The Inspire 5700 is a 5.1 speaker system with a digital decoder. It accepts optical as well as coaxial inputs-so make sure that you have a soundcard like the Creative Audigy2 or Z5 with the extra drive, which has these outputs. Analog inputs are also provided on the decoder but onIy for the rear and front.
The decoder supports the EAX, Dolby Digital and DTS formats. There are plenty of settings on this unityou can switch a stereo output to an up-mixed 5.1 sound plus switch between analog, optical and coaxial inputs. Separate volume controls are also provided for the front, rear, center and subwoofer.
The IR remote control is an added luxury. The center channel is larger than the front, rear satellites. The 30W subwoofer coupled with the satellites really packed it in whilst playing Metallica, and neither did the bass distort terribly when its volume was turned up.
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