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Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Transmitter with Wireless Receiver Review
A while ago we had a simple solution for streaming audio from a laptop with them to a receiver. It seemed simple enough, but we soon found out that it does not meet too many practical or cost-effective options, such a task.
Creative has offered a solution to the situation and while it might not be cheap, it is a simple and painless way to connect your PC or Mac audio streaming directly to external speakers or a receiver. The system is not without its faults, but we enjoyed the overall performance of the device.
The Sound Blaster Wireless System for iTunes and the receiver is actually a bundle with two separate products. First, the wireless system for iTunes just a USB dongle that transmits audio from your computer, a Creative receiver. The second product is an actual wireless audio receiver that can connect to external speakers or an AV receiver. Creative has two wireless in a system which combined for about $ 150 online retailers.
Setting up the wireless system is quite simple. Insert the USB dongle into an open port on your computer and then make the handset next to your external speakers or A/V receiver. The rear panel has two line-out connections: a 1/8 inch jack and an RCA stereo analog-out. The receiver requires a power supply that is included with the package.
To synchronize the dongle and receiver, keep the USB dongle “connect” button for a moment, then scoot over to the beneficiary and do the same to the “Link” button on the back. Once paired, a white LED light remains static lights on the front of the receiver. After the connection made, all audio from your computer then stream to the receiver.
The receiver itself has to submit a play/pause button also skip and reverse track buttons. It is quite small and should fit snugly in your entertainment center. The white LED light for IT projects can be a little bright, especially if you are in a dark room. The included remote control has a number of buttons, some of which operate only when presented with a transceiver (like the movie works HD-Dock). For use with the bundle system, we examine here, you will only be able to use the volume, mute, play/pause, skip track and buttons. All that aside, you’ll only be able to control tracks when using a PC.
The USB dongle has two LEDs: a power and out easily. The link is to remain light on when connected to the receiver. The dongle is a bit larger than a thumb drive and also has an antenna protruding out of it. The antenna feels a bit thin and looks as if he break off if turned in the wrong direction. We definitely recommend you leave as out of the box. A microphone and headphone jack also sit on the edge of the dongle, allowing you access to functions that normally take to cut through the device as a sound card would.
The Sound Blaster Wireless System Receiver for iTunes and works out of the box, but you must install the included software to take advantage of some of the additional features does the system take over. Unfortunately for Mac users, most of these features will work only on PCs – including the ability to control tracks with iTunes. If you use a Mac, the only software you are using is an audio console tab in System Preferences, where you can manage your shipment options.
If you use the system to a PC, the software will unlock iTunes-compatible addition to the company X-Fi audio driver EQ (like the X-Fi Crystalizer) so that you can mold the music to your liking. While the system works well with a Mac, you’re just at the beginning of a streaming experience, nothing more. And none of this information as described on the packaging, let this serve as a warning.
he X-Fi audio equalizer performance is a mixed bag. While some of the songs benefit from the Crystalizer, others have no change. The hard audiophiliacs can only wish to change the setting to leave all together.
There was a hiccup during our tests with the Creative System. Since streaming is done via the ubiquitous 2.4GHz, you might get some interference from your wireless router. We recommend (if you can) placing the receiver as far away from the router as possible, because you get to hear if they are too static to close together. We also learned of numerous internet drops while streaming music. If this can not be resolved, the manual setting of your router and Creative Streamer try different channels on the frequency.
Overall, we enjoyed the wireless streaming audio experience of the Sound Blaster Wireless System for iTunes and the receiver was able to deliver. While about $ 150, it’s definitely a bit more than what we pay you. We are also a little disappointed that while the product is the “iTunes” name and functions with the operating system that natively supports iTunes are limited.
As we already mentioned, there are not many other ways to perform wireless audio streaming. You could use an AirPort Express base station for iTunes streaming, but you would essentially purchasing a high-end product for a low-end feature. Eos will be releasing a similar device (not remote) called Converge in September 2009 that most of the same functionality running.
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