The Good Stylish mini-tallboy PC speaker with high-quality dual midrange drivers; easy access to volume, treble, and bass controls; headphone jack; provisions for optional iPod dock.
The Bad May be too tall for some tastes; rear power switch and overly bright power light mar an otherwise slick design; no option to add subwoofer.
The Bottom Line The Creative GigaWorks T40 is a good choice for those looking for larger than average size and sound in their PC speakers.
Creative GigaWorks T40 PC Multimedia Speakers
Creative offers an impressively wide range of PC, iPod, and multimedia speakers--at least 20, by our count. But we were drawn to the company's GigaWorks T40, a set of unusually tall (12.5 inches) stereo PC speakers that retail for less than $150. The slender but deep desktop speakers boast a pair of woven glass-fiber cones and a soft dome tweeter, decked out in the classic midrange/tweeter/midrange array. The drivers are impressive--higher quality than we normally expect in this price class. The GigaWorks T40 is big enough to sound good with music, movies, and games, and its compact 4.5-by-6-inch footprint won't hog too much desktop space. Just be sure you're OK with speakers that will almost be as tall as your PC monitor.
The GigaWorks T40 system consists of a pair of 12.5-inch tall desktop speakers. The rounded black plastic cabinets with glossy metallic gray baffles are hardly beauty-contest winners, but the design is tastefully done. The right speaker is easily distinguished from the left because it's the one with volume, bass, and treble controls. Better yet, instead of up/down buttons, the GigaWorks T40 has knobs, so it's easy to set the exact volume and tonal balance. And since the tone controls are conveniently placed, we frequently used them to fine-tune the sound when we changed between CDs and DVDs. The fronts of both speakers are canted back to project sound up toward the listener. On the top of each speaker you'll find a bass-enhancing "BasXPort."
The system comes with a 2-meter stereo audio cable with 3.5mm jacks and a stereo 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter that you could use to hook up a TV or DVD player to the GigaWorks T40. Plug the cable (or the adapter) into the jack on the rear of the right speaker, and run the cable to your PC--or anything else with a headphone or line-out jack.
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