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Creative D80, D100, D200 Mobile Speaker System (bluetooth)


As I'm sure many have noticed, Creative has gone from a sound board manufacturer into one of to a developer of audio accessories for mobile devices.

Creative D80
Subsequently, Creative has released three considerably affordable options for Bluetooth speakers.  The Creative D80, the Creative D100 and the Creative D200.




Creative D100
With price tags for about $100 or less, they’re extremely appealing. They are compatible with iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, iPad, Droid, and other bluetooth devices all work equally well with iPads, current iPhones, and current iPod touches. They each contain Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless chips with 33-foot stated broadcasting distances and incredibly simple pairing features: connecting is as simple as selecting the speaker in the iPod, iPhone, or iPad’s Bluetooth Settings menu—no PIN code is needed. Only one iOS device can have an active connection to either D100 or D200 at a given time, and you’ll need to manually toggle between iOS devices, a common enough limitation of Bluetooth.



The D80, D100, and D200 are all minimalist designs.. The shell is matte plastic with a glossy back and a fabric front; it either comes in all black, or a mixed white shell with your choice of pink, blue, or green fabric faces—effectively, the design language suggests, it’s a wireless speaker for kids or budget-conscious buyers. With a 13.25” front that tapers down to around 11.6” at the back, with a 4.5” depth and peak 4.5” height, it feels relatively light and has only three buttons on the front, plus a rear-mounted power switch. It’s powered by four self-supplied AA batteries for up to 25 hours of play time, or the included wall adapter.






Sonically, the D100 is surprisingly robust for its price—it has excellent audio quality considering the price and the blue-tooth connectivity, making more of fewer drivers thanks in part to a superior amplification system. D100 has two speakers inside.  D100 can be turned up loud enough to be dangerous at near distances, and fill a small office with sound from a corner.





By comparison, the D200 is a more expensive, larger version with a bigger wall adapter—but no battery option. It’s dependent on wall power, and designed to look really good sitting in one place. The jet black D200’s casing is largely glossy plastic with a partially matte back and a finer fabric front grille, an upgrade that makes this unit look a lot flashier, complete with silver pill-shaped volume and Bluetooth pairing buttons. It’s large, too: nearly 16” wide before tapering down to 12.5” at the back, but only 3.1” deep and 4” tall—volumetrically comparable to the D100, but made to feel heavier and sturdier.

Creative doesn’t specify what sort of speaker drivers are inside D200, but there’s no question that it delivers even better-sounding audio—superior detail, richer bass, and noticeably crisper treble than the D100—in part because of improved audio hardware, and in part because of the AptX audio codec it supports. Obviously it will give you a clearer peak audio sound with the larger sound and the wall plug.  In my opinion, this would make the D100 a more desirable product for this type of device.






Overall, both of these Bluetooth speakers deserve equally strong general recommendations on the basis of their extremely impressive sound quality, good looks, and great values for the dollar.
Very cool and cheap devices.