We decided to start reviewing acoustic systems from three products by Creative Labs: three speaker sets.
The speaker systems from this company have always been popular among users who want to get the best at an adequate price. The three systems we review today belong to different market segments. Those of you who are building up a home theater and want to purchase a 6.1 system may be interested in Inspire 6.1 6700, which launch is intended to accompany Audigy2. Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 may be connected either to the computer or home audio appliances, while the nice pair of elegant satellites, I-Trigue 2.1, helps to free some space on your work desk.
Specifications summary of the considered products will help you to get a better idea of what we are going to play with today:
Creative Inspire 6.1 6700
Creative Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800
Creative I-Trigue 2.1 3300
Front and rear – 8W RMS
Subwoofer driver diameter
Satellites driver diameter (or flat panel dimensions)
Subwoofer cabinet material
Satellites cabinet material
Aluminum and plastic
Remote control unit dimensions
Creative Inspire 6.1 6700
Having released its seven-channel Audigy2 sound card unto the market, Creative couldn’t help supporting it with an appropriate speaker system. That’s why Inspire 6.1 6700 was developed. This set includes a central satellite (20W RMS), five identical surround satellites (5x8W RMS) and a powerful subwoofer (22W RMS). The frequency response lies between 40Hz and 20kHz with a SNR over 75dB. The system comes in a large colorful box, just like any other Creative speaker system.
The satellites cabinets and the remote control unit are made of high impact polystyrene that is shockproof as well as temperature resistant (the melting temperature of this polymer is 250oC). This material is widely used in home electrical appliances (back panels of TV-sets, casing for recorders and receivers and so on).
The satellites have an elegant look that won’t ruin the stylish interior of your desk. Each of them has a false-panel covered by black fabric (false-panels are better left intact in order not to spoil the outer looks of the system). Special rubber-soled bases are included: they prevent the satellites from sliding around the desk. Every satellite (except the central one) can also be mounted on the wall: there is a special hole on the back side of the satellite cabinet. The central satellite comes with a special base to put it onto the display. When set on top of the display, the satellite gets slightly bent to the front.
The black fabric false-panel serves to make satellites look esthetically nice.
You’d better not remove it.
Small, but powerful 10W neodymium dynamic speakers from Cambridge Sound Works (CSW) are used in the satellites’ heads. These speakers were specifically developed for computer systems; at least the manufacturer hid the magnet behind a screen to eliminate interference with the display. The central satellite is larger than the others and has a bigger speaker; its suspension is softer than in the surround satellites. The satellites cabinets are filled with synthetic wool that performs damping functions. The cable aperture at the backside is covered with a special hermetic material from inside so that the cable wouldn’t twist up (some manufacturers save on it and just tie up the outgoing cable).
The satellite cabinet is stuffed with synthetic wool