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Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Intelligent Wireless Sound System
At the heart of the Sound BlasterAxx is the SB-Axx1 chipset – a new generation multi-core audio processor. That means that unlike other speakers that simply play audio as it is, the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 actually enhances all your audio in real time, giving you a dramatically superior listening experience for your music, movies and calls.
Traditionally, small speakers aren't be able to deliver powerful audio. But we believe that the size of a product shouldn't define its potential. With that in mind, we paid special attention to how we built the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200. We incorporated special circuitry which is designed to really pump up the volume, allowing it to deliver impressively loud audio despite its small, portable size.
From enhancing clarity to automatically regulating the loudness of audio playback, the SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies intelligently improves the quality of your audio. This means you get an unmatched audio playback experience for your music, movies, and games.
We paid special attention to how we designed the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200. The patent-pending stacked stereo design houses two speaker drivers vertically, in one chassis. This saves space on your desktop, while delivering a great stereo experience. Its small size means it fits right into your hand, a design consideration that we knew was important for those constantly on the move.
Easily access the main functions using the intuitive, touch-sensitive control panel, conveniently located at the top of the device.
The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 features a quad microphone array – that’s FOUR microphones – that allows for clear 360° voice recording and pickup, ideal for calls. This makes it the perfect personal wireless mobile teleconferencing system.
The SB-Axx1 processor powers a whole suite of voice enhancement technologies not even found in high-end teleconferencing systems. From reducing unwanted background noise to optimizing your voice even as you move around the room, CrystalVoice Technology ensures you get the best voice communications experience.
With CrystalVoice Focus™ technology, the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 shoots an acoustic beam* around you and suppresses all noise from outside it. This makes it great for calls even in noisy environments. You can define just how wide the acoustic zone is, meaning you’re in full control of what’s heard and what isn’t.
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One of the trade offs of using your smart phone as your audio source is that your phone can run out of battery pretty quickly. That’s why we’ve built in an alternative: the integrated WMA/MP3 Player. Simply pop in a microSD card containing your favorite music and press the play button. It’s that easy.
Take full advantage of the impressive quad microphone array to record anything you want, directly onto the microSD card. This is great for recording phone conversations, speeches, discussions or even your own demo track.
Instantly change your voice into different fantastical characters with CrystalVoice FX™, great for playing pranks on your friends. Aggressively amplify and blast your voice on-the-fly, be it for grabbing attention or directing a crowd. Then add an insanely loud siren to stamp your authority!
Sing out loud with the Super Megaphone! Simply play your favorite song from your smartphone or from a microSD card and sing along. You could also use it along with the multitude of third party karaoke apps available for download.
If you need to make a voice recording or even a song demo on-the-fly, the AXX 200 is all you need! It comes with four high-quality microphones for all-round 360° voice pick-up, making it ideal for accurate voice recording. Just insert a microSD card and you’re ready to go.
Get extensive audio control right in the palm of your hand with the free Sound Blaster Central app for iOS and Android devices. Use it to wirelessly customize all your Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 settings, so you hear your audio just the way you want it. You can even watch videos on how to get the most out of your Sound BlasterAxx.
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The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 isn't just a wireless speaker for smart devices. When connected to your PC/Mac via USB, it works like a full-fledged Sound Blaster sound card! Then take it a step further by plugging in your headphones to hear even more audio details. Beyond that, it also conveniently features an AUX/microphone input.
This additional software suite includes WaveStudio for creating and integrating a voiceover recording into your videos. Also included is the Creative Media Toolbox, an essential suite of software applications that will make converting, enhancing and organizing your digital music a breeze.
It’s frustrating to have a portable speaker that runs out of battery after just a few hours’ use. You’re not going to experience that with the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200. Its built-in battery provides up to a whopping 15 hours1 of battery life, so you can party all night long.
You know what else is frustrating? Having your smartphone run out of battery, that’s what. That’s why we’ve designed the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 to double up as a portable backup battery for your smartphone, so you’ve got up to 5200mAh of emergency power right when you need it most.
A Sound Blaster, through and through - Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 gives you a dramatically superior listening experience for your music, movies and calls.
Superior Amplified Output - Designed to be energy efficient, delivering impressively loud audio while consuming less power.
Intelligently Enhanced Playback - SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies intelligently improves the quality of your audio. Enjoy an unmatched experience.
Crystal Clear Voice Communications- From reducing unwanted background noise to optimizing your voice even as you move around the room; CrystalVoice Technology ensures you get the best in voice communication experience.
Quad microphone array - FOUR microphones allow for clear 360?? voice recording and pickup, ideal for calls, making Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 your personal mobile wireless teleconferencing system.
