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The T3s coped just as well with jazz. Stanley Jordan's delicate melodies were beautifully rendered, with each, expertly picked string as clear as the last. Likewise, Stacey Kent's angelic rendition of What A Wonderful World was reproduced with a surprising amount of detail and clarity, without sounding harsh, as songs with a distinct lack of bass sometimes can. Meanwhile pop classics like Michael Jackson's Billie Jean had all the presence, musicality and downright soul that you'd ever want or need from desktop speakers.
The GigaWorks T3s performed equally well when watching video content, producing a convincingly directional soundstage for effects, and of course, doing a fine job of reproducing movie scores and soundtracks. Likewise, they lend themselves well to gaming, although I would opt to plug a set of headphones into the output on the remote control more often than not.
Basically, Creative has produced a set of 2.1-channel PC speakers that excel at music playback, which is pretty much exactly what I want from the speakers on my desk. I'd even go as far as saying that Creative has managed to dethrone the Acoustic Energy Aego M 2.1-channel package that impressed us so much back in 2006. Of course it's worth remembering that these are PC speakers, and a decent amplifier married to a reasonable set of speakers will obvious eclipse the T3s. In fact, you don't even need t go that far, since B&W's truly superb Zeppelin iPod dock will provide all the high fidelity sound that most people would ever need.
Of course it's worth remembering that a decent amp and speakers is going to cost you a considerable amount of money, while even the B&W Zeppelin will set you back nearly £400. By contrast Creative is launching the GigaWorks T3s at a very reasonable £160, and once these speakers hit the channel you can expect to see street prices even lower. Of course the Accoustic Energy Aego Ms can still be found for around £100, so they're definitely worth considering if you can't stretch to the T3s - although the Aego Ms don't come with the desktop control module. If you can afford the T3s however, Creative's latest addition to the GigaWorks range is worth every penny.
I was admittedly worried when Creative announced these 2.1-channel speakers under the GigaWorks brand, but I needn't have been. Like the GigaWorks T20s and T40s, the T3s are excellent PC speakers, aimed squarely at those who like to listen to music while they work. Yes, a proper Hi-Fi will eclipse the T3s, but that's not the point. What you're getting is an easy to use, good looking, great sounding and well featured 2.1-channel speaker set at an attractive price - well done Creative!
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