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Review: Creative ZiiSound D5 and D200 Wireless Speakers

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I first got the Creative D5 and D200 speakers way back in June and have just gotten around to cracking them open and trying them out. It’s hard to write about a 2.0 speaker set simply because it’s not extremely super-exciting on the surface. However, if you’re looking for a good, wireless speaker system for the bedroom or kitchen, these are two kids that are worth looking into.

The D200 costs $129 while the D5 is a bit more expensive at $300. The primary difference is that the D5 includes a miniature Bluetooth adapter for iPods and iPhones.

Both speaker systems offer approximately the same performance and both can really fill a room if necessary. The D5, the one I used most over the past few weeks, has a nice amount of bass and good clarity even at high volume. The D5 also has a slightly wonky touch-sensitive strip to control the volume which, incidentally, can also be changed from an iPod or iPhone. Both are A2DP compatible which means you can stream audio from your devices via Bluetooth. The D5, obviously, includes the dongle but you don’t necessarily have to use it. The best part is that the iPod itself becomes the remote control when you connect via Bluetooth. You can also charge devices using the D5’s dongle.

Creative has made good audio devices for years and well worth a look if you need a portable, light and simple-to-use speaker set.


D200 Product Page
D5 Product Page

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