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Creative GigaWorks T40 II PC Speakers

Creative GigaWorks T40 II PC Speakers

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I bought these on sale a few years ago and have been very happy with the sound for the price, both in quality and in volume. Personally, I hooked them up to a 5-channel system as my front speakers and have been very happy.
I bought a pair of these for my desk at work awhile back on an Amazon Lightning Deal, and I was really surprised at just how good they sound, esp. at lower volumes. Of course, they can't touch my Klipsch 2.1's for bass or overall volume, but I'm very happy with their sound for music that I listen to at work while at my desk.
Are these powered speakers? From what amplifier is this unit powered?
Are these powered speakers?
More powerful but relatively flat monitors (no bass boost) for the same price: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075QVMBT9
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I had the Mackie CR3 monitors before that sounded equally good, but they have a flaky L/R switch that randomly cuts out one side.
Tempted.
Shipping today?
Any chance it's available with an EU power adapter?
Throwing in my 2 cents... I own the "little brother" to these speakers and they're phenomenal. Only reason I got the smaller ones was I was on an extremely tight budget at the time. I would gladly take this speaker set over any number of multi-speaker sets and/or other speakers that include a subwoofer.
The sound is good, but they have an automatic standby feature that can't be disabled, which means they don't start producing sound until ~5 seconds after they receive input. This is fine if you're using them for long sessions, but it makes them useless as external speakers for the Echo, and useless for any notification sounds on systems that aren't already being used.
Really wanted to like these, but I replaced them with something that doesn't have this feature.
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Yeah but there's no reason to buy them on massdrop I would have to wait forever for there shipping lol. https://www.frys.com/product/5915134?source=google&gclid=Cj0KCQjwm6HaBRCbARIsAFDNK-ixLWZopcFJ-1lY8734eu1NCkMRZumbjI-7NJaEgUNpdtk_cySbymAaAjqLEALw_wcB. and there like 5 years old so imma pass/
chrisx
Makes me glad I have hun onto my original T40s
Great computer speakers! would highly recommend.
I've owned these speakers for over ten years. As a professional audio producer and field recordist, I continue to be amazed at how accurately they reproduce the concerts that I record. Voice and piano (and even pipe organ, to a point) are especially well represented. Build quality is not rock solid (a couple of jacks have always been a bit loose), so I'm gentle with them. The separate bass and treble controls are a rare feature at this price. I don't hear the mid-bass hype that others have mentioned, so it's possible that Creative changed the specs. I sometimes roll off the bass a bit, because the overall low frequency output is surprisingly strong. For less-than-critical listening, the T40s are very satisfying and an excellent value.
maxroch
Also worked in production. These are terrific consumer-geared speakers for the price range. Not a flat EQ, but pleasant consumer EQ. Of course you can always get better and flatter speakers for hundreds more, but these are great gateway speakers to great sound.
Have these as well. Ok for music great for gaming for a 2.0. Just like a headphone these speakers get better if you use an external DAC/AMP. Connected to a soundblaster card these were ok. Connected to a DAC/AMP these really sounded much better. I still say spend more of the budget on good pair of headphones and then these are awesome for complimenting the setup the times you don't use them. If you primarily use speakers and want audiophile quality I say keep looking..same if you like bass..get a 2.1 not 2.0. Perfect for everyone else.
I have these, and to be honest, they're not really that worth it. They're a bit imbalanced, in V-shaped signature, emphasizing a supposed bass. I say supposed because if all you want is bass, a 2.1 setup will be much better. But at this price point, you're better off getting a good pair of headphones and then cheap speakers when you're tired of listening through them, or listening to casual things like the radio or something.
Mine work great, just wish there was more low end.
Ive had these for years.. perhaps a slightly older model Gen 1. I love them. sound is good. Im not an audiophile, but I like what I hear. the headphone out has been useful too. I have my K7XX plugged in and they seem to drive fine.. loud enough for me with zero hiss or air sounds.
I picked these up from a lightning deal on Amazon in 2013 for $70. For the size and at that price they are ok. After picking up some Edifiers the T40s were relegated to the the garage, but then I picked up a SoundBox XL and the T40s are now sitting in a box on a shelf.
Mids are hollow and over emphasized. Upper bass is way too heavy while midbass they fall on their face. Something like an open E string on a bass guitar makes them puke.
If you want portable, bluetooth and better overall sound a Doss Soundbox XL is a lot happier than these. For MUCH better sound but not so small some Edifier 1280Ts outshine the T40s, or wait and catch the 1700BTs on sale for around the same price and annihilate these. Put on some decent cans, go to youtube and look for "Creative T40 II vs Edifier R1700BT" it's night and day.
