Markets for multi-channel speakers for PC have not seen many updates for a while. Recently, we got the Creative Inspire T6160, a 5.1 speaker for PC and Creative has promised to bring realistic surround sound to your desktop with this set of affordable speakers.
Creative Inspire T6160: Sound Quality
The Creative Inspire T6160 was tested in the labs at PCWorld.in.
As usual, we started the audition with Creative's own Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic with our reference FLAC files queuing up on the Foobar2k player. In music playback, the Inspire T6160 delivered smooth highs and sufficient amount of upper mids. Cymbals and high hats sounded bright and but still could have been more articulate.
This was audible while playing tracks like Jack Johnson's Horizon Has Been Defeated or Radiohead's High and Dry. Vocals and guitars could have sounded richer with more depth as the lower mid range was lacking. The Logitech X-540 which falls in the same price range performed much better in this regard. But for higher frequencies, the Creative Inspire T6160 has bright and sparkling treble.
The Creative Inspire T6160 plays mid-bass well but is not able to reach the deep low-ends. The bass is punchy, warm and has good timing which is good for a budget system. But once again, the Logitech X-540's subwoofer has much more depth, detail and impact. The bass on the Inspire T6160 is just enough for playing music at moderate volume but towards the louder volume they tend to become boomy. In short, don't expect an earth-shattering bass from this budget system.
Be it a classical piece, smooth jazz, hip hop or heavy metal, one thing is clear, the Creative Inspire T6160 has bright highs but lacks details, articulacy and depth for the rest of the frequencies. Besides, they sound best at moderate volume as going beyond 80 percent of the maximum volume caused the sound to become badly distorted and painful to the ears.
In gaming and movies, the Creative Inspire T6160 failed to deliver. Movie and game dialogues were not as sharp and crisp as we heard on the Logitech X540. Further, the subwoofer failed to cope up with most of the actions scenes incorporating huge explosions and in one scene the roaring of a plane engine made the sub literally shake. Imaging and soundstage was good though at moderate volume. However, it fails to deliver distinctive sound across the whole frequency range. For immersive gaming and explosive bass experience, the Logitech X-540 is a much better bet.
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