Reviews and Problems with Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
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Not worth it
Daniel L., Newegg
27 July 2014
Summary: I got these on sale because I wanted new computer speakers and since the reviews were consistently pretty high, I thought they'd be good. Boy, was I wrong. These are worse than the 10 year old Logitech 2.1 system they replaced. They sound muffled at any volume and what's worse: they muffle the audio pass-through to the headphones!
Pros: They look cool without the covers?
Cons: They sound muffled They're kind of big They SUCK at passing through audio to headphones
Annoying "Feature" If You Need To Hear Notifications
Patrick O'Callahan, Amazon
25 July 2014
Summary: While these speakers do produce good sound, many of them have an annoying feature that automatically turns them off after inactivity. They won't reactivate until several seconds of audio has been streamed. For me, this means that when I go somewhere else in the room, such as to watch a television show, I will not hear skype notifications or anything else I'd want to hear immediately. The sound will come and go and I'm none-the-wiser.
Summary: I really loved these speakers...unfortunately they are almost entirely useless for alerts or other idle PC functions. They go into a European Union-mandated power saver mode after 10 minutes and take about 7 seconds to start playing sound again once it outputs from the computer again. If there is a US version of these speakers, I wish I was sent them, unfortunately, of two shipments, both sets were multi-lingual packaging and feature the awful power saver mode.
Broken on arrival, and apparently hazardous so cannot be returned to amazon
14 November 2013
Summary: On first use, the left speaker was damaged, as evidenced by the static/broken sound coming out of it. The right speaker sounds beautiful. When I attempted to use the amazon return center for this item, I got an error about "hazardous materials or use flammable liquids or gases cannot be returned to Amazon.com" and am unable to return it. Bad creative. Bad amazon.
Summary: I have an earlier version of the T40 II...without the new standby mode. I love those. They sound great. I just bought a 2nd set. This new version has a standby mode which powers down after 10 minutes, and comes back on when it senses an audio signal. The problem is that it takes about 3 seconds to come back on. So, to hear a piece from the beginning, you have to start it twice. Not acceptable! Creative really screwed up an excellent product.
Summary: I bought these speakers and ended up returning them less than 24 hours later. The sound was fantastic for all of 10 minutes then it auto-shut off. Apparently there is a "feature" that will power down the speakers after 10 minutes of non-use then power back up when sound is detected. That would be great if I still didn't have sound going through my PC into the speakers.
Summary: Do yourself a favor and skip these. Assuming you want your speakers to actually provide sound, that is. It turns out they have a auto power management feature, which was not mentioned in any review or literature about them, that TURNS THEM OFF after a very short period of time of not being used. There is a LONG delay before they turn themselves back on when sound gets sent their way again.
Summary: Going to try to see if I can get a warranty return on these things, otherwise they were a huge waste of money. At least my old USB powered Logitech Z-5s were nice and clear, albeit not as loud and "bassy.
Pros: Good lows with overall good clear sound..... in one speaker
Cons: The left speaker crackles at certain low frequencies. This happens even when the volume is not even very loud. Also, at full blast, there is definitely some distortion, but I guess that is to be expected for speakers this small.