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Creative Sound Blaster Axx 20 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac Devices

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  • Powered by SB-Axx1 – the next generation sound blaster chipset
  • Wireless Bluetooth speaker technology
  • High quality dual microphone array
  • Intelligent amplifier with special circuitry
  • Ideal speaker design
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  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 11 x 40 cm ; 998 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.5 Kg
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  • Item model number: 70SB136000001
  • ASIN: B008ANFE8W
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Jun. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless
Brings a whole new level of engagement and interactivity to your devices. Click here for a larger version.

A whole new generation of Sound Blaster

We have combined the legendary audio quality of Sound Blaster and our high-performance wireless speakers into one revolutionary product. The Sound BlasterAxx's range of products will not only transform the way you experience your music, movies and games, but also how you communicate in your voice calls. Together with its accompanying software suite, Sound BlasterAxx range of products brings to you a whole new level of engagement and interactivity with your devices.

Driven by the multi-core SB-Axx1 High Performance Sound and Voice Processor Sound BlasterAxx comes with the Sound BlasterAxx Control Panel – a PC and Mac software that lets you control and customise all your audio.

Innovative and intuitive design

Sound BlasterAxx's "Stacked Stereo Acoustic Design" combines two speaker drivers vertically into one chassis, making it not only space-saving and aesthetically pleasing, but delivers a great stereo experience as well. Easily access the main functions using the intuitive, touch-sensitive control panel, which is conveniently located at the top.

Key Features

Creative SoundblasterAxx SBX 8
Powered by SB-Axx1

SB-Axx1 is a completely new DSP chip based on the world's best multi-core audio processor, the SoundCore 3DTM. This new highly advanced chipset elevates audio performance to amazing new levels. The multi-core SB-Axx1 is an advanced audio effects processor that improves the audio experience of your computer in a call, watching a movie or listening to music, with dramatically superior audio quality.

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High quality built-in microphone

The mic is highly sensitive to your voice. It picks up your voice even when you’re walking around a room, with no drop in loudness and voice quality. It listens, adapts and is smart enough to know the difference between your voice and the ambient sounds around you, and by using CrystalVoice Technology it is able to cancel them out ensuring that you are always heard clearly.

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Innovative speaker design

Looking at the needs of the modern person living in smaller homes and apartments we developed the Stacked Stereo Acoustic Design. By taking two speakers and combining them into one housing this patent pending design takes up minimal space and still delivers a great stereo experience.

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You're always heard

With the Smart Volume Management feature enabled, your voice can be picked up even when you're speaking from the other end of the room - with no drop in volume or voice quality perceived by the listener. You're free to move around while still engaged in a conversation.

Creative SoundblasterAxx SBX 8
You're "in focus"

There's also a Voice Focus feature, where you can customise the acoustic zone, so that only your voice is heard when you speak within this zone. You won't have to worry about your kids screaming or dog barking if they're out of the focus area.

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Big sound from a USB connection

Be amazed by the impressive sound and thumping bass generated by a device that is powered only by a mere USB connection. This is made possible by the highly energy-efficient circuitry that's being incorporated within the intelligent amplifier design.

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Go ahead, have fun!

Take on another persona and surprise someone in a voice call. CrystalVoice FX enables your voice to be altered on-the-fly with a variety of effects, creating interesting accents, or be made to sound like a completely different person. For PC users, we've included the "What U Hear" plugin for the Sound BlasterAxx Control Panel, which lets you record a mix of your karaoke track and your voice as you sing along with the track.

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Stream high-quality Bluetooth audio

Wirelessly stream music, movie or game audio from any compatible stereo Bluetooth device such as your smart devices, PC or Mac. With iOS devices, you can also stream with Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) for seamless high-quality, low-latency wireless audio.

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A whole new way of audio interaction

Because of the advanced audio pick-up capabilities of the Sound BlasterAxx, you can utilise it to speak to iPhone's Siri or Voice Actions for Android to make a call, play your music or many other voice-activated functions with greater accuracy. It will also work with other readily available voice-activated apps like Voice Assist or Vlingo.

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Voice communications

When connected to your PC or Mac during a VoIP call, Sound BlasterAxx's CrystalVoice Technology delivers clear in-call voice pick-up, even in noisy environments and lets you communicate in a whole new way. You're no longer bound to your computer seat nor have a phone stuck to your ear during voice calls. What's more, all communication is maintained in unbelievable clarity.

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Only noise-free, crystal clear calls

Enjoy crystal clear conversations even in noisy environments. CrystalVoice's noise reduction and echo cancellation features mean you'll always be heard clearly as unwanted background noise such as that from a nearby vacuum cleaner or hairdryer is being eliminated.

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Audio control from your smart device or computer

With the free Creative Central app for iOS and Android, you'll get extensive audio control right in the palm of your hand. Use it to manage all your Bluetooth devices, adjust and control Sound BlasterAxx's audio settings and even watch videos that'll teach you how to get most out of your app and your Sound BlasterAxx.

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No more rude shocks

Never miss anything again when you're watching your movies, or fall off your seat at an unexpected explosion. Adjust settings that let you hear barely audible movie dialog, or conversely, subdue sudden high-volume events so that you won't wake the whole family in the middle of the night. Easily access the main functions using the intuitive, touch-sensitive control panel, which is conveniently located at the top.

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Customise your movie, music and game audio

We've included a comprehensive suite of software for both your computer and smart device that will enable you to get the most out of your Sound BlasterAxx. Experience superb audio realism and stunning 3D surround effects in your movie and gaming audio with SBX Pro Studio.

Which Sound Blaster Axx is right for me?


