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Creative Inspire S2 Wireless Speakers - Creative Inspire S2 Wireless Speakers

By Hugo Jobling

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  • Recommended by TR
Creative Inspire S2 Wireless Speakers

Summary

Our Score:

8

Turned all the way up, the subwoofer is too boomy for my tastes. All is not lost, though, because at more moderate levels it makes its presence well known without overwhelming the overall balance and injects a great punchiness to the soundstage. In fact, these speakers are great for watching movies or TV episodes - Doctor Who, in HD, from the BBC iPlayer, being a prime choice.

One possible benefit of using Bluetooth, rather than a simple 3.5mm aux cable, to connect your PC to the S2s is that your inevitably mediocre sound card output is bypassed. And if you have invested in a quality dedicated card and find yourself miffed by the idea of circumventing it, I'd remind you that these speakers only cost £99.99 and therefore you're probably not their target market.

But I digress. The performance of the Inspire S2 Wireless speakers is equally pleasing when pumping music through them, be it from a computer or, in this case, an iPod touch. There's surprisingly good detail reproduction from the small satellites, and more presence than you'd expect if judging by appearances alone - reminding us why we shouldn't. It's worth noting that even if your computer has Bluetooth built in, you should still use the dongle as not only does it make syncing a breeze (PIN? What PIN?) it also means the speakers will make use of the apt-X coded for streaming, which gives better audio quality than vanilla A2DP.

I'm not going to suggest that these sound better than the cheaper Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II, but those don't offer wireless connectivity so the comparison isn't particularly fair either way.

Verdict

You need to be sure that you want Bluetooth functionality to make the Inspire S2 Wireless speakers worth the £30 premium over their non-wireless alternatives. If you do, then you'll find no disappointments in the Creative Inspire S2 Wireless speakers.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8

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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