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Creative I-Trigue 2.1 3300

This stylish-looking speaker system was developed by Creative for notebooks and portable audio devices owners. Of course, the user is not supposed to carry it anywhere on his back, but any portable device is often used stationary.

This system includes two satellites and a subwoofer and a wired remote control unit for the sound and bass volume adjustment. The control is attached to the subwoofer via a composite connector.


The remote control unit from I-Trigue set

The satellites are designed as metal stands with rubber soles. The speakers are hidden behind the black false-panels. An opaque plastic panel covers the satellite from behind. Every satellite has three mini-speakers connected in parallel.


The system satellites are designed as metal stands.

The acoustic enclosure of the subwoofer doesn’t differ from the Inspire boxes. Only the phase-inverter port is silver-plated, but this doesn’t matter for the quality of the sound. The amplifier is based on Creative CT1975-SAM. The only thing known about them is the output power (22W subwoofer and 8W each satellite). By the way, Creative used these amplifiers in the previous generation speaker systems, like FPS-1000 and FPS-1500.

By the way, haven’t you ever noticed that the manufacturer always writes the full response frequency range in the specs? In practice, this range is often narrower. Creative specified 30Hz – 20kHz for I-Trigue. The audio-analyzer showed 40Hz – 16kHz and, moreover, there is a slump in the gain-frequency characteristic in the high-frequency part of the spectrum. In other words, if you cut out the middle of a 20cm ruler, then glue the two remaining pieces together and say that the ruler still measures from 0 to 20 cm, it will be absolutely the same thing. And there is no mention of the missing middle.

Anyway, the system produced high and medium frequencies quite clearly in aural tests. The sound is clear and transparent; its sources were accurately positioned around the stereo-panorama. On the other hand, the timbres were rather unnatural and unvaried. There is a good reserve of power, adequate to a system of this class. As for the bass, the system lacks depth and fundamentality. Although the bass is saturated, most bass compositions sound unnatural; some instruments fall out. Something similar happens to the medium frequencies, though. At the maximum volume, there is no overdrive of the subwoofer, but certain noises are present. Jazz compositions don’t sound right; there are distortions of a number of instruments. When I listened to a Lux Aeterna chorus there was some confusion: you couldn’t single any voice out. The dynamic range of the system is narrow; fortepiano accents are not implemented appropriately.

I-Trigue costs about $100, which is not a very good price/quality ratio. Do you want to pay more for the nice looks of the satellites?


Gain-frequency characteristic of Creative I-Trigue 2.1 3300

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Gain-frequency characteristic of Creative I-Trigue 2.1 3300 subwoofer

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Highs:

  • Nice-looking satellites;
  • Appropriate power potential;
  • Remote control unit with the turn-off button.

Lows:

  • Rather high price;
  • Doesn’t correspond to the claimed specifications;
  • Gain-frequency characteristic slumps at high frequencies.
 
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