ZiiSound--Creative's new speaker range

Our first question was: Is there a Zii processor in there? The answer is no. We don't know why Creative would want to borrow its processor's name, but this new range of speakers won't have Zii chips in them.

The ZiiSound D5 with an iPod touch docked
The ZiiSound D5 with an iPod touch docked. John Chan/CNET Asia

SHENZHEN, China--Aside from the Zii platform, Creative also showcased some of its consumer products during the Zii Summit here. A particularly interesting specimen was an iPod speaker dock called ZiiSound D5. Our first question was: Is there a Zii processor in there? The answer is no. We don't know why Creative would want to borrow its processor's name, but this new range of speakers won't have Zii chips in them.

Like many other iPod docks, this one will act as both speakers and a charger for your Apple MP3 player or iPhone. A dongle attaches to the iPod connector and audio will be transmitted to the dock via Bluetooth. If you'd rather use a 3.5mm jack for music output, that's also available.

There hasn't been an official announcement for this product, yet, but it will be available by early 2010. Pricing is still unconfirmed, but a Creative spokesperson estimates it will go for about $299. Aside from the D5, a Zii Egg -compatible version called the D3 will also be available.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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