REVIEW Creative T4 Wireless: This 2.1 is good enough to replace a 5.1 speaker system
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I plugged the T4 into my PC which has my large song collection. It also replaced my 5.1 speaker system on the desktop. But not for one minute did I feel that the audio was lacking in anyway, especially since I had reduced the number of satellites by three. I use the desktop speakers while I am watching movies, especially some old black and white classics that I love. The 5.1 lets me listen to the dialogues without having to max the volume. The T4 let me hear the same at even lower volume levels, thanks to the amazingly crisp sound output of the satellites. I could enjoy a dialogue heavy movie like Paths of Glory, in a apartment just 100 metres away from a Metro construction site with that T4. That should give you a good idea of how good this is.
However, for some strange reason I felt the audio quality was better when it was being streamed wirelessly from my iPhone 4. Maybe the wires are killjoy after all. I tried everything from some vocal only reprise numbers to bass boosted Sean Paul numbers, purely for testing purposes. The performance really left me wondering if I really needed a 5.1 system anymore. The audio was so true and clear all through. Even at the high volumes, there is no crackling or muffling. At times I felt I could see Jimmy Hendrix's fingers move on the strings of his guitar, the music was so clear. Plus, you have the option of plugging in a headphone into the pod for a bit of private time with your music.
Should you buy it?
There is a little detail that I did not mention earlier. My 5.1 cost all of Rs 5,000. The T4 costs six times that. But despite its Rs 29,999 price tag, I recommend this to replace all the other audio devices in your home. This will do. Just take a leap, you won't regret it.