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I bought a set of these speakers about a year ago for my son who wanted them for his laptop. He is a bit of a noise buff (he calls it music, I call it noise), and hence, I thought I would get him a reasonable pair rather than just some cheap tin can type affairs that would normally be knackered within a few months of use. At the time the price was around the £50 mark when I purchased them from Amazon, and checking today, that still seems to be the price that they retail for on the site.
The speakers themselves are fairly compact and heavy for computer speakers. Size wise they measure 15cm high by 6cm wide and 6cm deep and are in the form of a rectangular black plastic box with rounded edges. The speakers come connected together via a single cable, and are powered via the mains, meaning that they have their own inbuilt amplifier rather than relying on the output from your computer. You then have another cable which goes down to a 3.5mm plug that you can then plug in to your computer.
On the front of one of the speakers you have 3 rotary control knobs - Bass, Treble and Volume, where the Volume knob also doubles as the on off switch. Just below these you also have 2 separate 3.5mm sockets. These are a useful addition because in one you can plug your headphones in to listen without the speakers playing, and the other you can plug in say an Ipod or mp3 player to play your music separately through the speakers. Personally I find these to be a nice little useful addition that you don't often find in computer speakers. Another nice little touch is that they each have a removable grill that you can clip on and off to protect the speakers.
Now what initially attracted me to these speakers was the fact that Creative claim to be able to provide a good bass response without the need for a sub-woofer (normally a larger separate box type affair that you find with some computer speakers to try and give you more bass). Looking at the frequency response range, they claim to produce a range from 50Hz (at the bass end) up to 20kHz (at the treble end), which is about a mid-range speaker response when you compare this range to others. You can get speakers with a lower bass range, down to 20Hz, or more treble up to about 22kHz, but at those frequency ranges, you would be hard pushed to notice any real difference in a few Hz, and for the extra cost to get those few extra Hz in sound quality and range, you have to question is it really worth it when you probably won't notice the difference anyway.
So does the Creative claim hold true? Well the speakers give 14 watts RMS per speaker, and when you put them to the test, they do give a very good response and performance, and to be honest, I was quite impressed with their sound performance. The bass has enough oomph to 'feel' it through the table, and the treble is high enough and clear enough to hear spoken words and whispers on an audio tape. My son has tried a few times to turn them to the max, and whilst they are quite loud in the room, they are not so loud that they will bring the house down, and if he closes his bedroom door, it just turns into a reasonable low loudness around the house.
In summary, spending around £50 for a set of computer speakers did give me a preconceived idea of what sort of good quality I should be getting for my money, and these Creative speakers more than surpassed that idea. They look stylish and are well built, with a very good sound range and response. And then you get those nice little finishing touches - the headphone and mp3 player connections on the front, and the removable speaker grills. So overall, these speakers were well worth the investment, and despite my son trying his best to destroy them with some mundane noise he calls music, they still operate as well today as when I bought them last year. So overall, easily a 5* recommendation for a quality Creative product.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
These speakers look modern and hi-tech with the combination of black body and metal dials.
I have found the sound quality of these speakers to be superior to all others that I have so far tried - they are of television quality or better! This makes the price i paid for them (£50 new) seem very good, when compared to other models on the market which can be hundreds of pounds. They contain a sub-woofer; cutting down on the space it takes up. Often, people say speaker systems which do not have seperate sub-woofers have worse sound, but I have definately not found this.
Furthermore, I have owned these speakers for several years and the sound quality has not be diminished in any way. In addition to this, I have knocked them off of my desk several times and this has not damaged them in any way other than a few scratches.
It may seem obvious, but it is good that they use a standard sound input cable i.e. the wire coated in green plastic which is compatible with MP3s, PCs, Laptops etc. I also like the ability to control the volume, treble and bass at will and with ease.
I have just one criticism. The two speakers are connected by a cable that runs between the back ends of each speaker, this speaker is long enough to put on either side of a computer monitor, but not long enough to put one at either end of my desk - really having to pick holes here!
When buying a Home PC you are often given a set of very poor standard speakers to 'boost' the punch of the built-in speakers you find on the monitor. Unfortunately a lot of these poor quality speakers have the opposite effect and offer no benefit to the user due to their crackly sound that is neither rich nor of any depth. I invested in a set of Creative Gigaworks T20 speakers to solve this problem and am more than happy with my purchase.
