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Creative T4 Bluetooth Wireless 2.1 Speaker System
A major part of getting the best sensory experience out of your entertainment lies in the quality of your audio. The Creative T4 Wireless is specially engineered and designed to meet - and perhaps even go beyond - all your entertainment audio needs.
The Creative T4 Wireless is equipped with aptX® and AAC high-definition codecs, giving you high-resolution wireless Bluetooth® audio that sounds as good as audio from a wired connection.
The audiophile-grade aluminium driver in each satellite delivers full midrange and ultra-clear highs, giving you clear, crisp audio.
The powerful yet compact Creative SLAM™ (Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module) subwoofer is professionally engineered and tuned to perfection to bring you realistic heart-thumping bass for a completely engaging gaming or movie experience.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity gives you the freedom and convenience to move around your room with your smart device as you're not tied down by any wires.1 And with aptX, you're assured of uncompromised audio quality.
With the NFC (Near Field Communication) receptor on the Audio Control Pod, you can simply tap your NFC-enabled device on it to pair and then you're all set to stream and enjoy your music.
Connect with multiple Bluetooth devices! With Creative Multipoint, you can have two Bluetooth stereo devices paired to the speakers at any one time and easily toggle between them.2
The Creative T4 Wireless comes with an optical input for digital signals, so you can directly send audio from sources such as your HD TV or sound cards without loss of resolution. It also has RCA analog inputs for connection to your video console or DVD player, as well as a 3.5mm input for connection to smart devices and portable media players.
For late-night gaming or movie-watching, there's no need to worry about waking up the household. The Creative T4 Wireless' Audio Control Pod is integrated with a dedicated headphone jack so that you can conveniently plug in your headphones when the need arises.
Fortunately, these aren't dance steps but what you can do with the speakers' multi-functional Audio Control Pod!
Press the Source button to toggle instantly between the Aux-in and optical inputs. Tap your NFC-enabled device on it for easy one-touch pairing. And finally, turn the Audio Control Pod itself to make precise volume adjustments.
Increase or reduce the desired bass level by simply using the adjustment knob located on the subwoofer.
The IR Remote lets you take control of your speakers without you having to leave the couch! You can perform source selection (Bluetooth, Aux-in and optical), turn the speaker on or off, adjust the volume and even control music playback.
The Creative T4 Wireless' satellites are designed to deliver powerful audio despite their small size. The small footprint makes it easy for you to position them wherever you want, while saving space on your desktop or living room table. The satellites can also be wall-mounted, making them ideal as TV speakers in the living room. Simply remove the detachable satellite desktop stands and they're ready to be mounted (brackets not included).
1 Up to 10 meters (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device.)
2 Music playback is on a turn-by-turn basis, with one source playing at a time.
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Excellent sound with only a few minor flawsDec 12, 2013
By Steward Willons
The Creative T4 is a very nice sub/satellite combo with many strengths and a few weaknesses. It is well designed and comes with a number of handy features. This review will be from the perspective of someone who is mostly interested in listening to music. I'll occasionally watch a TV show or something on my computer, but really, 95% of the time, I'm using my computer speakers for music listening. If you're in the same boat, read on!
First of all, the T4 looks great. It's well built and fairly heavy. A lot of computer speakers are made from cheap, lightweight plastic, but the T4 feels much more substantial. Even the standalone volume knob is nicely weighted so that it doesn't slide around or get pulled by the weight of its own cable. The tops of the satellites are mirrored. This looks cool, but it's also a magnate for dust and fingerprints. Not a huge deal, but it does mean that you'll have to wipe them down regularly.
The volume and source selection is controlled with a separate controller. There are buttons and a headphone jack around the base, and the top is just a big volume knob. It seems to work pretty well. It's a little awkward to press the buttons because you need to apply pressure from both sides or you'll just end up pushing the entire thing away from you. Essentially, you have to squeeze both sides instead of just pressing from a single direction.
The T4 comes with a range of input options. You can use a standard RCA cable from a source like a BluRay player or a turntable or whatever. You can use an RCA-to-Stereo Mini plug to connect it to a computer or iPod (this cable is included). If you have an optical cable, you can connect that way. And, finally, you can connect via Bluetooth. Naturally, the Bluetooth option is the least preferable. The range is typical and the connection strength is average for this sort of thing. The closer you get, the smoother the streaming (usually), but if you're essentially sitting right next to the unit, you might as well just plug your device in and get uninterrupted sound. Whatever. The option is there for people who like Bluetooth.