Next Generation Quad-Core SB Axx-1 Processor
Yes
Yes
Yes
High Quality Dual Mic Array
Yes
Yes
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High Quality Mic
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Yes
Superior Amplified Output
Yes
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Superior Amplified Circuitry
Yes
Yes
Yes
Innovative Stacked Speaker Design
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless Bluetooth for Audio, Communication & Voice Apps
Yes
Yes
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USB Connectivity for Power, Audio and Communication
Yes
Yes
Yes
Creative Central iOS & Android App
Yes
Yes
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Sound BlasterAxx Control Panel Software
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sound BlasterAxx Bonus Pack Software for PC Users
Yes
Yes
Yes
SBX Surround for Virtual Surround
Yes
Yes
Yes
SBX Crystaliser for Crystal Clear Audio
Yes
Yes
Yes
SBX Smart Volume for Movie Audio without Sudden Volume Jumps
Yes
Yes
Yes
SBX Dialog Plus for Boosting Movie Dialog Levels
Yes
Yes
Yes
SBX Bass for Boosting Bass Levels
Yes
Yes
Yes
CrystalVoice Noise Reduction for Ambient Noise Cancelation
Yes
Yes
Yes
CrystalVoice Smart Volume For Constant Voice Loudness Even at a Distance
Yes
Yes
Yes
CrystalVoice Voice Focus for a Defined Voice Pick-up Area
Yes
Yes
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Box Contains

  • SBX 20
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start leaflet


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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    This device brings together Creative's background in sound cards with its expertise in wireless speakers. It allows you to stream audio to it from a mobile device over Bluetooth, or from a PC over USB. It also contains a pair of microphones which can be used for handsfree calls via a paired mobile device or a PC running Skype or similar.

    It looks quite elegant and is very stable with the circular base attached. Acoustically it is so-so. It doesn't sound as good as my thirty-quid 2.1 Philips PC speakers. Bass frequencies are particularly lacking and the stereo sound stage is very minimal, despite all the pseudo-surround-sound configuration tweaks that are available over the software interface. However, for a small footprint device, it makes a passable effort at stereo, and avoid the cable clutter of a satellite speaker.

    The most impressive feature of this device is the fact that it is powered from a standard USB socket, and can kick out a reasonable volume. This must have taken quite some engineering.

    My real problem with the Axx is that its raison d'etre is somewhat elusive. It appears to be a case of a "technology push" rather than a "market pull". If you want Bluetooth speakers, you can get them already, and they'll plug straight into the mains, rather than needing an adapter like the Axx does. Similarly, if you want PC speakers or microphone, you've probably already got them. I can't really see what fusing these features into one device adds to the mix. And why have Creative gone to the trouble of powering the Axx from a USB connection? By the time you've plugged the Axx into a USB socket, you might as well play the audio from that device, rather than streaming over Bluetooth from some other device.
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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    Should you buy it?

    If you want an iPod/Android dock with phone capabilities and some bells and whistle?, YES. If you live in a small metropolitan flat YES. If you like gadgets and have money, YES. If you normally listen to music on your phone, and fancy a dock, YES. If you want a top of the range speaker phone or like to talk while cooking, DEFINITELY. If you are hoping to replace your expensive hi-fi with it, No. If you're mainly going to use it for movies and like mouth movements to be synced with speech, then you might want to read a bit more about it.

    This speaker was tested with a number of different devices and operating systems:

    Overview: Functionality across devices
    1) You need to have the internet available to install in Windows 7, this seems unique to Windows. (PC with Windows 7)
    2) Linux seems to work without a hitch (a reboot was needed). (Mint / Blueman Linux manager / cheapo micro USB Bluetooth dongle).
    3) A Bluetooth enabled TV seemed to work easily too (LG TV 6th gen LCD)
    4) Android is the easiest to set up, yet on initial observation seems to exhibit 0.5s of lag - see below / (Asus Transformer Prime Tablet)

    Unboxing and Manual:
    Everything is simple really, a USB cable, an optional power supply in case you don't want it plugged into a PC, a stand and a very brief manual that does not go into nearly enough detail as I would have liked. The Android app at least, there are some further tutorials. However, I still feel there is a lot of info missing. Perhaps it will become more coherent as time passes as it is a very new product at the time of this review.

    Setup and Pairing:
    1) The PIN is not given.
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    By Syd TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2012
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    Was very excited about this bit of kit. Liked the idea of having one speaker to connect all my devices to.

    Comes in a nice easy to open box. On opening the flap you're immediately invited to download the app for your PC/i-gadget/smartphone. The speaker looks and feels high quality and heavy, although is somewhat smaller than i imagined it would be (about 40-50cm tall, less than 10cm in diameter, hexagon shaped). There's lots of highly polished black plastic, a material front, and a glossy top panel.

    It comes with a USB to connect to your PC or plug (the box said USB plug sold seperately, but one came in the box). On switching it on, lighted up icons appear from nowhere on the top glossy panel. These also act as touch sensitive controls.

    I first connected my android phone - turn on bluetooth, press a button on the back of the device, and the 2 are paired. After downloading the creative central app from goole play app store, you have full control over settings/equalisers/surround sound/bass etc etc. The app works really well and is a nice way to control the device.

    Pairing with ipad was even simpler - turn on bluetooth, it paired up, then automatically invited you to download the app to the ipad.

    Sound is rich and bassy, and impressive considering it's powered with a USB lead. Now this is no audiophiles dream, if I'm honest the sound is a bit tinny and one dimensional. But it does thump out nice and loud. Not a replacement for proper speakers/audio equipment. If you're looking for just a speaker system go elsewhere, but the sound is great none the less.

    The best bit is calls - speaking on the phone, the sound clarity is great. Creative claims that it picks up your voice from anywhere in the room, and it truely does this.
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