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.
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.
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.
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.