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JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia Satellite and Subwoofer System

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  • Powered satellite speakers and subwoofer
  • Touch-volume and mute controls on satellite
  • Bass and treble control on satellite
  • Subwoofer (W x H): 9" x 9" (230mm x 230mm)
  • Satellite (W x H): 3" x 3" (75mm x 75mm)
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Technical Details

  • Model: JBL Creature III
  • Color Name: Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 9 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: JBL Creature III
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 20, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Featuring a striking design that is out of this world, JBL’s new Creature® III multimedia loudspeaker system delivers high-performance sound right from your laptop or desktop computer. Thanks to JBL’s proprietary speaker design and electronics, the sound quality from the Creature III speakers is simply extraordinary. And thanks to the Creature III’s 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, great sound isn’t limited to just your computer. Flexible connectivity allows connection to other audio devices, including iPod music machines and MP3 players. So whether you’re checking the news or playing the latest game, bring unworldly style and exceptional sound quality to your computer experience with the JBL Creature III speaker system. It sounds as good as it looks

Attack of the killer speakers.

The JBL Creature III is the perfect companion for
high-performance sound from your computer
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The sound that professionals have chosen for more than 60 years
Been to a movie or a concert recently? There’s a good chance that you were enjoying the show on JBL® loudspeakers. If you’ve watched TV or listened to CDs, you’ve probably heard sounds recorded on JBL equipment. For more than 60 years, JBL has been the loudspeaker brand of choice for recording professionals around the world. So why not enjoy entertainment from your computer or portable music device on loudspeakers that probably helped to mix and master them? JBL engineering, power, clarity and technical accuracy are legendary. And today’s high-resolution digital media demand loudspeakers that can handle their sonic range. With JBL multimedia speakers, you can enjoy the thrill of the hottest new game or your favorite music download – right in your own home.

Flexible connectivity.
No one can deny that playing computer games, listening to music or just surfing the Web is much more exciting with great sound. And getting great sound from your home or office computer is easy with the Creature III system. Simply plug the Creature III system into a wall outlet and connect it (using the 3.5mm mini-jack) to your computer’s headphone or line-in input. That’s it. Want your iPod, MP3 player or portable CD player to sound better? Connect the mini-jack to the headphone input on an external audio device. In no time, you’ll be enjoying your favorite musical artist in concert-quality sound.

Aluminum transducers reproduce sound with unparalleled
accuracy and detail. View larger.

Powered subwoofer delivers deep bass that
will rattle your desktop. View larger.
Technology that is out of this world.
The JBL Creature III speaker system features a number of proprietary technologies for the highest-performing JBL multimedia loudspeakers. The system starts with the proprietary transducers used in the Creature III’s satellites, which are made out of aluminum. Aluminum is so lightweight yet strong that it empowers the little satellites to reproduce sound with unparalleled accuracy and detail. Paired with the Creature III’s ultra-rigid subwoofer driver, the system rumbles with deep bass as if it’s about to launch into space. The sound is extraordinary.

Powering each of the Creature III’s satellites is a super-efficient, 5-watt JBL amplifier that’s designed to deliver high output and minimal distortion. A powerful 15-watt amplifier drives the separate subwoofer for a sound experience that you’ll have to hear to believe.

Innovative touch controls
for the volume make the
Creature III easy to use.

Easy to set up and use.

The JBL Creature III speaker system might seem like it’s from another planet, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to set it up and use it. In addition to the simple 3.5mm mini-jack connection, the system features touch volume controls. Just a simple touch increases or decreases the volume; a touch on both pads mutes or unmutes it. And the Creature III system is smart enough to remember your last volume setting even after the system shuts down.

