of digital video and 3D games boasting advanced positional sound
have changed the face of multimedia. It's no wonder that an emphasis
is being put on the speakers we use. Boring old stereo just doesn't
cut it these days, but do we have to pay through the nose for yet
Trusts Soundwave 2000P 5.1 speaker set, as the name suggests, is
a 5 satellite and sub-woofer surround sound speaker kit. Costing
less than other six channel setups, you might assume it has serious
shortcomings. That's exactly what we aim to find out...
is fairly uninspiring. Once inside, the first thing to look at is
a simple leaflet covering seven languages and displaying an understandable
line-art diagram. It's not the worlds most impressive manual, but
it's an adequate guide.
but the power switch wriggles! Despite my best efforts, the switch
refused to come loose in my hand, thus ensuring this remains a minor
issue. On a more positive note, tap
this sub-woofer on its side and you will hear a reassuring wood-like
thud. Things are, sounding good!
& Ease of use
To get the most of this 5.1 surround sound speaker kit,
you will need a matching 5.1 sound card. But don't despair, there's
no reason why you can't use this kit as a 4.1 or 2.1 setup while
saving for other upgrades.
cables are included, as are 3.5mm jacks for connection to most computers
and 6x cinch plugs for compatibility with other devices. There's
also a centre/bass adapter to guarantee compatibility with any 5.1
sound card. This product does not accommodate digital, optical or
is simply a matter of following instruction but we see room for
improvement. There's no colour coding for the five audio-out ports
which are only designated by raised plastic text.
my opinion that any sub-woofer cone should be close to the ground
to deliver low frequency, penetrating thumps through the floor,
that can be felt in your stomach. The independent volume, bass and
power controls are located near the base of the sub-woofer unit.
Considering that many computer users find space for their subs under
the desk, it's apparent that these controls aren't in the most convenient
While not to
my tastes, I will concede that in scenarios that necessitate the
use of table top units, this speaker set will make a more compelling
bid for your cash.
12W RMS sub-woofer
2W RMS centre
2W RMS satellites (x4)
50 - 20,000
Hz frequency response
6 channel built-in amplifier
for being unfashionable. We don't take a PC multimedia devices,
compare its sound with that of a professional equivalent priced
ten times higher, and pass condemnation. We compare reviewed products
with similarly priced alternatives.
overall performance is very impressive. Arguably, individual sounds
aren't the most clearly defined but this is hardly noticeable. These
speakers can withstand punishment and considering there's five of
them, you would have the desire to overlook any inconsequential
drove out a smooth beat that refused to distort under normal conditions.
However, the bass volume couldn't be increased independently of
the satellites by sufficient margin to suite everyone's tastes and
when forced, there was notable distortion. Despite this, we consider
the sub-woofer to have demonstrated adequate performance for use
in the intended setting.
the score, the weakest part of the equation is the built-in amplifier
which couldn't always produce the uncomfortable levels of volume
required for serious testing. This was not the most powerful setup
at our disposal.
the fun part. We tested with leading games using EAX and surround
sound. The sub-woofer was placed on the floor.
Shoot 'em ups
were incredibly fun. Although sudden rocket explosions beneath our
feet weren't accompanied by the most exhilarating bass, we were
given fair warning as to the course of offending projectiles.
Using all five
satellites and the sub-woofer to unlock the effects of Dolby® Digital
(AC3) results in a rich and deeply engaging audio output that really
adds life to DVD movies. Voice definition seems particularly good.
In action movies, the sound of bullets flashing past our heads demonstrated
a level of depth that some similarly priced surround sound sets
have failed to achieve.
quieter environments, the Soundwave 2000P 5.1 speaker set
provides good surround sound with few shortcomings. The ergonomics
don't have my approval, but at the end of the day, it's the audio
output that matters most.
human hearing has shown that spatial information is usually considered
more important than wide-bandwidth response. Overall, the setup
isn't terribly loud and at this price, you cannot expect up-mixing
or other such luxuries. There's no support for digital input either,
but the 2000P would still suit most computer users and they're great
the outlay, I can happily say that Trusts offering is value for
money and would suit anyone seeking to give their PC enjoyable DVD
playback without breaking the bank. There are better 5.1 setups
to be had, but not at this price.
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