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18 of 21 found the following review helpful:
High Performance, feature Rich and Intelligent Wireless Sound SystemDec 04, 2013
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R20FXF7K4AUHSC In short, if you got it for US$149.99 or less, it is a portable, value for money and affordable intelligent wireless sound system. It has so many features that I will only mention those that I have actively used. The speaker is made in China but no issue with that, the build quality and audio quality is excellent. Highly recommended.
The device weighs 0.5kg (not too heavy to hold or use it as a microphone) and the build looks pretty solid. It is mainly plastic except for the painted white metal grille. Bottom is a layer of rubber padding which makes it suitable to be placed on any surface without fear of cosmetic damage to the device or the surface. The capacitive touch buttons are quite responsive even with the protective plastic sheet still on. It comes with a white carrying cloth pouch, a black US 2pin 100-240V (multi plugs not provided) USB 2.1A charger and micro USB cable. As the charger has a max 2.1A output, it can be considered a universal USB charger. It can charge my ipod, iPhone 4s, LG Optimus Pro G, Nexus 7 and this device.
If you have bought the docking base, you will get another same charger with international swappable plugs and another micro USB cable. The docking base also has a rubber padding bottom. To be honest, I do not find much use for the docking base except it makes charging more convenient and you get a universal international USB charger. You can charge the device using USB cable (micro connector) with or without the docking base. To use the base, you need to connect the micro USB cable to it instead of the device. Furthermore, you need to remove a rubber cover (you may lose it easily if you remove it) at the base to expose the two gold plated connectors to match the 2 tiny pins on the docking base. Just let the device sits on the base and it charges. When you need to use the device, just grab it and go; no need to unplug any wire.
The device itself is quite stable as its base is heavy due to the built-in 5200mah battery, 3.7V. Hold the on/off button for 1s to turn it on. To turn it off, hold it for 5s. If you are not using it, it will switch to standby mode automatically. To manually make it standby, press the on/off button once. However, if you are charging it or connected to computer, it will not turn off even if you hold the on/off button for 5s.
I bought this mainly for its audio output performance. You can use it as an mp3 player by copying audio files into a micro SD card (max. capacity of 32gb supported). The files supported are wma (not including lossless), mp3 (up to 320kbps works) and wav (lossless). I used a 1gb and it works fine. You can use the built-in buttons at the back of the speaker to play, pause, skip track or skip folder. If you own a Zen Stone, you will know better how it works. User-guide explains how to organize the files. Please note that it does not support gapless playback.
It has a small bass port behind and while music is playing you can feel air coming out. Overall, the audio is great for such a compact system. You can hear the bass clearly and the mids and highs are tight. And it is loud, loud enough to fill at least a 300 square feet room by 9 feet high. Sound does not distort even at max volume. The SBX enhancement technology does enhance the audio by making certain instruments and specific sounds more obvious without distorting the music. I think it did better than X-fi and I prefer to stick to default settings. Note that tons of settings can be customized. I just hope that one day they release an SDK.
There are two speakers positioned such that the stereo sounds more like surround. This device is both a high quality sound card and speaker and does a better job than any integrated audio or speakers. For gaming audio, I tried with Battlefield 3 and 4, World of Warcraft, guild wars 2, Starcraft 2 heart of the swarm on Windows 8.1 via USB plug in and it sounds great, especially for Battlefield 3 and 4 due to their first person shooter nature. Despite the 2 speakers crammed into 1 metal grille, you can hear the helicopters hovering past you. I find it close to my existing 5.1 speakers though not exceeding. I position the speaker right above my monitor and in the middle and found music and gaming audio great. Note that audio stream from PC can be distorted if you use an older or worn out USB cable. Creative software (Sound Blaster Axx Control Panel) and detailed user guide has to be downloaded as no CD is included. When changing settings via the Sound Blaster Axx Control Panel be prepared to face some laggy issues. When a setting is toggled, it takes a while for the device to update and be reflected in the user-interface.
You can also connect your earphones and headphones to the audio jack and it sounds great on my Klipsch earbuds. For the most immersive gaming experience (such as Battlefield 4 with the ground shaking in Operation Locker), I will still recommend using good earbuds/headphones with the audio out jack.
Behind the speaker are two buttons for instant recording of external sound or your singing of karaoke. The file format recorded is wav.
There is also Sound Blaster Axx Control Panel for iOS and Android ecosystem. I find them less laggy to use compared to PC but they offer slightly less control compared to PC. The app can also be used as a remote control of your speaker.
