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Inspire S2 2.1 Speaker System
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Palm sized satellite speakers
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20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
nice looking, but serious design flawDec 26, 2009
By R. Klodginski
I bought this for my mother to use with her laptop on a built in desk with limited space. I've owned a tiny set of Creative speakers before and thought they were great, so I figured these would be too.
They look really nice, and seem well built. The sound is decent, but not great, as the satellites seem incapable of driving *any* bass, but the sub compensates when firing. The max volume isn't very great either, but will work for a small room and is expected with only 29 watts total power.
I thought these would be perfect as the headphone, aux, and volume control are built into a satellite instead of out on its own, thus clearing up the desk from any extra stuff. BUT, this is where the problem is... the speaker which has the volume control is attached, HARDWIRED, to the sub. No plug or anything, which means that if you plan on running the cables through a hole to put the sub on the floor, you can't unless the hole is big enough to shove the whole satellite through. The speaker has two cables coming out of it, one is the speaker cable which ends in a plug, and the other is a thick cable running the volume control, power to a green on light, and the aux and headphone hookups, which can't be detached on either the speaker or the sub. Overall, just a foolish, limiting design issue.
This isn't much of a problem if you are using them on an open desk or table where the cable can run behind, but if you need to feed the cables through any hole less than about 4 inches in diameter, forget about it.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Nice looking for small speakers, perfectly okay soundFeb 07, 2011
By Neil Isenberg
I wanted small, unobtrusive speakers that didn't look plastic-cheap and these are great for that combination.
Most small desktop speakers look good in photographs but then look "plasticy" when out of the box in a retail display. These little guys looked great on that display next to the others.
The sound works well for my purposes but these are surely not audiophile speakers. Most folks will probably have the bass unit under, not on, their desks, so the lack of much bass in the little units may be less acceptable for some people. You might want to play with the bass knob a little on the back of the central unit.
I was not "blown away" by "how good they are", but they sound fine for my needs and look great for small speakers.
If you don't have a sound card you might consider getting one for quality. Creative appears to be having driver and customer service issues so this time around I went with Asus Xonar, the main consumer models being DG/DS/DX (Covers range from $25ish to $80ish). There is also Azuntech but I have no experience with them I just run into reviews for them now and then.
Suggestions for the Manufacturer:
- You might consider making front speaker grill/fabric removable/replaceable.
- You might consider putting led on side of such a small, black speaker.
- You might consider putting an optional headset-in on the back to hide the headset plug.
- Not an issue for me but others in reviews would like these these speakers not be hardwired together.
Creative's customer service and driver issues in the sound card realm would normally steer me clear of their products, but these really do meet my needs and I haven't had any issues.
I've had these for several years now without issue.
Good looking if looking for tiny speakers, perfectly okay sound. For an upgrade you will likely want bigger speakers with more bass due to likely location of bass unit when hooking these up to a computer.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Amazing SoundDec 16, 2011
By Rich W.
These speakers sound amazing! I replaced a harman/kardon sysytem with much larger subwoofer and satellites and it couldn't even come close to the sound I get from this system.
The only thing to be aware of is that one of the satellites is connected directly to the subwoofer, so if you have a desk setup where you need to pass wires through, you're out of luck unless you can take the desk apart like I had to do.
Defintely recommend, especially since you can't beat the price!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Awesome compact Bluetooth speakers!Aug 14, 2011
These speakers coupled with the small USB Bluetooth adapter included with them are a steal. The sound is very full even though the satellites are barely 4" x 3" (10cm x 7.5cm). I use them with my laptop in my bedroom, and found they're awesome for music or even streamed movies or even Blurays - audio sync is spot on, the bass is powerful, and the tonal quality is very impressive, IMHO, and fills a decent size room. I keep the subwoofer volume knob in the middle of it's range is it does get a bit muddy at higher volume levels if you crank it, likely because it weighs barely 3 pounds. Appearance-wise, Creative did a great job with these - the grills are of quality fabric, and on mine were applied flawlessly - no wrinkles, pulled thread, etc. The cabinets are plastic (or plastic-laminated wood for the subwoofer) but are very high quality. I've paid (much) more for less.
I also found that the Bluetooth adapter (that requires no drivers, at least under Win 7) will link to Bluetooth headphones, which is a nice bonus. And of course, the speakers work fine with Bluetooth devices like my Fascinate.
That said, they do have a few weaknesses. First the obvious: these are not meant to supplement your 55" TV in a 600 square foot room - they're "bedroom/office" speakers, and while they could damage your hearing from 4' away before the sound starts to deteriorate, they won't replace the need for a full stereo in a large room. Second, the tiny satellites are obviously not full-range -- they give minimal bass output. Fortunately the subwoofer (perhaps more correctly, the "woofer") more than makes up for this, but this means you need to place the subwoofer such that it is directed towards you, and not on a corner on the floor. Almost as if to force this, the cable between the right speaker and subwoofer is a proprietary cable (allowing the controls to be on the satellite, while the amp is in the sub) and is only ~ 5'8" (1.75m) long. Last (and least) of the issues is that the subwoofer volume control is a knob and not a button, so it can't be adjusted through Bluetooth - it must be done manually. Again, not a big deal, as odds are you'll set it once and never touch it again, but it's there.
BTW, I've had my set for over 8 months, and have no regrets!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Pretty happy with theseDec 11, 2011
Creative has done a great job here of providing real performance at a very reasonable price. I've had this unit for two years with no issues and consistant sound. This system is actually better balanced across the frequency spectrum than a far more expensive Altec system that I have on one of the other family computers in the house. It would be nice if the subwoofer level control was up on one of the speakers, like some more expensive models, but it does get the job done. I highly recommend it in the price range.
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