iPod docks are a dime a dozen and what consumers need is something more. Creative’s ZiiSound D5 is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker that aims to give the consumer exactly that in terms of portability, high quality sound and looks. Let’s see if it can actually do what it set out to accomplish.
Small, black, beautiful
Design and features
Right from the box it comes in to the actual speaker, the D5 oozes style. It’s a sleek black rectangular speaker, and is quite compact at 3.5-inches in height x 16.7-inches in width x 4.3-inches in depth. The front of the speaker is covered in cloth and this goes a little against the D5, as it will definitely attract dust and could tear if not handled with care.
The front of the D5 has just one feather touch button for turning on Bluetooth connectivity and the top has the volume control. This is also feather touch and has these really cool lights, which illuminate when you increase the volume; reminiscent of a runway at an airport. The back of the D5 has a power input, the power on/off button and even an auxiliary input for those poor devices that don’t aren’t Bluetooth enabled. This means you can even use this with your laptop, TV or portable media player.
The view from behind
What I really like about this speaker is the Bluetooth dongle that Creative has provided for older generation iPods that don’t have Bluetooth connectivity. So this way you can even connect your old Nano or iPod Classic to the D5. And there’s even a slot on the top of the speaker to insert this dongle, where it charges the device.
What is surprising though is the fact that there’s no remote included. I know it’s Bluetooth enabled, and that you can simply have your iPod or iPhone next to you all the time, but what about when I want to control the volume from the other end of the room when my device is being charging by the D5? I really think they should have included a remote, even if it was just a basic one.
The 2nd gen iPod Nano found this dongle very comfortable
I also thought that this speaker would have a speakerphone function, but unfortunately it does not. When a call comes in, the music just stops; and when you hang up, the music start on its own again.