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CNET First Look
Creative Inspire S2 WirelessCreative's diminutive Bluetooth PC speaker system delivers impressive sound for such a compact package.
>> David: I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the Creative Labs Inspire 2 Wireless PC speakers. These are actually Bluetooth speakers and they're not entirely wireless because you do have to hook the speaker cables to this little subwoofer here. But the most impressive thing about this system is that it is really tiny. As you can see the subwoofer is small, it's a little cube, it sits on the floor and then you have these 2 little satellite speakers. The subwoofer's black but these little guys are white with black grills on the front of them. And they're so small that, in fact, if your desk is kind of cluttered you probably wouldn't even notice that they're there. The system is designed to be paired with a desktop or a laptop computer but most people will probably tie this to a laptop because it comes with a little Bluetooth goggle and that allows you to essentially move your laptop anywhere in a room, and for up to 30 feet away you will be able to wirelessly stream audio to these speakers. You can also connect a cell phone with a Bluetooth connection. We did hook this up to an iPhone and it worked pretty well. We didn't have any problem initially pairing a laptop with this or a cell phone. We did have a little problem at times repairing it but Bluetooth, as a lot of people know, is kind of finicky. As far as connectivity goes on the right speaker you get a headphone input as well as an auxiliary input if you want to attach another MP3 player -- connect it wired to one of these speakers you can do that as well. Really at the end of the day the most impressive thing about this system aside from that wireless audio streaming is that these speakers sound pretty good for their size. You wouldn't think when you look at these things you wouldn't think they could put out some pretty big sound but they, in fact, play pretty loud. There's good detail and you do get a decent amount of bass from this little subwoofer. I mean it's not gonna be the best sound in the world but we were fairly impressed with what we heard and at $150 that's a fairly reasonable price for a set of Bluetooth PC speakers. You can get wired speakers that cost even a slightly less and sound a bit better but for a Bluetooth system this one does sound pretty good and we can recommend it if that's what you're looking for. The cable on the right speaker is actually built-in and it goes into the back of the subwoofer so you are limited to where you can put these speakers by the length of these cables, but for a lot of people that won't be a problem because the idea here is that you just put these somewhere in your room and then you would wirelessly stream audio to it whether it's from a cell phone or a laptop and you can get sound out of them. The volume control is on the right speaker, there's no remote or anything with this. And then there's a bass level adjustment on the back of the subwoofer. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Creative Labs Inspire 2 Wireless PC Speaker System. ^E00:02:51