I have long been dubious as to the quality of sound provided by Bluetooth speakers. Although my curiosity was just the same for wireless speakers such as the Creative S2 Wireless Speakers and wireless headphones such as the Sennheiser RS140 I reviewed only last week and in the end the pair of them impressed me.
So, my doubt turned to excitement at the prospect of testing the D200 Bluetooth Speakers by highly respectable audio manufacturer Creative Labs.
The Creative D200 Bluetooth Speakers unit is a simple one with a pair of drivers placed conveniently and stylishly inside a curvaceous design which fits neatly in any room in my house, particularly sat neatly in front of the Sony Bravia TV which shares its glossy black exterior and overall beautiful design.
The unit takes up little space depth-wise, which means it is suitable for many services, though it’s sheer width is beyond that of many other speaker units I have come across.
The set up of the unit is so simple it barely warrants its own section in the review. There is one plug, which has interchangeable adapters for taking abroad, however the connection used to attach each adapter is merely a horizontal contact meaning removing the plug may result in the adapter remaining in the wall.
Once it is plugged in and positioned, you have to simply press the power button located at the rear and hold the clearly labelled Bluetooth button on top of the unit for a few seconds whilst searching for devices on your Bluetooth enabled audio player such as an iPod Touch or even your computer.
It will flash a couple of times and you are paired and all set. For me on my iPod Touch (3rd Generation), it was then the default audio output device meaning playing any track would default via Bluetooth the Creative speakers.
Sound Quality & Ease of Use
This is where the questions are really asked by critics of wireless audio devices. Though, the technology used in this unit was awarded the ‘Best in CES 2010’ award by a Bluetooth special interest group, feeding me high hopes for the quality.
I was not disappointed. And that is really all there is to it in reality. The sound quality was fantastic; equal to any of the speakers I have reviewed before, even offerings from prestigious manufacturer Altec Lansing such as the VS 2620 Desktop Speakers. In fact, the quality of the audio is not compromised at all by using the wireless technology as using the Aux-In port round the back for playing back from wired media players is identical. There is a discrete bass port round the back too which provides ample bass depth and enhances the overall quality of the audio track.
In terms of ease of use, the speakers are extremely simple. There are a pair of buttons on top, which are only used for volume, but the control of the track is left down to the Bluetooth device. Perhaps there could be a case for the inclusion of a remote, particularly if you intend to use them to playback from a Bluetooth enabled computer which you want to leave somewhere playing music without constantly using a potentially heavy laptop or going to and fro between your armchair and a desktop PC.
For a modest £89.99 retail price, the Bluetooth speakers perform admirably and are stylishly designed to say the least. Perfect for the majority of wireless home media centre set ups and the glossy black design is almost universal with the increasingly traditional styling of modern electronics being in a similar vein.
Of all the products I have reviewed in the past month or so, the Creative D200 Bluetooth Wireless Speakers is perhaps one that I recommend the most. Mainly due to its excellent value for money.