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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Creative Unveils ZiiSound D5 Speaker



Creative unveils ZiiSound™ D5 an award-winning one-piece wireless speaker system with the purest bluetooth wireless audio playback. What is puzzling and maybe a little misleading is that the ZiiSound speaker is not using the Zii chip or ZMS-08 chip for portable media devices. Or maybe the ZiiSound is using some component of the Zii?

Our guess is that Creative is trying to market the Zii brand and so decided to use ZiiSound as a flagship of wireless speaker system offerings from Creative, comprising the award-winning ZiiSound D5 and Creative Inspire S2 Wireless, as well as the Creative D200 and Creative D100.

ZiiSound D5 is the winner of “red dot design award 2010” and is able to work with any compatible stereo Bluetooth device - from mobile phones, portable media players to the iPhone, the iPod†, the iPad, netbooks, notebooks, and just about every Bluetooth A2DP enabled device. Yes, this speaker can dock any bluebooth devices and play your songs wirelessly :)

SINGAPORE - 13 April 2010 - Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the ZiiSound D5 speaker system - the personification of the purest Bluetooth wireless audio experience available today. It is a one-piece wireless speaker system that incorporates apt-X audio codec for superior stereo Bluetooth audio.

The elegant ZiiSound D5 is a recent winner of the prestigious German-based “red dot award: product design 2010” in the Audio Category. It is awarded the “red dot” quality label in recognition of its outstanding design quality and product innovation by a jury consisting of top-class international experts. Its sleek appearance complements any modern contemporary interior dĂ©cor.

The ZiiSound D5 is the flagship of a full range of wireless speaker system offerings from Creative, comprising the award-winning ZiiSound D5 and Creative Inspire S2 Wireless, as well as the Creative D200 and Creative D100. The range of speaker systems offers high performance wireless solutions for different lifestyles and defines how people will enjoy music from their portable devices from now on.

The state-of-the-art ZiiSound D5 speaker system promises to work with any compatible stereo Bluetooth device - from mobile phones, portable media players to the iPhone, the iPod†, the iPad, netbooks, notebooks, and just about every Bluetooth A2DP enabled device.

Built with only premium components and featuring a full-frame monocoque exoskeleton for maximum rigidity, the ZiiSound D5 incorporates award-winning Bluetooth technology*, apt-X high performance low latency audio codec, and speaker tuning and voicing by Creative's world-class audio specialists from an in-house reference system to deliver the purest wireless audio in its class.

"Say good-bye to docking speakers because they are going to become a thing of the past. With the emergence of so many wireless capable mobile devices in 2010, Creative is now set to usher in a new era in pure music listening where you can enjoy the highest quality music with your favourite mobile devices beginning with the ZiiSound D5 speaker system, which embodies the best in wireless speaker listening technology today," said Joseph Liow, Vice-President for Personal Digital Entertainment Products at Creative.

"This means that users are now free from the limitation of physically connecting or docking their mobile devices to their speakers to enjoy high quality music without wires - a new era in pure music listening has arrived!"

Listening to pure music wirelessly has never been easier with the ZiiSound D5 speaker system, with 3 ways to pair devices:


iPod Transmitter
(Creative BT-D5)

1. Connect the iPhone, the iPod† and the iPad with the iPod Transmitter (included with the ZiiSound D5 speaker system)

2. Connect via a USB Bluetooth Transmitter attached to the notebook or netbook

3. Connect via the built-in Bluetooth feature on the mobile device

The ZiiSound D5 speaker system comes bundled with relevant accessories to connect to just about any Bluetooth device for the purest wireless music experience:

1. An iPod Transmitter to connect to the iPhone, the iPod† and the iPad

2. An additional USB Transmitter for notebooks and netbooks during the initial launch promotion period at www.creative.com/shop


USB Transmitter
(Creative BT-D1)

Key Features of the ZiiSound D5 Speaker System
Seamless wireless music streaming with any compatible stereo Bluetooth mobile phone, portable media player, netbook, notebook and just about every Bluetooth A2DP enabled device
Works with the iPhone, the iPod† and the iPad when used with the bundled detachable iPod Transmitter
apt-X — high performance low latency audio codec for superior stereo Bluetooth audio
Built with premium components
Full-frame monocoque exoskeleton for maximum rigidity
In-house acoustics tuning and modelling ensures striking accuracy, detail and atmosphere, setting new benchmarks in one-piece speaker system design
High performance drivers and digital amplifiers for balanced and dynamic audio clarity
Integrated AUX-In for connecting to other audio devices
Charges the iPhone and the iPod† while docked

