Creative's Bluetooth speakers offer multiroom solution

Creative D80 Bluetooth speaker

Creative has launched a modular wireless system that allows its new ZiiSound speakers to work separately or as part of a cinema or multiroom system.

Also new are a range of Bluetooth speakers, some with aptX support, a budget Bluetooth speaker and a nano-sized media player (again with Bluetooth).

There are two new speakers in the wireless multiroom system, the ZiiSound D5x and smaller D3x, and a new subwoofer, the DSx.

All the new speakers work over Bluetooth, and are also aptX compatible if you have a suitable device or dongle.

The new modular system allows for a 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1 or 3.1 system, using multiple speakers and the sub, or a basic multiroom system with speakers in different rooms.

While your music is sent over Bluetooth, the speakers then form their own wireless network from one 'master' speaker to the other 'slaves'.

The Creative ZiiSound D5x will go on sale in June for £280 along with the DSx subwoofer, yours for £140. The D3x is due in August for £140.

Another new Bluetooth speaker was also announced, the D80 (pictured). Available in a range of bright colours and costing just £40, it is no doubt aimed at partnering the new ZEN Style M300 media player.

Also available in a range of eye-catching hues, the M300 is a nano-sized portable with integrated Bluetooth for streaming music.

There are three new sets of headphones, the WP-450, WP-350 and WP-250.

Costing £120, £90 and £60 respectively, all three are Bluetooth compatible with integrated mics for voice calls, with the two premium models also supporting aptX.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).