Creative Inspire S2 Wireless – Bluetooth enabled compact speakersConsumer Electronics — on March 30, 2010 at 12:05 am | Comment Now
Bluetooth dongle for both Mac and Windows computers; compact subwoofer with good amount of bass; tiny speakers provides loud sound unlike their size; integrated Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming.
Not completely wireless; unreliable Bluetooth connection; distortion at high volumes.
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
The Creative Inspire S2 Wireless is 2.1-channel PC multimedia wireless speaker system. It has one 19watt subwoofer with two 7watt speakers and offers 33watt sound output. The Inspire S2 features integrated audio amplifier, and 75dB signal-to-noise ratio. Its connectivity option is Bluetooth 2.0 EDR wireless with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).
The speaker set has three controls: Power On/Off, Volume, and Bass. The connect set includes 1×3.5mm stereo headphone – mini-phone, and 1×line-in Audio. The Inspire S2 is EPA Energy Star qualified.
The subwoofer of Creative Inspire S2 Wireless is 9 inches tall, 7 inches thick and 8 inches wide and weighs 2.2 lbs. Its speaker is 2.9 inches wide, 4.1 inches tall, and 2.9 inches thick and weighs 11.2 ounces. The speakers are white with black grille cloth covers, while sub-woofer has black colors.
The Creative Inspire S2 Wireless is actually a Bluetooth enabled small speaker set with a sub-woofer and two small wired connected speakers. It costs $109.9 and provides natural sound with pretty loud volume as per its size. You can connect your mobile handset, Netbook, laptop, and computer with the Inspire S2 speakers. However, it features like a typical PC speaker but costs more than that due to Bluetooth ability. Moreover, there was little distortion at high volumes and Bluetooth connectivity is a bit trickier. On the bright side, the Inspire S2 is compact and small enough.
You will get an auxiliary and headphone input at the right speaker of the Creative Inspire S2 Wireless. These input ports can be used to connect portable media players and music phones. We are disappointed that the Creative does not provide any remote controls. There is volume up and down buttons and power switch on the subwoofer. You can hold the volume up button for few seconds to turn on the Bluetooth pairing mode.
Despite being wireless, two wires will connect the tiny satellite speakers with subwoofer. For power, you have to connect the power cable with subwoofer also. Creative allows locating the speakers any where in room and connecting your source Bluetooth enabled device such as laptop or phone for wireless audio streaming. There is a big range of compatible devices including iPod, iPhone and other smartphones.
The Creative Inspire S2 Wireless ships with USB dongle that connects on USB port of the source device and installs driver automatically. We like that the dongle is compatible with the Mac and Windows computers. Noteworthy that its wireless connectivity is based AVRCP Bluetooth remote control and A2DP wireless stereo Bluetooth, so it works within the range of 30 feet from the computer. This dongle will automatically connect the speakers after setup.
We paired the Creative Inspire S2 Wireless speakers with our computer and iPhone. It may be tricky for new users. We received loud and natural sound from the speaker, which was good as compared to large size speakers. They also offered reasonable good details and bass. However, we received some distortion at high volumes. We will prefer the manufacturer to fix this problem in future products.
The Creative Inspire S2 Wireless provides natural and loud size with Bluetooth connectivity. If you need the same with wireless connection, go for – the Creative Inspire S2 Wireless.
However, if you can work with wired connection then we recommend – Altec Lansing’s Expressionist Plus that provides similar sound that costs less than $100.