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34 of 34 found the following review helpful:
Work perfectly for pairing with Creative's D200 Wireless Bluetooth SpeakerAug 09, 2011
I have had great success using this Creative USB Transmitter with my Creative D200 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. I have used this on both computers in my home, one running Windows XP and the other running Windows Vista. One a laptop and one a desktop. With each computer I had the exact same easy installation and pairing experience.
Remember when using this USB transmitter with your computer, you will need to change the speaker settings on your computer to broadcast through the transmitter. Even after you have plugged this unit in, your computer will still play music through your PC's speakers until you tell it to do otherwise. You can find these settings in your computers Control Panel under the "Sound" category. Exact directions for how to locate and change your PC's sound/speaker settings can be Googled, as it's a little different for each operating system.
40 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Excellent sound, but one huge drawbackJan 03, 2011
Creative Labs ZiiSound D5 Wireless Multimedia Speaker System for iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Droid and other Bluetooth Enabled Devices
I got this product to use with my Creative ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth speakers. The speakers sound very good -- BT-D1 USB transmitter has excellent sound quality because it uses the apt-X codec over Bluetooth. The setup is so close to perfect: I don't need a cable between the computer and the speakers, which makes it easy to place the speakers wherever I want in the room, and the sound quality is indistinguishable from a wired connection (to my ears, anyway).
The one major drawback is that you cannot control the system volume with this thing. I have a Macbook Pro, and the volume control buttons no longer have any effect. Well, that's not completely true -- the volume buttons make the volume meter on the screen move up and down, and the computer still makes the little clicking sound each time you press a button, but they don't actually change the volume. You can't even mute the system by pressing the mute button, nor can you mute it by checking the mute check box in the Sound preference panel.
This isn't just my imagination -- the Creative website itself says (in an obscure way) that this is how it is works with the ZiiSound D5 speakers. To control the volume, you have to control it through each application, or through the touch panel on the speakers. Both of these are inconvenient in their own way. If you want to control it through the applications, then you have to set the volume on the speakers at the maximum level you would ever want, and reduce the volume on every application you use. This includes every web page that has some sort of sound through a Flash application. Many Flash applications (like games) don't let you control volume at all! And it is impossible to change the volume of the system alert sounds!
So then you have to reach over to the speakers and control the volume there -- but I have them placed out of arms reach, which means I have to stand up and walk over to them. After all, that's why I got wireless speakers in the first place, so I could put them anywhere without having to worry about where the cables would go. So think about that: it is impossible to control the volume of many things (including system alerts) or mute, without walking over to the speakers and using the finicky touch panel to control the volume.
Oddly enough, the BT-D1 seems to allow volume control with some other Creative speakers, namely the Inspire S2 Wireless, and the D200. The D100 and ZiiSound D5 don't allow you to control the volume for some strange reason. I have no idea why Creative lets you control the volume on their middle-range speakers, but not on the flagship (the D5) or lowest-end speakers.
Also, it is possible to control the volume of the D5 speakers using the iPod transmitter module (BT-D5) included with the speakers. So why not with the BT-D1 USB transmitter as well? It makes no sense. I'll probably send it all back and go back to my previous wired setup. Even though it's wired, it's more convenient, and I'll save several hundred dollars.
Oh, and here's the URL of the page on the Creative website which contains the information above. Like I said, it's obscure:
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
BT dongle for APTX-compatible productsDec 30, 2011
I had already bought a WP-300 from Creative and found the sound quality from standard bluetooth on PCs really horrible. I decided to get this so that I can make use of the aptX codec the dongle provides. This is the main selling point of Creative's recent BT ear phones. The music quality is so much better and the range is a bit better. If you need a BT dongle with aptX support, you can't go wrong with this. it is not like other BT dongles, it is designed for music only (so no keyboard, mice etc). People rated this product down for that, which is not an accurate rating IMHO.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Works pretty wellFeb 18, 2011
I have a HP-MINI 311 1000-NR netbook for which the in-built speakers are not working. So I bought a Creative BT-100 speaker and this USB transmitter. After 2 months of usage, I am happy. Every time my netbook boots up, this USB transmitter by default tries to connect to BT-100 speaker. So all i have to do is just turn-on my netbook & the speaker. Thats it.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Bluetooth autio from my laptop now...fantasticJan 15, 2011
By Scott Frimming
Don't believe the low reviews on this. Probably not too savvy in the way of technology. The Creative BT-D1 installed on my Windows 7 laptop with no effort at all and was able to pair with all 3 Bluetooth headsets and the Sony Bluetooth transmitter/receiver to my home stereo. Sounds really great. The only negative thing I have to say with all my Bluetooth devices flying around that it did not have a memory with pairing multiple devices so if you switch around you have to repair if it was not the last thing you paired with previously. This is for audio only so don't buy it for transferring files.
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