Technical Specifications of the ZiiSound D5 Speaker System
Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Supported Bluetooth profiles
A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)**
AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control)***
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Operating Range: Up to 10m (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device)
Dimensions (L x W x H): 42.5cm x 11.0cm x 9.0cm (11.7” x 4.3” x 3.5”)
Weight: 3.8kg / 8.4lbs

Pricing and Availability
The ZiiSound D5 speaker system is currently available at the online store at sg.store.creative.com, The CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina Square and authorised dealers in Singapore at the suggested retail price of S$399.00. The USB Transmitter (Creative BT-D1) worth S$59.00 will be bundled free of charge with the ZiiSound D5 speaker system during the initial launch promotion period at the online store at sg.store.creative.com from 13 April 2010 while stocks last. Both the USB Transmitter (Creative BT-D1) and the iPod Transmitter (Creative BT-D5) will also be available for purchase as individual accessories from mid May 2010 onwards at the suggested retail price of S$59.00 each.

For more information about the ZiiSound D5 wireless speaker system and the entire wireless speaker systems range, please visit www.creative.com/wireless.

† Excludes the iPod shuffle

* Incorporates the same Bluetooth technology found in the Creative Inspire S2 Wireless Speaker System - winner of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group Best of CES Award 2010

** Stereo Bluetooth or A2DP profile enables wireless transmission of full stereo sound to other Bluetooth devices. To determine whether your device (notebook, PC or mobile device) is equipped with A2DP enabled Bluetooth technology, refer to your device manufacturer's documentation / website for more information

*** Wireless control feature is compatible with devices (notebooks, PCs or mobile devices) with AVRCP profile only, refer to your device manufacturer's documentation / website for more information

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they use this chip to ensure no lag:
http://www.ziilabs.com/products/processors/dms02.aspx

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if you seen this video, but it is quite nice to have one connected to 1080p LED TV:
http://www.ziilabs.com/products/platforms/ziisivo.aspx#fragment-5

Varuna Singh said...

Great ! thanks for the link Anonymous! Didn't see that video.
and Maybe they did use the dms02. But as Jimmy said, Zii is getting to be more of an ecosystem than just Hardware. Which makes sense if they are integrated but not when its just hardware. Atleast Creative are trying to do that. Since Zii does stand for Zen 2 , I wonder if that will replace other Zen related products. Competing with their own strategt might not seem in Creative's plans. So I reckon, they are just spreading the word of Zii to show its all a part of the ecosystem.
However the ZMS 08 powered SiVo does look really satisfying amongst other platforms. This could really be a killer SoC. If only OEMs and ODMs took full advantage of the ZMS 08. Infact its Creative's role to push that as well. Its been a long time since any news or progression from ZiiLabs. Hope you guys are cooking something good!

Jimmyboy88 said...

ok i got the hint. the ziisound uses dms02 chip which is also a Zii chip but its a first gen chip not as powerful as the latest zms-08 but still good enough to do the job for this wireless bluetooth speaker :)

Anonymous said...

If it can stream video wirelessly too, it will be a hit cos i know alot of people is hoping for this feature! Zii the reincarnation of 3Dlabs and X-Fi is good in both video and audio and with more people going for wireless, it makes sense to have those features. Add one more wireless video systems to link up home entertainment systems, TV, Monitor and so on. Zii functionality can be extended and limitless.

Varuna Singh said...

Bluetooth doesn't have the bandwidth to do video. Infact Creative made a sacrifice there to dive deeper with Bluetooth. Their own X-Fi Wireless Audio transmission had a big bonus up against bluetooth in quality, reception, distance and signal strength. However Creative seems to have compensated that with the Apt-X codec. Video would not be possible in a good way in bluetooth. Espectially when even Creative is adopting much wider HD content, etc. If they include the video option in their X-Fi WIreless products, then that might be really interesting.
I'm pretty sure Audiophiles always aren't happy with how blluetooth wireless transmission works. Apt-X gives hope, but I still have yet to see a major improovement.

- Varuna

Anonymous said...

The last time Creative turns around, speaker business did help them.

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