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?