Creative Inspire 5.1 5300

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Creative Inspire 5.1 5300

Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 adds Dolby 5.1 home-theater quality audio to your movies, music, and games. This powerful speaker solution is designed to pr...

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Review of "Creative Inspire 5.1 5300"

published 01/01/2003 | Jaxle
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Pro Superb surround sound for under £80
Cons Will turn your floor into a jungle of wires – but who cares?
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I got my hands on a set of Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 speakers with my new PC system, and to think that I was at first dubious as to whether or not I should shell out 50 quid for an upgrade from the pathetic bog-standard computer speakers!

The set up was easy with the help of a clear and simple diagram of the layout, and there was also help for connecting the speaker system to a variety of different sound cards. Creative also included a useful set of stickers to put on the speakers and wires, to ease the set up further.

I have a large desk so it was easy for me to position the satellites, but if you’re struggling for space then a pair of stands can be purchased separately for the two rear speakers.

The sound is quite simply superb. The powerful sub-woofer works particularly well, and after a short amount of time twiddling the bass level control, I was delighted with the final sound. I am a fan of classical music, and upon playing a CD the sound was bright, clear and a pleasure to listen to.

The surround sound really comes into it’s own when watching movies or playing games. With huge bass, and crystal clear effects speeding to you from every direction, I was amazed at how the speakers add to the overall experience.

One of the most useful features of the system is the compact remote control. This is wired, and plugs into the back of the sub-woofer. From here you can turn the power on and off, and there is a nice big volume wheel. Typically you don’t need the volume up past 45 degrees, but on full-blast the sound quality retains its clarity and brightness. There is not even the slightest hint of distortion.

My one reservation with the system is that it turns the space below your desk into a jungle of wires – there are actually 10 wires running into the sub-woofer, so it can easily become a mess down there. However, this is to be expected with all surround sound systems.

Aesthetically, the stylish black design looks great, and the (removable) front pannels proudly show off the silver creative logo. The wooden subwoofer is of excellent quality.

These really are a fantastic set of speakers, and at under £80 you won’t have to dig too deep into your wallet. They put the traditional pair of poor quality PC speakers to shame – I would recommend an upgrade to all.

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  • ms004902 published 02/09/2003
    Great first op.
  • RobStead published 13/01/2003
    Welcome to Ciao. Fantastic 1st op. It was brilliant. Rob :)
  • Grace_Mallery published 02/01/2003
    This was an excellent first opinion. Welcome to ciao and happy New Year. Bee
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Product Information : Creative Inspire 5.1 5300

Manufacturer's product description

Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 adds Dolby 5.1 home-theater quality audio to your movies, music, and games. This powerful speaker solution is designed to produce 6 discrete channels when combined with a Sound Blaster Audigy or Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 series sound card. Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 creates a 5.1 sound field with 4-channel sound cards. Its wood subwoofer features a highly reinforced cabinet for strong solid bass and its electronically contoured speakers with high-performance drivers are tailored for optimum sound quality. And with 18 watts RMS from its subwoofer and 6 watts RMS per satellite, you are in for the most riveting Dolby 5.1 home theater experience at an unbelievable price.

Product Details

Product Description: Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 - speaker system - for PC

Product Type: Speaker system - PC multimedia - 5.1-channel

Localisation: English

System Components: 5 speakers, subwoofer

Speaker Type: Active

Nominal (RMS) Output Power: 48 Watt

Audio Amplifier: Integrated

Speaker System Details: 5 x satellite speaker - 6 Watt ¦ 1 x subwoofer - 18 Watt

Colour: Black

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

Weight: 9.6 kg

Nominal Output Power (Total): 48 Watt

Response Bandwidth: 47 - 20000 Hz


MPN: 51000000AA137, 51000000AA136, 5390660046964, 51000000AA132, 51000000AA177, CR5300

Product Type: Speaker system - for PC - 5.1-channel

Dimensions (WxDxH) / Weight Details: Satellite speaker : 9.2 cm x 9.6 cm x 11.2 cm ¦ Subwoofer : 25 cm x 22 cm x 22.2 cm

Enclosure Colour: Black

Enclosure Material: Wood, ABS plastic

Grille Colour: Black

Localisation: English

Weight: 9.6 kg

Speaker System

System Components: 5 speakers, subwoofer

Speaker Type: Active

Nominal (RMS) Output Power: 48 Watt

3dB Frequency Response: 47 - 20000 Hz

Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 75 dB

Magnetic Shield: Yes

Audio Amplifier: Integrated

Controls: Balance, power on/off, volume

Nominal Output Power (Total): 48 Watt

Response Bandwidth: 47 - 20000 Hz

Detachable Grilles: Yes

Speaker System Details

Speakers Included: 5 x satellite speaker - 6 Watt - wired ¦ 1 x subwoofer - 18 Watt - wired

Driver Details: Satellite speaker : 1 x high/midrange driver, Satellite speaker : 1 x full-range driver

Driver Details (2nd speaker): Subwoofer : 1 x subwoofer driver


Connector Type: Digital 5.1 channel audio line-in, Digital 5.1 channel audio line-in ( mini-phone stereo 3.5mm x 3 )


Included Accessories: Satellite speaker stand, power adapter, remote control

Remote Control: Remote control - cable

Packaging Type: Retail


Power Device: Power adapter - external, Power adapter - internal

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 2 years, Limited warranty - 2 years


Listed on Ciao since: 10/05/2002