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Creative Airwave Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC
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Creative Airwave Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC

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Experience audio made clever with the Creative Airwave.

Simplify your life with the Creative Airwave. Unlike other regular speakers, you can experience the convenience of one-touch pairing with its NFC feature. You can also enjoy your music wirelessly on the go, as it comes with Bluetooth® and a rechargeable built-in battery. This uniquely designed speaker, packed with these amazing features, is available in four vibrant colors.

Three ways to play your audio

Tap and play!

The Creative Airwave features Near Field Communications (NFC) technology which allows for easy, one-touch pairing by simply tapping your NFC-enabled Bluetooth smart device on the speaker.

Pair and stream

As for your smart devices that are not NFC-enabled, you can easily pair them with the Creative Airwave via Bluetooth using the conventional method.

Integrated Aux In

You can also enjoy your music by connecting directly to the speaker via the integrated analog Aux-in connector.

Go places with your audio

12 hours of non-stop music
Built-in Lithium polymer battery

Party all night long on a single charge! The Creative Airwave gives you up to 12 hours1 of playtime, so don't stop the music!

With a built-in Lithium polymer battery, your Creative Airwave is truly portable and you're free to place your speaker almost anywhere you please. You can check your battery levels with voice prompts and the speaker LED also alerts you when you're low on battery. In addition, the battery level icon is displayed when paired with selected smartphones2. The battery can be easily charged via a standard micro USB connection.

Hear and be heard

Great sound

The Creative Airwave houses two efficient 3″ full-range drivers that produce stunning, room-filling sound despite its small size.

Clear voice calls

Turn your speaker into a speaker phone with the built-in concealed microphone for dialog clarity in your voice communications.

Make a statement

The Creative Airwave's unique design is a radical departure from the usual rectangular-shaped speakers. The chassis is constructed to minimize vibrations and the optimal 30-degree front baffle tilt projects audio directly to the listener. Available in four bold colors, its unique triangular-styled construction, geometric face panel design and smooth curves make it a refreshing addition to any setting.

1 Actual battery life will vary with use and volume settings.
2 Currently supported on iOS devices only.

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Average Customer Rating: based on 52 reviews
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 ( 52 customer reviews )
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31 of 36 found the following review helpful:

3Decent, but not best-in-classJul 29, 2013
By B. Rose
I've had the opportunity to handle a number of portable Bluetooth speakers, and will say this one is solidly mid-range. It has some features I like, and some I'm not so crazy about...

PROS:
+ 12 hour battery life is basically best-in-class. There are a couple other units that can match this, but none I've seen that can surpass it. This will be really nice for a full day at the pool / beach / lake or some other place where you want constant tunes, but don't have the luxury of a wall outlet
+ Bluetooth connectivity to me is a MUST with portable speakers, and this has it
+ standard micro-USB charger port means you'll be able to charge this many places, even if you forget the cord, because anyone with an Android phone will have the same charger attachment

CONS:
- volume, at max, is rather underwhelming. It's good for a bedroom but isn't going to work for a party, or for outdoors unless you're sitting around a campfire or in a boat together
- audio quality and clarity is okay, but doesn't really stand out among other similarly-priced units which have superior clarity and bass
- for the volume / audio quality, it's rather large
- power button is annoying. You have to hold it mashed down for an extended period of time to power it on, and then have to hold it down not once, but twice, for even longer, to turn it off. Sort of annoying having to mash a button for fifteen seconds to turn off your speaker. It's a minor annoyance (first world problems, I know) but something the designers should have noticed during product testing.
- not weather resistant like some other units

BOTTOM LINE: this unit is okay, but for the price, I can't really recommend it. Maybe for sixty - seventy bucks or so. Once you get around a hundred, the doors open for other units, like the Logitech Bluetooth Wireless Speaker for a similar price. If you wanted to spend a little more dough, the TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker has positively BOOMING audio and is rugged enough to withstand a sandy / misty environment, but costs more and has half the battery life. I'll leave it up to you, but my opinion is that there are better competing units out there for basically the same investment.

