Reviews and Problems with Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
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fahhrad, B&H Photo
5 February 2015
Excerpt: quite functional and good speakers. I perhaps expected somewhat better sound quality, but perhaps my expectations were too high. They are certainly very reasonable speaker and there is nothing wrong with them.
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Assemble, Good Height
Summary: I bought these on sale as my new work speakers. Compared to something like Swan M10s and Klipsch Promedia 2.1s these have the advantage of smaller form factor. If space is not an issue get the alternative, as they will blow these away in performance. The Swans outshine these in every category, especially clarity and high/mids. The Promedias does the same but offers more for the money for bass heads. I thought the highs on these were exaggerated a bit but decent sounding.
Pros: Sleek looks Acceptable highs
Cons: Muffled sound Too expensive when not on sale (for the performance you get) Poor lows
Pros: Sound quality is pretty good for the price. Nice range, high and low. Build quality is good as well, really feels solid. The two front ports (headphones and line in) are very helpfully placed. They're also quite attractive, I find. The front bezels have a sparkly blue look that ads a touch of class to it without looking silly and blingy.
Cons: The auto-shutoff is, at best, exceptionally aggravating. It goes into a sort of sleep mode when audio hasn't played for five minutes or so. I wouldn't mind, except for that it can't be shut off or bypassed, and once it tries to exit sleep it takes a good five to ten seconds. On top of that, if the audio is too quiet, it won't exit sleep mode, so if you know there's sound but the speakers aren't firing up, you need to crank the volume on the PC.
Summary: I had a set of the first generation of these speakers that stayed on always, until you physically turned them off yourself. With a good sound card in my computer they sounded great, not the best, but still great! This set uses a time-out timer, and turns themselves off, until they receive a signal, but the problem is that, when they do receive a new sound signal, it takes a full 2 to 3 seconds for the sound to start to be processed & heard.
Summary: got 2 of these. On one the right speaker was DOA. I would avoid this product on anything but the best of deals.
Pros: They look nicer then most. They sounds better than typical 2 speaker set ups.
Cons: I got these thinking I could get rid of the bulky 2.1. Well, turns out you can't get the same sound with these, and on top of it they are rather large to be sitting on the desktop. With a nice 2.1 the woofer is out of the way and you have smaller speakers on the desk. If I had to do it again I would spend the $ for a better 2.1..maybe a wireless as I really hate wires
Summary: Got these to replace Logitech Z2300 which were Great 2.1 speakers, but I had to move coast to coast so I left them behind and wanted to go 2.0 to save space. I think they are worth what I paid (69.99 on sale), but if you are willing to pay more than that, go Bose, or mid-priced 2.1 Logitech
Pros: Stylish, Gold plated headphones and Mic Connectors, Power Saving Mode, decent bass for 2.0, Bass and Treble Knobs.
Cons: Although I got them on a huge black friday sale for 69.99 they lack quality sound for such a high MSRP (149.99), crackles on rock songs, boxy mixed bass and muddy mids, highs are only okay. Go into power saving when no signal detected after 10 mins approximately, but there's a delay when coming back from sleep mode, this can make you missed quick sound alerts on your computer.
Pros: They look really nice, the drivers look like high end speakers. layout and design is pretty good.
Cons: thin plastic casing makes for cheap boomy sound for such high quality drivers. The highs are nice, but lows are not very clean nor accurate. Good thing I only paid $70 for them during Thanksgiving sale, or I'd be really mad.
Summary: These do not have the wonderful sound of their old line of speakers, such as the FP2000 from years ago. Those cubes were superior in all regards. The unmodified T40's are bad sounding enough that I was compelled to write a review to tell others to go buy something nice instead.
Pros: They look good on the desk. Easily accessable plugs. They can get decently loud. Great for video games.
Cons: The speaker housing is very thin and they sound boomy and plasticy because of it. Bad resonations from the body of the speakers. This is one of those products designed by a talented team and then butchered by sales afterwards.
Auto Power Off tarnishes otherwise excellent speakers
20 August 2013
Summary: Amazon lists these speakers as the model number *MF1615*. In fact, the speakers you will get from Amazon USA are the newer model *MF1616* with the annoying Auto Power Off feature and NO dock connector on the back. BEWARE. Personally, I don't care about the dock connector, but if you were planning on getting the extra Creative IPOD dock for these speakers, forget about it -- Creative dropped that when they introduced the MF1616 revision.