Next, NFC and Bluetooth streaming. I used my LG Optimus Pro G to pair using NFC and it works effortlessly. You hear the tone and see the blue light and then tap yes in the phone and pairing is done. Audio quality via Bluetooth is as good as PC USB though interruption may occur initially and quality drops as you move your phone away. There is also an AUX-in for analogue audio input into the speaker.
At the bottom of the speakers are 3 LEDs. While charging the speaker, the LEDs will be blinking from left to right. The LEDs indicate the strength of battery life available. You can use the USB port behind to charge your phone or other device. It is able to provide one full charge to my LG Optimus Pro G 3140mah battery.
If you like karaoke, while playing back your mp3 songs, you can toggle a switch behind to switch on the megaphone. Your voice will be amplified while the music is playing. It works pretty well with hardly any echo problem due to the mic too close the speakers. However, there might be a slight delay in amplifying your voice. There is also a loud siren mode that can be used to fend off attackers or just for fun. But note that this feature could be accidentally disabled via PC USB SoundBlaster Axx Control Panel and so do not rely on this entirely for your personal safety. An interesting feature is the voice FX thing. You can make your voice sounds like an opposite sex, a child, monster and so on. Maybe you can read bed time story to your kid or entertain preschool kids.
This device supports two audio streams simultaneously. For e.g. you can connect PC USB for gaming and at the same time play the mp3 from the micro SD card inserted. Or it can pair with your tablet for movie and also your phone for answering calls. I have not used the noise cancellation and voice focus much so I will not mention that. You can refer to the YouTube promotional videos for more information on that.
I used Efergy power monitoring socket to test for power consumption. It is much lower than my existing Dell 5.1 speakers (draws 20+ W). Similar results are obtained when I used my IPhone 4s charger 1A and the included 2.1A charger. With 3 LEDs on, the power consumption is 4.8W. With SBX on and mid volume, power drained is 5.5 to 5.8W depending on the ups and downs of the music. With SBX on and full volume, power drain can hit 6.8W. Similar results are obtained using the docking base to charge. Why didn't the 2.1A charger use more power? I guess the device controls the amount of current drawn. If the battery is flat, it draws more power and charges faster and it can charge up a tablet. That's why a 2.1A charger is included. You can just bring one charger on the move for all your devices. The base feels a bit warm during charging and operation as the battery, audio chips and the circuit boards are at the base.
Pros: Excellent audio quality for such a compact system and suitable for any kind of occasion. Portable and long battery life that can even charge your phone. Bold attempt to pack tons of features into such a compact system that anyone can easily find something useful from it.
Cons: PC USB settings take a while to be reflected especially if you are used to fast fluid user interface. YouTube streaming via Internet Explorer may cause distortion. Switch to Chrome and it is perfectly fine. No Scout Mode that are available in Sound Blaster Z cards. Original retail price is too steep for most people. US$149.99 offer is great buy. You need some time to fully appreciate the beauty of this thing partly due to its large number of features.
If I discover something new, I will update.
1) Review first created on 4 Dec 2013.
2) Updated on 6 Dec 2013 on the rubber padding, power consumption and docking base.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Almost perfect, just missing a littleDec 24, 2013
By Thomas Tang
So I bought this around Black Friday as a present for my brother. And of course I took the liberty to “borrow” it from him. We both coach a marching band, and one thing we’re always looking for a good outdoor speaker system that’s portable for us while we’re on the move. From working with the Color guard dancers, and the drum major without the band, we need to have something that can project well outdoors while still preserving strong sound quality. I’ve tried several other speaker systems in the past but there was always a problem. Mostly, they either required way too many batteries (8+), had poor sound quality, or were not loud enough, if not all of those problems. This speaker fixes all of that!
To get started, it’s a small speaker, that you can easily carry around in one hand, and it’s shaped into a rather unique hexagon. The volume tool is kind of fun to play with actually, since it lights up and scrolls up and down. It uses an easy Bluetooth pairing with my cell phone and plays really well. There is also a microSD card slot, for mp3 files and to store recordings.
Features: There are a lot of unique features that I’ve played with so far, and probably a few I haven’t discovered, here are some highlights.
-Phone: You can answer your phone on this, and not only does it have great sound quality (better than using the speakerphone on your cell), it receives your voice from anywhere in the room. I tried this out a few times, the caller will be able to hear you as if you’re next to the phone no matter where you’re standing in the room, that was pretty cool
-Voice Recording: As long as there’s a memory card in there, you can record something for playback later
-Megaphone – Probably not as useful, but if you ever need one…
-Voice Modulation – Sort of like the megaphone, you can actually talk into the speaker and it will modulate the pitch of your voice up or down. Useful probably only if you plan to kidnap someone and make a ransom call, but still fun
-Siren – Great for scaring anyone who may be a potential kidnapper, it’s rather loud and obnoxious, you probably don’t want to leave that running too long.
