better on the $120 I-Trigue system. To compare, the I-Trigue system had two satellite speakers, each of which had 2 1-inch drivers for highs, and two 1.5 drivers on the side for mid-range, and a subwoofer.
- Small footprint satellite speakers
- Volume dial has a good feel to it, headphone jack and aux input very convenient
- Solid bass... it goes fairly deep, definitely enough to shake the room
- The sound has I think gotten better over time, but that could just be entirely subjective
- Bass control is only on the back of the subwoofer... my old system had a separate control for bass on the volume dial, which was real convenient
- Midrange may be lacking a bit as others have mentioned, but highs are solid. You can more or less correct this with an equalizer pretty easily (e.g. iTunes), but I still feel like there is something lacking after transitioning to one-driver satellites.
- Price is a little step. I didn't go to a speaker store to test out speakers, but you may wish to do so if you can
- When very loud, bass is not as warm as you could get from a bigger system, so don't consider them a substitute for a full featured home theater system
As a whole, these speakers sound distinctly better than most 2.1 systems, and I'd recommend them, but I do still believe there is some lack of depth in the midrange. But I don't think you'll be disappointed with this system. The sound quality is still pretty killer.
15 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Prefer my old speakersAug 16, 2010
By J Nimmo
I had a Creative Inspire 6600 6.1 speaker system which I've used for about 5 years, (only using two speakers on it) and decided I would treat myself with an upgrade to the Creative T3 speakers.
I've plugged them in side by side to have a listen and really am not that impressed with them.
The subwoofer is more 'boomy' and doesn't give a good representation of bass guitar. The speakers look nicer sure, but my old ones gave a warmer and smoother sound.
When listening at the quietish volumes I usually have, you basically only hear the kick drum and some bass guitar briefly, you have to turn the level of the bass up then the kick drum is too loud and all this time you have to get down on your knees to adjust the bass level as there is no adjustment for that on the remote.
The volume control squeaks sometimes when turning the volume up.
All in all, wish I had saved the money and bought a new monitor or something instead. Maybe if it was 1/2 price or even 3/4 the price I wouldn't be as disappointed, but these are not good value for money on the sound quality side.
24 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Wonderful sound for such a small packageFeb 15, 2010
By Greg Olson
I recently purchased a new computer, and decided it was time to look for some new speakers. My old Harmon Kardon speakers were OK, but there was a couple of things I didn't like about them. First, the power switch was on the subwoofer (under the desk), and I wanted an easier way to power them on/off. I also didn't particularly care for the sound sound produced based on the speaker footprint; they were big, but they didn't sound big.
I went to one of the local computer stores, and spent some time listening to quite a variety of 2.1 speaker sets (don't have the space or interest for the 5+ speaker sets). The creative labs gigaworks speakers really impressed me. The footprint for both the subwoofer and stereo pair was fairly small, but the sound produced was extremely full. I'm amazed at how far the speaker technology has come since I last looked at computer speakers. Here's my subjective list of pros/cons:
* Sound/clarity. I'm not sure how to quantify this, but they do sound wonderful. I would urge anyone considering spending this much money on speakers to actually hear them before buying, as what I think sounds great may not be to your taste. But for me these really satisfy my sound palette.
* Footprint: I don't have a ton of space to work with, and these were fairly compact.
* The volume control. There is a rotary dial volume control that is very easy to use/intuitive. I love digital, but I confess I like the old "analog style" rotary volume control. Place this near your "mouse hand", and it's easy to adjust volume very quickly for any inbound phone calls, etc. And if you turn the volume all the way down, the amp will cut off altogether.
* Headphone/auxiliary jack. This is placed on the rotary dial I mentioned above. Very easy to plug in a set of headphones or other input source as needed.
* Price. It's a lot to spend on a computer speakers, at least for me. But I don't regret it.
* For some reason, I didn't receive a power cord in the box. No big deal, the unit accepts a standard "figure 8" power cord, but the cord really should be there.
* The midrange may be a little soft. Again, this is subjective.
In summary, I urge you to give these a listen if you are in the market for a 2.1 speaker set in this price range. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Thanks for reading.
16 of 19 found the following review helpful:
HUGE design flaw with this productApr 23, 2012
By K. Wong
First of all, if you think that my case is an isolated incident, do a quick search online and you'll see that many other people have this problem.
There is nothing wrong with the speakers - pretty nice sound actually. However, after using it for over a year, the contact points in the volume control pod gathers dust and causes a myriad of problems. Contact customer support, and they tell you that they do not have any replacement parts. If you are past the 1 year warranty, all they give you is a 10% off coupon code to buy a new pair of speakers. Honestly, why would I want to buy a new pair when it's just gonna break down after another year?
Many people have written online that they have the same exact problem, so unless you're willing to spend $200+ on a pair of speakers that's not going to work after a year, I would not recommend this product.
16 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Noticeable difference in the quality of the bass!Feb 09, 2010
These speakers exceeded my expectations! My previous speaker system was a $100 5.1 Cyber Acoustics set, but the subwoofer in this T3 system is much better! I did a side-by-side comparison and the Creative speakers were definitely better.
I was about to purchase the Bose companion 2.1 system, but these were cheaper and newer.
The release date on the Bose was September 24, 2006
The release date on the Creative was February 9, 2009
So I went ahead and bought the Creative speakers because I figured the technology was newer.
I have a pair of Bose on-ear headphones and they are amazing, so I respect the Bose brand. However, I know Bose products are rarely on sale and there is a considerable mark up on their products. So I thought I'd get a better value with the Creative speakers.
The cool thing about the subwoofer is that it has a three driver configuration so the subwoofer looks like it's three sided. They call it SLAM technology, but that's just silly marketing stuff...
The satellite speakers look great and have a very small footprint.
Creative markets this as having audiophile grade drivers. I'm not an expert, but they sound noticeably better than $100 sets.
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