Creative's family of Bluetooth speakers got a few more additions today. The company unveiled the wireless one-piece D80, which for most intents and purposes, is identical to its colorful sibling the D100, save for a lower price tag at $50 and a loss of battery power. The $300 ZiiSound D5x, meanwhile, looks an awful lot like 2010's D5, though this one plays nice with the newly announced D3x modular speaker and DSx modular subwoofer, both of which are priced at $150 a pop. The D80 is hitting this month and the ZiiSound's various components will be arriving this summer, so don't throw out last year's models just yet. Press info after the break.
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Creative Adds Ultra-Affordable One-Piece D80 Bluetooth Speaker to Its Pure Wireless Speaker Range Stylish, Compact Speaker Delivers High Quality Wireless Music Playback at an Unbeatable Price

Most people today store their music in portable Bluetooth enabled devices and the Creative D80 is designed to be the perfect compact Bluetooth speaker to go withQuote end

Milpitas, Calf. (PRWEB) May 05, 2011

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the launch of the Creative D80 Bluetooth wireless one-piece speaker. This latest addition to Creative's award-winning pure wireless speaker line-up is the Company's most affordable one-piece Bluetooth speaker ever, and it is priced for mass market appeal at only $49.99.

"The adoption rate for Bluetooth enabled smart devices with built-in music playback has grown phenomenally over the last few years. Most people today store their music in portable Bluetooth enabled devices like the iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry or tablet computers like the iPad or Creative ZiiO, and the Creative D80 is designed to be the perfect compact Bluetooth speaker to go with these wireless devices. What's more, when you use the Creative D80 with Creative's highly affordable ZEN Style M300, you'll get one of the lowest costing wireless music systems money can buy," said Ting Lai Chu, Vice President for the Advanced Multimedia Group at Creative Technology Ltd.

Key Features of the Creative D80 Wireless Speaker:

Plays high quality wireless audio from all compatible stereo Bluetooth* devices including the iPhone, Blackberry, Android phones and tablet computers such as the Creative ZiiO and iPad

Fast and easy Bluetooth connection

Powered by mains power supply

Two 3" full range drivers provide full, dynamic audio

Available in white with a pink, or blue, or green grille, or black with a black grille

Integrated AUX-In for connection to other audio devices

*Supports A2DP/AVRCP Profile

Pricing and Availability:
The Creative D80 wireless speaker will be available at the online store at http://www.creative.com/shop from mid May 2011 onwards at the suggested retail price of $49.99.

For in-store availability, please refer to local authorized dealers.


CREATIVE REDEFINES HOME AUDIO WITH ZIISOUND™ DX SERIES OF PURE WIRELESS MODULAR BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

Introduces a Paradigm Shift in the Home Audio Listening Experience

SINGAPORE - 5 May 2011 - Creative Technology Ltd today announced the launch of a brand new category of wireless speakers, the ZiiSound™ Dx series of pure wireless modular speakers.

The ZiiSound Dx series consists of the ZiiSound D5x wireless one-piece speaker, ZiiSound D3x wireless one-piece speaker and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer.
ZiiSound D3x
ZiiSound D3x ZiiSound D5x
ZiiSound D5x ZiiSound DSx
ZiiSound DSx

These speakers are set to redefine the home audio experience for consumers and establish a new standard for how retailers sell speakers. With the introduction of pure wireless modularity, Creative changes how consumers can purchase a home audio system.

Flexible Configuration

The ZiiSound Dx series revolutionises the home audio system. In this revolutionary new system, wireless speakers connect independently to stereo Bluetooth® devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, iPad or Creative ZiiO tablet, and can also be configured so more speakers are connected wirelessly to form a multi-channel home audio system. The ZiiSound Dx series also features renowned apt-X audio technology for outstanding sound quality.

Unlike with traditional speaker systems, users will no longer need to purchase a fixed speaker configuration for a specific use in the home. Creative's one-piece pure wireless modular speakers let users upgrade from a single speaker to a larger configuration by simply adding more speakers wirelessly.

