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The central-channel satellite doesn’t differ from the others, save for the contraption for horizontal placement. The cases of all the satellites are made of special dark-color stiff plastic that protects against magnetic fields. The outward solidity is achieved by means of the removable lid wrapped with cloth and carrying the Creative logotype. Well, if you remove it, opening the access to the diffusers, the satellite won’t lose its good looks.

The satellite with the panel removed: it looks no worse!

Now, let’s consider the low-frequency unit. The subwoofer differs from the one of the MegaWorks 510D system in the type of the acoustic enclosure. This time the manufacturer stepped away from the closed scheme and equipped the box with a phase-inverter port. By the way, the internal part of the port is covered with a net that prevents external things from getting into the case. The low-frequency 8” speaker is targeted at the floor and is also protected with a metal grid. Overall, the employed acoustic enclosure of the subwoofer produces an enveloping and deep bass of high power for that size of the box. I could clearly hear that when listening to the system.

The internal part of the phase-inverter port
is covered with a net

There is not so much room inside the subwoofer case
as may seem from the snapshot.
The electronic stuffing occupies most of the room

The box itself is rather large (315x315x315mm); it stands on legs with soft-rubber pads. Besides the big diffuser, the subwoofer case contains PCBs of the power unit and the digital amplifier on powerful field transistors made by the patented B.A.S.H. technology (Bridged Amplifier Switching Hybrid). For the story about the subwoofer to be complete, I took it apart. After removing the rear metal panel I found that the electronics parts fastened to it took up a big portion of the box. To minimize the bounce of the inter-case components, they are all additionally fastened and the wire junctions are covered with a special gluing material. The electrolytic capacitors and throttles towering over the PCBs are coated with this material, too.

The power module

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