Today we have seen something great in terms of innovation and the reinvention of a technology thought to be all but lost in the fog. Let's face it; Bluetooth has a pretty ordinary track record to date.
Not to be discouraged, though. Creative Labs have totally changed the public face of Bluetooth with the use of the Apt-X codec. Make no mistake, this is a hi-fi level codec and sounds fantastic. Build and construction quality is really impressive also and has shades of true hi-fi level equipment. The package is pretty slim in terms of extras, but beautifully printed and designed.
Overall sound quality was not perfect, though; this due to inherent low and high frequency limitations caused by the use of full range drivers. True high and low frequency extension is not possible with the ZiiSound D5.
However, it did perform wonderfully in terms of mid range tonality, musicality and timbre with some test music sounding as good, if not better than ever heard by us before. Make no mistake; the D5 is one of the most musical pieces of audio equipment we have used period.
So now we know the pros and cons associated with the ZiiSound D5. Is it worth $370AU? - Yes, we think it is! Bottom line; you will struggle to find anything on the market now offering such a comprehensive amount of technology, usability and musicality for that price.
There are other options out there that offer similar/better sound quality, but the drawback is that you don't get Bluetooth with that all important Apt-X codec.
We think that the D5 is shaping up as one of the most potent and influential 'must have's' of 2010, which will send many a ripple through the SoundBar market as word begins to spread following a mid month Australian release.
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