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 27/03/2003 | code_kev
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One thing I can't understand. When a company gives you an audidgy card, and a pair of 3 quid speakers with the power and clarity of a gramaphone. Thankfully I have never been in this situation, but many poor souls are. I'm here to save you!

So, 80 quid for 5.1 s :D :D

How do they sound?

Well I'm using a soundblaster live 5.1, and the quality of sound is brilliant, crystal clear, loud, and incredible bass/ treble/ middle. Watching films has never been better! Gaming has never been better! Just watch the matrix with these babys and see what I mean, ear burstingly good!

Music play back is also VERY sweet, infact, it's almost up to my seperates system in terms of sound quality. Just great ;).

So what do you get then?

5 small looking (but well built and heavy ish) speakers, and 1 big subwoofer where all the speakers plug into. All the parts are VERY well built, it even has a seperate remote control for the speakers that sits on your desk top, a small wheel that turns the speakers on and changes volume. I found this feature to be very handy to have indeed, enabling me to change volume far faster then normal.

Setting the speakers up is relitivly easy, all 5 speakers are the same in design, and u have different cable lenghs depending on which goes where. It is worth reading the instructions of course when dealing with something like this. Checking the audio settings of your soundcard helps too, ensuring it is set in to 6 speaker mode.

For gaming, playing games like IL2 Sturmovik is incredible, hearing the plane rattle around you, bullets arking past, wind, flak, it's just perfect. The bass is can be set to thundering levels, and while it can break up (at daft volumes) I have never had a problem. Alot of newer games use EAX too such as unreal 2, and these speakers are fanstastic for this.

Buying these and a decent sound card are a must, don't stand for the rubbish that most companies like to give you! If you don't want to spend so much, and can live with em, I use Sony MDR-EX70LP Fontopia Headphones, they are perfect and offer far better sound quality then even these speakers can do.

kev (currently annoying his parents right now with em, apparently 22.09 is too late for heavy metal hehe:))

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  • coolaskaha published 09/05/2003
    Bit more detail needed but good op! SARAHxx
  • stevie-boy published 28/03/2003
    Good op, but you haven't actually written much on the specs of the speakers! Steve
  • Sexy-Kay published 27/03/2003
    Well I've certainly got some neighbours I'd like to annoy - all sounds okay from what you say - Kay
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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