Although I'm not beyond buying a cheap set of speakers for a budget set-up, for my own gaming PC used occasionally to watch movies on, I needed something with a bit more ooommph! The Creative Inspire T5400 gets good feedback from customers and is a good seller so in the end I went for these and did not regret it. Considering that I got these ages ago and they are still going strong they have been a great set. If you get the chance to buy these I would not hesitate.
I've tried a few different systems in the shops so I had an idea of what kind of sound I could expect at this price point, but really these speakers were far better than anything else I listened to at this price.
Once I got it home I was really pleased after I got it up and running. Setting it up is very easy and although wall mounting looked easy enough I never got around to that and just have the speakers spread around my desktop area.
Personally I am a bit wary of sub woofers that churn out too much foundation shattering bass. Because I live in a terraced row of houses I am aware that too much base carries very easily to the neighbours and annoys them. So with the Creative Inspire's I tend to turn the bass right down. It still adds body to the sound this way, without booming the whole neighbourhood.
I'd say my room is probably larger than an average set up, and these speakers fill it with sound very easily. I have not had the guts to put the volume up past about 70% anyway, that's how loud they are. Even at 70% the sound is crisp and clear, no sign of any issues at all.
I've tried them with music, games, and movies, and I'd say music is probably my favourite to listen to on these speakers but gaming is my passion and I really enjoy the full sound offered by these speakers when playing shooters. You really feel like you are in a battlezone!
If you are considering a 2.1 system and have looked at 5.1 and maybe think it is out of your pocket, I would seriously rethink your budget as 5.1 is so much better than 2.1, definitely worth the extra money. You probably will not have to pay much more than a 2.1 setup for these speakers now anyway, so go get them!