The creative Gigaworks series has a number of models, the T10, T20 and T40, each offering a different experience to cover various budgets and customer needs. You could say the T20 is the middle of the range, but it certainly left me wondering what could top this, as the sound quality and creativeness is fantastic.
The first thing I noticed upon setting eyes on the 'T20's' was the looks. The sexy lines and bright yellow cone of the main speaker really allows it to stand out and be noticed. You have the option to leave the protective mesh off of the speakers, an option which I decided to exercise. I love the looks of the speakers and don't wish to cover them up at all. Although the looks are loud they were also given with practicality and functionality in mind. They stand 15cm in height. As they are just 6cm in width and 5cm deep they do have a lot of weight towards the bass for balance. One minor irritance with the design is that they could do with rubber feet to prevent them sliding about on the desk, as the shiny finish offers no grip.
The T20's are very simple to install, simply connect them via the headphone port on the laptop/PC and you are away. This cable is around half a metre long, giving you a good chance to position them to best effect. Once this cable is plugged in you are away!
There are three seperate dials for controlling the speakers, which are located on just one half of the pair. These are to control Power, Bass and Volume. If you have large digits you may find some trouble, but overall the dials are simple to control as they are well designed, albeit a bit close together. Here we also have a port for your headphones, which I don't use as it is just as easy to use the headphones port on the laptop or PC.
The speakers have an integrated amplifier and a power output of 28w. I wouldn't like to say if this is good or bad, as I have nothing to compare it to, but the sound given is most satisfying. The sound is ever so clear, with a careful choice of music bringing out the rich bass and treble. I find that as opposed to the built-in sound sysstem, the T20's give a more 'full' experience of the finer details of the sound and improve the quality of the experience ten-fold. The absence of a subwoofer the T20's stand up reasonably well for such an affordable solution.
Other than the smallest of design flaws these speakers really are a worthwhile solution for improving the standard PC sound system. £50 isn't as affordable as some sets available, but boy are they worth it.
The creative gigaworks t20 ar the perfect match for your laptop, ipod, mp3 player.
i bought these around 6 months ago to replace a pair of speakers i baught for £20, when i saw the t20s on display the look of them caught my eye straight away, they stand around 10" high 6" depth & about 4" wide making them perfect for one to go either side of my laptop.
and with 14 watts of sound they will make any type of music sound sweet and with depth
firstly these speakers are mains powered , the right speaker is your main unit with a power volume nob bottom right. in the middle you have the treble nob, and the left nob is for the bass, all three nobs stand out around half an inch making them easy to grip and manouvor, the treble and bass nobs start at the 12 o clock position and you can turn it to + to increase the bass and trebble and like wise turn to - (minus) to decrease the trebble or the bass . the left speaker is the same as the right one but without the nobs or power supply, although it is connected to each other with 1 wire.
each speaker as 2 little speakers , the top speaker is about 2.5" this is the woofer that gives warm tones, and the lower speaker is a 1" tweeter for your sharper crisp tones, the technolagy and the brains behind these speaker are there is no sub wooffer for your deep bass sounds, but dont be fooled these speakers are designed in a way that the bass is delivered out of the top of the speaker through a 1" air hole where true deep bass sounds boom out, making them a true full range speaker,
the t20s are a real multimedia speaker with brillient sounds that connect to your laptop through the headphone jack you can also connect your mp3 or your portible games console into the aux in jack socket without diconnecting from your laptop (computer) and bring your games to life.
the t20s are black with a silver (grey) front with black mesh covers over the speakers,when the front mesh covers are removed it exposes the black and yellow wooffer and the black tweeter giving them a totally different look and style. and with the bright blue power on light they even set the mood in darkness.
so my summery of the t20 is that they are really good value for money with the best sound you can get for the price , compared to other speakers ive owned these are the best sounding by far. with the t20s small is big and it will be my way of thinking with future purchases
please shop around as prices very , as i saved £15 for doing so,
I bought these speakers as clearance and as ex-display models in perfect condition. First off the speakers look very solid in build quality, the nobs all have a nice feeling to them and furthermore have a little "click" in the middle so you can set bass and treble to the middle setting easily in the dark. The right speakers with the controls also has a very bright blue led so you can find it! The power button is incorporated into the volume switch. Both speakers have subwoofers built into the top of them. It also has a "aux in" and headphone jack on the speakers which are useful.
