Article Author :Ian Date : 18th Sep 2003 Comments :
Trust have been around in the PC peripherals industry for a very long time now, and have produced a wide range of speakers over the years. Up until this point, I had always considered them as "generic" speakers that OEMs would bundle with a computer. The latest speaker system from Trust however, caught my eye. A 5.1 Home Theatre system for under £50, including an external control box!
5.1 Home Theatre System
The speaker system comes only in black, with dark grey trimmings and the five identical satellites come with small stands (for desk placement) and wall mounts. The sub and speakers are completely powered from the main control box, which in turn connects to the mains and computer sound card.
These speakers are marketed as 2500W PMPO - which may make some "small" 20W hi-fi speakers sound pathetic. PMPO is a rather misleading term however (Peak Mean Power Output), and RMS values are what should be used in comparison : 2W for the satellites and 12W for the Sub - giving a total of 22W RMS!
2500 Watt (PMPO) capacity (5x 2W and 1x 12 W RMS)
Magnetically shielded for positioning near monitor or TV
Separate control unit with 5.1 surround amplifier
Bass, rear, front, centre and master volume controls
Stereo / 5.1 surround selection switch to enable stereo sound through speakers
Wooden subwoofer with bass reflex design for powerful bass
Full range speaker system
16 - 20000 Hz frequency range
Cinch and 3.5mm stereo input plug
Operates on 230 V mains power supply
Very powerful sound for Multi Media PC and DVD player
Size product (h x w x d in mm):
Subwoofer 240 x 127 x 283
Centre + satellites 105 x 87 x 91 incl stand
Control unit 85 x 222 x 227
Gross weight: 7 Kg
The specifications are pretty basic for a 5.1 system, but good for a sub £50 system for the PC. The inclusion of a control unit is what separates this system from most other low-end 5.1 systems, as this can be placed next to your PC to give easy access to the controls. Most systems have the controls built into the sub, forcing you to strike a balance between sound quality (location) and easy access to the controls.
Amplifier / control unit
4 x satellite + 1x centre speakers with stands
3 x audio cable: 2 x RCA to mini jack stereo
3 x audio cable: 2 x RCA to 2 x RCA
5 x satellite / centre cable
Multi language user's manual
Quick Installation Guide
The actual box that the 4000P was stored in was packed extremely well, and I would find it difficult to imagine that it would be easily damaged. All of the cables needed to connect this to your sound card are provided, as well as plenty of speaker cable to allow you to place the satellites anywhere in the room.