14 of 15 found the following review helpful:

4Pretty fly for a Tri...angle.Oct 17, 2013
By Rosie
I didn't know I needed this...until I got it.

OH my laptop speakers are fine, I said. Oh I don't really need to hear my podcasts while doing yardwork, I said. Oh why would I EVER want to listen to music while doing the dishes, I said.

I. was. so. WRONG.

Now that I have this creepy little triangle, I love it. It's portable, it's got a USB rechargie cable that looks like it's covered in bulletproof kevlar, and the connection from the usb cable into the SoundTriangle(As I'll refer to it here) is secure and not wobbly at all. If there's one thing I hate, it's when you get a rechargeable device, and the accompanying USB cable connects into it like when you plug a kitty vacuum into the wall, and before you even turn it on, the cord falls out of the socket.

NO MITCH. THAT KIT STAYS PLUGGED. IN.

It's also kind of nice that the buttons are dumb-proof on top of SoundTriangle. Volume up/down, and the bluetooth power button. I'll admit, it does seem like it takes a bit of time to power it down, but it's 8 seconds, not a hour like some other reviews suggest. It's not long at all. Plus, I find it's a lot easier to not break your own kit when you slow down a little when you're putting it away. Whatever, that's just me. Enough of this, let's talk about

THE SOUND!

You know, and I know, you get what you pay for. And what you get with SoundTriangle is a decently portable little sound powerhouse with a couple days battery life. I haven't left it playing for 2 days straight, but I've definitely left on by accident, and then used it again like normal the next day. SoundTriangle is probably not ideal for your average reclaimed-warehouse-abandoned-business-district party, but it is plenty loud to save me from the unbearable tedium of various household tasks, and it can definitely fill a room and yard loud enough so that geriatric parents will urge you, using expletives, to reconsider your life choices.
here's how I use SoundTriangle

-computer speaker for streaming video when I'm hiding from my responsibilities
-computer speaker for streaming audio when I'm trying to learn some new skill, and hiding from my responsibilities
-ipad speaker for streaming video, when I'm cooking and trying to forget how boring cooking is
-iphone speaker for when raking up lawn clippings, weeding, or scooping up dog cookies in the backyard
-a stand-in as a car stereo in vehicles whose previous stereos have been 'liberated'

I personally prefer to connect SoundTriangle to my devices via audio cable, since it saves battery for SoundTriangle and for my phone/tablet. I've tried it with a bluetooth connection before, but it was slightly crackly, as blutooth audio connections are wont to be, but nothing you wouldn't expect from the technology. If you're looking for something super high end, this is not your first chose. For the rest of us streaming mp3s and high definition video on a laptop, this is a reasonable investment for your money.

8 of 9 found the following review helpful:

4Innovative little speakerJun 26, 2013
By UofM Tiger "uofmtiger"
I have a much larger bluetooth speaker from Creative that is a few years old. I have been carrying it into the bathroom every mornng, so I wanted something smaller that could just stay in there. While this speaker isn't tiny, it is a lot smaller than my old speaker and works like a charm.

While I don't own an NFC device, this is the first product that has given me a reason to want one. Pairing is pretty easy using my iPhone, but I think touching the two together would be a lot easier. The cool thing about this unit is the vocal responses you get with certain process. The best part of this is when you use it unplugged, you can tap on the button a couple times and the voice will tell you the battery power that is left. Also, I have used it unplugged for a few days and it always shuts off. I haven't timed it, but I would expect it to be out of power if it wasn't working properly. (edit: I wanted to mention that I think it shuts off because I take my iPhone to work with me. I noticed that when I use it at night, I need to turn off bluetooth on my iPhone or the two will continue to communicate. I think this is what you would want from the speaker so you would have it available at all times after you have paired it to the iPhone. Unfortunately, if you are using the speaker unplugged (running it off of the battery), it will run down the battery if you have the iPhone paired with it, even when you aren't playing anything.)

The main downside is that there is not a power adapter included. They do have a really nice USB cable, but you need a computer or usb wall charger to charge it. This may be the first gadget I have purchased that doesn't have a way to plug it in to a socket. As a result, I knocked a point off from my review. I also don't like the way the bluetooth light blinks when it is paired. It is a minor annoyance the way I use it, but it some cases, I could see it being a bigger problem. I would think black tape would cover it up, but that would work against its asthetics.

