Feeds
80%
Creative Labs ZiiSound D5

Creative ZiiSound D5 wireless speakers

iOS-friendly Bluetooth music box

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Review The performance of Bluetooth stereo headphones has improved noticeably over the last couple of years and can now give ordinary wired headphones a good run for their money. However, Bluetooth hasn’t achieved the same rate of progress when used in standalone speaker systems.

Creative Labs ZiiSound D5

Wireless world: Creative's ZiiSound D5

That could change, though, with the launch of Creative Labs’ new selection of Bluetooth speakers. There are several models in the range, starting at about £60 for the portable D100 model, but we’ve taken a look at the top-of-the-range ZiiSound D5, which is priced at £280.

That’s a fairly high price for what, in many ways, is essentially just a wireless iPod speaker-dock. The D5 does work hard to justify its price though. The attractive minimalist design consists of a single rectangular unit that measures 425 x 90 x 110mm. It’s solidly built, with a ‘full-frame monocoque exoskeleton’ and weighs almost 4kg. There’s not a single button visible on the front panel, as the D5 opts, instead, for touch-sensitive controls that allow you to adjust the volume and pair it with other Bluetooth devices.

There’s no remote control included with the D5, as Creative assumes you’ll be using your Bluetooth phone or other device to control the speakers. However, Creative does include a separate Bluetooth transmitter called the BT-D5.

Creative Labs ZiiSound D5

Charges IOS devices with the dongle attached

Any Bluetooth device, such as a laptop computer, iPod Touch or mobile phone can pair with the D5 using a standard Bluetooth connection, but the BT-D5 transmitter allows you to use the more advanced apt-X codec that delivers better audio quality.

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate
Belay that toil, me hearty, and park your scurvy backside
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.