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Creative GigaWorks T3 2.1-Channel Speakers review

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Creative GigaWorks T3 2.1-Channel Speakers

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I've always questioned the logic in multi-channel, surround sound speaker sets for the PC. I simply don't believe that most PC users have the space or the inclination to place speakers all around their computer desk and chair - after all having wires trailing all around your room is something of a recipe for disaster. As a result I often see PC users with multi-channel speaker sets all piled up on their desk, instead of placed around the listener. Despite being one of the orchestrators of this situation, Creative came to its senses last year and brought us the truly excellent GigaWorks T20 speakers, that duly walked away with a coveted Editor's Choice award.

The key to the GigaWorks T20s was their 2.0 channel configuration. So, not only were you losing the mass of satellites that come with a surround sound system, you also didn't need to have a subwoofer sitting under your desk. The latter point was an important one, since even though 2.1-channel systems have always been available from a number of manufacturers, most of them utilise woeful crossovers, which generally results in a complete lack of cohesion between the bass and the treble and mid range. Because the GigaWorks T20s and subsequently the GigaWorks T40s were full range speakers, there was none of the overpowering bass that plagues most 2.1-channel PC speaker systems.

I was therefore a little sceptical when Creative announced the GigaWorks T3 2.1-channel speakers a couple of months ago. In fact I stayed sceptical right up to the point when one of Creative's sound engineers flew over from Asia to demo the T3s. What I heard at that demonstration sounded pretty promising, but as always, I reserved judgement until I had a retail set in my possession, and that's exactly what I have right now.

The first thing you notice about the T3s is how small the satellite speakers are. When I met with the guys from Creative they demoed the T3s against a Bose set (not much competition I know), which makes sense considering the similar form factor. Of course there's a decent size subwoofer that sits under the desk, but even so the satellites are pretty tiny. The last part of the equation is the desktop control pod, and here Creative has outdone itself. The round remote unit has a silky smooth motion, that makes delicate volume adjustment simple. There remote also has both headphone and line-in sockets - the latter ensuring that you can plug in your MP3 player as well as listen to the music on your PC.

Hamish Campbell

October 28, 2008, 12:23 pm

Don't all subwoofers have a volume control? My old creative set from 2000 does.





Suffers from the crossover issues though, midrange is a bit weak.





Anyway, enough about me.

Riyad

October 28, 2008, 2:15 pm

Yes they do. My point is that in most cases you still end up with either overpowering bass or no bass though.

jingyeow

October 28, 2008, 10:02 pm

One of my Uncles has a set of 2.1 Altec Lansing Speakers from at least 10-12 years ago. The satellites are exactly the same size as these Creatives.


They still sound amazing. Bass without drowning out Vocals. I've found size to be deceptive of quality, even though that should be the case.


I've seen Hi-Fi stereos with massive speakers that cannot produce the clarity in sound that a Gigaworks T20 does.

Helmore

October 29, 2008, 3:38 am

I see a lot of praise of these speakers and of Creative's T20 and T40, but how do they compare? Are the T3s really a cut above the T40s? Just wondering, as they are not really compared that directly.

Mago

January 4, 2009, 9:24 pm

Riyad, how do you think it stands in comparison to the old klipsch promedia 2.1? which one is better? and which one will you buy if you still can find a new promedia 2.1?

Andy 18

September 15, 2009, 6:13 am

If you turn the master volume for the sub all the way down does the bass cut out completley or is it just lower in volume? thanks.

Yurie

January 1, 2014, 9:54 am

Hi admin , I have trouble of my creative gigaworks T3 No power indication . It happen during House power trep off. How to fixed it. Can u help me guys . Thank a lot

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