Product name

Trust 5.1 4000P Home Theatre System

10 word strap

All trust up and nowhere to go

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Our impressions with trust, were like those of a child confronting a Russian doll for the first time: an enormous box was deposited by our desks, and upon opening had a smaller box inside. Within that were two yet smaller boxes, and five other small boxes: the subwoofer, the amplifier/control unit, and the five satellites. And just like that child, at first we were surprised at the trick, but now we’re just bored.

As we were getting the speakers out of the box two things jumped out: the subwoofer, and the connectivity. The subwoofer is tiny, much smaller than any of the others on offer, and about a third of the size of the Logitech sub. As for wires and adaptors, Trust have supplied enough to connect this system up to any soundcard, making setting it up slightly more complicated, but a lot easier.

As for the satellites, they’re just light grey plastic, designed to inspire boredom in ants. The control unit has that same cheap hi-fi feel, but at least its blessed with a pleathor of options, allowing you to adjust almost every speaker individually. It even included the ‘matrix’ button, which far from being designed to destroy Keanu Reeves on sight, instead allows you to put stereo sound through all six speakers instead.

But the sound: the midget sub pumped out a good noise, but the overall feel was fairly flat: as if the PC speaker look carried through to the whole ethos. Movies played well, as was to be expected with the Decoder, but even there it felt like something was being lost en route. The top of the music felt a little cut off, and the sub







3 pro/cons


X PC speaker appearance

X Flat, tinny sound

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