I’ve become a huge fan of Creative speakers since I started using the Creative T30 last year. In the last few months, I’ve also tested some other products from Creative and all of them didn’t disappoint me.
The newest product that I’ve just tested is the Creative T4 2.1 Wireless Computer Speaker System. Can it keep up with the growing market of high-quality audio equipment? Keep reading my review.
Design & Features
Inside the box, there are 2 satellite speakers, a subwoofer, a RCA-to-3.5mm stereo cable, a wired audio control pod, a remote control, a power cord and user manuals.
The Creative T4W system reminds me of the Bose Companion 5 as they are 2.1 speaker system and both have an audio control pod. It is so difficult to tell which one I prefer because each one has its own advantages. While the Bose system has a more premium design, the Creative T4W is equipped with more advanced features. Specifically, there is an NFC chip on top of the pod, so you can just tap your smartphone and pair it with the system easily. Besides, the T4W requires 1 cord less than the Bose Companion because it features Bluetooth technology. You should be aware that the system is not completely wireless, it requires connections from satellite speakers and control pod to the subwoofer. Anyway, it is good enough because there are less cords on my desktop as I don’t need to connect the system to my MacBook Pro.
The design of the Creative T4W is ok but it looks a little plasticky in my opinion. Cloth grille on the 2 satellite speakers might help deliver a less distorted sound but it provides less protection for drivers underneath.
The only problem I have with the T4 is the auto-off feature. The system might automatically turn itself off while I am enjoying the music. The issue happens occasionally and I really don’t know how to replicate it.
The Bluetooth connection to my MacBook is quite stable and it had only one interruption during the last 3 weeks.
I must say the audio quality on the Creative T4W is unbelievably excellent. You can check out the sound test below, the reproduced sound can’t be accurate but you will get an idea of its sound signature.
If you are really serious about sound quality for your computer, you should get a 2.1 speaker system like the Creative T4. This is exactly what I expect from a 2.1 system. Performance of the subwoofer is outstanding. There is a bass knob on the back of the subwoofer, so you can increase or decrease the bass level easily. It is a little inconvenient because the subwoofer sits on the floor. I would be great if Creative could move it to the control pod and remote control. Anyway, you won’t be disappointed with the low frequency response. I set the bass level at just around 40% and I really enjoy the deep and thunderous bass. I was so worried that the bass could dominate the sound and create a muddy sound, just like what I experienced on the Bose Companion 5. Fortunately, it is not happening on the Creative system as the bass is tighter and cleaner.
The mids are not as powerful but it is enough to produce a great presentation of vocals and instruments. I’ve been listening to the speaker for the last 3 hours while I am writing this article and my ears don’t get tired at all. Besides, the soundstage is impressively great as the two satellite speakers have a very good separation of left and right channel. I believe it has the ability to get you immersed in movies and music performances. The treble is not really bright but it is clean and delivers high notes safely.
- Less-cluttered design
- Features Bluetooth and NFC
- Low price
- Great price
- Average design
- Auto-off feature doesn’t work well
This is my favorite computer speaker so far, therefore, I absolutely recommend the product.