So a few weeks ago, I had reviewed one of the best bang for your buck portable bluetooth speakers, the Creative Roar. So I decided to give a try on another product from the same company and this time, its a set of desk speakers. Its similar to the T40 model which had received good reviews, but the model I have here, this now comes with Bluetooth, NFC, and of course the traditional wired capabilities. Logitech, Bose, Altec Lansing are known for making desktop speakers, but none currently offer the option of having a wireless connection. And the reason why you would want to go with a desktop speaker instead of a portable bluetooth speaker, is audio separation. You want distinct left and right audio channels which most if not all bluetooth speakers really have trouble in.
Going over the physical features first, these are bigger in person than what I thought. They stand a little over 12 inches tall (12.4” 316mm) and 3 and half inches wide (3.6” 91mm) with decent depth of 7.3 inches deep. (186mm). Its not a bad thing they’re big, as they do exude, the look of being beyond your normal pair of desk speakers. The front looks good in my opinion with its glossy black finish and its woven fiber drivers in gold. The middle has a dome tweeter in which I’ll discuss its audio performance shortly, but overall, its one classy looking setup.
The right speaker has your adjustments for both bass and treble with the volume knob on the far right. Directly below is the Power and Bluetooth pairing buttons on either sides that glows white when in use. And for convenience, there is a 3.5mm output for using this setup with your headphones instead.
Looking at the very top, there is a bass port and rotating to the rears here, the left speaker has a fixed audio cable that stretches a reasonable 5 feet to connect to the right speaker. There’s also a 3.5mm input for connecting your device physically, rather than Bluetooth, the rca port for connecting again that left channel speaker, and last is your power port that offers a power cable that's approx. 8 and half feet long.
But, as stated earlier, you can pair this with your phone or tablet and have wireless music or movies playing from afar via Bluetooth. And also a huge plus, for those with NFC, or Near Field Communications, you can just tap your phone ontop the right speaker, and this will pair your device for you. Now, I was able to achieve a consistent signal before the audio become distorted, by going downstairs and a few feet prior to the opposite side of the house, it retained that connection. Thats several walls and the first floor ceiling, giving a total linear distance approx. 40 feet. Thats not bad at all.
Now regarding the sound test, keep in mind the T50’s I have here and like many desktop speakers, they’re a 2.0 system, basically two speakers without a subwoofer. Bass levels do hit higher than portable Bluetooth speakers, so for sure these are the goto system if you do value a bit more bass. For a 2.0 system, again without a subwoofer, they’re good, but don’t expect it to be hitting those deep sub-bass levels. Mid levels are clear and distinct for areas of vocals in music and actor voices in movies. As for high notes, they do good in general, but if watching movies, especially those with a lot of explosions, sounds of fire and glass breaking where it hits those high notes, it does very slightly get muffled. Not tinging, but the highs get a little jumbled and it loses just a tiny bit of clarity. As for music, for the average consumer, I don’t believe they’ll notice it until, you put the volume at a very high level.
These do get very loud for small to medium sized rooms and personal listening… Leaving these at 50% volume was loud enough for most situations, and for large rooms, yes, these can provide audio in a large room, but it would just be audio. You wouldn't be able to hear the minute details to really throw down a party.
As for watching movies, the speakers still do well, but only for personal listening. At far off distances, audio separation is not as apparent. However, if you’re sitting at a home desk or dorm room desk, sitting a few feet away from these speakers, the left and right audio channel separation is really good then.
Now, I’m glad Creative offers a bass and treble knob, offering on the fly adjustments. The Bass doesn’t fluctuate too much on the T50’s, but the speakers themselves has enough bass from the get go to still be appreciated. Overall, the sound signature feels balanced to me offering a good range of music genres to listen to.
Overall, if you’re looking for a 2.0 system, these will really do justice. If you don’t need the portability and need better sound in your personal area, office, dorm room, these do work great. If you’re looking for something more bass heavy or more of a multi-media system that comes with a subwoofer, maybe a louder system, connects to your xbox and computer at the same time, you may look into the T4 model from Creative
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