* Prices may differ from that shown
I got these a couple of years ago as a present. They are a great set of speakers. it is fantastic how compact they are and can be easily carried around when going on holiday or camping. It is also very useful that there don't have too many wires to get in the way and get tangled in transportation.
For a small set of speakers they have great sound quality and I was very surprised by this initially. They also have a pretty impressive volume, certainly enough for a set of travel speakers. They are not really adequate for music being played at a party but are going for listening in a small group or watching a film on a laptop for example.
Overall, I would say it is a great product. It has everything you look for in a set of travel speakers including its appearance and functionality.
Many years ago I bought a walkman that came with a free pair of speakers. They were terrible quality but I used them a lot as I liked the idea of having something portable that allowed me to play the music on my walkman out loud. As I moved off cassettes and CD's onto MP3's I found that most of my music was either stored on the computer, mp3 player or my phone. Since I didn't always want to turn on the computer when I wanted to listen to music I started looking for a portable set of speakers that I could connect to my phone and mp3 player which would give good quality sound and look good. These were the first set I came across that fitted the bill
What's in the box?
For your money you get the speakers, a carry case, a mains adaptor (looks very much like a standard laptop charger) and a lead to connect the speakers to your music playing device. Unfortunately the 4 AAA batteries you would need are not included
This is very easy, you either plug in the mains adaptor or put in 4 AAA batteries (battery life is excellent - I found that 4 Duracell would last me around 8 hours). You then connect the short lead from the speakers into the headphone socket of your phone/mp3 player, and play the music as normal
You will struggle to believe that 4w can generate such good quality sound. Even at high volume the sound is crystal clear and the tiny speakers generate a surprising amount of bass. You have a button to increase volume and a separate one to decrease it but I did get frustrated with these. You have to hold your finger down for quite a while to increase or decrease the volume, I much prefer a wheel I can spin round quickly. Best of all is the surround sound button, I was not convinced this would make a difference but if you stand back you do feel the effects
Ok so £50 was a lot of money for a small set of 4w speakers and that did initially put me off however I am glad that I changed my mind. The sound quality is excellent, the surround sound is surprisingly effective and they are so small and lightweight you can carry them anywhere
Having used these for many years now, I think that they are possibly the best portable speakers money can buy. Initially I was somewhat put off by their expensive price tag (£50), but decided to go ahead and give them a go anyway!
Included in the box was all the accessories you could ever imagine needing, a Mains Adaptor, Carry Case, Cables to get you connected, and the speakers themselves ... Arguably the only things missing were the batteries!
The design of these looks good even today, they may not be as curved as the later generations, but have a well-built blockiness about them, satisfyingly weighty and feeling like they could withstand a few knocks & bruises.
Considering their size, the sound quality is excellent. From low to high volumes the audio is clear, with very little distortion unless you have it turned all the way up! There is a switch on the top which offers a "virtual surround" mode. To me this only seems to increase the volume of the speakers, although when you are standing further away you do get a better appreciation for this mode. Additionally there are volume increase/decrease buttons, rather than a rotating control. In a way I think that a rotating control would be slightly better, as it would give you an idea of the range to which you can adjust the volume, but the buttons can be somewhat easier if you just want to turn it up in small increments.
The included audio cable is a standard 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm lead, if I remember correctly this was rather short - although you can pick one up for next to nothing, which will do the same job! An advantage of their being an input socket, rather than permanently connected lead is that you can more easily connect to different audio sources - less fiddling around with complicated adaptors! In addition to the audio input there is also a headphone jack, so you can use these to pass-through the audio - and as an amplifier to increase volume too!
The speakers are powered by either 4 AAA batteries, or the supplied mains adaptor. Battery life is fairly good with rechargeable batteries - which I recommend - it eats up the cheaper brands! The only slight problem with powering through batteries is that at higher volumes they can't seem to cope, there is a small blue light to indicate power and this seems to flicker! The mains adaptor, rather than being a huge brick on the wall, is similar to a laptop-style cable. With the transformer connected to the speaker power cable, then a figure-8 plug for the mains cable. This means that if traveling abroad you can pick up a local power cable (or some devices come supplied ... in fact this may have, it's a bit too long back to remember!) to plug it directly in - saving one of those precious converters!
I would recommend these to anyone who needs a decent set of portable speakers, yes, they are quite expensive, but nowadays I would have thought you could get them cheaply from eBay. Also creative seem to have updated their products, so no doubt those that replaced them will be of the same high quality!
After getting an mp3 player for my christmas I decided the accessory I needed the most were some speakers. I was given this by my mom for my birthday and was extremely pleased.
-----------------------The Speakers ------------------------------
They run on 4 AA batteries, which last a quite a long time, I use rechargeable ones which had not run out even after a 7 hour journey at full pelt. You can also power these electrically but the wire is not included in the set. I've found that I can use my nokia phone charger to plug it in. The powerpack is situated on the bottom of the speakers to allow them to be able to stand up. The sound is louder when they are standing up. They come with a fabric small cover to keep them in if travelling. The sound quality, coming from these is very good, both when the music is loud or quiet.
The only critism I would have of these speakers is that sometimes, if the music is particularly loud and the batteries are running low it can repeatedly turn itself off.
I personally think that these speakers are a good purchase although a bit expensive at £30.00. They have a good sound quality and are easy to work.
This review is also on ciao