- Mac Compatible
Creative Inspire S2 Bluetooth Wireless Multimedia Speaker System
- USB Bluetooth technology for wireless audio transmission
- Palm sized speaker design to optimize space on your desktop
- Creative DIRECT-THROW subwoofer - delivers dynamic midbass for your musical enjoyment
- Convenient easy to reach power and volume control
- Energy Star qualified product
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Decided to rewrite this review.
THE GOOD -- these speakers sound MUCH better than their small size. Perfect for smaller rooms or nearby travel even.
THE BAD -- there are more wires than you'd expect, but it's better than having batteries in everything. Or a recharging unit that dies.
THE UGLY -- the included directions to these speakers were printed in 2009. This means nowhere in or outside of the box do you get the following CRITICAL directions on how to wireless set up your iPhone or iPad --
a. find the power button on the white speaker and turn speakers off. You know they're off because there's no green light on the front of the speaker (center bottom)
b. with speakers still off, lean on plus volume button and wait for a blue light to flash (where the green one was)
c. at this point (on Apple devices) go to GENERAL > SETTINGS > BLUETOOTH > TURN ON (if not on) > WAIT > WATCH INSPIRE APPEAR IN DISCOVERABLE > SELECT (by clicking center of said bar, not the right hand thingee) > enter in FOUR ZEROS
None of what I just posted is anywhere on the package. Or on the Creative Website. Or is there any way to call Creative. Until they post said directions on their site, I'm treating these four star speakers as three, because I know most people will never find these directions until after HOURS of fury and frustration.
SOUND- Not bad, full but somewhat dull base, a bit limited in the middle bbut decent highs. The sound stage is good for the size of the satellite speakers. The volume is more than sufficient for using with a computer. Music and videos sound nice especially rock.
EASE OF USE- Windows 7 had no problem recognizing the included dongle without software installation, but the internal bluetooth on my brand new Asus Core i7 laptop can't find it. The power and volume button on the side of the satellite speaker are a little small but acceptable. the power cord and speaker cords are not very long though are sufficient for a desktop.
BLUETOOTH- This is where Creative gets an 'F'. The speakers pair nearly instantly but can't stay paired for more than about 10 minutes at a time even though the dongle is only 7 inches from the receiving speaker! There are no other bluetooth devises in my apartment that could be interfering, and I can reconnect by removing and putting the USB dongle back. The problem seems to be yet another of Creative's typical oversight of one critical detail to their product that dogs so many of their devices. The only reason I'm not returning them is because the packaging is to complicated and they do work with the auxiliary input.
Bottom line; I can't recommend these speakers as they are over priced for what you actually get.
Set up was quick & straightforward. I did not have any issues.
For the given specifications (RMS value / power o-p of the speaker), this has amazing sound quality & loudness. It is more than a computer speaker. It could serve more like a music system. Your computer or laptop or ipad or ipod or any mp3 player would be the source and this speaker is wirelessly connected to your source. The result is a great music system, which fills the room (around 400 sq foot room).
The speakers pair instantly with the included USB Bluetooth transmitter (connected to your computer's USB port - in my case running Windows vista). I did a several tests to find out if it could pair under most circumstances. While it was playing, I turned off the power using the switch in my wall (power outlet). After few minutes, I turned the switch on. Then I had to turn on the power button on the side of the satellite speaker. It paired instantly after that. As a second test, I then pulled the USB Bluetooth transmitter from the computer. Then put it back in. It paired instantly after that. (You would have to re-start the music playing software when you pull the Bluetooth transmitter from the computer. In my case, I had to restart real player). As a third test, I restarted the computer. It pair instantly & worked perfectly. Sound quality is above average and I am satisfied with the performance for the price.
AUDIO-IN : I used my mp3 player and connected it to the audio in port available on the side of the satellite speaker. Both sound quality and volume are incredible for some inexpensive mp3 player.
APPLE PRODUCTS: The Bluetooth links perfectly with both the iPhone 3GS and iPad. I did not purchase the iPhone transmitter sold separately.Read more ›
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