Creative GigaWorks T3 2.1-Channel Speakers - Creative GigaWorks T3

By Riyad Emeran



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Creative GigaWorks T3 2.1-Channel Speakers


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At the rear of the subwoofer you'll find a socket for the remote control, left and right connections for the two satellite speakers, left and right inputs for hooking up your PC, a figure-of-eight power socket and a master volume for the sub itself. And it's that last control that's of paramount importance, assuming you don't like having your bass overpowering everything else when listening to your music. Unlike many 2.1-channel speaker sets that I've used, where the sub is either in your face or nonexistent, the subwoofer with the GigaWorks T3s can be adjusted in the most delicate increments. This allows you to ensure a rich degree of bass, but not at the expense of detail and clarity - more on that later though.

The build quality of the T3s is excellent, with the tiny satellites exhibiting a reassuring weight and sold feel. The cabling is also thick enough to convey confidence, even if your colleagues have a habit of rolling their chairs over both the speaker and remote wires, as is the case in my office. The feeling of confidence is further enhanced when you lift the subwoofer out of the box. The sub features three drivers positioned at the front, left and right, to ensure that no matter where you place it, you won't obscure the output. Just like the GigaWorks T20s and T40s, the T3s look and feel a cut above your average PC speaker set, which is no bad thing.

The best news is that as well as good looks and solid build, these speakers also sound great. As already mentioned, many 2.1-channel speaker sets tend to lack cohesion, with the bass clearly separated from the rest of the sound. The T3s on the other hand, have a wonderfully cohesive sound, so cohesive in fact, that it's barely discernable that the low frequency portion of the music is coming from a sub, as opposed to a pair of full range speakers. The satellites manage to convey an incredible degree of clarity and detail, while the subwoofer just fills in with rich, but in no way overpowering bass.

I ended up instigating an afternoon of Eighties nostalgia in the office while testing the T3s, which resulted in some cringe worthy selections from myself and the rest of the team. The whole thing was kicked off by Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor - I'm blaming Dean Winchester and Supernatural for that situation, and if you watch the show you'll know exactly why. What's surprising is how good the old Rocky III theme sounded on the T3s - yes it's cheesy 80s dross, but those guitar riffs and wailing vocals got everyone in the office singing along. Isn't it funny how everyone denies that they like a song like that, yet they all know the words?

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Wietze van der Laan

January 14, 2017, 1:56 pm

I am interested in the solution

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