Summary: When the input is via the AUX-IN (wired), the volume controls don't work. You can only control volume via the device at the other end of the AUX-IN. Is this by design, or a fault with the unit I have? Otherwise, very easy to set up and use. Is quite light and plastically - but that's my mistake for thinking it would be otherwise. Max volume output is OK; it fills a large room, but it doesn't exactly blow you away.
Summary: This is a nice looking speaker, with a few shortfalls: 1. The unit doesn't come with a power supply, instead, they give you a USB cable which is good for charging the unit, but I would much rather have a power supply. 2. You have to hold down the power button quite a long time (something like 8 seconds) to power on/off. The unit actually speaks to you (powering down) 3. Pairing to Bluetooth is fairly easy; the range is not bad either. 4.
Summary: I've had the opportunity to handle a number of portable Bluetooth speakers, and will say this one is solidly mid-range. It has some features I like, and some I'm not so crazy about... PROS: + 12 hour battery life is basically best-in-class. There are a couple other units that can match this, but none I've seen that can surpass it.
Summary: This is a very average bluetooth speaker. It comes with a USB charging cable so that you can charge it up and place it anywhere. I think that's an okay idea, but the speaker is fairly large, so it is not really portable. I would rather it just have a normal AC adapter. It syncs using an NFC protocol, which does work fine once the speaker is turned on.
Summary: This device works well as a bluetooth speaker phone solution, but music reproduction is lackluster. For it's size I expected more bass - not rattle your bones bass, but at least some depth and definition to a bass guitar or kick drum. Treble is weak and not very crisp either. Midrange performance is clear, but lacks presence. If you primarily listen to podcasts, this might be a good option.
Okay, Not Great, Sound in a Portable Package (3+ stars)
Debbie Lee Wesselmann, Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: The first time I played music through the Creative Labs Airwave, I was disappointed in the sound quality. I also have the Creative ZiiSound D3x Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with the Wireless Subwoofer , and, because of the larger speakers, powered drivers, and added subwoofer, the sound is much better. Of course, that combination is more expensive.
Disappointing audio performance and Bluetooth range
Jerry Saperstein, Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: I'm sad to say that the Creative Airwave's performance in my tests was disappointing. The unit is larger than I expected: about 10 by 4 by 4 inches. The triangular shape slopes the speaker slightly upwards which is an asset when the unit is on a table or desk top. The unit weighs about 2 pounds. On the top spine of the unit, is a multi-function indicator LED, a multi-function ON/OFF switch, a rocker switch for volume and a slightly recessed microphone.
Summary: Speaker sound quality good. Terrible plastic buttons on top...they sometimes don't register or get stuck in the casing. cannot press the multi-function button to initiate voice recognition (like siri) on the connected phone. I thought the unit is quite bulky. for some strange reason, Creative does not mention the speaker power output (in watt) - which is a basic spec for any speaker. neither is it mentioned on the website nor on the actual box.
Summary: I love the idea of a wireless speaker than can play music via Bluetooth/NFC without the need for any power source. It's brilliant for taking into the garden when entertaining, or if I fancy listening to music around the house. It's quite compact and lightweight and simple in appearance. I'd go so far as to say it's a bit boring in its appearance - even just a piano black finish might have made it look a bit more expensive or exciting. It looks a bit plasticky, though.
Good Construction & Features,Average Sound Quality
Amazon Customer, Amazon
28 July 2013
Summary: This is one of the larger and heavier portable bluetooth speakers available at the moment and as such I had high hopes of good sound quality.Unfortunately I can only describe the overall sound quality as average on most types of music.Speech,however,is definitely above average so if Radio 4 and suchlike are your thing this speaker should be considered.NFC connectivity works very well with my Galaxy Note 2 and the ability to use the Airwave as a hands free speaker phone...