For many people, the computer is not just an academic resource, it's a complete
entertainment solution. Gaming, DVD's, TV, Radio, Internet - the PC is a multifunctional
platform that can do anything. When stuck to a fairly low budget, a cheap hi-fi
system will give you quite poor sound quality as most of the money goes into
the main unit rather than the speakers themselves. When a PC can do everything
a cheap hi-fi can do and more, money would more wisely spent on a superior set
of computer speakers.
Most speakers are based on the the almost standard sub woofer/satellite combination.
With this method, the sub woofer provides the lower frequencies while the satellites
add the upper frequencies. The problem with this approach, is the lack of mid-range
sound. In cheaper speakers you will usually find an overpowered sub woofer coupled
with tinny underpowered satellites. Even some of the more expensive Creative
products suffered this fate. This approach doesn't seem to affect films hugely,
but is very detrimental to music, especially rock.
Recently, Creative changed their approach slightly with the Gigaworks
S750 speakers being no exception. The satellites now contain two speakers, a
tweeter for the higher frequencies and then a larger speaker for the mid-range
frequencies. This has improved sound quality considerably, reducing the tinniness
and instead introducing a much warmer sound. Rock, pop and film all sound excellent.
They are also capable of more than enough volume, with 70W RMS per satellite
and 210W RMS on the sub woofer. These speakers are also THX certified, which
is no easy achievement. This stands as a testament to their quality.
The amplifier is built into the sub woofer but as seen in the
above photo there is a breakout box with remote control to change settings.
The remote control thankfully has all the same settings as the breakout box.
On the front of the breakout box there is a headphone output and also a line
in which could be used for a portable device such as a laptop. Annoyingly, it
will only use 2 speakers for output for this. Also included is their proprietary
M-Port, which allows devices such as the Muvo to play music without having to
have the computer switched on.
Unlike the T-Series speakers the inputs are analogue only. A
lot of 7.1 supporting sound cards, will only support all 7 channels through
SPDIF output, so make sure your card is compatible.
One notable feature of these speakers, is the ability to up mix
a 5.1 signal to 7.1. This makes sure the side speakers aren't just sitting pretty.
Unlike some of the previous models, you have independent adjustment of the front
and rear volumes instead of relying on software to do this.
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