What's in the Box
Two satellites, one subwoofer, mini cable, power cord

Product Description

Take us to your computer! This digitally powered 25-watt system is the perfect solution for music, gaming THE JBL Creature III powered 2.1 speaker system. This digitally powered 25-watt system is the perfect solution for music, gaming, and voice applications when easily connected to your Mac or PC.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have the Creature 2 and I bought the Creature 3 for my boyfriend. The Creature 2 is excellent, it's solid, sound is great and has lasted for over 6 years. The Creature 3… Read more ›
this is a great speakers for my desktop. it looks great and the sound power is awesome. thanks so much. Read more ›
The sound is good but on the back of the subwoofer where you plug in the two speakers the connection is loose and sound goes out if I bump with my foot. Read more ›
This is my second set of creature speakers, I had the Creature II first and loved them (the sound was great) but one of the little speakers quit working. I had them for… Read more ›
These speakers are so great. I love the look of them and the sound quality is excellent. I received a set as a Christmas present and bought another one for my office. Read more ›
I've used them as computer speakers for…The sound is exceptionally clear, and has a lot of power - so much so that I rarely, if ever, turn them up much more than about 50%. Read more ›
Most of the feed back I read said that the bass was lacking but in my opinion that is not the case JBL is always a safe bet and sound is their trademark for the money this… Read more ›
I bought this sound because of the quality and purity that the JBL is, but to my surprise, to turn on the sound, I noticed that the bass was distorted and sond sizzling. Read more ›
The Bass is the crispest base I've heard from a computer, the volume buttons on the midrange speakers are just touch sensitivity also include the Bass and Treble adjustment… Read more ›
The speakers are just tall enough to slide beneath the monitor easily. They are clear, and having bass is pretty cool now. I used to own creature 1s, and these aren't much… Read more ›
Jbl is my favorite brand cause they always sound good, not so in this case. It sounds like $20 dollar computer speakers very low in sound & the bass is very distorted . I… Read more ›
Basically what I am trying to say is that I love the hell out of these speakers, and…The treble is crsip, the bass is strong, and they will last you a HELL of a long time. Read more ›
If you work with music around your computer these speakers put a good quality sound. For the price this is the best set you will find Read more ›
I bought this item on Amazon for $67. For the price I paid, I think the value is decent. But I wouldn't pay more than that. Read more ›
These are so powerful for being so small! I saw them at a good price on amazon and had a gift card, so I grabbed them. Boy am I glad I did. Read more ›
2+ years and still working great. Good for the price ( less than $80) Great design and good quality sound for low to mid volume in a small room Read more ›
The sound is good, it doesn't take up much space and it looks nice. Also, Amazon sells it at a good price because it is much more expensive in stores. Read more ›
These JBL speakers are a great value but even better they give you quality BIG sound for something so small. Read more ›
The sound is crisp and the touch volume control is a nice techie feature. The only question is why the controls on the bass/treble work in reverse. Read more ›
Quality wise, the speakers seem very well put together. The knobs are solid, and the touch volume buttons are pretty neat. Takes up very little space on my desk as well. Read more ›
No complaints here. Volume controls are easy to get to. Nice looking system. Read more ›
the mids and…the touch volume design is very nice but the power button on the back of the sub makes it a pain to keep on the ground, so mine just sits behind the laptop. Read more ›
The speakers look great and produce very good sound. Volume control is easy with the touch control on one of the satellite speakers. I would highly recommend these speakers… Read more ›
I feel like I'm hearing all of my songs for the first time. The bass is incredible and the touch volume buttons are a nice addition. I have absolutely no complaints. Read more ›
Design/functionality: When I opened the box, the satellites were smaller than expected and the sub was bigger than expected. The design is unique, not 3 silly looking boxes. H… Read more ›
I have JBL Creature III for some months already and I can honestly write my opinion about them. Certainly - design is cool. Amazing shapes as for speakers. Read more ›
The sound quality is great. The design is so unique, people don't even know they are speakers. Read more ›
the speaker sounds decent, like any other good system out there, but the volume adjustment is bad design. The only way to adjust volume is with a touch sensitive tweeter… Read more ›
Not the best but they're worth the money. Really cool looking design but the volume button on the front is kind of sketchy. Nice bass, pretty clear sound. Read more ›
We love these little guys! Very compact, awesome sound, great design, first pair fell accidentally several times, no harm done. Love the volume control-u don't really turn… Read more ›
Very unusual design. Installation is simple. Older people would have problem while changing the sound level. Read more ›
The sound is very nice and the system is small in size. Setup is easy. I did it without referencing anything but what I could see on the equipment with my eyes. Read more ›
Sound great. Easy to setup. Simple audio jack for computers and hand held devices. Read more ›
The sound is great for my old(70+) ears. It was very simple to hook up and the subwoofer does not take up a significant amount of space Read more ›
I was very impressed with the sound quality of these speakers. They have great bass response and were very easy to set up. Didn't like all the cords...a wireless version… Read more ›
The speakers perform as advertised and as I expected. Very easy to set up. Read more ›
For how small and lightweight these speakers are they are potent little guys. The highs are crisp and the bass is clean and abundant but not overpowering. There's not much… Read more ›
These handsome little treble units work well next to my large Mac desktop. I use these mainly for listening to speech and not so much to music, so I have the base unit… Read more ›
The sound is crisp, clear, and I am amazed at how loud they can actually get. The bass and treble controls are nice and the bass does pack quite the punch. The satellite… Read more ›
The design is awesome, speakers are small and I think that may be the downfall for this JBL system. The highs are decent, very crisp, almost too crisp. The subwoofer… Read more ›
The bass is just the right amount of kick, and the treble is very crisp. The volume is spot-on; I like my music LOUD and I've only dared to turn these up all the way a few… Read more ›
I bought these back in 2011 and have never regretted having them. Good crisp clear highs and good bass. The satellites are pretty tiny, so they're good at computer range… Read more ›
I knew that once I held the box (expecting to be heavy when in reality it was around 3lbs.) wasn't…They look AWESOME, have cool touch-panel controls and are easy to setup. Read more ›
Does not stay well connected. Also the volume control was difficult to adjust. However after fixing these minor issues all was well then. Read more ›
* sound quality diminishes at higher volumes * volume controls on satellite speaker are a bit difficult to adjust at times Read more ›
I think all of the engineering went into the novel form of…The touch buttons on the satellite were a novelty, and definitely didn't make it easier to control the system. Read more ›
Looks.. kind of like an octopus... so I don't care too much for that, but the size is great My only wish is that they came with a remote. Read more ›
My only complaint is that the sub is pretty larg considering the sats but that is a…I was able to fit this nicely behind a flat screen monitor on a decently sized desk. Read more ›
My brother gave me a white JBL Creature II several years ago…It didn't take up much space, the sound was excellent given its size, and to top it off it looked totally cool. Read more ›
Want to rate higher love the compact size and amazing sound but when it does not work hard to say its great for the first few months would have undoubtly gave five star Read more ›
i like jbl's products and these speakers are…the midrange isnt that good but you can watch movies and listen to music and it sounds way better then tv speakers or computer Read more ›
My only other complaint about the JBL Creature is that the midrange was weak - which is a common complaint in reviews of the JBL Creature II, but this… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

