This is a 2.1 satellite/subwoofer system made by high-end hi-fi folk from a manufacturer best known for its computer accessories. SVR reviews the Creative T4W Wireless, which is considerably more hi-fi than computer.
Hi-fi can come in many different shapes and price ranges. Expensive do not automatically mean good and cheap is not necessarily bad. If you look around, there are a lot of hidden gems out there. This is one of them.
First, let´s clarify what "wireless" means in this case, for it is not wireless speakers it refers to, but the possibility to connect the system with your smartphone/tablet, etc. via Bluetooth.
Among the first things you notice is that it has a surprisingly good build quality on all components, which is not so common in this price range. The system consists of two small satellites and a subwoofer, and a "hub" that serves as the analog volume control, headphone jack and Bluetooth device. The cables are, unfortunately, attached to the speakers permanently and they are connected, just as the hub, directly into the subwoofer. Here we ran into a problem right away. It needed a lot of force to install the cables, so be prepared to use more than usual. Once in place they sit well, however.
The Sub Blends In
The T4W system is connected, the speakers are on the TV stand, and the subwoofer on the floor next to it. We´ve set it up in a relatively large living room of about 350+ square feet with an open floor plan. We must admit that our expectations were quite low – how will this work in such a large room? We paired the phone via NFC with a simple touch on the control unit, and so it was time to play.
We began by playing back high definition content via mobile, with VLC mobile. Every conceivable type of music passed through the system. To our great delight, it mostly worked really well. The subwoofer does a fantastic job and could very well compete with standalone subs in the price range. Sure, it will not dig deep into the abyss, but on the other hand it delivers a solid and fairly accurate bass, as long as you don´t play too loud. But most of us would probably rather have a sub that does not ruin the experience of the rest of the system, but rather blends in and becomes part of the whole systemet. That´s exactly where Creative has succeeded.
The satellites are playing really well and surprisingly detailed, and in excellent harmony with the subwoofer, which means we do not experience any kind of unpleasant uneveness in the sound. Everything gels together really well. Impressive!
Versatile To A Point
Creative T4W Wireless is a small but complete system, with no need to be ashamed of itself. It works great in most living rooms, dorm rooms, kitchens, etc. No matter where you put it you are met by an engaging sound that feels alive, detailed and homogenous. All this for less than $300. But of course there are limitations. The system is not designed to play really loud in big rooms and it shows when you crank the volume too much. The bass cannot keep up and the T4W may start to sound a bit harsh and strenuous. This system belongs in a smaller room, which in return leave it nothing to complain about in terms of volume. Here it may serve as an upgrade to the TV sound or as a first hi-fi system in the dorm. Strongly recommended!
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- System requirements
- package contents
Satellites: 150.0 x 85.0 x 90.0 mm (5.91 x 3.35 x 3.54 inches)
Subwoofer: 215.0 x 235.0 x 290.0 mm (8.46 x 9.25 x 11.42 inches)
Infra Remote Control: 12.0 x 50.0 x 123.0 mm (0.47 x 1.97 x 4.84 inches)
Power Adaptor Cable Length: approx 1.5m
RCA to 3.5mm Stereo Cable: approx 2m
Wired Audio Control Pod Cord: approx 2m
Wired Audio Control Pod: 40.0 x 70.0 x 70.0 mm (1.57 x 2.76 x 2.76 inches)
Satellites: 465g (16.4oz)
Subwoofer: 5.94kg (13.1lbs)
IR Remote Control: 37g (1.3oz)
Wired Audio Control Pod: 265g (9.3oz)
A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)
AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control)
aptX, SBC, AAC
For wireless streaming:
Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Stereo Bluetooth Profile (A2DP)
For one-touch pairing:
For media control functions on IR remote:
Compatible Bluetooth devices that support theBluetooth Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
For direct connection to optical input:
Television displays, sound cards or other audio devices with optical output
For direct connection to Line-in jack:
Analog audio devices with a 3.5mm output or RCA output
For headphones output:
Headphones with 3.5mm stereo jack
- Two satellite speakers
- One subwoofer
- RCA-to-3.5mm stereo cable
- Wired Audio Control Pod
- Infrared remote control
- Power cord(s)
- Safety and Warranty leaflets
- Quick Start Guide
- 1-year limited hardware warranty