Amazon.sg:Customer reviews: Creative Stage Air Portable and Compact Under-Monitor USB-Powered Soundbar for Computer, with Dual-Driver and Passive Radiator for Big Bass, Bluetooth and AUX-in, USB MP3, 6 Hours of Battery Life
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The sound bar is relatively decent. Good clarity, decent bass, etc. It looks and feels well built too.
Two gripes I have are as follows; one, the included micro-USB cable is a little too short. Could have been nice if they made it the same length as the AUX cable. Two, the speaker would admit a slight buzzing sound when on, even when nothing is playing through it. The buzzing noise is easily drowned out by ambient noise, however, and is inaudible when sound is playing through the speakers.
Did a side by side comparison with my Edifier R1850DB by toggling between the 2 speakers.
This definitely feels so much underpowered in terms of the bass and warmth of the sound. If you watched a movie or listen to music, you will definitely feel the lack of bass in this.
However, I loved this because I am now using this for talk shows and anything that requires CLEAR Vocals. I can listen to this at a lower volume and much easier on the ears when the clarity of the dialogues are excellent.
I will still stick to my edifier for watching movies and music. The bass gives a much needed depth and ambience to the whole experience.
I have always been the kind of person to thoroughly research every product I buy (I blame my father's obsession with Wh1ch? Magazine) and I spent a good, month looking at the right soundbar for me.
To put things in perspective, our main room TV has a very expensive sound system (for what it is) and I needed a soundbar for my tv at the other end of the room that I use to game on.
The big issue for me was the available size on the TV stand (it's an LG with a curved stand so I only had 70cm to play with)
As I have a Creative D200 up in my office I thought I'd see if they made a soundbar, they do and the reviews on YouTube were outstanding.
To couple with the reviews, the soundbar is only 55cm wide so fits perfectly in the space available. ORDERED!
It arrived yesterday (order an optic cable at the same time as it doesn't come with one) and to say I'm impressed is an understatement.
Set up is easy, product design is clean, modern and unobtrusive and the sound..... Oh the sound.
Don't get me wrong this won't rival a £1000 7.1 system but it matches the main TV soundbar which cost 9 times as much.
Blu tooth connectivity to my Fiio M11 and Samsung Note9 was simple and the sound from a Spotify stream was clean and crisp, increase the bass and fiddle with the treble and its a great little speaker for music too.
I always test any new stereo kit with System of a Down's Chop Suey as it covers most musical bases and it knocked it out of the park.
As I write this I'm sat with a huge grin on my face, not only is this a fantastic piece of kit but it cost less than £80, (£85.99 including the optic cable) and was delivered the next day.
If you are looking for a small, unobtrusive sound bar then honestly, look no further.
I got it for my Hisense TV and it worked fine with the digital optical connection. I like the fact this system has a variety of connection options – Digital optical, HDMI (ARC), Bluetooth, and analogue. Some other reviewer complained that the system automatically goes to sleep when there is no signal. Well, mine doesn't do that. You have to put it on standby manually (with the remote) when you're done. Maybe they updated the firmware?
As for the sound, I'm not an expert on TV sound systems but this does the job for me. It is much better than the sound of my Hisense TV. The voice sounds come through clearly and the subwoofer ensures you have more than enough bass for the sound effects. The remote control also has separate treble and bass controls to enable you to increase the treble and bass separately when needed.
The only con for me is that the subwoofer was larger than I expected. I would have preferred something a little bit more compact. The subwoofer has to be connected to the soundbar with a cable (unlike some others that use a wireless Bluetooth connection). But I’ve heard of sync issues with some of the Bluetooth connected subwoofers, so a wired connection may actually be more functional in this case. Sometimes the simple things just do the job as expected while more complex tech with all the bells and whistles introduce new issues. Another positive of a wired connection is that the subwoofer does not need its own powers supply. The cable provided is long enough to enable you to place the subwoofer some distance away from your TV if needed.
Functionality: Lots of input options, aux, bluetooth, optical, HDMI, USB, etc. At 55cm wide, the primary use case seems to be to sit on a desk under a monitor. You could pair it with a television, but its narrow size would eliminate any stereo separation. The speakers face directly forwards and there are no fancy surround sound emulating tricks. The soundbar is just 2.0 with a subwoofer, the subwoofer is not presented as a separate third channel. The soundbar can be wall mounted easily (the included "wall mount kit" is just a pair of screws and rawl plugs). It can also sit on a flat surface, but it's very light and tends to get pushed around easily once you have some input cables going into the back of it. There are no mounting options for the sub, you'll just have to tuck it anywhere it fits (but it's quite narrow so it's fairly easy to find a space for it).
Sound quality: Meh. If you like it loud and bassy, then the Creative Stage performs well. You can crank the volume up to max and suffer no distortion. However, the Stage does not perform well at lower volumes -- and if you have it right in front of you under your monitor you probably want a lower volume. At lower volumes, the subwoofer becomes a bit overwhelming, and the soundbar itself has a poor mid-balance and sounds very boxy. The steps in volume levels are very coarse so it's hard to dial in a volume that isn't too loud or too quiet.
