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Creative ZiiSound DSx Modular Wireless Subwoofer for D5x or D3x
Be it additional 'oomph' needed to inject and liven up a party or much-needed realism for all the explosions in the latest action movie, the ZiiSound DSx provides that extra punch.
Featuring Creative SLAM™ (Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module) technology, the compact subwoofer delivers a thunderous output. This portless design is extensively tuned and utilizes a master driver and dual pressure drivers housed in a highly compact inert enclosure. The end result? Quick transient response of a small driver together and high-output capability and deep bass extension of larger drivers.
Even in the largest of rooms, the ZiiSound DSx will fire away its heart-thumping lows from just about anywhere. It works up to 30 meters from the primary ZiiSound D5x or D3x speaker unit, measured in unobstructed space.
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16 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Great addition to a ZiiSound systemNov 26, 2011
By L. Kirk
The DSx is a compact subwoofer designed to add extra bass to the D3x or D5x speaker system. It measures about 8.75"w x 8.75"h x 11.25" deep, and weighs just over 10 lbs. I tested the DSx with a D3x speaker over a period of several weeks, streaming audio from computers and phones, and generating some test tones for frequency checks.
The only wired connection is to AC power. The DSx connects to the main Dx speaker wirelessly. I added the DSx subwoofer to a D3x speaker, which involves first clearing all existing links on all the speakers in the system, putting the primary speaker into Link mode, then linking the DSx and any additional D3x speakers. It's a little bit of an irritation to have to relink everything just to add a single speaker, but it's not something you generally do frequently, so I don't consider it a major detraction from the user experience.
The DSx subwoofer has 2 controls located on the rear of the unit: a Link button to connect to the D3x main speaker, and a Bass Level rotary knob. This knob controls the volume of sound that the DSx produces. (Hint: start out at a low setting ... the DSx is capable of producing very loud bass.)
A white LED at the top right of the front panel lets you know that the DSx is on and active. When the system has been inactive for 10 minutes, it goes into standby mode and the LEDs extinguish. Reestablishing a Bluetooth link brings them out of standby within a couple of seconds.
To complete a description of the DSx design, the left and right sides feature round cloth covered (that seem to be non-removable) drivers, and the entire front panel is covered with the same black cloth (also non-removable). A small ZiiSound badge sits at the bottom of the front. The non-cloth surfaces are a black matte finish. The bottom has rubber feet to protect the surface it's sitting on.
For general listening to streaming audio and MP3s, the DSx is a great enhancement to the ZiiSound D3x system. While the D3x alone provides a reasonable amount of bass for general casual music listening, the DSx gets you to "full range" sound frequency. The DSx produces bass down to about 45 Hz in my testing, and that's clean, tight bass. This is a hallmark of non-ported subwoofer design: they are sometimes not as loud, but the bass is generally less distorted and cleaner. Many inexpensive subwoofers don't go this low, and many more expensive subwoofers don't produce the quality of bass that the DSx does.
So for a simple punchlist of hits and misses:
Compact size. At 9x9x11 roughly, this little subwoofer can be placed just about anywhere unobtrusively. (Not that you'd necessarily want to conceal it. The black matte/black fabric finish looks just fine if you want to leave it in view.)
Wireless operation. I have a full wired home theater system, with cables running and hanging everywhere, and the ZiiSound system with a D3x and DSx subwoofer. Guess which one I like dealing with better. (Right! ... the wireless system.)
Good value. The DSx isn't cheap, but for the price, it is well made and provides very good quality sound.
Cranks out a lot of good bass. I keep the Bass Level knob at about 1/3, and that gives just the right amount of bass for my music listening.
Discreet LED lets you know it's on.
Standby mode to conserve power.
The whole linking process is a little annoying, but fortunately you don't typically do it that often.
Crossover may be a little high. Typically you would want to crossover the sound from the main speaker to the subwoofer at about 80 Hz to avoid any ability to place the source of the sound (sound below 80 Hz is difficult to localize). When listening to music, I can definitely hear the low frequency sound coming from the DSx, so I'm surmising that the crossover is set higher, perhaps 100-120 Hz. This is not a huge problem, but if you place it on the opposite side of the room from the main Dx speaker, it may be a little disorienting to hear the low frequency sound coming from an alternate location.
