Moving onto something a little more sedate, I fired up Chopin’s Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor and, boy, the difference is like night and day. The T10s simply can’t compete with their more expensive siblings in this intimate and dynamic recording. Low notes become a dull thud and intricate high-pitched passages merge together into a tinkling more akin to a wind chime than the perfection in piano performance that it should be.
At this point, the T10s had shown me all they needed to when it comes to music. They are perfectly nice to listen to but if you value clarity in your music, you’ll have to opt for a more expensive set. However, it isn’t all about music so next on the TR speaker review hitlist was a (s)three hour(/s) short stint of Team Fortress 2 to test gaming performance.
Although I’d always prefer to use headphones for any kind of competitive gaming session the T10s proved a worthy casual substitute. Explosions, gun fire, and the shouts and screams of team members and adversaries are all delivered with ample gusto and the atmosphere is suitably enveloping. For more subtle games that intermingle atmospheric music, story-driving dialogue, and environmental sound effects, the lack of clarity can leave you a little lost but, again, in this situation I’d much rather be immersing myself fully by using a set of headphones anyway.
It’s much the same story when watching movies as well. Volume and bass are surprisingly strong and drive louder sections along nicely but intimate scenes can be a struggle to keep up with as conversation gets lost in the swelling romantic music.
All of which is pretty much what you would expect for a set of speakers costing £30, and this really is the point. At this price you must accept compromises and on the sound quality front there definitely are some. However, when you consider the overall package, which includes a nice quality two metre gold plated stereo jack cable, there’s not much more you could ask for.
Don’t let the ‘T’ naming trick you; the Creative Inspire T10s aren’t in the same ball park as our favourite stereo desktop speakers, the Creative Gigaworks T20s and T40s. However, considering their bargain bin price, there can be little to complain about. If you want an affordable set of 2.0 speakers for your home office or living room PC these fit the bill nicely.
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