Farewell to My Speaker System - Creative GigaWorks S750
At the beginning of the week I came back home and immediately smell something… It was the smell of a computer-related burn (I’m sure you’re familiar with that smell!).
I ran to my media center PC and started smelling it (picture that all you want!) but it was OK… Had the same Dolche Gabbana perfume I had put on it on the morning (kidding! really!).
Then I went on to smell the next possible victim – the subwoofer. The sub of the GigaWorks S750 acts as the amplifier of the whole system… So as well as the subwoofer itself, it has an entire system inside. This was when it hit me – The subwoofer was dead. It was also when I realized that the green LED hadn’t worked as well… so I guess I could have passed the smelling of my HTPC and realize there was something wrong with the subwoofer right away…
I’ve been in this computer industry for years and have played around with hardware a bit so I decided to open it up… maybe I could dust it a bit and everything would go back to normal.
After screwing off various screws (and it had quite a few!) I opened the box and found out an astonishing picture… It was like a gremlin had exploded inside the subwoofer! several pieces had this yellow melting-like spume around theme… I bet this isn’t a good thing…
See for yourself:
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The thing is that I’m not the first one to run into this problem. Google (or bing if you really insist) “gigaworks s750 problem” and you’ll get a bunch of results. Here there is a similar image of mine!
Well, my speaker system is dead, so I’m going to buy a new amplifier. You can still save the money and buy a better product.
Creative Labs, please take this problem into consideration.
Beware of subwoofer gremlins,