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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2002
As an audiophile with a limited budget, I took the step from a decent used pair of stereo speakers to this 4.1 set because of the price. I will say this: I'm quite satisfied with the performance for the price. This isn't to say that it's the best or is flawless, but it is great for what it should be.
First, the frequency response. As with any Inspire set of speakers, they have a decent response range, though mid-tones get a little muffled in certain settings. Especially those that clip (>75dB) in mid-tones pre-amplified, you will hear lovely crackling sounds and various distortion that you don't get in higher-end speakers. Of course there are not many things in practical use that are so loud in that tone range, so this is rarely encountered. Lower frequencies are quite muted on satellites, as the sub should compensate for the bass. This is great for such applications such as gaming, but doesn't give the best feedback for pure musical listening. Guess this is why a dedicated sound system is best suited for such purposes.
As aforementioned, these speakers are excellent for gaming. Surround sound enhances your perceptions by allowing you to be "in" the action instead of spectating, as you hear sounds coming from all around (assuming you set the speakers up in the correct positions).
One common pitfall is the audio connection. These use two analog 3.5mm stereo jacks (the common headphone kind), which plugs into any surround compatible soundcard. Using them with the Creative Labs Audigy/Live! series of soundcards works perfectly with the bundled "Surround Mixer" application and choosing the "4 speakers" layout; however, if you plug it into a single stereo source instead of 4-channels, you will only hear out of the side (front/rear) that you plug the source into. Be sure to make sure your soundcard supports 4-channel 2-output (front/rear) connectors, or you won't be able to use them! Many on-board 6-channel/5.1 sound chipsets utitlize the optical/digital SPDIF connectors - this is NOT for you! Get speakers with digital input for those systems, or you won't be able to use these.
Overall, these are decent speakers and provide a decent sound experience. Highly recommended to those on a limited budget looking for good surround.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2002
For low cost, these speakers do a good job. Very crisp, clear sound. Unlike other inexpensive speakers, hiss is adequately controlled, and only barely audible at full volume. The subwoofer is a little weak, but turning it up to max produces enough bass. More than enough power and volume unless for almost any home pc application. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2002
I bought these speakers locally and (oops) actually spent a little more for them. They are worth every penny though, crisp and clear highs and midrange, strong bass from the sub woofer.
Don't worry if you don't have a sound card with 4 speaker out just by a "Y-Adapter" from any decent local electronics firm to enjoy music from all 4 speakers.
CD's, MP3's and especially DVD's sound unbeleivably impressive on these speakers. I use it on my laptop when I am home and moved the stereo out of my office, these actually sound better.
Only one complaint, the bass response adjustment is on the back of the sub-woofer, hard to get to if you want to adjust it often and it is on the floor under your desk, but you can pretty much set it and forget it unless you are a bass freak and want to tune it depending on what you are listening to.
My next purchase will be the Extigy external sound card so I can experience true surround sound from this set of speakers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2002
hey... 4.1 speakers for [this price]?.. i got these for sale at [a local store] for [less] so i decided to try them out. i'm a music freak and the stock speakers on my computer weren't doing it for me so i decided to spurge... (yah, they were only 50 bucks.. but i'm a student with limited resources) anyways.. i don't have a 4 speaker sound card so i connected the front and back speakers using a dual input wire. i think you can buy that for a dollar anywhere. i set them up on my desk, clicked on winamp and.. wow.. music to my ears. even when i blast it, the speakers don't seem like they're being over worked. the bass isn't earth shattering but you can definitely feel it if you were in another room. for the priced you'd normally pay to get a 2.1 speaker system, you can get a very good 4.1 speaker system.. if you're looking into getting speakers that aren't pricy, check these out
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
This was my first set of surround speakers, and they just died after 12 years, But I'm happy with my purchase. They provided excellent sound, decent base and were sturdy and they lasted 12 years.

Update March 15, 2014: I did more investigating in regard to the broken speakers and found one of the RCA connectors (internally) was getting lose and caused it to stop working. I re-seated it by firmly pushing it back into position and it works wonderfully again. So hopefully I'll get another 12 years out of these
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2002
I have a Creative sound card in my PC. I have a Creative Nomad Mp3 player. I love them both. Soo....I figured the Creative 4.1 4400's will be great. Wrong. I really wanted to love these speakers. Truly. But I couldn't. Amazon was fantastic in getting them to me in 2 days...ground. Once they were installed, they sounded "fine" at a VERY low volume. Once you decide to crank it up, you have noise all over the place. Gaming? Solitaire might be ok....MOHAA or the like is another story. A couple explosions and it sounds like you've blown up the "sub".
If you just want speakers to replace the PC speaker, these are for you. But if you want something with great sound and decent power, look elsewhere. I ended up with some Altec Lansing 641's, and I can tell you that I can't be happier. (Just a recommendation)
By the way, Amazon fantastic in handling my return.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2002
I recently had to upgrade my sound card and figured i'd replace the speakers to. I am a student with limited resources so when I saw the...price tag on these, I knew I had to get them. The sound quality is extremely high, and bass is very good. the only problem i have is the volume remote can be a bit touchy. however, if i could give a product six stars, this would be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2002
I got these speakers for my son for Christmas and I am very pleased with the sound. To be honest I really didn't think speakers that didn't cost very muchwould sound this nice. If you don't need speakers that will play loud enough to break windows I think you will be happy with them. I will surely look into Creative Labs speakers when I move up to 5.1's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2009
I'm using these as my speakers for my Sony Bravia V-Series KDL-40V4100 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV. It sounds great not true surround sound but really powerful stereo sound. Can't beat free, I bought these back in 2003 in walmart($40.00) when I was in the army back in Ft Sill as my laptop speakers. Now it's still going strong. Not really hard to please and not wanting to spend anything just want better sound than the one that came with the TV. I'm also using this (Logitech 5.1 Game Console Adapter Convert Rca Plugs To A Single 1/8) to connect this speaker system to the TV. I want to reiterate than when connected to the TV it just produces stereo sound and not true surround sound but it suffices for me:)
I'm having a blast with this uber cheap home theater set-up that is less than $1500 dollars(including the price of a PS3)!!!

Review Written: July 10, 2011
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2003
When I purchased these speakers, I expected to get fairly decent computer speakers with a rear channel, and nothing more. I have used many poor quality speakers over the years, many of which costed much more than these, and hoped that these would at least outlast my previous purchases. I was taken completely by surprise by the quality of these speakers. For such a small package (and relatively low power), these things deliver strong, clean bass while still having excellent midrange quality. Loading in the Matrix DVD provided near-movie theater quality sound, and gaming became much more exciting with the ability to hear rockets flying past my head. I simply cannot endorse this product enough. If you want to break into the world of surround sound, you will not find a better value.
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