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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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
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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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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
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I liked the original creature speakers much more, even if there was some fuzz sometimes when you had the computer off. Having the sound actually start coming through the speakers without a half second delay means more to me than whatever reason they added the shut off feature.
Using this S-video extension didn't work very well. I did get sound from the speaker but I couldn't increase, decrease, or mute the volume. The volume controls on the speaker were useless. Extending the left satellite speaker cable may not be a problem because it uses an RCA audio cable and the speaker has no volume controls. But if you want the controls on the right speaker to work properly, you must connect only the cable directly attached to the speaker. You can't extend it.. I found a way around this by re-routing both of the cables. They aren't placed where I would prefer them to be, but they work. If JBL had provided longer cables, hooking up these speakers would have been no problem at all. I would rate the performance and the appearance of the Creature III's at five stars. Because the cables aren't long enough, it can be a problem placing them where someone may want to. For that reason, I downgraded my rating to four stars.
From the very beginning even to today the sound has always sounded good, HOWEVER, if you even slightly touch one of the satellites that speaker will go out. And God forbid if you touch the subwoofer. The whole system will go down or you'll loose the subwoofer and controller but the left satellite will continue. Every time my wife cleans the house I have to fiddle with all the wire to get the connection to be just right so that I can get that great sound back.
Maybe youll be lucky and wont have this problem but this set is going into the kids playroom and I am replacing them.
I love the Harmon Kardon Speakers II but there is little in the way of subwoofer control. However, I have had those speakers for twice as long and they still sound great and I dont have any technical issues with them either. I recommend those over these.
+++ This is perhaps the most mobile set of 2.1 speakers out there; very very light weight, the box is reusable for traveling/repackaging around, especially since I have to go to many places and I *WANT* decent sound wherever I go
+++ Overall aesthetically pleasing with a very small form factor (goes with the light weight and good traveling) for the sound it puts out
+ Sound *is* a small positive, given the small form factor
+ Very, Very easy to set up
- Bass is lacking, without a doubt; even turning up the bass knob all the way up just makes it sound all muddy
Pointers: you have to spread these speakers far from each other, at least 6 feet apart physically, to get decently "opened" sound; it is night and day if you put them a 20"/23" monitor's distance apart versus 8 feet apart (this does almost max out the cord length). These speakers are suited towards ***soundtracks / classical / orchestrated music***; Classic/Alternative/Rock such as Val Halen, Lost Prophets, and Rise Against sound ehh, but the Gears of War 3, Transformers, Braveheart, and The Sims 3 soundtracks are much better.
I got 'em for $68 on a Gold Box deal... Don't pay more than that, as the value per performance/ease of use/form factor would not be there anymore.
UPDATE --- 8-22-12 ---
The concept of "breaking speakers in" was originally inconsequential to me, but now, after listening for 100+ hours (easily) for about a year, I JUST had to update this review ... After "such break in," it sounds much, MUCH better now. Everything from Dragonforce and Carly Rae Jepsen, to Daft Punk's Tron and a wide variety of trance, sounds THAT much better now. Yes, bass is "lacking" for those who really want some oomph, but for $65 (now), the portability, ease of setup, and overall sound to price (performance/cost ratio) is easily a 5/5. I am comparing these to my old Z-2300s (which are great for movies and delivered what I needed for ~100 at the time); for ~35 less, the JBL's lesser performance comparatively is negated by the aforementioned aspects. If you're on the move like me (TDYs, PCSs, etc) and want above average sound for ~65, these ARE the way to go.
Top reviews from other countries
This black one started off OK , good sound and small form factor. But same thing the power plug must have bad soldering on the inside on the circit board.had to wiggle it a bit to get it too work. Now it has failed at the power supply plug after less then a year.