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Creative MegaWorks 510D 5.1 system review

For some time Creative Labs/Cambridge SoundWorks had been happy enough with releasing low/mid-range priced multimedia systems, while the likes of Videologic & Klipsch were much more prominent when it came to the high end. The higher-end priced Creative systems at the time were more due to the fact they included a Dolby Digital decoder than anything else.

Finally though they’ve decided to raise the bar on their own multimedia systems, & now offer the MegaWorks 210D & 510D – high end 2.1 & 5.1 speaker systems based on the Newton Series MC50 satellites, as offered by Cambridge SoundWorks, with the 510D offering 500 Watts RMS of power, much like the Klipsch Promedia 5.1.

In this review I’ll take a look at what this system has to offer you & whether Creative’s long awaited re-entry into high-end multimedia speakers has actually been worth it.

 

Contents, Manual & Installation

Initially when I was informed I’d be getting sent the MegaWorks I wasn’t sure which version I’d be sent, the 210D or 510D. A few days later when I got home this rather large package was awaiting me, so the 510D it was. Everything inside was packed rather neatly, securely and safely, with pretty much every item in its own plastic seal & polystyrene compartment. Here’s a quick overview of what you get with the system;

  • 5 satellite speakers with individual desktop stands

  • Adjustable monitor stand (for centre speaker)

  • Wood Subwoofer

  • Ergonomic designed wired master volume control

  • 3 9 foot/3m cables for each front & centre satellite

  • 2 16 foot/5m cables for each surround satellite

  • Power supply cables

  • User's Guide

The manual for the system is rather large, more so due to the variety of languages its wrote in than it containing lots of information. One of the nicer surprises of the package was the fact that it contained both a European & UK/Ireland power cable.

Setting up the components wasn’t too difficult with the only small niggles being the cable lengths weren’t printed their plastic bags & there was no mention of connecting the red tagged cable into the red plug & black one into the black plug of the satellites – fairly logic enough though maybe not to everyone. After connecting the speaker cables to the satellites all I needed to do was decide whether or not I wanted to use the stands they are attached to (Attached with thumbscrews) & position them. Should you need to a wall mounting kit is provided, though stands are not included for the system. The center satellite features an adjustable stand allowing you greater control over the angle it is to be tilted at. With Creative’s cheaper systems, e.g. Inspire 5300, 2 stands are include for this purpose – 1 regular stand, the other titled down (For placement on a monitor for example), the center stand also features strips in which to attach Velcro strips so you can firmly mount that channel into place.

Once I had the satellites all positioned I placed the subwoofer beneath my desk & connected the satellites, remote & power cords to it. Finally I connected both my Audigy & nForce (Later, Extigy) to the system using the digital & analog inputs respectively.

Though the package lacks “proper” stands for placing the rear satellites high off the ground (or wherever), though while testing out the system with my DVD setup I was able to fit 2 satellites to 2 monopole metal stands I purchased from Argos. These came in at a much cheaper price than the Creative Labs alternative nicely enough & worked just fine.

 



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