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This review is from: Creative D100 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black) (Electronics)
Given this is the first review, I will be thorough.
I've owned the Creative D100 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for two months (paid $78.47). I'm very pleased. The sound quality is excellent for this type of speaker. The volume is loud enough to completely fill a room or a small outdoor area (e.g., patio). I've enjoyed it on the beach and found quality does not suffer much at high volumes.
Like with any small speaker, if you crank it to max volume, there is some distortion on bass-heavy songs. But the distortion is slight, and the bass sounds great if you have the volume appropriately set for the type of audio you are streaming.
On that note, there is no remote. The only way to control the volume is the `volume up' and `volume down' buttons on the front of the speaker or directly from streaming device ONLY IF it allows it. That is, my iPhone (3G - iOS 3.1.3) CANNOT change the speaker's volume while streaming, but my laptop can. In my use, I have not needed a remote. Usually I directly set the speaker's volume for the environment (e.g., bathroom, patio) and forget it. No remote also means you must control the streaming media from your device. There are no media control buttons on the speaker.
There is an auxiliary input on the back of the speaker, if you want to hook up a non-bluetooth device, or maybe just to save battery by not using Bluetooth.
Pairing with Bluetooth-capable devices (in my case, iPhone 3G and HP laptop) is simple and quick.
Battery life (four AA) is excellent. It is so long I cannot even put an estimate in terms of hours. It also came with an AC adapter, but I have never used it. The battery compartment is underneath the speaker.
The speaker is fairly small and very light. I actually carry it from room-to-room to enjoy while I am doing chores.
My only concern with the speaker is the build quality. The plastic casing is sturdy, but the front face of the speaker (surrounding the name plate and volume controls) is made of cloth. The cloth is spongy, but I am worried that it will inevitably tear with my heavy use of the speaker. There is no travel case included with the speaker.
Looking for a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker, I also considered the Logitech Z515 ($90, smaller and cloth-free). I've never used that Logitech speaker, but I ultimately chose the Creative D100 based on superior reviews for sound quality and bass quality. Look into both. There are good reviews for them and a comparison on CNET, if you want more information.
On the front of the speaker:
Volume up button
Volume down button
Bluetooth connect button
On the back of the speaker:
Power (on/off) switch
5V AC adapter input
Underneath the speaker:
Battery compartment (four AA)
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Initial post: Mar 27, 2011 9:48:49 AM PDT
John Kelley says:
Thanks so much for such an informative review. I think I will buy the D100.
Posted on Jun 10, 2011 8:56:10 PM PDT
Miche A. Thomas says:
Seems like a thorough, well thought out review. Thank you.
Posted on Dec 19, 2011 2:23:02 PM PST
Peggy Chadwick says:
Very informative and relevant review! Thank you!
Posted on Jan 12, 2012 11:01:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2012 11:03:08 PM PST
I would like to say is good job on the review. The biggest factor for me is that it uses standard AA cells, instead of the built in lithium ion. I am trying to minimize devices with integrated battery. I was very skeptical at first due to using AA, but nope. From what I see on the reviews people are liking this a lot. I think I have found what I needed. Great sound,portability and most important off all is that it runs of AA's!.
Posted on Nov 28, 2012 6:35:36 PM PST
Khazer Amin says:
Posted on Jul 11, 2013 12:48:56 PM PDT
Purring Kitty says:
Thanks for your detailed review! :)
Posted on Aug 12, 2013 7:14:15 AM PDT
Can i +1 the battery life? it's amazing. especially if you use the ultra power duracell. it will definitely go past 12 hours with those, i dont even understand how it does that.
perfect speaker for 50 range.
Posted on Sep 27, 2013 8:03:01 PM PDT
Informative review. I'm looking for a good cordless double AA battery powered speaker that performs and no wires. I've observed the eye-catching square tube 4x4 speakers convieniently stationed in the vicinity around the cashier so they can make a quick sale without thinking. I have a A&R Advanced Audio System with Airplay Speaker with great sound but with an annoying cord if you are outdoors or in park situation. The unit cannot even sync with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and it doesn't even have a port for my 3.5 cord for sound. I was very disappointed. It'll be hard to beat if I get this Creative D-100 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and hope I can run my Galaxy.
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