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I bought these to go with my new laptop as I couldn't stand listening to the rubbish sound the built-in speakers produced. Well, these speakers are a huge improvement! I have tried some other, cheaper models before buying these and I can say it is worth spending the extra money if you care about quality sound. The speakers produce a clear, crisp sound, however, they lean towards the bass end of the spectrum, so if you're listening to music where the bass is dominant then you could end up with a muggy sound. There are controls on the front where you can adjust the bass and treble, but these only have a limited affect. I use mine with an external sound card (also made by Creative) which allows me to fine tune the sound, so I am able to compensate for the bassiness. The volume reaches decent levels for speakers of this size, although the area over which they can project their sound is pretty limited, so don't expect to use them as a substitute for hi-fi speakers. The design of these speakers is very slick, the gloss balck finish really suits a modern study/office, and the angled front suits the overall contemporary design.
I went through a phase of being interested in making music with my computer and my rudimentary playing ability and these where what I bought. In order to buy them I put in a lot of research of what was available for how much and how much my budget could stretch too and I came up with these as being likely to be far superior to any powered speaker I had ever owned before but also relatively inexpensive however still a good 20 to 25 pounds dearer than what I had purchased previously.
Let me just say when I first got them I was absolutely astounded by the volume they could produce and the much better clarity than I had been used to, although I still noticed that low end and high end sounds were distorted when trying to drive them to club like levels of volume (perhaps not the most social thing I could have done with them!).
The power apparently is 2 x 14 watts and they have a silk domb tweeter but I know that is not talk the average person like myself can put into sonic visualisation or intellectual comprehension, unless your a Hifi aficiando or a sound engineer. That is why I just refer to my experiences with them. Now one thing I would still say could be better is both the maxium volume output and the tonal performance at high percentages of full volume, though my neighbours may disagree.
These speakers are nearly perfect if you want to practise in your house and your are not trying to make music commercially and don't have sound proofing in your home. They are also more than adequate for listening to music too. But in my opinion if your a band and want to really master your practice sessions these are not quite up to the mark, yes they come close but when a non-audiophile like myself can recognise distortion and drop of in performance and high volume then it is likely be a gazillion more times noticeable to the would be band.
For just the average home musician or the person who just wants to hear their music in better quality than they have been used to from bargain basement powered speakers these are a great option for a relatively modest step up in price you get a nearly exponential gain in performance, clarity and loudness.
In my opinion the best things about these speakers is not their surprisingly good audio quality for their price range but is instead their sleek, elegant design which I happen to find pretty sexy in the same way other men drool over ferraris these are an exceptionally pretty pair of speakers and at only approximately 20 cm tall and 9cm's wide they are not much bigger than the bargain basement speakers and consume little space in environments where space is critical.
the creative t20 series 2 pc multimedia speakers are a cracking peice of work , they stand at around 10" high , 5" depth and 4" wide these are a perfect pair of little speakers to fit besides your monitor or you laptop. the series 2 t20s are of a high gloss black colour making them look very stylish and sleek .
the series 2 t20 are of the same high standard as the series 1 speakers, infact they look the same but different colour , but with the series 2 t20s its whats inside them that counts,
as with the series 1 the series 2 still delivers those warm mid tones from the wooffer, while the tweeter brings you sharper crystal clear high tones , but now its all brought together with the creative basXPort(TM)technology that gives a stronger bass line . the magic with this is there is no bass speaker ,so to have all that bass is an amazing piece of technoligy.
the t20 series 2 still has 2x 14 watts of sound power, and as with the series 1 the series two is powered from the mains to the right speaker then 1 wire connects to the left speaker, all your function are on the right speaker , volume, treble, bass, so you can input whatever sound your mood pleases, from mellow relaxing sounds to full on bassy dance music to get ready on a friday night, and again on the front right speaker are two input jack sockets for use with different devices without swapping cables. and also has a headphone jack socket so you can have a more personal sound experience.
SO MY SUMMARY OF THE SERIES 2 T20:
sound wise they are brillient , they look good they are small and powerfull, just like the series 1 ,
you could say the series 2 is the new modal for the year with a new dress on , and have just moved on with technoligy,
as a person who is really into hifi and my sound i can honestly say these are the best you will get for the money. but if you have an extra £40 - £50 i would recommend the t40 s but for the extra £50 is it really worth it ?