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      02.05.2006 16:50
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      compact, crystal clear sound, chunky wooden units, decoder seems a little flimsy, 3 audio inputs

      I've had one of these audio systems hooked up to my computer for at least a year now, and not once have i looked back, or even thought of upgrading!
      maybe its the fact that for the same price i'd be lucky to get such a rich and clean sound from another system, believe me i've heard other setups in action and i always give a chuckle to myself knowing i've got a cheaper, more asthetically pleasing and all round better precision of sound awaiting my return from a hard days work/play (ok i wish it could be all play :D).
      Or, maybe its because it took me a while to set it up, had to lengthen some of the speaker output wires to get the surround sound "picture" setup properly and i dont want to have to do all that again!!!!!
      5 "satellite" speakers and a beefy subwoofer situated around my room gives a wonderfully emmercing atmosphere whether your watching a dvd listening to music or playing games. Theres no unplugging and plugging in going on with the 3 inputs on the decoder, 2 digital, 1 analog, allowing 3 devices to be setup and ready to use at the press of a button.
      There are also two headphone jacks on the decoder for private listening which i've found really useful when recording music as it allows 2 people to be monitoring at the same time. There's even a wireless remote (a fickle thing to mention?) but come on, how many people want to get up and change things when the can do it fron the comfort of their sofa? he he :-P
      just to round it off, its nice to see Creative using wood in there speaker products, ive seen and heard many a molded plastic speaker, and the sound in my opinion just doesn't sound the same. The same cannot be said for the decoder though, it seems a little on the flimsy side in comparison to the rest of the units, very light and a bit tacky in feel.


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