All of the cables plug into the back of the subwoofer, which is pretty standard for this sort of speaker system. In general, the cables are all pretty decent. They seem heavy enough to withstand normal usage. They're definitely better than the tiny, brittle cables that come with cheap computer speakers. I wish that the cables from the satellites were a bit longer. Many of us want to tuck the subwoofer away under the desk and while there is enough cable to do this, you may need to position the sub a little closer than you would like. It depends on your setup. For me, the cables were sufficiently long.
The other features are nice, but really, a speaker system is worthless if it doesn't have good sound. The T4 is largely excellent, but there are a couple flaws that I will note shortly. The highs are very detailed and precise without sounding shrill. They almost sparkle, but they're never overly bright the way Bose speakers tend to sound.
The midrange seems fairly natural until you get to the frequency range where the midrange crosses over into the bass. This seems like a small blind spot where there is a bit of attenuation. Basically, the midrange doesn't ease into the bass as gracefully as I would have liked. It's not a fatal flaw, but it does remind you (on occasion) that you're listening to a speaker system consisting of two tiny speakers and one large speaker. That's just what you get with a sub/satellite combo unless it's flawlessly engineered.
The bass is plentiful and can be precise, depending on a number of factors. The subwoofer consists of one powered driver and two passive radiators. Basically, this means that there is one speaker that makes sound and two speakers (on the sides, in this case) that simply move due to changes into the air pressure of the sub enclosure. This doesn't mean that subwoofer plays three times as loud; it has more to do with tuning the enclosure and creating the correct resonance. It can also make the subwoofer more efficient, which allows it to play somewhat louder with less power.
My problem with the dual passive radiator design is that you can't really place the sub unit against more than one wall. If you have sound radiating from three directions, it needs at least a bit of space on all sides to sound correct. This means that you can't wedge the subwoofer into a corner. It's not a huge deal, but it's a little frustrating.
The subwoofer has the potentially to be very loud, boomy, and overpowering. There are a number of factors that go into properly calibrating the sub and a lot of it will depend on where you place it and what sort of sound balance you like. I prefer a natural sound with bass that is present, but not overly accentuated. The first part of the equation concerns placement. If you put the sub under a desk, near a wall, or especially in a corner, this is going to amplify the resonance of the woofer. This can be a good tactic if you want heavier bass, but it can also lead of bass that is too heavy and difficult to control.
The second part of the equation concerns the bass volume knob. It took me a few days of tweaking to find a balance between placement and subwoofer volume before I was happy with the sound. The sub has a natural tendency to be very loud and boomy, and you'll have to take time to temper this, unless you love heavy, overpowering bass.
In terms of volume, this system will play very loud. It may not fill a huge room with sound, but it will serve a medium sized room well with power to spare. When you consider the fact that this is probably going to be a computer speaker system for you and that you'll usually be sitting right in front of it, it's very well powered.
Overall, the sound is very good, and provided you can get the bass level where you want it, the balance and neutrality is quite reasonable.
The one major weakness here is the price. At around $300, the T4 costs almost double what the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 system costs. I'm not convinced that the sound of the T4 is twice as good as the Klipsch system. The T4 has some extra features (e.g., Bluetooth, a remote, optical input) and it is heftier than the Klipsch, but these factors are not as important to me as sound quality. If I was saving close to $150, I think I would be fine with the Klipsch sound, especially insofar as it's just as loud, just as powerful, and almost as detailed in terms of midrange and treble.
The T4 is an expensive, but excellent speaker system. The aforementioned flaws notwithstanding, I can easily recommend this to anyone who enjoys listening to music from his or her computer. Once you get the bass calibrated correctly, the sound is very nice with plenty of detail and subtly. The unit is very well constructed and I would expect it to last for a long time.
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Amazong sound for such litle speakers -- Understand the limitations and whether the system meets YOUR needsNov 29, 2013
"D.S. al FINE"
A friend of mine dubbed 2013 the year of the cheap small bluetooth speaker. Every time you turn around, someone is promising ginormous floor-standing speaker sound packaged in tiny little speakers.
The Creative Speaker system is definitely NOT in that category. The side speakers are much smaller than I expected .... only slightly larger than most of the cheaper small bluetooth speakers... But the sound is as good as many bookshelf speakers 10 times their size. I believe the key is the subwoofer since that provides the main "oomph" for the system.