Overall, I am happy with the product and would love to try it with NFC.

8 of 10 found the following review helpful:

3Okay, Not Great, Sound in a Portable Package (3+ stars)Jun 26, 2013
By Debbie Lee Wesselmann
The first time I played music through the Creative Labs Airwave, I was disappointed in the sound quality. I also have the Creative ZiiSound D3x Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with the Wireless Subwoofer , and, because of the larger speakers, powered drivers, and added subwoofer, the sound is much better. Of course, that combination is more expensive. I also compared it to the tiny, battery-operated Grace Digital ECOROX Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, and I liked the Grace Digital speaker sound quality more, despite its small size. As I listened longer and more carefully to the Creative Labs Airwave, I began to realize that the radio-hiss quality I was hearing in the Airwave was really a lack of bass -- or more accurately, less boost to the lower ranges. The result is a thinner, colder sound.

I like that the speaker grill is tipped up, unlike most other Bluetooth and/or portable speakers which throw the sound straight out over the shelf or table they are sitting on. And it talks when turning on, pairing, or checking battery status, something that adds little functionality but which is a little fun. Pairing with both my iPhone and iPad was a cinch. If you have an NFC device (I don't), you supposedly can pair it with a touch. You can also answer a call with a touch. The unit can be charged using the included USB cable attached to either your computer or to your own USB outlet plug.

I am most concerned with the quality of the button construction. To power off, you have to hold down the power button -- and mine went in and stayed there. It is no longer flush with the top the way the volume button is. Sometimes, I cannot get the unit to power off and, because it is battery powered, I can't simply pull the plug. The quality issue is a small one for the manufacturer but a much larger one for the consumer.

The Airwave is easy to use and very portable; however, I find that there are other better, albeit slightly more expensive, Bluetooth speaker options out there.

-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann

4 of 5 found the following review helpful:

4Good speaker with LONG battery life... I am pleased with my AirwaveJun 25, 2013
By Amazon Customer
Well I am listening to some Pleasant music while writing this review using the Creative Airwave....
First let me say this is a bigger unit that I expected.. I was expecting a sm size about the size of a hotdog bun... well this is no hotdog.. It has some weight and size to it..More like a large Hoagie sanwich!!.. In a rather odd triangle shape.. not unappealing but not what one expects.. All my previous speakers have been square or long rectangles. The button's for operation are clearly visable on the top of the unit and easy to access.. It also has a VOICE response when you are starting up the unit and when you are pairing.. this is the first bluetooth speaker that I have had that actually does that.

Now for the good part..
Pairing was a breeze.. I do not have a NFC device so I used the traditional pairing method.. and I was up and running in less than one minute. But with the NFC on this unit it would make it even easier.

As for the sound, it produces sounds that are quite pleasing..with extra humph on volume.. Perfect for an outdoor event ,or a large room indoors.. The unit allows for voice conference phone calls if that would be something that would be needed.. One thing I do like it allows for a music playing unit to connect to this speaker even if that unit is NOT Bluetooth capable.( few bluetooth speakers have the port for this activity)..
Now the sounds we tested were all sorts of music: Broadway tunes, classical, country western, hard rock and spoken word i.e. Audio Books... all passed with good results.. Nothing super outstanding but more than average.
I would say mid range..in tone with a good Base.
I have quite a variety of blue tooth speakers to compare this with so I am and unbiased listener.. I took this outside on the pool deck and it was more than Pleasant in that setting.
The battery life seems more than adequate for me.. approx 8-9 hrs.. ( swimming pool deck time)... It played like a trouper the whole time. The literature that came w the unit indicates 12hrs of run time.. I haven't had it playing that long but for my test 8-9 hr window was more than I expected.

I feel this speaker is more suited to the casual music listener ( which is MOST PEOPLE)... not the audiophile..This speaker prob would not pass their exacting standards.. but the average person would feel this is a great speaker and be Most pleased to own and use it regularly ...... I know I will.

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