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I purchased these Creative Gigaworks T40 after having a Logitech 2.1 sound system with a subwoofer which created so much bass it made my floor vibrate. This was the reason I needed to purchase some new speakers.
So being sound crazy, I was going to find it tough to find a decent pair of 2.0 Speakers. Then I came across these Creative Gigaworks T40. Ive always been a fan of Creative products because they are always reliable, work well, and look good. These speakers were no exception after reading lots of reviews, looking at pictures I decided to splash out around £120 on these speakers. My friends called me stupid for wasting so much money, but in my eyes they just looked so good!
I recieved my speakers and set them up. The first thing I noticed was how heavy they were, and how heavy the power adaptor was! For a pair of speakers I couldnt believe the weight. I put the speakers next to my monitor and they are almost as tall! They are around the same height of a wine bottle so I was expecting immense quality from them.
I started playing music through my speakers and they sounded amazing. With the Bass and Treble nobs on the right speaker it gave me the chance to change the sound slightly, and my gosh it makes a differance. The sound quality is superb, they can go up to a very loud volume and still sound crystal clear which is great. I never thought I could have a pair of 2.0 Speakers and my dad still complain about the level of bass downstairs!
These speakers also have a socket for "Aux In" and a headphone socket. Behind the volume nozzle there is a bright blue LED light which many users have complained about but this doesnt bother me personally, its a nice little feature and it looks good.
Since purchasing these speakers I have not once looked back. They are worth every penny I paid for them, and I love listening to music even more now. One word. Immense.
I never used to consider getting a 2.0 speaker system for my PC, mainly because I was under the impression that they could not provide enough bass for my games and I would miss out on my directional speakers with my 5.1s. So when I went round a friend's house and heard a decent 2.0 speaker set up, I was amazed by its quality and how well the human brain can still tell where a sound comes from, despite only having two speakers, so I went ahead and purchased a pair for myself - boy have I been missing out!
These Creative Gigaworks T40 speakers are the sequel to their T20 models. They have an extra tweeter for greater clarity, so I decided to pay the extra bit of money for the supposedly better audio quality. They are quite tall and heavy, but they come with a decent stand that angles the speakers upwards slightly for a better sound direction. They are also quite narrow so they take up less desk space then you could presume. The speakers require a spare power socket, and it comes with a slightly bulky transformer, but the cable is quite long so you can easily hide it behind your desk. It also comes with a 3.5mm cable to plug into your PC (or any other audio device for that matter) and a phono to 3.5mm jack. This was a great little addition as I could connect my Xbox 360 to them!!
When you turn them on for the first time, you will be surprised how bright the blue power led is - so that's why the speakers need the transformer! Joking aside, it is actually quite a nuisance, the led is just too bright. At least I save on my electricity bill each night when I have to turn the things off to stop it illuminating the room!
But this is the only spanner in the works in an otherwise brilliant 2.0 speaker set up. To put it bluntly, they put my old 5.1 creative speakers to shame - the clarity is staggering, and it really does help bring movies and games to life. Even at its default bass and treble levels, the sound is so rich and alive I was quite taken aback from it. They are also surprisingly loud - they can reach to uncomfortable levels of audio without a noticeable drop in quality, but the clarity remains both at lower and higher volumes.
The bass was the point I was most concerned about before buying these speakers, but for my taste they are perfect. They definitely provide a punchy, natural tone, but those liking their music very bass heavy to the point of shaking the room may want to look elsewhere - at the end of the day, you really need a dedicated subwoofer for that!
Overall, these are a fantastic pair of speakers well worth spending that little bit of extra cash for.