The actual quality of the sound is excellent, you can really turn the bass up on both the speakers and with software and still get amazing quality. They will go pretty loud also, when a friends speakers broke at a house party we used these and they were loud enough for a whole detached house to hear the music. Unfortunately that eventually broke them after about 6 hours of full volume abuse with as much bass as we could throw at them. All in all though before that they lasted fine, i occasionally get a cracklign when changing volume and also i sometimes find the left speakers cuts in and out randomly (dodgy connection i assume).
Saying that, these are still brilliant speakers with amazing quality for the price. Make sure whatever is sending the music signal to these is of similar quality though. Cheaper motherboards dont reproduce the sound so well.
Creative GigaWorks T20
PC/MP3 Speaker System
I really, really needed a new pair of speakers for my iTunes computer, yes, I have a PC just for iTunes. The old speakers that I had were really not up to the job anymore and I did not want a large set of speakers as I have some Mission speakers in the living room. I wanted a decent set of PC speakers, under £100 that look good and sound great in a reasonably small room.
So, off to PC World I went after spending some time on the website I hasten to add, as well as looking at reviews of various speakers.
Anyway, I parted with my £48 which I thought was quite reasonable and rushed home with the rather heavy small box (it was heavy as the plug and mains adapter are heavy, the speakers are okay in weight).
The picture pretty much shows the looks which I think are pretty damn cool. It does not show the black cloth/mesh speaker covers that are detachable from the front which means you can have the speakers showing or not, I choose not too, as it saves on cleaning, lol).
The gun metal grey style facia is understated as are the brushed aluminium switches for volume, bass and treble control.
Theses speakers are sleek and unobtrusive, they look like they are more expensive than they are, my only (picky) complaint is that the blue 'on' light is blindingly bright and does not 'fit' with the colour scheme, I would have preferred a yellow or red light.
As well as having a headset/earplugs socket on the front of the speakers there is also a nifty little socket to plug in (the adapter wire comes in the box) and MP3 player or iPod, so actually you can plug these speakers into ay plug, not just a PC, and use the iPod with them.
There is no subwoofer and apparently it isn't needed as there is a BasXPort (don't ask me) which really does kick out some bass, though I rarely use it, I'm not a big bass fan. The 'output' is 14Watts per channel (two channels = 28watts), which means in a small to medium size room.....boom, boom, shake the room.
There is also a TV adapter so you could, if wanted, set these speakers up with a TV, good for gaming methinks, though I have not used this option.
Oh, and a two year warranty.
~~~Set up and ease of use~~~
Here lies a tale of woe, for after setting them up on my PC....nothing.....now I am not dim when it comes to computers, however, thinking it may have been me, I unconnected the speakers and rushed downstairs to try them on another PC.......nothing. From this I concluded that the speakers and not I nor my PC's were faulty, and drove back to PC World, receipt in hand.
After queuing to see someone, I was sent to the 'tech desk' to another queue, where a rather unhelpful guy asked me questions like:
"Did you plug them in?"
"Did you put the green adaptor in the green adapter socket on the back of your PC?"
After asking me about 20 such daft questions he decided he would 'test' the speakers to show me that they were fine.....oops, egg on face moment coming or so I thought......well it was, only, not for me....hah....they were faulty....Mr Tech Guy expressed surprise, and I really helped matters by saying:
"Doh, and I thought it was me being thick.....guess I was right after all, but hey, please don't apologise, we can all get it wrong sometimes"
So after offering me a refund or another set of speakers, which I took, I journeyed the three miles back home and set about setting them up again.
The sound is pretty spectacular in a small room I must say. I mean, my teenage son came upstairs and told me to turn them down or close the door...how's that for irony?
Seriously, I spent a lot of time, hours actually, trying different genres of music, different equalizer settings on iTunes and different speaker positions, as well as room settings (not the speakers, but the audio manager system I have on my PC).
At the lower volume end of things they are sprightly and crisp sounding, absolutely no background noise and I have played really quiet classical pieces to detect any noise which you often get with speakers, a kind of low level buzz....nothing.
At the top end of the volume settings, I played some Public Enemy, Linkin Park, Clash and System of a Down.....perfect, no distortion, every note and every noise very clear, very loud and very listenable.
Creative, along with Logitech are fast becoming 'The' names in PC accessories and it is easy to see why.
