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Creative Inspire S2 Wireless Speakers review

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Our Score:

8

Wireless speakers… the term sounds like something of an oxymoron, until you learn that the 'wireless' part isn't referring to the speakers themselves, but rather their source connection. In the case of the Creative Inspire S2 Wireless speakers, that connection is Bluetooth, in theory letting you hook your PC, laptop and/or MP3 player up to them with nary a wire in sight.

Either generously or superfluously, depending on your point of view, Creative bundles a Bluetooth adapter that will automatically sync with the S5 wireless speakers when it's plugged into a computer. However, if whatever you're connecting has Bluetooth built in - most laptops and media players these days - pairing is hardly difficult, requiring only that you enter the oh-so-secure password "0000" to connect to the speakers, once found.

The compact design of the speakers is definitely worth commenting on. The S2s employ a 2.1-channel set-up with the satellites accurately described as palm-sized, each measuring 73 x 74 x 103mm (W x D x H). Even the subwoofer at 180 x 232 x 200mm doesn't takes up much room making this speaker set a good choice if space is at a premium.

Although these speakers are pitched primarily as 'wireless', the right speaker features both a 3.5mm headphone output and an aux-in. The latter is useful for connecting any device not equipped with Bluetooth and for which an adapter is either unavailable or too expensive.

The right-hand satellite speaker also features the volume controls and a standby button, and the subwoofer's bass level can be independently tuned to mix in with the S2 Wireless speakers' overall output.

The Creative S2 Wireless speakers may be diminutive in stature, but they're anything but in their output, as I duly discovered when they defaulted to full volume upon pairing with an iPod touch. These speakers have no problem in filling a room with sound - just don't sit to close or you'll find your ears ringing for some time.

Stu 2

April 21, 2010, 1:03 pm

If Bluetooth isn't high on your list of priorities then these are just ugly versions of the Acoustic Energy's AEGO M Series





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Nicholas Name

April 21, 2010, 3:16 pm

I have just bought a pair of Creative T20 S2s. I know I'm about 2 years late, but they really do produce a wonderful sound (once you get past the problematic passive bass threshold - ie you turn them up to at least half way). But these look really interesting to me and before my cooling off period runs out I wonder if you could comment on how much of a step down these would be in sound quality from the T20s (I know, its all subjective but I value your opinion) and how do the satelites get their power (does each one need to sit next to its own plug socket)? Thanks.

john g

April 21, 2010, 3:58 pm

I'm curious - are the speakers always ready to be paired and, if so, what's to stop me playing non-stop Nana Mouskouri through next-door's wireless speakers?

Brian ONeill

April 21, 2010, 6:32 pm

It seems you need this yoke to get it to work with your iphone/ipod?


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Hugo

April 26, 2010, 9:20 pm

You really don't. That dongle does add apt-X encoding of the stream, but the S2s can fall back to A2DP without an external adaptor present.

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