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Creative D100 Speaker
Creative have been around for a good while now, in fact we have one of their original Zens (an old style MP3 player) as well. Creative were created over 30 years ago in Singapore and are now widely known for their advances in audio and personal music systems.
Initially this was bought by my son after his birthday last year, he had birthday money burning a hole in his pocket (like most 14 years olds I presume) and was just getting into music. His PC was getting on and the sound element was pretty naff and as he had all of his music either stored on there or it was used to play his limited collection of CDs. After much family (well father and son) deliberation it was decided he should buy this creative D100 speaker as it had and did everything he (and his father!) needed.
The speaker is about 12 inches long (at its widest) and about 5 inches deep and high. My son's is black all over but I know they come in a range of colours including pink, green and blue. These coloured ones have a white outer frame with just the front speaker fabric coloured.
On the front of the speaker, centred to the middle, is a 4 x 1 inch plate which has the word CREATIVE in the middle and to the left is the blue-tooth button and to the right the volume +/- buttons. The back of the speaker is also just as simple. There is the on/off button, an AUX in point and the power in point, underneath the unit is the battery compartment. This is accessed by sliding the cover of the battery compartment off to reveal spaces for 4x AA batteries. It weighs around 1kg.
~~~Using the speaker~~~
The speaker is very easy to use. One way is to connect it to the PC using the AUX point, this cable has a USB at the other end and connects directly to the computer. He mutes the speakers on the PC monitor which then allows the sound from his music to come through the Creative speaker. The other way is to blue-tooth another system (which has to be blue-tooth compatible) and then listen to the music on that item wirelessly. We have blue-toothed his phone, my phone and my husbands ipad all without a problem. The sound is good and had a huge volume range, the base isn't too deep and doesn't vibrate too much. It is compatible with windows 7, Vista and Mac.
The best thing about this speaker is the range when using blue-tooth. I have used it in the garden, garage and greenhouse at least 15 feet from my PC, I think it may do more. This is also where I come in because I am now the main user of this speaker!!! All summer I sat in the garden and listened to my music with this speaker, it was lovely to have good sound instead of the tinny noise that came from my laptop. In the winter I have and still do use it in the garage when on the treadmill. I do not have an ipod so this is great to allow me to listen to my music while I run. The reason my son doesn't use it as much now is not because it isn't any good it is because he now has an ipod an prefers his new earbuds (can't teenagers be fickle) I don't mind because I now had good music while I run and I know I will have a lovely summer again in my garden and green house.
This is a versatile speaker from Creative. It is lightweight and small enough to have with you on the beach, in a greenhouse, or simply down the garden. The sound is good enough for my needs but I am not sure it would be good enough for real music buffs. The speaker was only about £60 so not an expensive item and not a price range that you would expect to give you amazing sound quality. It is easy to use, easy to blue-tooth and has a good volume which is needed in the garage when running (more motivation when listening to 100 songs to run to compilation, the louder the better). The range is perfect, it could be even longer but we haven't tried it. Overall a great wireless speaker that is made by a reputable and well known manufacturer.
Currently available from here for £50