Creative Metallix Review | Budget Portable Wireless Speaker
This is Creative’s entry level portable size wireless speaker. The package comes included with a charging cable and I wished they included a soft carrying pouch. It has built microphone for voice calls as well.
For I/O it has:
- Micro-SD card reader that support FLAC, MP3 and WAV files up to 32GB.
- The micro-usb port for charging and using with the included cable it can double as an antenna for FM radio.
- Auxiliary In, you can use a 3.5mm audio jack if you’re going old school analog but need to power on the speaker and change it to Auxiliary mode.
It has a power slider, mode switching button (between bluetooth, fm radio and auxiliary audio), volume rocker and one multi-button control for you call and media playback. Physical appearance is 7.4cm high, 6.6cm wide and weighs 205 grams.
It uses Bluetooth 4.2 with a maximum stable line of sight range is 11 meters. You can pair with another Creative Metalix speaker for dual stereo speaker pairing.
The battery is rated to last up to 24 hours. Our battery life test is based on the iPhone 6 at the 3th volume bar we manage to get 30 hours on bluetooth even more if you’re using analog mode at lower volumes.
*3rd Volume Bluetooth: 30 hours
*9th Volume AUX mode (same audible level as bluetooth): 30 hours 10 minutes
Dimensions (H x W x D): 75 x 67 x 67 mm
USB Cord Length: Approx 0.6m (1.97 ft)
Weight: 205 g, micro USB Cable: 16g (0.6 oz)
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 45°C
Battery Type: Built-in Li-ion, 1800mAh
Battery Life: 24 hours
Operating Range for Bluetooth Devices: Up to 10 meters / 33 ft
Bluetooth® Version: Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profile: AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control), A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth), HFP (Hands-free Profile)
Supported Codecs: SBC
Supports MP3 up to 320kbps (8KHz – 48 KHz). Supports FLAC (8KHz – 48 KHz) L0 – L8 (1000Kbps – 1200Kbps).
Tiaan – Be Ok (Low bass frequency)
Low bass frequency has basic borderline energy and has little presence. Low bass has little body. It doesn’t eat into the vocals and has little bass distortion. The subtle bass vibrations fade little quick. The vocals overpowers the low bass by majority.
Pia Mia – Do It Again (Standard bass)
Bass is has basic borderline energy and has little presents. No bass vibrations at the 2.05 mark, vocal overpowers the bass significantly. EDM tone slightly muffled.
Violinder – Raindrops ( high frequency instrumentals)
Piano/Violin tone sounds borderline decent, leans closer to the warm-sounding type not the crystal clear type, i prefer crystal-clear type. Tone sound little off and half hearted. Bass/Drums is surprising present and sound similar to Piano/Violin in term of audible levels,
We cannot fault the wireless speaker for not doing its best due to the limitations of physics and sound science. Is highly affordable and serve is a portable lightweight solution to substitute you smartphone speaker or old Notebook PC with potato speakers. Creative have a better wireless speaker that have multiple speakers with subwoofer for better bass so you can skip this for the Sound Blaster Series.
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