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 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.