I hooked these up in the kitchen today so I could listen to my iPad music while preparing Thanksgiving dinner. The whole system was small enough to sit on the kitchen counters and still leave me with ample room to work.
At first, I connected via Bluetooth but found that the transitions between songs were not clean and overall, the sound quality was not as good as other bluetooth systems. Then I hooked the iPad up using a set of RCA cables (left and right wires plug into the sub while a single connector plugs into the earphone jack of the iPad). This resulted in a much better sound. The Creative kit provides a standard cable for this purpose... however, I have a gold-tipped version from Mediabridge which sounded even better.
I do have a few quibbles with the system:
-- isn't as portable due to the number of piece parts that come with the system not to mention the cords. This definitely needs a permanent home.
-- the bluetooth sound quality is not as clear as other bluetooth speakers I have heard
-- the remote does not work if you have your device plugged in via the RCA cable (in other words, you can't advance to the next song, pause etc) using the remote.
Overall, this is a great little system if you ware looking for a way to play your computer or portable device files through something with more horsepower than the built in speakers. I plan to take it up to my cabin in the Northern Woods so I can play my music while watching the sunsets and reading. It is also great combined with an Epson projector for playing movies from your computer so that you have much fuller sound to match the much larger picture.
However, if you are looking for great sounding truly portable device, you would be better off with the JBL Onbeat XTreme docking station.
Awesome sound - not using it as bluetoothJan 16, 2014
By J. J. Marino
As far as I could tell I could not find a definitive answer about this speaker set working as hard wired. It does by the way. Standard wired minijack and RCA plugs.
+ Great sound
+ Easy to install
+ Quality build
- Turns off after a time and sometimes a lag to turn it back on.
I have the older version of this set and have had it over 5 years now. This one looks and sounds the same but its the power on pause that makes me wish for the older one again.
Overall happy with these speakers. Recommended.
Great sound, Control module thing is crapJan 14, 2014
By Adam Pine
Sound quality is great, amazing bass, amazing everything. The system is nice and small, compact and easy to install.
The volume controller is a nightmare. I'll lightly touch it, to move it down and the volume will manage to go UP even though I am turning it down.
Good sound, bluetooth connectivityJan 08, 2014
There really isn't a huge choice available if you want this particular configuration in a Bluetooth 2.1 speaker system. There are several off brands which offer Bluetooth for the subwoofer and two tiny separate speakers setup. These are around generally the hundred dollar price point and it's a gamble to get one of these if you are somewhat choosey about the sound quality you listen to.
If you want better sound quality, Bluetooth connectivity and a 2.1 speaker system for your tunes on iPhone, iPad or other devices or laptops, this is the one to get. Take your portable device anywhere within about twenty feet and connect to your Creative 2.1 speaker system. This really has no competition in its category.
I particularly like the subwoofer in this set. It delivers a mellow rich bass which belies the small size and small price. The side speakers are tiny, as they are in most similar 2.1 sets, but that doesn't correlate with weak sound delivery. They sound very good.
I have had for several years a Bose 2.1 system like this which is not Bluetooth.
I love the sound from it. And I can't say that this compares favorably to that one. The speakers are the same size but the Bose has a audiophile quality sound, but that cost more and is wired to my desktop computer. It's not suitable for my tablets, iPod or other mobile devices the way this one is.
This isn't in that league sound-wise and yet it's not bad. For the price and the fact that it's Bluetooth it is very good. And it's a definite improvement if you have been used to listening to your tunes over a tiny speaker. It sounds good. For the price, and the fact that it really doesn't have much competition in the price range for a Bluetooth system of this configuration, it's great.
Obviously this isn't meant to be portable. If you want a portable Bluetooth speaker there are hundreds available.
I can't find anything at all to complain about in this set either in Bluetooth reliability or sound quality in Bluetooth mode. I have several portable Bluetooth speakers and this compares favorably to all of them as far as ease of connection and sound transmission.
I like the remote control. This means you can hide this away out of sight, something that can be very important. Turn it on and control the volume, without even having to see the speakers, if you've tucked them behind chairs or desks. Yes you have wires to the speakers, but there is no wire needed to connect to your device. And for this, I give this five stars.
Good sound with rich bass, remote controlled Bluetooth, reasonable price, make this one that has no competition. It's not high end sound but it's very good, and the price is right.
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