From music to videos to gaming, we use our PC speakers now more than ever -- especially with the increasing use of audio on web sites. A good set of speakers adds to your experience. If you're getting tired of PC speakers that deliver merely "okay" sound, check out this review of the Creative Inspire T6100. It just might be the system you crave.
Sound quality and depth are often somewhere at the bottom of most people's lists when it comes to their computers. I know that for me, my cheapo stereo speakers were intended as a stand-in for a few weeks until funds arose, and three or four years later they're only just going. They weren't the best, they weren't the biggest, and certainly weren't the loudest (they didn't even have a built-in amplifier), but they did well enough.
But eventually I grew tired of the upper volume limits and weak bass, and I craved more. There is a wide range of speaker systems around, from 2.1 setups with stereo speakers and a sub-woofer, to full 7.1 surround sound designed to engulf you from all angles. I had decided that a 5.1 system would be enough and eventually I picked the mid-range Creative Inspire T6100.
As with many things, I bought the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version. It cost 35.55 pounds (UK), and saved about 10 pounds (UK) off the retail version which comes in a pretty store-friendly box. In the US the system retails for about $80.
Creative has a mixed reputation among enthusiasts. There is no doubt that their reputation for sound quality is tremendous, but with a history of buggy sound card drivers and a near stranglehold on the sound card market for many years, they aren't always everyone's favorite.
But let's put that aside and look at the speakers themselves.
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