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What we almost lament, however, is the lack of any way for the D200 to charge your music player. But, given the price, it's far from a deal breaker, and besides, with a Bluetooth speaker there's no need to have the player anywhere near it, so you can plug it into a charger and keep playing music should you need to.
The sound quality offered by the D200 is surprisingly good. It has a powerful output for its size, with enough 'oomph' to fill a bedroom, and no noticeable distortion with the volume turned up. Chuck on some Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl's vocals will bellow out with appropriate gusto, although big dramatic pieces, such as the ever-popular Ride of the Valkyries, lose some of their impact coming from such a small system; the low end doesn't fill out amazingly, but that's to be expected of what is a fairly compact system.
The D200 does a decent job of handling more delicate pieces, too. Peter Gregson's delightful cello work on Terminal maintained as much detail and poise as can be hoped coming from a £75 Bluetooth speaker. Playing an losslessly encoded version of Peter Gabriel's Scratch my Back proved a little pointless, as A2DP Bluetooth just doesn’t offer enough bandwidth to get any benefit from high-bitrate music. But the rendition was nonetheless enjoyable.
Anything you'd really want to just sit and listen to - say, the likes of Band of Horses, David Bowie, and Frou Frou - deserves better treatment that the D200 can offer; but if budget precludes that, or you only listen to music in the background, you could definitely do worse. If you're happy with 'good enough' music, then the D200 won't disappoint.
The Creative D200 speaker makes a number of compromises compared to the more expensive ZiiSound D5 to reach its much lower price, but they're all fair trade-offs. The build quality is definitely acceptable, the lack of a dock connector isn't too big an issue and audio quality isn't amazing, but is good enough.
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