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Creative ZiiSound T6 review

It's versatile and attractive, but does its substance match its style?

For

  • Bluetooth well realised
  • Stylish design
  • Extremely versatile

Against

  • Average audio quality

Creative's ZiiSound T6 2.1 speaker system is laudably versatile. You can connect it to your audio source using an RCA stereo input for music systems, USB for your Mac and a 3.5mm jack for just about anything that has a headphone socket.

You can also transmit your sounds wirelessly using Bluetooth, which is perfect for Macs and iOS devices. USB and 30-pin dongles are supplied for computers and iPods that don't have integrated Bluetooth, and audio quality loses almost nothing in comparison to a cabled connection.

An infra-red remote lets you adjust the volume, skip or pause tracks and switch between audio sources, and a cabled desktop control pod combines volume and source controls with headphone and AUX-in sockets.

There's a Bass Level Control on the back of the subwoofer too, which is inconvenient for on-the-fly adjustment. It's a pity this can't be controlled from the remote or the desktop pod.

A 2.1 stereo system, the T6 has a three-driver subwoofer and twin two-driver satellites, with upper speakers that can be independently turned to give virtual surround sound. You can even set it up as a 5.1 system, but only when connected through USB to your computer.

Although it's no substitute for a speaker in each corner, this is certainly the next best thing. It defines its space very well, and certainly makes you feel you're at the centre of the sound. Satellites can be wall-mounted using optional brackets, and the system has enough volume to fill a decent-sized room.

Unfortunately, the sound quality is a mixed bag. The top end is detailed and very clear. If the audio as a whole reached this level of precision, the T6 would be in the running for five stars. But the mid-range struggles, giving the overall sound an incomplete feel. Bass is prominent but flabby and indistinct. When watching a movie, deep voices can echo and vibrate.

The ZiiSound T6 speaker system has its strong points, but its overall performance doesn't match its price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.1
BluetoothYes
USBYes
iPod SupportedYes
Subwoofer TypeActive
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
Brand NameCreative
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Power SourceAC Power Cord
Subwoofer Height220 mm
Subwoofer Width240 mm
Subwoofer Depth320 mm
Satellite Speaker Height230 mm
Satellite Speaker Width100 mm
Satellite Speaker Depth100 mm
Product ModelT6
Product NameZiiSound T6 Speaker System
Product LineZiiSound
Manufacturer Part Number51MF0375AA002
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

For the discerning audio enthusiast, compromise is not an option. With that in mind, we present the Creative ZiiSound T6, a premium 2.1 speaker system which delivers high-quality wireless audio seamlessly and effortlessly, anywhere in your home.

Be it music, movies or games, hear all the details and subtleties from high-grade drivers that combine with the precision-tuned Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module (SLAM) subwoofer for all-out resounding bass. Swivel the satellites for an instant wireless surround sound experience in stunning realism.

Pair the ZiiSound T6 with any stereo Bluetooth-compatible device and enjoy instant wireless music from mobile phones, notebooks and even Creative's very own ZiiO entertainment tablets.

Satellite/Speaker Weight (Approximate)821 g
Subwoofer Weight (Approximate)4.86 kg