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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Range and Incredibly Easy to Set Up, 22 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Creative Airwave HD Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Built-in Microphone and Aux-in - Black (Electronics)
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The Creative Airwave HD Portable Wireless Speakers have stereo sound and was really easy to set up, especially if you have a NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled device to pair it to.

Unboxing: The speaker is nicely presented and comes ready to go (even has power in the battery although no doubt you're advised to charge it first).

Note: Wall outlet in unit supplied is not a usb /power supply as mentioned in manual. It was a 230V UK mains plug to micro USB. So for usb charging you will have to find your own micro usb cable, although they are fairly ubiquitous so it's not a major deal, this is just a deviation from the manual text. Of course, it's nice to have a full blown mains charger, since it's likely you'll want to charge from mains especially when out of the house. The charger I was sent also folds flat, so you don't have to carry a huge lump in you bag, the prongs come off and can store flat.

Initial setup: Creative have been coming up with some real innovations in the Bluetooth speaker / mini speaker area recently, but even this one surprised me. I simply switched the unit on, held my Samsung note 2 to the back of the speaker, and the NFC automatically paired the device. Totally automated. That meant I was playing music within seconds of unboxing. It can't get any simpler. Obviously to take advantage of this feature, your phone does need NFC. But, that's one of the main selling points of this speaker. Without NFC you'll have to use the conventional method of Bluetooth pairing which is a little more long winded but reliable and fairly simple.

Sound: Pretty standard for devices of this size/shape. One big selling feature is that due to the shape, it's actually stereo. If you place it in front of you, you do actually get a pretty good stereo image. Many Bluetooth speakers don't have stereo, and many do, but you can't really tell. The sound quality is on the bassy end of things, with little of the top-mids and almost no treble. It's not surprising due to the design and size, and certainly not a disappointment.

Volume: Depends on your phone obviously, but this thing does go loud enough for most circumstances, although it struggles and sounds very boxy at its loudest setting, although you're likely to be outdoors in order to need that much volume.

Ongoing use: Impressive reliability, for NFC mode at least. I found that I could turn the speaker off, and re-pair instantly later by touching the phone to the speaker. None of the usual "tangling" of Bluetooth that I have experienced in the past, where you have to turn on the devices in a certain order or re-pair every time. It's as simple as touch phone to speaker, and play. Every time. The range of the speaker from its paired device was also good and manage to get between a couple of rooms distance (10-12 metres) without the sound breaking up.

Summary: If you have NFC on your phone (eg. some recent Android phones) then this speaker is a real asset, especially if you don't like to mess about with technology. It just works every time, and I'd recommend you consider it. If you don't have NFC, then there isn't much of a distinctive selling point for this speaker, and you might want to consider others, unless you plan to upgrade to an NFC phone later.
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