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Creative Ziisound D3x review

A Bluetooth speaker that can be used on its own, or as part of a larger set

Our Verdict

For

  • Bluetooth works well
  • Unique linking feature
  • Good sound

Against

  • Expensive
  • Works better as part of a set

Creative's 'Zii' brand of wireless speakers have taken numerous shapes over the years. The Creative Ziisound D3x takes the appearance of a sound bar, or an iPod dock without the iPod.

Its rather subdued look – there are just three controls on the front (Connect, Link and volume) – hides a rather more complicated device. On its own it is a simple Bluetooth soundbar.

Connecting a device such as an iPhone is very easy. Pressing and holding the 'Connect' button made the Creative Ziisound D3x discoverable, then pairing it with an iPhone was a simple method of turning on Bluetooth and clicking on the Creative Ziisound D3x's name.

We didn't even need to enter a passcode, though some devices might ask you to enter in the default 0000 code.

Once connected the sound was good, and the diminutive bar was capable of decent volume. There was a decent bass prescience – not enough to shake the walls, but enough to give the music some depth.

Elsewhere, the music was slightly flat, and as you'd expect from a single speaker bar, the lack of stereo made for a slightly claustrophobic feel.

However, this is where the Creative Ziisound D3x's deceptively simple design comes into play. You see, the 'Link' button allows you to connect a further two Creative Ziisound D3x units, so you have a left, centre and a right speaker. You can also add a wireless sub-woofer to increase the sound quality.

So what we have here is an easily scalable wireless sound system that you can add to as you see fit.

However, at almost £120 a unit, getting three of them and a subwoofer is going to end up being very expensive, and you'd be better off buying a complete setup. It also means that if you just buy the one, you kind of feel like you've spent £120 on a third (or quarter) of a speaker setup.

There's no rechargeable battery either, which makes the single bar on its own less useful.

Verdict

Overall, this is a nicely designed, and well built, wireless speaker, but struggles to justify its price tag.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.0
iPod SupportedYes
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
ColourBlack
Brand NameCreative
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
BluetoothYes
Height95 mm
Width410 mm
Depth90 mm
Product ModelD3x
Product NameZiiSound D3x Speaker System
Operating Distance30 m
Product LineZiiSound
Manufacturer Part Number51MF8120AA001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

Searching for great sound at affordable prices need not be difficult. This is why we created the ZiiSound D3x wireless Bluetooth modular speaker system. Easy on the wallet, it offers you the flexibility of starting modest with just a single speaker unit for personal entertainment; and later, expanding it up to three speakers1 with a wireless subwoofer (ZiiSound DSx) when throwing parties becomes your routine.

Despite its affordability, sound quality is not compromised in the ZiiSound D3x. You get top-notch audio when paired via Bluetooth with compatible stereo Bluetooth-enabled MP3 players, laptops, tablets and other entertainment devices. With no wires between you and the speaker(s), you can freely arrange them any way and anywhere you like. The ZiiSound D3x is versatile enough for you to also switch easily from dance parties to sit-down movie sessions with "Party" and "Multi-channel" mode selection.

Packaged Quantity1
Package Contents
  • ZiiSound D3x Speaker System
  • Universal AC Adapter
  • Regional Power Adapter
  • Leaflet with Warranty and Technical Support
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.79 kg