Bot­tom line

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de­liv­er­ing sat­is­fy­ing sound whether I was lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal, rock, jazz, or hip-hop.

The T12 are also a great au­dio en­hancer for mu­sic and movies on your phone or tablet, but hav­ing to phys­i­cally tether your mo­bile de­vice to speak­ers seems fairly ar­chaic in 2018. For its part, Cre­ative of­fers a wire­less ver­sion of the In­spire T12 ( go.pc­world.com/ t12w) that’s vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal, save for a Blue­tooth pair­ing but­ton where the aux in­put is on the wired ver­sion. If you want to up­grade the au­dio qual­ity of streamed mu­sic and videos on your PC and are work­ing with a mod­est bud­get, the In­spire T12 fit the bill. They won’t daz­zle you with de­sign like the Gogroove BASSPULSE, and they don’t in­te­grate the wire­less ca­pa­bil­ity like most newer sys­tems do. But if those aren’t deal-break­ers, they will pro­vide bal­anced sound with plenty of bass that brings out the best from most styles of mu­sic.

GOGROOVE BASSPULSE

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If the phrase “PC speak­ers” still con­jures im­ages of a pair of beige boxes, Gogroove’s BASSPULSE may be a bit of cul­ture shock. This 2.1 speaker sys­tem prom­ises to turn any mu­sic lis­ten­ing ses­sion into an in­stant party with a boost to the bot­tom end and col­ored lights that pulse to the beat (choose among the blue we tested, or green or red, on Ama­zon). This set is at the high end of our price range com­pared to other bud­get PC speak­ers in our roundup, but it of­fers a rare bit of flair.

The BASSPULSE sys­tem con­sists of an 11-by-9.25-by-4.5-inch, 10-watt side fir­ing sub­woofer and two 8.25-by-3.5-by-3-inch satel­lite speak­ers, each with 5 watts of power. The sub is stur­dily built and weighs about 7 pounds, while the satel­lites are slim sheets of sculpted acrylic, each with a Neodymium Full-range driver em­bed­ded at the top and an­gled to tar­get your ear­holes when you’re sit­ting at a desk. All three pieces have built-in LEDS that glow blue, red, or green depend­ing on which model you buy.

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