-Multiple Bluetooth pairings, that’s been useful so I don’t need to keep unpairing my phone when I give it back to my brother.
My biggest complaint really is the lack of a display screen. It’s difficult to tell what song you’re playing or what’s next, if you’re playing from your recordings or mp3 files on the microSD card. You sort of just need to wait for the recording to start and see what you get. It’s not a HUGE issue simply because I’m really using my phone to play stuff, and I get the details there, but still a shortcoming. There’s also no AM/FM tuner which would really complete the feature set.
Haven’t really been able to test battery life fully yet, but it’s nice that it’s an internal rechargeable (usb, or outlet), it’s just much more convenient, and doesn’t require me to constantly buy or change out batteries.
Overall, what really sets it apart, is the amazing sound quality, especially at very high volumes. It’s Bluetooth pairing, and really all-in-one features are all amazing, I think I’m going to have to get myself one soon.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Affordable, compact, durable, and just plain fun for gadget geeks!Dec 20, 2013
By Robert Stundtner
This is my first foray into the bluetooth portable speaker realm, and I have not been disappointed! I'm amazed at how such a small device can fill a large room and still sound clean. The extended features, solid build, and ease of use makes $149.99 a great value for everything you are getting. Definitely recommended for lovers of portable technology or anyone who just needs a speaker in the kitchen for cooking!
The main reason I was attracted to the microphone option was the potential of using the device for phone calls, but as soon as I started using the voice filters on the megaphone I realized how much fun this thing will provide for parties (although I think my girlfriend may have gotten tired of me using the "troll" voice to whisper sweet nothings). I'm also looking forward to the potential for karaoke at the beach or camping in the great outdoors!
The iOS app free to download that accompanies the AXX 200 is user friendly, and provides a lot of great options, most importantly a 10 band EQ that really allows for getting the best sound you want when you really crank up the speakers. I love that it also doubles as a remote. I have yet to plug the AXX 200 into my computer, but the wireless connection extends pretty far, I can still have my phone on me and leave the room and the blue tooth connection doesn't break up.
By far, my favorite feature is the fact that this will charge your phone, and still maintain a long battery life on it's own. This thing will last all day in the park, and your phone will still be fully charged when you're done!
The build feels sturdy enough to take a large drop and not break. The design is sleek and unobtrusive. As you can tell I don't have many negative comments about the AXX 200. The bass could be a little louder, but it's hard to expect too much low end from a compact speaker. The low end is still audible, it's just not rumbling.
Bottom line: fairly priced, with a lot of fun features on top of good sound quality. Highly recommended, you won't regret this purchase.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Excelent productFeb 17, 2014
By edward ropero
The sound is excellent, the battery life is very good, very easy to use, only a small complaint about karaoke function, you will feel a small delay, so other excellent product
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Love this intelligent wireless sound system for its sound and multiple featuresFeb 11, 2014
By Francis Fung
The speaker sounds great as expected from creative. Clever design of shape and multiple features. I love the Karaok and voice change features. Plus it can also record your streaming music to a micro SD card for later listening. Cuts down your music purchase. Easy to use and operate. Would give it 5 stars if I can upgrade it to 48khz voice recording as the features claim. As it is the recording is only good for phone calls not for singing and music. What a waste they set the recording default at 16 khz and impossible to switch to 48 khz recording. If creative tech support get back to me to help me to change the recording from 16 to 48 khz I will be glad to raise my rating to 5 stars as the product is designed for.
Feb 12,2014 update: Successfully upgraded to 48Khz recording with help from creative tech support. Now the sound system is perfect. Upgraded my rating to 5 stars.
Feb 13.2014 update:The more I played with this system the more I am impressed. It is a blue tooth speaker, karaok machine and a music recorder all in one. On top of all that the most amazing thing is its first class sound blaster chip. The sound of the speaker is limited by its size. The excellent sound card will shine if you connect a high quality earphone to it. What wonderful audiophile music you can enjoy. It enhances the visual effect of all my 4K photos as I am listening to my HD 600 earphone. I used a Sennheiser HD 600 earphone, what wonderful sound results from this sound system. It is heavenly enjoyment. Kudos to creative labs for bringing this excellent sound system to us. I will definitely get another one for added pleasure. Highly recommend to all enjoy high quality audiophile music and a fun geek toy to boot. If you are impressed by the sound, quality and features like me, buy it definitely. Superior value and worth every penny.
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