Conclusion: If you are looking for big volume on a budget, this is excellent bang for your buck.
If your looking for a sound bar that is small enough to go under your monitor, have powerful bass and sound better than a free sandwich then look no further! This sound bar replaces my LG PK5 portable speaker that i was using temporarily and i was worried that this wouldn't sound as good and boy was i blown off my feet with this, it sounds better and has a powerful punch of bass to go with it. for the price you have got to be mad not to buy it. Build quality is amazing and is nice and weighty. Only thing i don't like is the display but i just cover it up with a sticker or stress ball.
This is my first "soundbar" speaker, bought more on shape and size than anything else. I'm a musician and normally listen to things on headphones or a decent pair of speakers. Something like this is never going to compete on sound quality, but there is no room on my desk for proper speakers and when I'm working I'm not listening that closely. The sound is fine for what it is *but* the bar is very directional. Tilting it upwards towards my ears made (unsurprisingly) a big difference. The sound is nice and clear, though it lacks punch and snap. Someone described the woofer as being "flabby" and I think that's a fair description. To put this in perspective though: my previous attempt to put (reasonably) good speakers in less than ideal positions sounded worse than this. Features wise I've only used the direct aux in so can't comment, but assuming optical, BT and USB work they're nice to have. A minor niggle is the aux cable (3.5mm jack) is quite short. Fine if you have your PC on the floor directly under the desk, but no good if you're at a standing desk. All in all I'm pretty happy. I'd have given 3.5 stars for sound and value if I could.
I purchased this system to sit in a mixing studio alongside two pairs of professional studio monitors (speakers), with the purpose being to use it to check mixes on a domestic system.
I did quite a bit of research and had a set criteria. Mains powered but with one Power plug, independent left and right speakers, good bass handling, Jack and Wireless connectivity, small footprint. The Creative Stage was the only set that met that specific criteria and I went through everything from Apple HomePods to the Logitech G560, the Edifier R1280DB etc etc. They all failed the criteria for one reason or another.
Although the Creative Stage did not have independent left and right speaker units, it did have independent left and right speakers within one unit and therefore met the criteria. Being the cheapest option I looked at, I did not expect it to be great, however I thought there was no harm to try it, based on the cost. the criteria it met and the plethora of good reviews I found, plus I could always return it if it was awful.
On turning it on, all I can say is Wow. Now, don't get me wrong, it does not provide the clinical and exacting listening experience of the studio's monitors, as it is definitely voiced to be more pleasing to listen to, however in that role, it sounds absolutely fantastic. It fills the mixing room with sound, the separate left and right mid frequency speakers provide a good sound scape with plenty of detail separation. You also get good tight sounding bass that provides solid punch and weight.
This would be worth every penny if it was £500 pounds, but it isn't, it is £80. I am thinking of buying another one as a spare, before someone wakes up and prices this properly!
Not sure on this yet. Really easy to set up, but trying to find the right levels for me. Had to unplug it a couple of times as wouldn't respond to remote control. When the set up works...great sound. Will update review in a few weeks. Update, issues with sound was that the soundbar remote was also working the tv remote when changing volume. Great customer service at creative sound advise this situation is very unfortunate that both run on the same frequency, but I could try using the hdmi arc cable instead of the optical cable. Sound issue now resolved. Update soundbar not responding to remote, have to unplug. Again support at Creative very good ad they sent me some firmware to fix bug. Going to perciver as it's a decent sound for the money paid.
I have a home cinema setup with soundbar, surround speakers, and a sub. It cost a lot. This isn't that. What you have here is a perfect budget sound setup, ideal for use with a PC or a low cost TV. It gets loud and has surprisingly good sound for the price. You get a wealth of connections; HDMI (ARC so audio only), optical, 3.5mm audio jack (with cable included in the box), and Bluetooth. The main bar looks good and comes with a couple of screws and slots on the unit ready for wall mounting. The subwoofer ideally needs to be upright but has a small enough footprint that you could easily hide it behind furniture if you don't want it on display. I bought this to connect to an 11-year old plasma TV that sits in a den and is mainly used for weekend cartoons and retro video game consoles. This soundbar and sub are miles better than the aging speakers built into the TV.
So what are the caveats? First, the soundbar is quite small so stereo separation is limited. No filling a big room. It also has a weirdly short power cable so needs to be located close to a socket. The cable for the subwoofer is long though which is nice. Second, you need to manually switch between inputs. This works fine if your only use is with your TV or PC but in my case I also have a Google Home Mini that connects to the soundbar using Bluetooth. If I tell the Google Assistant to play music I need to first switch the soundbar to Bluetooth or the Google Home will not be able to connect. (In other words, the Bluetooth radio is only active when the input is switched to Bluetooth.) It is a minor niggle for the price of the unit but worth being aware of if you intend to switch a lot.
In summary, what you have here is a great product for the price and in the right circumstances it works very well. Just be aware of possible downsides before you buy.