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Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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4 out of 5 eggs "Collin C." below me - READ THIS! 04/27/2014

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: Hello "Collin C" who posted his review below mine:

If speakers distort at <50% volume, ==> you're overloading their amplified input. GET IT?
I admit it's an engineer in me who is irritated by the common folks who buy a piece of technology, abuse it and complain "it didn't last", but fact is - can you even read the specs? What does 28Watt RMS power into 2 channels tell you my friend?, it tells me 14 Watt per channel of root-mean-square sinusoidal power in electrical (not audio) terms. Does that sound like a huge audio pressure able to shake your walls?
Anyway, I apologize for sarcasm, but:
You have blown your speakers by overloading their input with an ALREADY AMPLIFIED signal from your source - your mistake, not manufacturer's.
It is equivalent to buying an Intel processor, overclocking/overheatign it repeatedly , during hot humid sessions, maybe knckng on it with a hammer to make sure it runs faster, and then accusing Intel "it didn't last, like server XEON [which $costs multiple times more] does"

P.S. Fact that I don't work for Creative Labs nor trying to promote their product for personal gain, is verifyable by the fact that I had posted numerous reviews (not only Newegg, but the other big eTailers) linked to a variety of products/manufactuer's, I obviously cannot work for 50 so,me companies at once; OK, I just post this review which seems like a kiss for Creative, NOT on their behalf, but on behalf of all engineers who struggle with certain type of a customer. No matter how well one designs a product, there's always a customer - specifically in America, who will find ways to abuse and destroy it.
Someone is sending an ALREADY amplified signal into another amplifier and claims "distortion", wow,
OF COURSE DISTORTION! - you fried speakers, with own action.

Cons: Uneducatd folks annoy me.
Also using this opportunity - not just speakers, but in GENERAL - people, when you review & mark it "negative', do NOT review shipping!
This is not a place to review UPS, FedEx, USPS or whatever else, if shipping was slow go complain elsehwere, here I only care for a PRODUCT review.

Other Thoughts: Some of my thoughts are dangerous.

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Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Ecxellent for $price, & not best in general 03/21/2014

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: My 2nd pair (1st original from 3 years ago, left at former job/coworker). For the price, they're a bargain given good performance vs. physical volume.
Physics dictates a minimum volume of cavity to emit audiowaves of certain frequencies, and CreativeT20's are excellent, all if not "too much" is included (cables, Yadapter). Perfect appearance, though to people of my kind appearance is nowhere as important as performance. Detachable grilles are a nice touch for this cheap price, no obnoxious superbright blue LED's seen on products of the past era, good materials for drivers (woven glass, etc.) though see "Cons" section below.
Only few other choices exist for a portable, good audio performance (& good looking!) Ampified Speakers for your work desktop, computer desk, secondary system besides your main "home/monster sized" audio.

Cons: No Cons for an average person, not exposed to high-end stuff; and don't dare to complain for their price - a mircale manufactured with this reasonable audio/sound.
But since I am SPOILED, & my music taste, education/tech background isn't average, an elitist could blast these as junk :) if they forget the price.
First a minor thing - glossy/"piano" surfaces attract basic consumers, yet for us in a professional world they attract dust/fingertips (static cling), rather than attention; also I'd like DCpower cord to be softer, not that rigid cheapo, don't want LED on PSU (powersupply) and I will remove Blue ring LED on speaker but NEVER follow my thoughts as I've been doing electronics since late 1980's (EE) so most people will end up destroying their speakers.
These are miniscule things, normal people ignore.
Now a more serious thing is me having listened to $1000+ speakers which are also VERY compact. I got Prodipe Pro8 ver2 as one example, not sold in USA (why wouldn't Newegg stock them?), only in Europe (Germany/France, had to pay shipping, EUR conversion!), small studio Monitors, and others. They define BANDWIDTH professional, in a specific cutoff rate in dB, these CreativeT20's for 70 bucks I paid obviously won't go there. WHo decided their bandwidth is 50Hz-20KHz I don't know, but I know Heavy Music (Black/DeathDoom Metal, Symphonic Metal, Power/Speed, Classical, underground Rap) as well as fine Trance-Ambient, or Medieval European Pre-Music (earlier than 17th century) is something I surely can feel severe difference between these & more professional speakers.
This might be a waste of a "CON"'s section because - bottom line, these are NOT cons for a cheap speaker.
I say nothing sounds better than these T20's for a little desktop or computer use for under 100 bucks, +good looks. Just annoyed by dust attraction so will wipe glossy panel with antistatic (don't wipe drivers/grille, etc., will damage!!)

Other Thoughts: As I said I am spoiled by real good adio & my music taste is very Heavy + Esoteric. From Dimmu Borgir to Medieval chants, it's not easy to reproduce on cheap speakers.
Not to be unexpected from a EE Engineer.
NO spell check - sorry for typos, busy, typing in darkness

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NVIDIA Gift - DUKE NUKEM FOREVER Game Coupon
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs don't include this FREE addon w/Videocards - even if FREE 03/29/2013

This review is from: NVIDIA Gift - DUKE NUKEM FOREVER Game Coupon

Pros: FREE.
The Videocard

Cons: 1) Waste of paper, consumer paper comes from trees (prof. paper is from Cotton).
2) Waste of valuable time, life is short.
Lets not include useless paperwork with otherwise excellent VideoCards, b/c I had spent time installing it 1st time in year 2011, this year 2013 it came again with eVGA videocard.
Videocard is excellent, 5eggs, but coupon is not necessary.

Other Thoughts: It maybe included to DEMO certain features/specs of Videocard it came with, even though game itself is bad, it merely demonstrates functionality of hardware.
But maybe choose some better game or DEMO software to achieve same goal? Perhaps it wouldn't be free, then.

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