Review Price £180.00
Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 Value
Despite all of this, the convenience of the Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 means that if the price is right, it has a place amongst casual gamers and music listeners looking for a do-it-all product. Unfortunately the achilles heel of convergence tends to be cost and the Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 doesn't escape this with an RRP of £180.
This places the somewhat pricey Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 in the same bracket as vastly more accomplished and more premium PC speakers like the Bose Companion 20 while the brilliant Audyssey South of Market audio dock provides truly room shaking audio, Bluetooth streaming and hands-free integration and can now be found for under £230 online.
Lastly the Altec Lansing InMotion Air is a battery powered speaker with much stronger audio performance and Bluetooth streaming and 18 months on has recently seen its original £150 RRP almost cut in half.
Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 Verdict
On paper, the Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 sounds like an engineering marvel with bags of functionality, and Creative's famed audio prowess, all crammed into a semi portable tower speaker powered over a single USB cable. In reality, however, it is another victim of the industry's relentless obsession with convergence and the quality of its hands-free calling is only worthy of merit. As a music and gaming speaker it simply lacks the drive in both low and midrange frequencies to get you emotionally involved and in its price bracket there are plenty of others that do.
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