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3.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, but some problems, 23 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Creative D100 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Aux-in - Black (Electronics)
The Creative D100 Bluetooth speakers provide good volume and sound quality for their size. Even the bass is sufficient unless you like your music to boom. The wireless bluetooth connection works well and was easy to set up on Windows 7. I can use these speakers in the bathroom when my netbook is in the lounge, which are separated by a 2 foot thick granite wall and a breeze block wall! I can also just about use them in the bedroom separated by 2 wood-panelled walls about 8 metres away.

The unit uses 4 AA batteries which I think is much better than the built in rechargeable batteries that come with some wireless speakers. Rechargeable batteries only have a life span of about 3 years and proprietary, built-in batteries often cannot be replaced or are very costly. Standard AAs are the way to go.

However, there are a few problems which prevent me giving a positive review. Firstly, the volume control is quite poor, being controlled by 2 small fiddly buttons on the front that you have to press quite firmly (although you can control the volume from the media player if you wish). As a result you have to hold the speakers at the same time to prevent them sliding backwards. A simple slider or knob would have been better.

Also, the on-off switch and aux-in are on the back so if you have the speakers up against a wall on a shelf you have to lift them away to access these. These would be better placed on the side or front of the unit. A carry handle would be a nice addition too.

Unfortunately the bluetooth connection cuts out if I try and turn the volume up high (to about 85% or more) on my computer when the speakers are running on batteries. When using the supplied AC power supply this does not happen. I have not tried it via the aux-in port yet to see if the problem occurs with that as well (it may just be that power output is limited when driven off batteries).

After running on batteries for a while the speakers periodically (every minute or so) sound 3 beeps. There is nothing in the documentation describing this beeping but it seems to be related to the amount of charge left in the rechargeable NiMH batteries I use. After approx. 6-7 hours of use after installing freshly charged batteries the annoying beeping starts up, even though the batteries have enough charge left to deliver perfectly adequate volume. If I plug the unit in to the mains or top the batteries back up the beeping stops.

The documentation provided is poor - only a quick start guide is provided and it is very hard to find any tech support/trouble shooting help on Creative's web site.

Overall, while the sound quality is good for portable speakers I expected a better all-round product for the price.

Summary
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Pros:
Good sound quality
Compact, light and portable
Uses AA batteries rather than non-replaceable built-in batteries

Cons:
Controls are fiddly
Positioning of on-off switch and aux-in port could be better
Can only use to about 85% of max. volume when running on batteries
Sensitive to level of charge left in batteries
Poor documentation
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2011 05:00:03 GMT
Antphil says:
Thanks Woodcrafty, your review had all the information I needed to know to make an informed decision.Creative D100 Pure Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System - Black

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 18:12:36 GMT
Hi woodcrafty,

You mentioned on your comment that you installed this on your windows 7 system without any problem, I am trying to do the same and having an absolute nightmare with it. Tried it on 2 computers and same thing, got an error saying drivers not installed successfully. Can you please tell me how you installed it? Thanks a million!

From someone pulling their hair out!

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 07:15:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jun 2012 07:16:25 BDT
The reason for the beeping is likely due to them being rechargeables, as most rechargeable types have significantly lower operating voltages, even when fully charged, than standard zinc-carbon or alkaline batteries. So while there might still be plenty of charge left in the batteries to actually run the speakers for quite some time, the total battery voltage has dropped to a level where such a voltage in the expected usual zinc-carbon or alkaline batteries would be a sign of them running low, hence the beep warning you of this.

There are ways round this but they are either a lot of work, clumsy/untidy and/or not cheap.

Posted on 22 Sep 2012 01:23:47 BDT
PavelNL says:
Thanks, very good and complete review!
Especially useful information about on-battery life. It looks like I should not expect this to work perfect, better using a power socket.
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