98 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Oliva on June 27, 2010
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I bought these speakers to give my laptop good kicking sound. The price is right for the sound and sheer coolness of the design speaks for itself. It's incredible that such crisp treble and kickin' bass is packed into a small speaker set. This is another reason that moved me to get these: they fitted my small home desk very neatly, although the base was a bit bigger than i expected.

On the down side, the treble and bass controls are the inverse of what is printed in the base. Rotating the treble control towards the + sign actually decreases the treble. The same happens with the bass control. It's a minor annoyance but i would expect the people at JBL to get something as simple as this straight. Tech support was not helpful and their first response was a bit on the impolite side. The people at JBL say this counter-intuitively operation is actually the way they were designed. I ended up returning the first speaker set i got because whenever i moved the left speaker a little it would lose sound completely. Make sure to check yours thoroughly, because i got good support only from amazon.com but that will last only the first 30 days.

I am satisfied with the speakers and really love the sound and design, so i'm more than happy to keep them. Unfortunately, impolite tech support, counter-intuitive operation and a wire soldered wrong do not speak very highly of JBL.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Tomlinson on March 29, 2010
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Purchased Creature Speakers for my husband's work computer 8 years ago. Loved them so much I bought a set for my computer. Had them a little over 7 years. We had some breakers blow at the office and it destroyed the subwoofer. So I looked around and ended up purchasing the same ones! I love them. The sound is GREAT! Love the new black color and design. Very easy to install. Best price for what you get. The one BIG draw back with this set is the wires are too short. Had to move the subwoofer up behind my monitor. It used to be on the floor.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rebel L. Fornea on January 4, 2011
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I bought this item on Amazon for $67. For the price I paid, I think the value is decent. But I wouldn't pay more than that. These speakers can definitely fill a room with sound and the sound is decent. On the whole I am pleased with them, but the bass is disappointing. If bass is a big deal to you, get something else. If you just want a set of decent-sounding speakers that look really cool, these are worth considering.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By nrchilcott on October 20, 2011
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I purchased these speakers a year-and-a-half ago and was initially very pleased with them. They sounded great and looked nice and didn't take up too much space. My only initial complaint was that the "innovative touch controls for the volume" were slightly awkward to use.

None of that much matters, however, when after this year-and-a-half the left channel quits working due to a faulty connection in the main unit -- the kind that if you wriggle the cable the sound scratches in and out, or if you smack it on its cute little dome. I attempted to contact JBL's "customer service," but was told in barely comprehensible English that they would do nothing, as the unit was out of warranty.

Though I considered the speakers very affordable for the sound when I bought them, having to buy a new set every year rather negates any savings. And I really thought that smacking equipment in a desperate attempt to get it to work was a relic of the mechanical age.

These speakers may sound fine but they're made with shoddy parts and cheap labor and are not at all designed to last. I do not recommend them at all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Magnus on January 4, 2011
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I read the reviews here and thought that these speakers were made by elves or something. I skip to the good part and tell you these things look a lot better than they sound.

Aesthetics: They look good. The price for the good looks is that they have a larger footprint than they really need to have, but I knew that up front. Fair warning. I would like to have been able to get this in a color that matches better with my Mac (either aluminum finish or the white that Apple uses in places like the surface of the Magic Mouse).

Wiring: There's a lot of wiring but that's unavoidable unless you go wireless. I think they cheaped out on the cable lengths and I'm struggling to make it work with my desk since I can't get all of the components where I want them. I'm stuck trying to figure out a compromise due to the short runs. Also, be aware that these speakers use a wall wart. I took away a star just for this. Really, seriously, why do manufacturers do this to us? A power supply in the subwoofer enclosure or even an in-line power supply would have been far more surge protector friendly than the really long wall wart that came with this set.

Controls: You have simple bass & treble knobs on the subwoofer. The right satellite has touch sensitive controls for volume up & down. When first powered up, the volume is turned all the way down, so you may think that something is not hooked up right until you turn the volume up on the speakers.

Sound: They honestly don't get all that loud considering the cost. These replaced a cheap set of freebie speakers that came with an old Micron PC back in the 1990's, which got louder!
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