Our music listening preferences are turning on its head thanks to the advent of mobile phones. No one, except hardcore audiophiles, bothers to buy a hi-fi music system anymore as most of our music is streamed online or stored in hard drives or micro-cards and not on CDs.
A real testament of how this change is affecting devices can be seen in the new Creative T4 Wireless Signature Series speaker system. While this looks like a regular 2.1 speaker system for your PC, it can go completely wireless too; connecting to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Here is the review.
Looks can be deceiving. For the T4 looks like any high-end 2.1 speaker system. I empasise on the high-end, as the subwoofer feels like it has come from hi-fi set for which you paid as much as your annual home EMI. This a Creative SLAM (Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module) subwoofer and has grilles on three sides. Most of your wires also go in here, though there are no controls here. The satellites look a bit like one of those wire-brained characters from Star Wars, but have aluminum drivers.
I said there are no controls on the subwoofer, as in most other 2.1 speakers. But there is a separate multi-functional Audio Control Pod for all that you want to do with this device. This small, mouse-like, pod is capable of connecting to NFC enabled devices with a tap. It also has Bluetooth options for the lesser devices, and even an 3.5mm auxiliary port for the others. The pod comes with an extra long cord so that you can keep the speakers away from the desktop.
The top of the pod is the volume controller and it has a nice smooth motion to it. There are also power and Bluetooth button here. At the rear of the subwoofer is a dedicated knob to get the perfect bass setting for you. As someone who does not like a whole lot of bass, I really loved this eye for detail. There is also a small remote that lets you select the source and even switch songs when you are connected wirelessly to a smart device.
I plugged the T4 into my PC which has my large song collection. It also replaced my 5.1 speaker system on the desktop. But not for one minute did I feel that the audio was lacking in anyway,