Creative has been around for quite a while and has been churning out some good 2.1 and 5.1 speakers designed specifically for the desktop PC market. Their Inspire range of speakers are mostly aimed at the low to mid range budget and with wireless communication bringing in a lot of convenience in using devices, the S2 Wireless speakers seem to be an apt addition to this range. We’ve already reviewed the D100 Bluetooth speakers from Creative and found them to be really good. Let’s see if the wireless approach to 2.1 speakers works as well as it did for the D100.
Design and Build Quality
The Inspire S2 consists of two satellites and a subwoofer. Creative has been thoughtful enough to bundle a USB Bluetooth adapter but for Apple users, there’s another adapter that’s sold separately by Creative called BT-D5 Transmitter for iPod, iPhone and iPad which is priced at $39.99 (approx Rs. 1,820).
The subwoofer doesn't sound good
The satellites are white in colour with black cloth grilles at the front. They have a compact look and feel to it. These little sound boxes are somewhat light-weight. There’s nothing to complain about the build quality of the satellites either. The subwoofer on the other hand, is light-weight and perhaps a little too light for a subwoofer on a speaker set priced this high. The effects of a light woofer become evident from the sound that it produces. We found the subwoofer to be of a similar build quality of speakers priced in a lower category.
While these are wireless speakers, the whole setup by itself is not wireless. The power chord is pretty obvious, but the satellites and the subwoofer are connected through wires and messy ones, at that. The main satellite connected to the subwoofer has been connected by a thick wire while the other satellite can be connected through a port in the sub woofer.
The speakers’ volume and power controls are situated on the side of the satellite. Besides these controls, there is a line-in port to connect other media players that are not Bluetooth enabled. Also, there’s a port for headphones housed so that you can listen to music through the headphones without disturbing people around you.
The bass control doesn't help things either
The subwoofer has a bass level control situated behind the box. The volume of the woofer is directly connected to that of the satellites. A change of volume for the satellite also affects the woofer volume. So, if you want a little high bass but with low volume on the satellites, you’re bound to face some problems.
The S2 speakers can be used for your PCs, laptops, netbooks and can also be connected to Mac systems. We tried connecting a smartphone and a netbook and found the setup and installation to be simple.