Still the best 2.0 setup you can get. Although you will get better bass with a subwoofer. Also, like other said the mid bass is horribly presented on these.
I bought mine for $80 from Creative. They go on sale a lot.
Sound quality isn't bad but I found the mid-bass to be horribly balanced. These are not audiophile-grade desktop speakers, but are plenty good enough on a budget.
Doratedo
I thought I was the only person who thought this way about the mid bass. It's awful.
Bought mine about 5 years ago and still use them today.. They are great! Awesome sound and great to look at. Not sure if this price is good to today standard but I do love the speakers. If not here buy somewhere else . You wont be disappointed .
They are great speakers, but a few things to note... 1) I bought mine for $80 three years ago. 2) The new series of these are Bluetooth, have better woofers, and have been out for two years or more now... At around the same asking price here.
I'd like two right speakers as pictured with the laptop, just gotta have that L/R balance here.
just to double check, do these require an amp? guessing not, but...
BlueCrowned
no need.
I bought these for my dad 7 years ago on amazon for $142 when they were introduced. He still use them every day.
You can get this for $90 on Newegg or even $85 elsewhere.
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Good point. I didn't see that.
psiclone
Not only a different product, but the top link is for an ebay-type entity that represents sellers who are probably not authorized merchants; therefore, you get no factory warranty!! The bottom is link for Newegg, which is an authorized merchant for the items that you buy DIRECT from them.
Man they still make these? I remember seeing this on a PC at my school circa 2003
I liked these initially since the sound quality was decent, then I realized that their automatic standby mode meant that the first few seconds of any audio would be missed. This makes them useless as external speakers for my Echo Dot since the weather report always misses the first ~5 seconds, and also useless for notifications on my computer since the standby mode will miss any notification sounds.
Well, these have finally arrived. I only auditioned them for an hour, but I can easily tell it has the signature Creative build quality, because after an hour of playback the RIGHT SPEAKER HAS STOPPED FUCKING WORKING And, much like my old Creative Inspire T3030's remote, slapping the speaker on the side brings the audio back Please people, do yourselves a favour and invest another $100 in a brand that respects itself.
As for sound, it'll take a few weeks for me to form an opinion, but it's generally whole and detailed. I do have a problem with the bass, not the quantity nor extension, but rather the utterly unnecessary emphasis on upper bass. The 160 Hz area I feel is way too pronounced, making the sound an "oomphy" annoying one.
Update (16/09/17): I took the right speaker apart to try and troubleshoot the problem. The unit appears to be refurbished - there's stupidly large amount of plastic glue everywhere, even on screws. It looks like crap. These don't seem to be meant for repair. Anyways, I tried to tight the connections on everything, and untwisted some of the cables. After reassembly, it appears to have worked, and I hadn't have any problems for the past 3 days. As for sound, these are not an upgrade for my old Creative Inspire T3030. The T3030 weren't detailed or extended as these, but at least they were consistent in their sound and were balanced. The T40 II just produces V-shaped sound withe WAAAAAAAY too much emphasis on high bass, with bass in general sounding hollow and overtakes on the rest of the spectrum. To use the term "audiophile" and "high-end" when talking about these is a miserable load of advertising crap. Bottom line, like I originally said, if you want good speakers, invest a couple more dollars and get a pair that doesn't cater for the masses. Frankly, I wouldn't mind my T40 II malfunctioning again, just so I could have an excuse to throw them to the bin.
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Meh, you pays yer money and you takes yer chances. I bought a pair of these when I needed some very flat speakers to fit under a monitor. They've served me well for about 5 years now, and they sound a lot better than most "computer" speakers. Personally, I'm not so worried if a product is screwed up, I'm a lot more concerned about how the company handles it.
Daed
Just to be clear, I still use them, and I'd go as far as saying that in a spacious environment (living room or a centered desktop), these would probably sound a lot better than in a corner and 40 cm from my face. Additionally, compared to generic desktop speakers, these no doubt present a substantial improvement. However, to slap "Audiophile design" on this speaker set is a load of bullshit, and will inevitably attract negative attention from listeners expecting "audiophile performance".
Should be a decent upgrade from my old Creative Inspire T3030.
These are good speakers but the MD price isn't good at all, stay away from this deal. In UK you can pick these up off Amazon for about £70 Inc postage. On here it comes to around £80+, that's even before adding postage to it!! Wtf Massdrop
CamoGeko
At the current exchange rate these are actually cheaper (8/9) on MD currently. Postage unfortunately is something that's unavoidable.