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Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Desktop Speaker System for Gaming
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163 of 169 found the following review helpful:
Why all the bad reviews?Sep 12, 2010
I actually read the reviews AFTER having purchased these from a local retailer, and was worried about the quality of the product.
Pros: Easy to set up, excellent sound quality, all speakers work with Via HD Audio Deck (I don't even have a sound card other than the on-board), classy aesthetic and when I turn these babies up for gaming, my wife complains that it's too loud! The subwoofer provides a deep, rich BOOM to my shotgun...
(EDIT: switched out motherboards towards the end of 2011, the new one has Realtek HD Audio Manager on-board and this system was plug-and-play with it as well.)
Cons: Absolutely none that I can find! To those who may complain about speakers not working - make sure the file/track/game you are routing through these is encoded for 5.1!!! If it's not encoded properly, you will only hear the 2.1 (front 2 + subwoofer) setup! Learn your encoding formats before blaming the product!
Don't be afraid of buying these speakers.
Update (Dec. 23, 2010): I have encountered intermittent issues with certain speakers not working. Unplugging the three PC hook-ups and plugging them back in fixes this, with an audible discharge of what I take to be static of some kind. Therefore I don't attribute this issue to the speakers themselves.
Update (April, 2011): The speaker issue was a problem with conflicting drivers. Performance has been reliable and snag-free since the first of the year.
Update (Sept, 2011): One year with no issues beyond the driver problem. Buy with confidence!
Update (Sept, 2012): 2 years going strong.
Update (Sept, 2013): Still great with daily use!
Update (2016): All's swell in CreativeLand.
21 of 27 found the following review helpful:
An OK product from Creative...Couldnt get the sub working at allMar 10, 2010
By Manish Trivedi
Bought this product and was initially very happy to get a CREATIVE product. I bought these speakers along with Creative X-Fi 5.1 USB soundcard to be used with my laptop. Installation was easy but the main problem began when I could not get the subwoofer working at all... Spent almost a week researching on the problem through Creative labs support site and tried all kinds of X-Fi drivers on various OSs (Vista, XP, Win7) but no luck :(.
All in all, I was happy with the satellite speaker performance but couldnt get the 100% satisfaction as I struggled a lot to make the sub working...
Finally I returned this product and got Logitech X 540...and boy Logitech stuff rocks!!! :)...Easy to install and bass works great (Already got a complain from neighbors ;-))
I would not reccomend this product to music / gaming enthusiasts
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Works great for a TVMar 22, 2012
By Bay Gibbons
When I received my Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Multimedia Speaker System, I had intended on using the system for my TV. I soon found out that the connections were not compatible. However, after purchasing a Logitech 5.1 Game Console adapter Convert RCA Plugs to A single 1/8, that obstacle was easily overcome and I was able to enjoy the speaker system in the way that I wanted.
The speaker system provides very good sound. The difference between the TV by itself and then with the speaker system is extreme. My wife and I didn't realize that the sound just from the TV was so inadequate until we could hear the difference with the use of the speaker system. The only downside of using this speaker system with a TV is that the volume control is a small dial that is attached to the subwoofer. Other than that it's great including the sound being clear and providing a really good surround sound for your TV.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Subwoofer DOAJan 11, 2012
By Amazon Customer
Many years ago I purchased a Creative 7.1 surround speaker system and to this day it still works great. I recently decided to setup a second computer so I ordered this speaker system to replace my aging 7.1 system. After receiving the speakers I proceeded to unbox / hook them up. It took some configuring to get sound out of more than just the front speakers but I eventually had sound from the fronts, rears and center. Long story short when I tried to get sound from the subwoofer there was nothing. I went so far as to hook up headphones to all the speaker outlets on the sound card to insure all was working. I even tried hooking up the subwoofer input to the front speaker outputs from the sound card. Still nothing.
I sent an RMA request and a Tech support request to Creative. After 4 days I finally received a response to my tech support request. After assuring the tech support person all was well with the sound card in a return email I still have not received another reply. The RMA request has apparently vanished into the ether. It has been 2 weeks since I placed my order here at Amazon and I still do not have properly working speakers.
Returning the speakers to Amazon today for an exchange since there isn't much out there any better than these. If second set is DOA or problems I will likely never use Creative products again. Creative used to be the "Shiznit" when it came to sound products. 10 years ago you couldn't find better equipment. It seems they have really let their products degrade considerably in the last few years.
If you can find similar / better equipment take my advice and go with it. It seems if you purchase Creative products and have problems you will have even more issues just reaching someone for help as they only have email support on their website. Apparently they discontinued the phones in India and have to have an errand boy run the emails over to the tech support center. Am guessing that is what takes their tech support so long to click reply button on the email.
UPDATE: February 02, 2012 Creative finally authorized my RMA. Only took them about a month.
25 of 35 found the following review helpful:
Creative lost a customerJan 11, 2010
Where to begin.... well, the Subwoofer would not work. That should be enough right there. But lets take a chance and say I just got a bad one... other then the subwoofer... The speakers would randomly decide not to work. I would be playing song with all 5 speakers one minute, stop the song, hit play again and only two speakers would work. When all four did work the sound was good, though there was that pesky missing bass... The power cord was too short, but the speaker wires are a decent length... oh and the speakers have no slots to mount of a wall.
I would give this a 2 or 3 since there is a chance I just got a bad set, but the kicker is Creative's technical support. I tried to contact them before I decided to return it. First off I had to google search their phone number, not listed not their site. Once I did speak to someone, they were rude, condescending, and wanted to blame the problem on everyone else. They insinuated its my fault because I do not have one of their audio cards.... then they insisted its the computer manufacturers fault, then the motherboard manufactures fault. Who knows, maybe they were right about one of them, but that is not how you treat customers. This is the absolute last time I order anything made by Creative. Don't let the price or name fool you... Save yourself the trouble of repackaging this, and go with another manufacturer.
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