This speaker system is somewhat beyond the traditional framework. The developers from Creative embarked on a bold experiment. At first glance, the question arises, where does stereo from one speaker come from? Second question, what does iPhone have to do with it? For testing with us Sound BlasterAxx SBX 10, let's try to figure out what it is.
Perhaps I'll start with the appearance.
It is a hexagonal black tower. All controls are touch-sensitive. In the off state, it is even difficult to understand the purpose of this device. There is something from the movie fifth element.
The only wire you need to connect is USB power.
In the traditional concept, Sound Blaster connects to a computer and serves as an external speaker system for playing sounds from the computer. From the usual, I also note that the sound system has an audio input for a microphone and an audio output for an external amplifier.
But the main feature of Sound BlasterAxx is its ability to work on Bluetooth. In our case iPhone is connected to the system through standard settings Bluetooth. Just like when connecting a wireless headset, it does not cause any difficulties.
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The phone now serves as a media player for the Sound Blaster. You can run any application on iPhone that makes sounds. It doesn't matter what it is: a native iPod player or a Vkontakte music application, or a virtual piano. The audio playback is transferred to Sound Blaster. Volume control and system settings can also be done from an iPhone. You don't have to touch the “tower” at all.
I used to be skeptical about combined audio systems, believing that to get a normal stereo effect, you need to spread the sound sources to create a stereo base. Of course, the SBX 10 is not able to compete with floorstanding speakers and a tube amplifier, but it does transmit the difference in the left and right channels.
The loudspeakers in the tower are deployed in different directions using the “stacked stereo” technology. Plus, the sound reaches the ears reflected from the walls. Playback is pretty decent for mp3 files.
The second task of Sound Blaster is the speakerphone function. This allows you to conduct a dialogue from anywhere in the room where the speaker is installed. You can communicate via cellular or via Skype. At the same time, the noise reduction system works well, distinguishing the voice from the background.
You can also command your phone from the Tower by pressing the voice control button. With the help of commands it is possible to call subscribers from the phone book, play music and launch applications on iPhone.
The Sound BlasterAxx SBX 10 takes cable-free technology a step further. Thanks to this system iPhone the house turns into a media center.
For more information and technical documentation, visit the Sound BlasterAxx SBX 10 manufacturer's website.