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Creative Signature Series D5xm & DSxm review

It's love at first listen with this fab soundbar/subwoofer combo

Our Verdict

Creative's Signature Series speakers are the company's flagship products, and with good reason. The D5xm soundbar and DSxm subwoofer combo here is brilliant in almost every respect. No AirPlay, though.

For

  • Fantastic sounds abound
  • Super simple to set up and use
  • Room calibration is easy to do

Against

  • No built-in AirPlay support

Creative's Signature Series speakers are the company's flagship products, and with good reason. The D5xm soundbar and DSxm subwoofer combo here is brilliant in almost every respect.

The D5xm is the first wireless soundbar speaker to offer room calibration, a feature usually associated with high-end hi-fi and home cinema systems. Calibration has the effect of adjusting the output of the speakers so they suit the size and shape of your room.

Download the free Creative Central app, pair your iPhone or iPad with the D5xm via Bluetooth and then enter the app's Room Calibration mode. This gets the soundbar (and subwoofer, if connected) to send out a series of tones that are picked up by your iOS device's microphone, with the app adjusting the speakers' output accordingly.

Pairing the D5xm soundbar with the boxy DSxm subwoofer is simple too. What you're rewarded with after the initial set-up phase is nothing short of revelatory. This Creative Signature Series combo immediately impresses with a rich, involving and beautifully transparent delivery.

We only noticed the occasional dropout over Bluetooth, but you also have the option to listen using the analogue audio input too. The only low point is lack of AirPlay support, but when a sub/ sat combo is as good as this, that's a minor quibble.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
ColourBlack
Brand NameCreative
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
BluetoothYes
Height103 mm
Width425 mm
Depth100 mm
Product ModelD5xm
Product NameD5xm Smart Modular Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Operating Distance30 m
Product LineSignature
Manufacturer Part Number51MF8145AA003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information Flagship Smart Modular Wireless Speaker

Get the best audio performance out of your room's acoustic imperfections with the world's first calibrating modular wireless speaker!

Packaged Quantity1
Package Contents
  • D5xm Smart Modular Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • 1 x 3.5mm Stereo To Stereo Cable
  • 1 x Universal AC Adapter
  • 1 x Power Adapter Cord(s)
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Warranty/Technical Support Leaflet
Weight (Approximate)2.28 kg