7.1 channels of surround sound people, that's where we are today. Now, if you asked me a year ago whether the average X or Y chromosome based individual could hear the actual difference between 5.1 and 7.1 I would have said no. But you see, a day after our review on Creative Lab's Audigy 4 Pro review they, Creative Labs, contacted us and asked us if we wanted to review their high-end 7.1 speaker series to complement that soundcard.
Skeptic at first, is what I was, because the actual speaker set that we are testing today has already been on the market for roughly a year and a half and could be considered a little dated. Today's product my friends are the THX certified (Lucas Film tested and approved) high-end series speakers from Creative Labs, the 7.1 surround sound Gigaworks S750. The latest Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES standards will finally get the attention they deserve in your PC room or even small living room.
Story time: so it's Wednesday, a courier stops in front of our building. A thin blonde girl walk out (yes it catches the eye you know). So I notice this big box that says Creative. She picks it up and almost hurt her little back there. Considering she was a little thin I walk over there and asked if I could help her by carrying the box. I pick up the box and nearly threw out my back as well. As I always say, if a product is really heavy, it's most likely quality... or you are getting screwed over with bricks in the package!
Right then, after a little weight-lifting (I'm guessing the package weighed 30 kilograms easily) I notice these are in fact the top of the line Gigaworks S750 7.1 speakers from Creative Labs.
So 7.1 surround sound, do we really need to invest in it ? Ehm, no. But I can tell you it does make a very nice difference over the traditional 5.1 setup for sure. I'll explain all that on this multi-purpose speaker set later on when I will talk a little about my game/movie/music experiences in combination with the GigaWorks S750's.
First let's have a look at the specifications, some photo's and then we'll get to the experiences and my verdict.
Creative Labs SoundBlaster ZXR Review We review the Creative Labs SoundBlaster ZXR. Creative Labs has been a powerhouse force in the world of PC audio ever since there was such a concept as PC audio.
Creative Labs Gigaworks S750 7.1 Speakers So 7.1 surround sound, do we really need to invest in it ? Ehm, no ... But I can tell you it does make a very nice difference over the traditional 5.1 setup for sure. I'll explain all that on this multi purpose speaker set later on when I will talk a little about my game/movie/music experiences in combination with the GigaWorks S750's.
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro In December something big was released by Creative labs. And the fun thing is .. almost all of you missed it didn't you? Really silently Creative Labs pushed forward a new soundcard under the label Audigy 4 You'd expect a big marketing campaign with bells and whistles and preferably gorgeous blonde women jumping up and down with the soundcard ... but that did not happen.