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Creative Labs ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth SoundBar

Following on from our coverage of the Creative Pure Music launch down under, we now have a sample of the new ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth SoundBar to try out for ourselves.

| WiFi / Bluetooth Speakers in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 3:46 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Creative Labs

Introduction

 

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Creative Labs have been amongst the biggest producers of multimedia audio equipment for the best part of the last fifteen years. Their well known presence in the industry has also seen them being several award winning products and a long line of gamer based support which has consistently grown over the years; this thanks in no small part to Creative labs' proprietary environmental audio system, EAX.

 

Lending from that vast track record of experience building audio equipment, Creative have now begun to develop systems based on Bluetooth which are oriented towards iPhone and iPod use.

 

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These systems take advantage of what has arguably been one of the dark knights of computing technology, Bluetooth, which has seen a mixed reception and uptake from the buying public over the year. Many people we suspect are putting it into the technological equivalent of the 'too hard' basket. Today, though, we're on the subject of Bluetooth as you've never heard it before; 2010, 'Apt-X style'.

 

Package and Contents

 

- One-piece speaker.

 

- Bluetooth wireless transmitter

 

(for iPhone/iPod).

 

- Backrest adapters for iPhone/iPod.

 

- Support stand for iPhone/iPod

 

Universal power adapter.

 

- Stereo-to-stereo cable.

 

- User Guide.

 

- Warranty and Technical

 

Support Leaflet.

 

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The package the ZiiSound D5 comes in is another example of some very lavish materials being used along with a high quality print which is certainly a trendy thing to hold and no doubt will be appealing to certain demographics.

 

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Inside things are pretty basic with the unit itself being housed below a single white cardboard tray which houses everything else.

 

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This is not an accessory laden box by any stretch and assumes a very minimalist approach to getting things done. Don't get us wrong, though, there is everything needed to get the ball rolling.

 

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Including a product manual, warranty and now obligatory quick start guide; accompanied by one last document that is a single sheet and acts as a tablet for the written version of the ethos behind the ZiiSound audio movement by Creative, much like the little gold bound test report found with the Xonar Essence sound card from ASUS.

 

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Although these expensively printed and finely textured doctrines of excellence serve no real world purpose when it comes to the crunch, we think they are quite endearing things to look at and provide a sense of character to those products they come with.

 

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Not much else to report here, aside from a small stereo mini jack cable and a power cable. But in order to connect via Bluetooth you will need one more thing.

 

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This is the small Bluetooth transmitter that slots into your portable and is also included in the box.

 

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