I have been using these speakers for several years now and they are one of the best pieces of hardware I've ever bought. Firstly, quite simply, they are loud. Without going into a load of technical detail, I rarely turn the volume above 50%, and the sub is powerful enough that even those of you who love your bass will rarely set it to maximum.
The control has a large enough cable for any desktop and the indicator light is useful for preventing you from leaving them on constantly. The control also has an output which is very useful for headphones to save you using the input on your computer which can be awkward when trying to control the volume; by using the headphone socket on the Creative controller, you can then adjust the volume at your fingertips using the volume knob. There is also an input for using the speakers with other things such as your iPod - this is a large benefit in my opinion, and many other models lack this.
The speakers are very easy and self-explanatory to set up, however there aren't any spare inputs on the sub itself which is a shame, because the speakers could potentially be very good for multi-use, but are quite limited to computer speakers due to the lack of audio inputs. I have used an auxiliary splitter which cost under £1 to hook the speakers up to my TV, however doing this can make the speakers a bit temperamental as they can switch between sources and won't work for both sources at once. For instance if I'm watching a film and get an email during that film, the email alert tone will cut the sound and it will switch sources, and there will be a delay before it will play sound from the DVD again unless I fiddle with the inputs.
Overall, the speakers are brilliant, lets face it, they look sexy, and the sound quality is excellent, but if you are looking for speakers to use for your stereo, TV and computer you might want to keep looking.
I was searching for a pair of decent speakers at a relatively cheap price. I wanted a 2.1 system as I didn't want to take up too much space. I searched around for a while, comparing different systems and kind of got up to speed on the world of speaker systems, and came to a conclusion that these were the pair for me. Where else could I find all that quality for such good value. Here is a bit of 'technical information' for anyone who may find it helpful in whether to purchase this system or not. It manages to emit 24 watts out of the subwoofer, trust me that is definitely enough, and it also manages to emit another 17 watts out of the speakers, making this item excellent value for money. The signal to noise ratio (SNR) is 80db, just in case you wanted to know. So i found out all this information and thought it was perfect for me, and purchased it. It only cost me £60, I was amazed. I had set aside a lot more than that to purchase my new speaker system and had not expected to get one so cheaply. So therefore, I had doubts during purchase date and arrival date of whether it would be that good. The fact it was a Creative almost assured me that it was legit. But I am one of those people who doesn't believe it until I see it or hear it.
It arrived on time, so that was a good start and I was pleased. I assumed that it would be a lengthy set up process so set myself up for a long time on the floor in front of my television surrounded by pieces of paper with instructions on that i couldn't understand. When I opened the box, I initially loved the look of the system, and was also astonished at how little instructions there were. I was ready to take it back and get the real instructions when it became apparent the only thing it had was a simple diagram with drawings on it. Set up process took around a whole five minutes. It was so simple. I can now take apart my system and put it back together within a few minutes.
Now came the moment of truth. Was it worth the £60 I had paid for it, or was it a total waste. I put some music on, and was almost literally blown away. The quality was amazing, the music crystal clear, and the floor under the subwoofer shaking. It made me excited and very cheerful; thats how good it was. The bass is simply amazing, along with the rest of the system. I have officially taken my hat off to Creative.
I was a little confused before testing this item as to whether it was compatible with just my televison or my iPod and computer aswell. As it turns out, it's compatible with both of them and other things too. A big plus that I wasn't expecting. Being able to plug my iPod into it whenever I please is a great feature and I love it.
If you're planning on buying a reasonably priced speaker system but stuck on which one to get, I have three words for you: PICK THIS ONE! Trust me you will not be disappointed. I have had mine for about a year now and it hasn't failed me at all and still works at its full potential. Highly recommend.