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Stereo PC Speakers, Compared

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

BasXPort Explained

Creative boasts BasXPort technology on the packaging. This acoustically engineered technology is designed to channel sound waves from the inner chamber of the satellite speaker to the soundstage. What you get is enhanced bass without the need for a subwoofer.

First came the T20, and now comes the T20 Series II. Creative has updated its high end GigaWorks speakers.

Design and handling



The predecessors looked pretty good, and these look even better. The gray matte plastic has been replaced by a glossy black finish. The front-mounted controls for power, bass and treble look sleeker, too, and are well built. Apart from the two speakers, the box contains a (bulky) power supply adapter, a stereo-to-stereo audio cable (2m) and a dual RCA-to-stereo adapter (TV adapter).

It seems that changes are merely cosmetic. Once you take off off the grilles, as with the T20’s, you get the same woofer driver with the woven glass-fibre cones and the small tweeter.


Audio experience

The quality is indeed the same as on the previous model. The mid-tones are too dominant, and the highs are watered out. The latter do exist but the sound is too smooth.

The bass, however, is powerful. There is no subwoofer so don’t expect to send the walls trembling. When compared to other 2.0 solutions, it does rather well. What bothers us more than the light highs is the mid-tones: they feel artificial.

All in all Creative has done much to improve the T20s. As a result the T20 Series II still has the flaws and is disappointing for high-end gear. A real shame, because they have great potential.

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
PlusesMinuses
  • Design
  • Well built
  • Unreal mid-tones
  • Watered out highs
  • The design has changed and thats pretty much it. The sound quality has the flaws of its predecessor.