Creative Inspire 6700 6.1 Speakers review




The Subwoofer comes in a rectangular, black finished, wooden enclosure. Wood is used as it generally provides better quality bass and less distortion than other materials (at least the cheaper ones). Design wise, its appearance is similar to those of previous Inspire systems, though both size and weight are greater than in the Inspire 5300ís. The system also uses a ported design as opposed to a down-firing one as seen with the MegaWorks 510D reviewed previously. As stated before, using a ported design allows for improved bass efficiency at much lower frequencies.

Thankfully enough the Bass level control is now located on the remote controller rather than on the rear of the Subwoofer along with all the other connections. This is a nice improvement and should make on the fly bass volume adjustments much more convenient.

The Subwoofer enclosure also houses the amplifier and all connections, like in most other multimedia systems around the same price level and some of the ones we have covered before. The SNR for the system is rated at 75dB for the Analog Inputs. Performance wise, the subwoofer offers 22 Watts RMS of power with a response range of down to 40Hz. Technical specs give us a hint that this subwoofer should offer a somewhat better performance than the one in the Inspire 5300ís, the 5.1 sibling of this system.

Now from what I could notice during tests, the overall output of the sub was fairly decent and I would say, noticeably more powerful than the 5300ís, which I always felt was somewhat lacking in Bass punch. Perhaps not a huge difference, though a respectable improvement. Similarly to its predecessor though, the bass did come more Ďboomyí once its level was set above 50%.



The Inspire 6700 comes with 6 satellites, 5 identical ones and a different front center one. The 5 satellites appear distinctive enough thanks to the slightly over-sized grilles placed in front of the drivers (2.25 inch). The driversí cone is made of paper & is surrounded by foam.

The front center satellite differs in design to the others, sporting a semi-circular shape when viewed top-down & a much greater weight. The driver it uses is around 2.75 inches. A similar, though corrected, portioned curved grille covers the driver.

The satellites offer 8 Watts RMS of power (20 Watts RMS for the Front center), which puts them slightly ahead of the Inspire 5300 (6 Watts RMS per satellite). That said, qualitatively (ignoring the front center for the moment) the satellites donít sound noticeably different to those used with the Inspire 5300, meaning that the mid-range is somewhat muddy & bass/treble are acceptable enough (Though I did feel that the sound quality improved a little after I used the system with the Audigy 2). The front center satellite fares better & offers a much more detailed mid-range. If anything it might be a bit mismatched for the system given its tendency to stand out above the other channels. Distortion in the satellites isnít noticeable until the master volume level has been raised to about 1/3 or greater (This will depend on the volume level you set your Soundcard too also of course). Overall the satellites performed fine enough for the price of the system.

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