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Creative T3150w wireless speaker quick-read review

Creative T3150w Wireless Speaker is priced at Rs 5,999 Creative T3150w Wireless Speaker is priced at Rs 5,999
Written by Mihir Patkar | Posted: May 6, 2014 10:25 am | Updated: May 6, 2014 10:27 am

I was in the market for a new set of speakers for my PC. But most of my music is now on my phone or tablet. The Creative T3150w solves this issue by giving the best of both worlds: a common set of speakers to use either with a PC using a cord or with a phone via Bluetooth.

Specs: 2 satellites (75x150x90 mm) with 2W RMS | 1 subwoofer (184x225x190 mm) with 5W RMS | Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (Available for Rs. 5,000 in several leading retail stores)

Easy And Convenient

The T3150w is a 2.1 speaker set. The twin satellite speakers, connected together with a cord, actually look quite stylish sitting on either side of your monitor. The subwoofer should ideally be on the floor because that’s how it is designed. It’s a down-firing woofer, which means the main driver faces downwards, but there are little legs on the subwoofer that keep it just narrowly above the floor. On the front, you will find a reflex port instead of the driver. The design makes it look cleaner and also protects the driver, but that’s really the only real-world advantage of a down-firing subwoofer for most people, unless you’re an audiophile.

The back of the subwoofer is where the satellite speakers are connected by a cable, and you also have the 3.5mm audio out to connect it to a PC or to headphones. A separate wire goes out to the remote dongle, which has the volume control as well as a Power LED to tell you if it is connected to the PC or via Bluetooth. This dongle can also be used to switch the speakers on and off easily.

Bluetooth connectivity is actually quite simple. The first time you want to connect your phone or tablet, reach behind the subwoofer and hold the Bluetooth button for a few seconds to broadcast its signal. On your phone, scan for nearby Bluetooth devices and the Creative T3150w should soon pop up. Connect once, save the profile, and you’re done. The next time you want to start playing any song via Bluetooth, just tap the profile on your phone to connect and you’re good to go. This convenience makes the T3150w stand apart from many of the 2.1 speakers out there, but does it beat them in audio quality?

ALSO READ: Bluetooth audio: What matters more, convenience or quality?

Sounds Good, Not Great

The good news is that Bluetooth playback is on par with direct wired playback in the T3150w on most audio output, with the exception of FLAC files played through either.

The twin satellite speakers were surprisingly the strong point of Creative’s unit. Usually, satellite speakers distort at high volumes, but not the T3150w. They remained as sharp with the volume turned to full as they did on low. That said, it should be continued…

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