* Sub £50
* Lots of useful Features
* Good looking
* Great sound
Not much more one could ask for, I will put it down to bad luck, or shoddy handling that the first pair were faulty, I have no complaints with these once working, at all.
I cannot comment on reliabilty at this stage as they are too new, though I will update this review in a few months, the fact that they have a two year warranty suggests that they will be fine.
I have always liked Creatives products, from their mp3 players to their hi-fi's they always seem to be head and shoulders above the rest. These fantastic speakers are no exception. After 6 months with them im still to have any type of problem.
Looks: The aesthetics are rather good on this model. they are sleek and modern. they sit just right in my bedroom next to my laptop. They definately dont make a design statement but aslong as they arent garishly ugly they are good enough for me. The only problem i can find with the looks are that when turned on the blue LED that tell you they are on is a little bright. Unfortunately i have to turn them off if im not using them as the light will eventually get on your nerves.
Usability: the speakers operate with a simple dial system. theres no screen or specific settings that you can put them on. for me this is a great advantage as it simply means less things that could possibly go wrong. there is simply the ability to change the volume, treble and bass. the cables are all very easy to attach with there only being three and they are also colour coded. the only gripe i have is once again the blue LED light. when this is on it is almost impossible to see which jack headphones go in and which is for auxiliary in.
Sound quality: the sound quality is fantastic, both for the size and the price. for £40 i would find it hard to achieve as good sound quality. the volume is plenty for a bedroom and i would even use it for a house party. vitally the sound is not distorted as the volume is cranked up, allowing you to rock out and take it all in to your hearts content. the speakers are also able to cope with many different genres of music from heavy metal to classical they will not faltar.
for the sound quality alone these speakers are a great buy, add to that the supremem build quality and decent aesthetics these would have to be the speakers for anyone looking for a cheap way to get very very good sound.
The speakers that came as standard with our PC package can only be described as poor, the quality of the sound produced, the bass and volume controls were of such a low quality that after a couple of weeks of listening to my MP3 files through them and becoming frustrated I had something which my husband described as a Tasmanian Devil incident and subsequently punched a hole in the closest speaker. I would add that this is out of character but that was of little consolation to the speaker which refused to do anything but sit in pieces on the desk. A replacement was called for and I was determined to find the best speakers around to avoid any further tantrums and to make sure I could enjoy my music while working from home without moving our stereo system around. The resulting research led me to the Creative Giga Works T20 speaker system, which with a price tag of £60 seemed reasonable after I had sampled the distinctive and clear sounds from the display model.
As the 2 speakers are wired together and operated on a plug and play basis the hardest thing about setting the speakers up is removing them from the box and deciding where to position them for best effect. Instead of being attached via a USB port, the one wire, which is considerable long at 50cm slots into the speaker port as you would expect. The entire installation process took approximately 3-5 minutes, which considering my lack of technical knowledge is good in my view.
The design of the speakers is again as you would probably expect, instead of concentrating on making them look space age or slightly eccentric the T20 system are designed with functionality in mind, standing 15cm high, 6cm wide and 5cm deep and due to the large amount of weight positioned in the bottom of the speaker, there are no stands. It is just a case of placing them down, but a minor irritation is that because of the smooth finish to the plastic, if they are knocked they do move around. Some sort of grip or suction pad on the base would top this product off for me.
Underneath the right hand speaker are 3 separate dials that control both speakers. These buttons control the power, volume and bass. As I have fairly long nails and small fingers I dont have a problem with making fine adjustments to any of the dials but my husband does due to having larger hands. He regularly comments on how fiddly the dials are, and I have to agree, they are positioned a bit too close together. Further down towards the base of the speaker is a port for headphones, something I have never used and so cant comment on.
The speakers have an integrated audio amplifier and nominal output in terms of power is 28w, which allows for 14w per speaker. I honestly cant say if this is a good level of output or not due to my lack of knowledge in this area, but having listened to music through the speakers I can safely say that for ambient listening while working or surfing the Internet the speakers produce enough volume for my liking. If you are looking for something that will have your neighbours applying for an ASBO, these speakers are not for you.
Despite not have a subwoofer, the sound quality is the best I have heard from a set of PC speakers and I am delighted with my purchase. There are a few slight problems with design but thanks to the sound quality that is so clear, the acceptable bass and the fact that I can now enjoy music from my PC, I am more than happy to overlook them. A price of £60 is fair in my opinion and would recommend them.