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Creative ZiiSound T6 Wireless Surround Sound Speaker System
Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
apt-X audio codec
Rich low frequency subwoofer
Digital control pod
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12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Creative ZiiSound speaker systemDec 31, 2011
I was given these speakers to evaluate as part of my participation in Amazon's Vine program. Although these speakers were given for review, there is no mandate as to how many stars they are given and my review is without pressure or bias. That said, this is my fourth speaker set through Vine and they were well recieved.
Creative launched the ZiiSound T6 in November 2010. This speaker system works with all Bluetooth devices, has an easy setup and provides a few options other than Bluetooth for audio inputs. What you have here are 2 swivel type speakers on metal stands, with two speakers on each stand that independantly move to provide sound in all directions. Plus, you have the sub, which has the controls and inputs on the back.
These speakers are solid. They are eyecatching and most importantly - they deliver a crisp sound with a kickin bass. The sub is enough to make you feel like the music is going right through you, even without the volume tweaked up. Creative calls this their "Slam" three-drive-subwoofer, which they claim delivers Low Frequency Effects. Well, it is nice. Really nice.
Set-up could not possibly be easier. Your two swivel type speakers plug into the back with a nice, sturdy, dual RCA input cord. The swivel knob controller goes into the back, and has a headphone in jack as well as a few source buttons for easy switching. It also has a rear RCA input. They even threw in all the cables you would need. Some other manufacturers should take note. ;)
My setup - I could not wait to test these out. I had been waiting for this system for a couple weeks and was so excited to put music on so I grabbed my Acer Iconia and used the audio out cables to plug it into the RCA. Yeah, I know I could have done the bt connection but I was wanting to read, first so the cable connection was the first thing I thought of. Put on my Amazon MP3 app and started playing my music. Of course I had to put on some Flo Rida to test out that bass. Had the whole house groovin to "Good Feeling" and the bass was crazy - I actually turned it down a shade so I could hear the treble, too. First time that has happened. For comparison, I have a Sharp sound system for my home theater and this little Creative set actually blasted me right out of my kitchen with as effective a bass as the larger speaker set. That was impressive. And it sounds a bit superficial, but Creative put in a nice user manuel in with the product, and everything was very well packaged.
Everything has worked out so far in further testing - the bt connection between the Iconia and the system was just fine. The 3.5 jack is nice to allow me to hook up whatever I want into these speakers. The only problem I have is where to put these things in my home! :)
Features (according to manufacturer's insert) :
Swivel satellite top drivers for Surround or Stereo applications
USB 5.1 audio
Low latency apt-x0code
Audiophile-grade satellite drivers
Creative Slam subwoofer with Low Frequency Effects
IR remote control
There are a couple tiny nitnoid issues I have. Very small, I might add. One is that I wish it had an HDMI in, that would have been sweet since I would have been able to plug in my cable box or even put these on my DVDO edge. No big deal though, I am sure I will get over it. The other is that I feel the power cord is a teeny bit too short. For these small nit-noid issues I took off one star, but am teetering on giving it back over the next few weeks that I eval them. Other than that, I totally love these speakers.
As with any of my reviews, if I run into issues or discover new positives I haven't noted already, I will be sure to update in a timely manner. I hope this review was informative and helpful!
12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Really solid, clear sound for bluetooth and moreDec 13, 2011
By James Korsmo
This set of speakers puts out great sound. And that's really what it is all about with speakers, in my opinion. The small tower pairs are rather heavy for their size, meaning they likely have nice weighty magnets, which is probably why they put out good volume with crispness and clarity. The sub-woofer unit is a nice size, and likewise puts out a nice full bass that fills in the sound admirably. I love classical music, and this set produces wonderfully clear and full sound that has both clarity as well as richness and depth, and it also really pumps out the rock music or sings out the jazz.
This set has multiple input options (the sub-woofer unit also doubles as the main hub and amp for the unit):
*bluetooth (which produces a beautiful crisp sound for movies, music, or games)
*USB 2.0 input
*RCA inputs (meaning you can hook it up to your TV, current stereo system, a CD or DVD player, etc.)
*Headphone/aux line input (via a RCA to headphone jack cord or via a headphone-style input jack on the control unit; this allows you to hook up non-bluetooth MP3 players, older computers, and pretty much anything that has a headphone jack)
*The unit also includes a USB bluetooth chip, so you can use the bluetooth feature with a non-bluetooth-compatible computer system. (Also available for purchase is an iPod bluetooth adapter that likewise adds bluetooth capability to some older iPods and other apple devices that don't have it, though some older iPods, like my first-generation Nano aren't compatible.)
The set is controlled by a round control unit that connects via a cord to the main sub-woofer unit. This has the power button, source button, and the bluetooth sync button, headphone output jack and headphone-style input jack, as well as a large dial that controls the volume, a really nice feature that makes for an attractive and functional way to control the volume and the other features of the set, but because it's on a cord, it can only be a few feet away from the sub, which might limit your placement somewhat. The speaker pairs are likewise connected to the main sub by RCA speaker cords, which are of a decent length, but they're not overlong, so again, this might limit your speaker placement somewhat. There is also a small dial on the back of the sub unit for controlling the bass level, as various songs or music types might call for a different recipe for bass fill, and this helpfully allows you to keep the bass from overpowering the music on tracks that have a lot of bass. The set also includes a remote control that controls volume, input, etc.
