GigaWorks T40 IIby Creative Labs

  • GigaWorks T40 II
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The GigaWorks T40 II speakers deliver impressive sound. Each satellite has its own drivers playing its own frequencies.
  • The power and volume controls are located on the same knob, an improvement from the original T40s.
  • The treble and bass can be controlled directly on the speakers.

CONS

  • The speakers must be plugged in to a wall outlet for power.
  • Some distortion is noticeable at high volume.
  • The speakers benefit from the addition of a subwoofer to strengthen the bass.
Creative’s GigaWorks T40 Series II delivers impressive sound quality thanks to the individual sound drivers attached to each satellite. Distortion isn’t normally be an issue, but it becomes noticeable as the volume goes up. These speakers are designed to be plugged in to a computer, preferably along with a subwoofer for better bass. Although the speakers deliver good audio when you are sitting in front of your computer, the sound is not enough to fill a room. These speakers can sit on a desk or be mounted to a wall, and then used with a computer, phone, or music player.
NameGigaWorks T40 IICompanion 2 Series IIISoundSticks IIIBassZ600 Bluetooth Speakers
ManufacturerCreative LabsBoseHarman KardonNyne MultimediaLogitech
Techwalla Score
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100%

We were simply astonished at the quality of sound they produced and loved their styling - and we weren't exactly displeased with the £50 pri…

We were simply astonished at the quality of sound they produced and loved their styling - and we weren't exactly displeased with the £50 price either.

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90%

The volume goes high enough that you could really annoy your neighbours, and the bass really thumps when turned all the way up.

The volume goes high enough that you could really annoy your neighbours, and the bass really thumps when turned all the way up.

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80%

There’s good reason for the larger size; instead of using a single speaker to produce the full audio range, each satellite has several small…

There’s good reason for the larger size; instead of using a single speaker to produce the full audio range, each satellite has several small speaker drivers that play separate audio frequencies for improved sound quality.

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80%

These controls and jacks are conveniently placed and attractively finished.

These controls and jacks are conveniently placed and attractively finished.

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70%

We’re jazzed by the on-board tone controls and optional iPod dock, too, making these a decent choice for music on your desktop.

We’re jazzed by the on-board tone controls and optional iPod dock, too, making these a decent choice for music on your desktop.

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50%

The bass isn't powerful, the highs aren’t, and the mid-tones are way too dominant.

The bass isn't powerful, the highs aren’t, and the mid-tones are way too dominant.

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In my opinion, they are not well-suited to a larger room. You will get excellent results on your desktop when you are sitting in front of t…

In my opinion, they are not well-suited to a larger room. You will get excellent results on your desktop when you are sitting in front of them, but the quality degrades considerably when you move them into a bigger space.

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Our only complaint here is the lack of grip on the slippery knobs, but we’ll still take this control mechanism over buttons any day of the w…

Our only complaint here is the lack of grip on the slippery knobs, but we’ll still take this control mechanism over buttons any day of the week.

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Cranking the system up, the speakers kept a firm grip on the music without sounding shrill or over-worked, serving up good stereo imaging an…

Cranking the system up, the speakers kept a firm grip on the music without sounding shrill or over-worked, serving up good stereo imaging and an overall pleasant ‘smoothness’ to the sound.

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You don't get the floor-shaking bass of a powered sub, but that's a given with any 2.0 PC speaker configuration.

You don't get the floor-shaking bass of a powered sub, but that's a given with any 2.0 PC speaker configuration.

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Although the bass response is always going to be compromised in such a relatively small package, the simplicity and lack of cabling makes th…

Although the bass response is always going to be compromised in such a relatively small package, the simplicity and lack of cabling makes these speakers an ideal choice for small to mid-size rooms.

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