Start Simple
1 x ZiiSound D5x
or
1 x ZiiSound D3x

Add Bass
1 x ZiiSound D5x + 1 x ZiiSound DSx
or
1 x ZiiSound D3x + 1x ZiiSound DSx

Get a Wider Soundstage
1 x ZiiSound D5x (Left Channel) + 1 x ZiiSound D5x (Right Channel)
or
1 x ZiiSound D3x (Left Channel) + 1 x ZiiSound D3x (Right Channel)

Create the Ultimate Wireless Entertainment Speaker System
1 x ZiiSound D5x (Left Channel) + 1 x ZiiSound D5x (Centre Channel) + 1 x ZiiSound D5x (Right Channel) + 1 x ZiiSound DSx

Flexible Placement

The built-in flexibility to add or subtract speakers means the same system can have many uses. Users will now be able to create different speakers systems - ideal for music, movies and games - for different rooms throughout the home.

A one-piece speaker for bedside music listening
A 2.1 speaker system for bedroom or study room for games or music listening
A 3.1 speaker system for living room music, movies and game audio entertainment

Low Basic Start Cost

Using pure wireless modular speakers will also translate into cost savings. Everyone will now be able to purchase a single pure wireless modular speaker unit for as low as S$199, with the assurance of being able to add on speakers later. This is unlike traditional speaker systems, where users are forced to buy another system to expand or reconfigure the existing speaker system. This translates into the high cost of purchasing multiple systems.

"With pure wireless modularity, everything changes when it comes to the home speaker system, both for the end-user and also for the retailer. With the ZiiSound Dx series of Bluetooth wireless speakers, consumers can enjoy the flexibility and versatility of starting with one speaker and expanding to a multi-channel home audio system," said Ting Lai Chu, Vice President for the Advanced Multimedia Group at Creative Technology Ltd.

"For the retailer, the change is no less profound. Today retailers have to keep stock of various system configurations with dedicated use, so inventory exposure is a challenge that they need to manage. With Creative's new range of pure wireless modular speakers, retailers simply need to keep the three speaker models of the ZiiSound Dx series in their inventory to meet consumer demand for single or multi-channel wireless speaker systems." she added.
Key Features of the ZiiSound Dx Series of Pure Wireless Modular Speakers

ZiiSound D5x

Flagship modular wireless speaker system

Works with all smart devices and mobile phones that are stereo Bluetooth compatible*
Easily upgradable for more compelling audio - allows wireless linking to additional ZiiSound D5x wireless speaker modules and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofers
High quality wireless audio with apt-X codec
Precision volume control when used with the included BT-D5 Bluetooth transmitter
Efficient digital amplifiers and world class tuning deliver striking accuracy and detail like no other
Allows link to ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer for deep bass capability or more ZiiSound D5x speakers for stereo or surround applications
Charges the iPhone or iPod while playing**
One-piece construction to minimise vibrations for the purest audio experience
Integrated AUX-In for other audio devices

*Bluetooth A2DP compliant devices

**Via BT-D5 Bluetooth Transmitter

ZiiSound D3x

Affordable one-piece wireless modular speaker system made for smaller rooms

Works with all smart devices and mobile phones that are stereo Bluetooth compatible*
Easily upgradable for more compelling audio - allows wireless linking to additional ZiiSound D3x wireless speaker modules and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofers
High quality wireless audio with apt-X codec
Efficient digital amplifiers and world class tuning deliver striking accuracy and detail like no other
Allows link to ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer for deep bass capability or more ZiiSound D3x speakers for stereo or surround applications
One-piece construction to minimise vibrations for the purest audio experience
Integrated AUX-In for other audio devices

*Bluetooth A2DP compliant devices

ZiiSound DSx

Modular wireless subwoofer that works with the ZiiSound D5x and ZiiSound D3x

Works with ZiiSound D5x or ZiiSound D3x for extended deep bass capability
Incorporates Creative's Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module (SLAM™) for that signature deep, tight and fast bass
Robust wireless technology allows limitless flexibility in subwoofer placement

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