In all, this is an outstanding unit with some great features and really outstanding sound. It has made even music that is familiar sound fresh and new, especially through the bluetooth connection, which makes for incredibly clear sound.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
One of the best...Aug 18, 2011
By Corey Fisher
This thing is ridiculous... completely overlook any negative reviews. Mark my words, the sound that this "little" set produces will rival some smaller home theater loud speaker sets. I never thought a subwoofer this small could produce lows that are low enough to knock a shelf off my wall and the usb digital audio is crystal clear and believe it or not, they produce outstanding surround sound from a 2.1 set. I have heard many (if not all) good 2.1 sets... these are the best. See for yourself.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Very good, clear sound - but not a great value at $400May 23, 2012
By Adam Wood
I've been using these for a few months now, and overall I've been very happy with them. There were some things to work out in the beginning to get them to work with my computer, and I had to adjust to using the buttons on the control pod (they are contoured to the surface and right next to each other, so it's easy for me to push the wrong one) - but after getting past those issues, I really like them. The sound quality is much better than my previous two sets of speakers (ranging from $100 to $400 in cost, but the $400 set was purchased back in 1999 before such speakers got popular).
I was disappointed at first because I was having difficulty getting the USB connection to be recognized by Vista. It kept reverting back to my sound card for audio, so the speaker system wasn't being used. After I went in and disabled all of the other audio options (for me, that was my sound card and integrated audio), the USB connection has worked flawlessly every since. I briefly tried out the bluetooth connection, and it worked, but I don't have a need for it right now.
Just a note, which might be a "no duh" statement for some but helpful to others - the speakers are connected to the sub using wires. The system is called a "wireless bluetooth speaker system," and all of the photos of the system (at the time of this review) do not show any wires connected to the speakers, even though they indicate that they are playing music. Okay, so I'm a bit dense :), but I actually thought that maybe the speakers were rechargeable or something and connected wirelessly to the main unit. They aren't. The also use a non-standard cable to connect, so extending the distance between the speakers and the sub isn't trivial. At my computer desk, this is not an issue at all - but it's something to consider if you were planning to set these up in a different location.
The sound quality of these absolutely blows away my previous set of speakers. To be fair, those cost $100 for a 5.1 system, so I would expect these to sound better. What really surprised me was the amount of bass. When I unpacked the system, my expectations dropped when I picked up the sub unit. It's pretty lightweight, and I had no hope that it would sound good. Wow, was I wrong. I could _not_ believe how much bass came out of it. I have the sub placed under my desk, which likely magnifies some frequencies, but even so - it's impressive. I used the dial on the back of the sub to turn the bass way down so that it wasn't overpowering. For me, I didn't need to use all of it's bass volume in my relatively small home office - but it will come in handy in a larger room like a living room.
Now for the rub. I've waited to post my review to see if the price would drop. These were $400 when I got them, and they still are now. I highly recommend that you consider these, but I can't say that I consider them a good deal at that price. At $300, they'd be a good deal. At $200, I'd consider them a steal. Sound quality is great, at least to me. Connections are pretty good, but not complete for anything but a computer system (e.g. no optical connection that would work with a lot of TVs these days). The size is nice, and the system plays pretty loud, but the non-standard speaker cables might limit some placement options unless you modify them yourself.
- Very good audio quality
- Surprising amount of bass, which can be controlled on the sub module itself with a dial
- USB and bluetooth connections
- Large volume dial on the control pod
- Headphone jack on control pod
- Auxilary analog stereo input (3.5mm jack) on control pod
- Stereo analog inputs on the sub module
- Small power button that is contoured to the control pod's curved surface and is right next to source button
- No multi-channel analog inputs (the three 3.5mm jacks used by many sound cards), so analog connections are limited to stereo only
- Non-standard cables used for speakers make extending the cables more difficult
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Bluetooth audio has a slight delay, USB fineFeb 28, 2012
By A. Maupin
I bought these speakers to get away from the completely worthless internal speaker(s?) in my home PC LED monitor. The only requirement was that the speakers have some sort of digital connection option, because I hate the buzz of an analog cable. When nothing is playing I don't want to hear ANYTHING from my speakers.
I started out using the Creative ZiiSound T6 with the included Bluetooth USB dongle. It worked well, but I noticed a slight delay between picture and audio when watching video. If like me you're someone who notices when lip movements don't quite match voices, hand claps/percussion aren't simultaneous with their impacts, etc. (and you watch movies), you'll sadly find the Bluetooth connection option unusable. (Just listening to music/radio/podcasts, of course, is no problem.) I know some people don't seem to notice the separation, but I always do.
However, switching to the included USB cable fixed the issue, and is the only way to use the pseudo 5.1 surround sound emulation anyway.
Not being an audiophile, all I can tell you about the sound quality is that these speakers sound great, are loud as hell, and if you like bass they're ideal. (Because as others have mentioned, the bass levels are a little high even when the subwoofer is turned down as far as it can go.)
I'm primarily writing this review to warn away anyone looking to buy these speakers for the wireless Bluetooth option. I'm happy with my purchase because the set sounds great, but the Bluetooth connection option just doesn't cut it.
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