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4.0 out of 5 stars A great bluetooth mobile speaker, if not truly portable, 28 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster Axx 10 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac Devices (Electronics)
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Compact speakers are always a tricky prospect because reducing speaker size inherently compromises sound quality. Creative appear to be hitting a middle ground of sorts with a bluetooth mobile speaker that is not *truly* portable at this size (and without a battery) but greatly boosts its sound quality as a result.

Pairing the device using the Android app was startlingly easy. The app is simple, pleasant to look at thoughtfully designed, down to the single button press to activate or deactivate bluetooth without hunting through the device's settings menus. Once paired, the app will do so automatically whenever in range.

The Axx 10 itself is well built and attractive with an unusual hexagonal design and slanted touchscreen controls. However, despite the Sound Blaster processing inside, I found myself rarely touching those controls. Ostensibly providing options familiar to those who have used Creative's PC soundcards, like auditorium effects and virtual surround sound, the speaker is at its best with these options off: its sound is generally clear and warm.

An integrated microphone means the speaker can be used for hands-free voice calls as well. Voices were clear and loud and I received a good report from those on the receiving end, though I can't speak to how much of this can actually be attributed the unit's "focused" field and CrystalVoice processing. It is certainly a vast improvement over a phone's built-in hands-free option.

At around a foot tall, I feel the Axx 10 serves best as a fixed location bedroom or study speaker with its minimal footprint making it easy to leave permanently on a bedside table or desk. It is certainly not going to replace your primary sound system if you have one and, although Creative seek to promote it as such, I would struggle to recommend it as a laptop or PC speaker. Particularly at this price a decent set of 2.1 speakers would be a better investment for music and film. However, for the home office, the Axx 10 is ideal.
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