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The components of the Creative Inspire T5900 speaker system

So, the Inspire T5900 set consists of five satellites, a subwoofer and a wired remote control. I think we should start our acquaintance with the system from the design of the satellites.


A satellite with the faceplate removed

The satellites do please the eye – they can become an embellishment of your desk. The front panels of the satellites are covered with faceplates upholstered with black cloth. These faceplates contribute a lot to the aesthetical qualities of the system at large; removing them would strip the system of much of its charm. This is purely my personal opinion, though. For example, the colorful package of the system depicts satellites without the faceplates. The satellites are not quite up to the current standards: the employed 2.5” mid-range drivers are manufactured by an out-dated technology with the wires outputted to the outside of the cardboard diaphragm. The central speaker and the front pair of the satellites are equipped with rather cheap paired 1” cone-type tweeters to reproduce the top of the frequency range. The satellite cabinets are stuffed with synthetic wool. I didn’t find a band-pass filter board here, like I did in the satellites of the MegaWorks system, for example.

The cases of the satellites are made of robust polystyrene. Each comes with a special stand that looks like an aluminum chassis on rubber soles. Besides putting the satellites on these stands, the front pair and the central speaker can be mounted on the wall – there’s a slit for the screw at the real of panel of each of them. A special chassis accompanies the central speaker, for placing it on top of the monitor (when positioned on this stand, the speaker looks downwards). Floor stands can be purchased optionally for the pair of rear speakers. The rear pair of satellites have clamps for the signal wires whereas the front pair and the central speaker have no clamps, as their wires are firmly fastened in their cases.


The connectors on the subwoofer back panel

The subwoofer is designed with a phase inverter. It is a black wooden box (with sides of chipboard) where the bass port goes out on the front panel, while the low-frequency driver is oriented sideways. The rear panel offers sockets to attach the satellites and the remote control to as well as line inputs for the computer’s audio card.


The wired remote control of the system

The remote control has a volume control wheel, combined with a turn-off switch, and a timbre wheel. Sockets for headphones and an additional stereo source are placed on the side; that’s handy if you always keep the control within reach as you can quickly attach an audio player or anything else to the speaker system. The remote control itself can be fastened to a flat surface with a double-sided adhesive strip enclosed with the Inspire T5900.

 
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