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Creative Sound Blaster Axx SBX 10 Sound Blaster with Bluetooth Wireless and Dual-Array Microphone
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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
only goodlooking itemMar 16, 2013
Build quality is good but performance is bad. Most of the time it shuts off even though my volume only up to around 75%. Im dissapointed with this purchase.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Sounds good in certain positionAug 30, 2012
By homer quan
This product seems more suitable for youtube blogger and communication (high quality mic) .
The FX voice effect will be interesting to gamer.
The sound quality is not as good as most other creative two way speaker. But the single usb connection will be useful for those who like tidy desktop. Actually after one day usage, I found the position of the speaker effect a lot: put it in the right middle front of you will make stereo better.
The touch control is cool
Bluetooth handsfree will save you a lot (compare products from polycom)
The overall quality make it a good decoration in you home
Sound quality is not good enough for hardcore music fans
Pricy than other usb audio interface
I enjoy this speak so far. It's good for communication and most online audio tasks (youtube, casual listening...).
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Decent multi use speakerFeb 20, 2013
By P. MSakamoto
Summary: The SBX10 is a good, multi-purpose speaker. It also doubles as a conference phone when using Skype or other net phone communication service. It has a few control quirks, but those are tolerable and have work arounds. I would give it another star if they had included an AC power brick to go with the USB power cord.
* Speaker + noise canceling microphone. I've used it for Skype and GoToMeeting, and it works very well. A big step up from the built-in mic and speakers on my Macbook Pro.
* Doesn't take up much desk space.
* Sound is good. The design has a pleasing stereo image despite only being a single enclosure.
* Bluetooth connection is easy.
* The included USB cable is super high quality and ruggedness.
* Volume is a bit limited, but this is not an issue for my use of it. It's probably not a great dorm room party choice, though.
* The shiny top with the high-tech touch controls gets finger prints easily.
I use this as my conference speaker phone and it is very good in that role. The other side can hear me plainly and my near side team can hear the other callers clearly. As a bonus, it makes a decent music speaker, too.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Best sound I've heard so far for a USB powered speakerJan 24, 2013
By Kilgore Gagarin
"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. - Kurt Vonnegut"
I tested the Creative SBX10 on a Windows 8 laptop with a USB Bluetooth "dongle." First, all advertised features were tested and worked. Your hardware and software may be different, but everything checked out as pretty standard on my rig. Make sure to install the Sound Blaster Axx control panel and software as recommended to ensure everything works. I couldn't get the Windows 8 Google app voice recognition feature to work with the microphone until I installed the control panel. Once done, everything worked fine.
I was initially concerned that this speaker didn't come with a power supply since my experience with other USB powered speakers (much cheaper) resulted in what sounded like underpowered speakers with little bass. I was VERY pleased to personally hear that this isn't the case with the SBX10. I'm not an audiophile, and there will always be a better speaker somewhere, but the quality of sound, including bass, was full bodied. Cranking up to full volume (on my laptop AND the SBX10) I could get these speakers to rattle. But for personal use in a small space or room, I could get things loud enough to drown out everything else. I can't stress the quality of the sound for this size of USB powered device.
You can get a fairly cheap power supply to work with this speaker system. The enclosed documentation indicates that a 5 volt DC, 1.0 amp charger with a USB port should work. I tested the speakers with a AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output) and a cheapo I picked up on a Target "open box for sale" table for five bucks that was rated at 5 volts DC and 1.0 amps. Both had a large, standard USB port that accepted the same cable included with the SBX10 to plug into my laptop. I used the wall chargers to power the speakers external to my laptop, which I then successfully paired via Bluetooth.
The SBX10 also looks very nice and elegant and reminded me of the black monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The touch panel controls on the top work nicely and easily, but you will get finger smudges on the shiny, black surface (not a problem for me and totally expected).
An easy 5 out of 5 stars for what is now my favorite (and currently using on my system) portable speaker for my desktop.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
OK for USB-powered, but not great; calling option is good!Jan 22, 2013
By Hedera Femme
Since this review, I have tried several times to use this with bluetooth, plugging it into the wall outlet and Trying to set it up using bluetooth. It didn't work. I use bluetooth devices on this phone ALL THE TIME. I am not a stranger to them, and I know how to make them work. For this, I went all over the site to troubleshoot, and it Never worked. The phone said it was not on or properly set up, and it never worked. I had to use a wire. Awful product. This also meant I could NOT use the calling feature either. No speakerphone.
This one gets a mixed review for the overall sound quality, but it does have some interesting features that make it adaptable and very useful. I will be reviewing its various features individually so you can better assess if this meets your needs or not. I used a decibel measuring app on my phone to determine when the speakers began to distort some of what I played.
Playing audio with Bluetooth or via USB with a computer:
-There is no noticeable difference with playback using Bluetooth versus USB, and it has a Very long range (I walked about 20ft away and it was still doing fine)
75 DECIBELS AND UNDER:
Almost all audio was fine: clear, undistorted, and with pretty good clarity (don't expect GREAT quality or clarity. Just Good.) Some types of music fared poorly even at this relatively soft volume. I used "Fortuna from Carmina Burana" to test the system's limits. (YouTube the piece if you want to know which song I refer to--you'll recognize it immediately) The chorus of singers sounded distorted. At higher volumes, even as lot as 85db, it was awful. Other types of music were fine (orchestra music, pop, hip hop, electronica), but sometimes the treble was a bit fuzzy.
This is the maximum volume the speakers can reach with the USB connection, so it can get loud enough for a small-medium party, but not Very loud.
It's hit and miss here. The treble and bass have some problems, especially treble. The clarity diminishes and any nuances in your music will generally get a bit lost or muffled. Choral music, music with higher pitched percussive elements, and some types of rock and orchestra music don't sound very good.
The voice of the person you are calling sounds a bit muffled--definitely not as good as headphones or the phone, but about on par with other Bluetooth systems I've tried.
The voice of the speaker (i.e. You) is actually clear! This part gets a solid review. With my built-in car Bluetooth system, as well as detachable ones I've reviewed, usually the person you are calling has trouble hearing you and can experience interference. Maybe that is because it is in the car and there's road noise, but in any case, the fact this one does, actually, sound clear to the recipient of your phone call is a big plus.
Overall, this is a good product when you compare it to other desktop laptop speakers. If you are comparing it to products specifically meant for enjoying audio, however, I would recommend the Pioneer Electronics Audition Series. The price is almost the same, and while it doesn't have Bluetooth unless you buy the attachment separately and it only docks with the older iPhone and iPods, the sound quality of that one is stunning. If you want extra features like FREE Bluetooth and speakerphone capability, this one is ok for the price.
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