The DSx subwoofer provides a very good complement to the D3x or D5x speaker systems. While those speakers produce very good sound quality on their own, the lower range is a little rolled off, which is not surprising since good low frequency sound takes some space to create. The DSx subwoofer, while compact, adds plenty of clean bass down to about 45 Hz. It's attractive, discreet, and priced reasonably. If you like your D3x or D5x speaker, the DSx just might make you love it.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
A wonderful add-on to the ZiiSound D3x, D5xNov 16, 2011
By William W. Davis
QUICK REVIEW: Adding this subwoofer to my Creative ZiiSound D3x Modular Wireless Speaker System (51MF8120AA002) greatly improved my enjoyment of the ZiiSound system.
Background: After I first got the D3x and placed it in my master bedroom, I thought the sound was good, but certainly limited. It was limited by its inability to produce rich, deep bass and by the sizzle-less treble that I get from the Bose stereo system I have installed in my family room. However, the ZiiSound speakers are wireless, making them easy to connect to with my iPhone (my son uses his iPod Touch when he's in my bedroom doing homework). When I added this subwoofer, that made the ZiiSound sound much, much better.
Note: I discovered that subwoofer placement is surprisingly important. Depending on where I placed this subwoofer, I either got an unpleasant bass response, or I got very good response. If you buy this subwoofer, experiment with where you place it in your room to discover where it sounds the best.
What I LIKE:
- Very easy to link to the D3x (or D5x) system. Press three buttons: power button, link button on this subwoofer, and a link button on the D3x (or D5x). Wait a few seconds, there, done.
- The subwoofer's sound really improves the overall listening experience.
- Because it wirelessly connects to the D3x, you have lots of options on where to place this in your room.
- Black box design makes it easy to blend-in into your room's decor.
What Could Be Better:
- I'm not a fan of bright white lights. This subwoofer uses a front-side, bright white light when linked to the D3x. I'd prefer a way of turning off the bright white light (black duct tape does the trick).
Conclusion: Great add-on to the ZiiSound sound system!
Disclaimer: This product was offered to me through the Amazon Vine program.
UPDATE 01/11/12: I moved the ZiiSound system (but not this subwoofer) outside on our patio for a New Year's Eve party. the ZiiSound unit wouldn't play music, however, unless it could establish a reliable, wireless connection with this subwoofer. Once you pair the subwoofer to the ZiiSound bar, they need to stay in close proximity to each other. You can't just move the ZiiSound bar to another room without also lugging the subwoofer, too. (There might be an easy way to un-pair the two devices, but I didn't want to try figuring that out during a party I was hosting).
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
F'n AwesomeDec 14, 2012
use for a morning meditation study group. was really surprised at how clear and loud low end is. too bad they can't make batteries so that this was truly wireless.............xcellent went and bought another two pieces
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
A MUST HAVE for your ZiiSound System - Deep, Rich, Wonderful!Nov 24, 2011
All by itself, the Zii Sound system (D5x in my case) is a nice little sound system. But, if you add this Subwoofer, the nice little sound system becomes a WOW sound system. My teenagers LOVE this Zii Sound system (D5x + Subwoofer).
The subwoofer is wireless & it took us a couple of tries to link up, but when it did, you could sure tell the difference! The bass just booms & adds a nice richness to the sound. With this subwoofer, the music easily fills up our 30'x60' room and provides a fantastic listening experience.
*** I received the subwoofer free from the manufacturer to review in connection with the D5x, which was a Vine product offering ***
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
I think this subwoofer shook a tooth looseNov 02, 2011
OK, it didn't actually loosen a tooth but the bass output of this unit is VERY strong. When I turned up the volume on the D3x and then turned the DSx up to full it actually blurred my vision it was vibrating so strongly.
So if you want to shake your building with this...you can. Of course you don't have to! The unit comes with a hard volume knob so it can be turned up or down to suit your needs. If you want the pictures to shake in the next room, roger! And if you'd rather just add a little subtle context to some soft rock, check!
Please do note that this speaker needs to be paired with one or more D3x in order for it to be used. If you already have a D3x then this addition will REALLY open up the depth of the sound. One complaint, the constantly lit LED on the front (please Creative no more constantly lit LEDs!).
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