Pros Crisp highs, clear mid range, powerfull bass, useful controls, compact size, not bad price (£63) from PC World, usefull grills to protect the speakers (I don't use them as they look much better without)
Cons Not too bass-heavy (this isn't a real problem for me as it makes them sound clearer and more realistic)
Summary I bought the Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II from PC World yesterday, VERY pleased with them, very high quality realistic sound, the series II has an auxillary in on the front like the T20s wich I found very usefull, they also don't have the overly bright power indicator light, instead they have a light which backlights the volume control which looks very nice. They also have the on/off switch built into the volume control (like the T20s) instead of the inconvenient one on the back of the speakers. I highly recommend these speakers to anyone who wants high quality sound without excessive bass.
Pros Bass is nice for such small speakers.
Cons But except bass everything else is horrible for such a price. Mid-range is damped (honestly, my cellphone does a similar job in the mid-range), high-frequencies are too bright, the bass is too saturated and the volume control for the bass doesn't affect t
Pros Easy to use, sound reasonably accurate with the treble turned all the way down
Cons Too much sugary bright treble for my taste - have to turn the treble control all the way down to make these speakers sound more like my studio monitors
Summary I had heard these sound 90% as good as the M-Audio AV40, but I am not thrilled with them. As PC speakers go, they are not really better than your run-of-mill $40 speakers, and they are way hyped on the high end with the treble control set at neutral. If you are wanting cheap studio monitors, save your $ and maybe get the AV40s for $119 or the Alesis M1 Active 520 USB monitors when they come out (May 2009) for $199.
Pros Great sound quality, Looks Great, Amazing Quality For The Price.
Cons May distort at higher volume when playing older, lesser quality recordings.
Summary I use the Gigaworks T40 speakers daily as monitors for my Korg R3 Synth. The sound is unmatched for the price. Super clear highs, some of the best midrange i have ever heard from computer speakers, and decent bass. I also use them with my computer and they sound just as great. Great for audiophiles who love rock, metal, and electronic, especially trance and club music. Note: they may strain and distort when listening to older recordings at max volume. I would recommend adding Creative's Xmod sound enhancer module to these speakers. It significantly improves the sound quality of these already amazing speakers, the Xmod and the T40 speakers together will make you think you are listening to a system that costs much, much more. An excellent buy. I would buy these again in an instant.
Pros Great Design, build quality, sound
Cons None I can think of.
Summary These are one of the best 2.0 speaker systems I have used. The sound these put out are great! Nice mids and highs with tight controlled bass. I hate the 2.1 systems that have a sub and muds up the whole sound signature. You get good bass without needing a sub here. The design and build quality are top notch. I prefer these speakers over my M-audio studios in the other room. The M-audios even cost more.