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The Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II PC speaker set is aimed at those want a simple stereo set-up for listening to music and other day-to-day audio functions, rather than a complicated 7.1 kit for gaming surround sound. Priced at around £65, the T20s aren't exactly cheap, but do they offer the performance to justify the price tag?
Creative has certainly got the design of these speakers bang on. We love the curvaceous look and the sleek, glossy black front panels. The speakers come with cloth front grilles, but, as these are detachable, you don't have to use them and there's a certain charm to the look of the set when the grilles are left off.
Setting up the T20s is straightforward. It's just a matter of hooking up the power supply, connecting a single lead from the right speaker to the left one and then linking your sound card's audio out to the mini jack input on the rear of the right speaker's casing. All the necessarily leads are provided in the box.
The controls are all housed on the front of the right speaker, with the volume control doubling as the on/off switch. When the speakers are on, this control is circled by a cool-looking blue light that manages not to be too distracting when placed beside your monitor. Next to the volume control is another pair of dials for controlling bass and treble levels, and, under these, are a headphone output socket and an auxiliary input for hooking up external devices such as MP3 players.