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Creative D200
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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Bluetooth wireless
  • Good sound quality
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • No dock
  • Can't charge player

Key Features

  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless music playback
  • A2DP
  • Manufacturer: Creative
  • Review Price: free/subscription

We know the feeling. You have your eyes on a Creative ZiiSound D5 speaker, with its fancy Bluetooth wireless connectivity, but find the cost prohibitive and would happily trade a little sound and build quality for a lower price. And wouldn't you now it, Creative has thought of you, hence the D200 speaker.

At around £75 it's reasonably affordable, and although it doesn't have fancy features like a dock for charging your iPod, it is still a decently attractive product, and offers the same Bluetooth wireless, making it a good solution for those who don't like having to leave their music player physically connected to a speaker system.

The design certainly won't win any awards for originality - it's a speaker dock without the dock, what do you expect? - but we think the combination of glossy black plastic body, with a plain black mesh covering at the front, will fit into most homes without issue. And the construction is solid enough not to leave us with any concerns - the D200 feels like a speaker that will last as long as you care you keep it. For those times when connecting a player via Bluetooth isn't possible, the rear-placed aux input will prove handy.

The only thing we don't like is the volume control, which has one rocker button, as opposed to separate up and down controls, but that's a minor complaint. The prominent Bluetooth connect button and status LED is well-placed next the volume control; a green light indication the system is powered on, a flashing blue light informing you that it's searching for a device, and a solid blue light indicating one is connected - no surprises there.

Unsurprisingly the Bluetooth adaptor in the D200 supports the A2DP standard, affording much better audio quality that older Bluetooth speaker systems could offer. However, it's not as good as the apt-X codec supported by the ZiiSound D5. Given the lower price, and lesser components, of the D200, however, we've no complains about the decision. And the plus side is that you don't need an adaptor for the D200, which was an annoyance of the D5.

ffrankmccaffery

February 28, 2011, 2:59 pm

Surely the T12's - also from Creative - would be a better idea? They're available for around the same price and crucially support Apt-X.

ffrankmccaffery

February 28, 2011, 2:59 pm

Surely the T12's - also from Creative - would be a better idea? They're available for around the same price and crucially support Apt-X.

ducati900fe

February 28, 2011, 4:24 pm

Is it rechargeable ?

ducati900fe

February 28, 2011, 4:24 pm

Is it rechargeable ?

Gk.pm

February 28, 2011, 10:55 pm

@ducati900fe
No, it's mains only. Stupid really as the lower model D100 can run off normal AA batteries.
I see no point on this D200, the T12 is a better deal for fixed systems like @ffrankmccaffery said. If you want cheap, go anywhere system, get the D100 for £35.

I'm using the D100 as a dirt-cheap Airplay-like system for the iPhone/Pod, works great.

Gk.pm

February 28, 2011, 10:55 pm

@ducati900fe


No, it's mains only. Stupid really as the lower model D100 can run off normal AA batteries.


I see no point on this D200, the T12 is a better deal for fixed systems like @ffrankmccaffery said. If you want cheap, go anywhere system, get the D100 for £35.





I'm using the D100 as a dirt-cheap Airplay-like system for the iPhone/Pod, works great.

Hardman

March 2, 2011, 2:27 am

I found sound quality good, but resonant at certain lower frequencies even at moderate volumes, perhaps just my unit though.

Biggest gripe (though foreseeable) was the audio delay that crept into the connection- makes it impossible to use for any video where audio syncing may be an issue- makes it unwatchable. This is a fault of the bluetooth connection and is present at even close range.

I sent mine back as I was happier to keep my trusty wired Saitek A-200 portable speaker which has served me well for nearly 5 years. If there is another solution that can wirelessly stream output from a PC from any source WITHOUT delay- I'd like to find it.

TUK

March 11, 2011, 3:11 am

... err I think you may have got your facts wrong regarding the aptX codec. The D200 speaker does have aptX. I have one and while the quality isn't as good as the D5, the aptX certainly makes an improvement over standard Bluetooth EDR + SBC codec.

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