- Model Number: Creature III
- Color: Black
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Display Height: 0.00 centimeters
- Width: 0.00 centimeters
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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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Attack of the killer speakers.
The JBL Creature III is the perfect companion for
high-performance sound from your computer
or portable device. View larger.
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.
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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had these speakers (not sure of the version) for 5+ years, and I must say I am very impressed. Read morePublished 15 days ago by B. Fresz
I've had one of these before but this one seems to be made a little lighter which may have taken away some of the ability to be play louder. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got these to replace my original Creatures w/ a blown speaker - had them for a long time, served me well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T
This item worked great for about 10 months...then the bass went on it. Not worth the money.Published 3 months ago by Ann Z
The Creature III sounds pretty good. The clarity in the sound is definitely there, especially if you have a Creative sound card. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrick
I love these things!! I hope they come out with a more updated version, but they are amazing for my desk!!!!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Worked just fine for about 9 moths and then it started turning off with sound level less than 50% and/or sound is more or less monotone. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex
This stopped working after a few week. There is a rubberised connection on the big speaker which is intermittent. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jazz69