Sound BlasterAxx speakers officially announced

Last week, Creative teased the public with the reveal of an upcoming Sound Blaster product. Today, the covers come off on the Sound BlasterAxx. As it turns out, It's a family of speakers that's quite a departure from the previous PC Sound Blaster sound cards.

 

All three versions of the Sound BlasterAxx use the new and advanced SB-Axx1 sound processor, but the cool thing about these products is that they can act as a voice control enhancement for a variety of applications. That means if you hook up your iPhone 4S, these speakers can hear you speak into the phone if you want to use Siri or any other voice command app.

All three speakers can be powered by a USB device, which will certainly give even these large speakers more mobility. There's also CrystalVoice, which improves sound features for voice and video chats. For example, Smart Volume can automatically lower or increase the volume of a device depending on where a person is in relation to the speaker.

The speakers can also be controlled and set up using a PC, Mac, iOS or Android device. The Sound BlasterAxx SBX 10 is priced at $149.99 and the Sound BlasterAxx SBX 8 (designed just for the PC and Mac) has a $99.99 price point. Both will go on sale in July. The Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 is priced at $199.99 and is due out in August.

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LOL at the top comment on the video...

"Technology definitely excites me, I like to be on the cutting edge"

Then why do you have a mac?

Creative Speakers are GOOOOD. Really good. I mean if you are an audiophile. X-Fi Titanium HD+Axx would be nice to have.

xpclient said,
Creative Speakers are GOOOOD. Really good. I mean if you are an audiophile. X-Fi Titanium HD+Axx would be nice to have.

Uhhhhh, what? No, no they are not even remotely considered good.

Yes, yes, he's "creative". Got that - MacBook being the dead giveaway. Stick it.
I wouldn't take those underpowered tinny crapboxes lately litarally everywhere unless there's some really hi-tech wizardry involved (say, some new driver tech), which there isn't ever. They sound like sh*t, they deliberately distort, no matter of the input, and I don't even have a musical ear.

iron2000 said,
Thats not a speaker, its some lifestyle gimmick product that you don't need

Exactly. These posers trying to sell their products while showcasing the fruit brand are CLUELESS !

JJ_ said,
Wouldn't touch rubbish from this company ever again

I don't know why you'd say that, my Sound Blaster headset is probably one of the best I've ever owned.

JJ_ said,
Wouldn't touch rubbish from this company ever again

He's probably been around for a while would be my guess. I've owned several creative cards over the years (Starting with a sound blaster 16, then an Awe32, etc). They definitely dropped in quality substantially after a while, along with a serious drop in business ethics. I've no idea if that is still the case, but I also stay far far away from this company.

GarretN said,

He's probably been around for a while would be my guess. I've owned several creative cards over the years (Starting with a sound blaster 16, then an Awe32, etc). They definitely dropped in quality substantially after a while, along with a serious drop in business ethics. I've no idea if that is still the case, but I also stay far far away from this company.


Well as far as I know X-Fi still has sound crackling and popping issues if you have one in computer with over 4GB of RAM. It was like that for few years with no fix...one of the reasons I switched away from X-Fi. So it definitely was the case at least last year.

Okay, WAR-DOG - why won't it sell?

It's external - it does not require any sort of audio support inside the PC (or Mac) if used with one. (The connection is USB.)

The larger models connect via Bluetooth to smartphones, tablets, and other devices that support Bluetooth - no wiring at all.

It's not pricey - even the top-line SBX 20 is $200USD (SRP). The SBX 8 (for PCs and Macs) is a mere $100USD (SRP). It obviates the need for both sound card *and* speakers (all models), is multi-device (SBX10 and SBX 20) and is even OS-agnostic - as in no driver heck (one of the biggest complaints from the detractors about Creative sound cards, though something I've never experienced).

So - why won't it sell?

ahhell said,
Since when is $200 top-line?
Creative shill much?

Pretty sure he wasn't saying $200 gets your top-line audio equipment, rather, he was saying $200 for Creative's top-line offering. I could be wrong, though.

GarretN said,

Pretty sure he wasn't saying $200 gets your top-line audio equipment, rather, he was saying $200 for Creative's top-line offering. I could be wrong, though.

I was referring to the particular product line.

Also, I'm seeing a *lot* of hatred for Creative as a company. YOU may have had bad experiences with their products; however, since I haven't (and I own - and have owned over the years - sound cards, webcams, and speakers from Creative), I don't have any emotional baggage concerning Creative's products. (In fact, my current sound card and speakers are both from Creative.)

And as far as their "business ethics", I take it you are referring to the whole "Daniel_K" brouhaha?
(I watched that - but had NO opinion - one way or the other. Creative and Daneil_K settled their differences - and they were the two antagonists; if you can't get past that, that says more about you than about either Daniel_K or Creative - and none of it good.)

Alot of people ready judge without a single review?
The ideas seem pretty good, if executes as well as the Youtube vids then it could sell.

I do agree the price is too high though

First off why is his boss, Mark, a robot.

I like the idea but as with most Creative products, it just isn't going to work like the advert shows. You'll just be talking and it'll suddenly call your parents or order a pizza without you knowing.

It also seems a little pricey for what essentially is a wireless speaker.

WAR-DOG said,
It won't sell.

Too early to comment. But Creative still holds a little brand value. Some people who cannot afford Bose might pick them up.

I couldn't get over his teeth.

Having said that, I found it annoying that he had to keep going over to tap the top of the thing.

I think it would have been cooler if the sound went all around, 360. I thought it did until he actually picked it up and turned it. That put me off.

In all, it seems like a gadget for an iPhone. They should of called it an iSpeaker.