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4.0 out of 5 stars
Let down by the volume knob and the price is too high, 29 Nov 2013
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> Edited 5th December 2013 - Creative Support have contacted me about my problem with the volume control on these speakers and have arranged to swap them with new production line stock which they have tested and found no problems with. Until I test the replacement my review stands at 4 stars, but if this issue is satisfactorily fixed then I will change it to 5 stars.
On first sight these speakers appear to be standard 2.1 computer speakers, but they do have some differentiating features:
- Audiophile grade drivers. These do sound good to me though the woofer often overwhelms the small desk tweeters. The Tweeters have a nice shiny steel finish on top so are easy to keep dust free and you can see the speaker through the thin fabric shield. Importantly they encourage you to listen to your music collection.
- A hefty woofer. It's only a cubic foot in size but has 3 speakers and can output a good volume. But I'm not convinced it really blends seamlessly with the tweeters. Whatever level you set it tends to dominate the mix. Though the blurb describes it as tight, this isn't the first word that springs to mind for me.
- Bluetooth and NFC. This is a great feature, you can quickly pair a smartphone - worked first time with no effort with my Nexus 5. You do this by turning on NFC and touching your phone against the volume knob. The first time I did this it deafened me but then I quickly adjusted the volume and it seemed to be a one-off.
- The volume knob. This is lovely and weighty, but frustrating at low levels. It either cuts the sound off or turns it up when it should be turning down. I'm not the only reviewer to experience this. If you're like me you play a lot of music very quietly at night and the only recourse is to adjust the input volume on your smartphone or PC, but for this price you'd expect better.
- Remote control. There are scenarios where this might help, but sat at a PC it's of little use to me.
- Power consumption. This is important to me as I hate wasting electricity. I had to contact Creative Support to learn that they use 0.5 watts on standby, a mode they enter automatically after being unused for a while. They couldn't tell me their consumption when in use as apparently this varies based on volume level and loudness. They did not provide me with a range of power consumptions.
- The price. Unless they fix the volume knob behaviour I think it would only be worth buying these speakers if they were heavily discounted.