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Creative Stage Bluetooth Sound Bar with Subwoofer

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Creative Stage 2.1 introduction

I’ll never forget the first home theater system I set up in my living room. This was when smart TVs were first a thing. Now, in place of going to the movies, we could watch movies in the comfort of our own home on a 75″ screen with 5.1 Dolby surround sound. However, with streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu now being available in the palm of your hand, the need for these elaborate home theater systems are far less than they were even 10 years ago. Even news and other programs are no longer watched on a television in the living room. Instead, we use other devices, such as phones and computers. But even though we now consume most of our content on our phones, PCs and other devices, why should we have to deal with earbuds, headphones or terrible built-in speaks? If you ask the people over at Creative, they’ll say we don’t.

Introducing the Creative Stage 2.1 channel Bluetooth soundbar with subwoofer. The Creative Stage can be used in several different ways and with several different devices. With the ability to be used through Bluetooth, Optical, AUX, and ARC through your TV, the Creative Stage is a very versatile soundbar. This lightweight, remote control soundbar is designed to mount under any monitor or a TV and puts out a total system peak power of 160 watts. So, we put the Creative Stage through several real-world tests to see how well it stands up to other audio solutions.

Review Sample Provided by: Creative Labs
Product Name/Link to Website: Creative Stage
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (H x W x D)
Main unit: 70 x 550 x 78 mm (2.75 x 21.6 x 3 inches), Subwoofer: 420 x 115 x 250 mm (16.5 x 4.5 x 9.8 inches)
Cable Length
AC Power Cord: Approx 1m; tethered to the soundbar, Subwoofer Cable: Approx 2m; tethered to subwoofer
Weight
Soundbar: 1.2 kg (2.64 lbs), Subwoofer: 3.07 kg (6.8 lbs), 3.5mm cable: 10 g
Operating Temperature
0°C to 45°C
Power Output
Main unit: 2 x 20 W, Subwoofer: 1 x 40 W, Total System Peak power: 160 W
Frequency Response
55 Hz ~ 20 kHz
System Configuration
2.1 system
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
≥ 72 dB
Bluetooth Operating Frequency
2402 – 2480 MHz
Operating Range for Bluetooth Devices
Up to 10 meters / 33 ft, (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect the range of the device.)
Bluetooth® Version
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Bluetooth Profile
AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control), A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)
Supported Codecs
SBC
Connector Type
AUX-in
Other Features
Compatible with USB mass storage devices of up to 32 GB, FAT32 format, Plays MP3 audio formats on mass storage devices, Supports Optical input and TV (ARC) input, 3.5 mm integrated AUX-in for other audio devices

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows

  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support

Macintosh

  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support

iOS

  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • iPhones/iPads running iOS 7 or higher for Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support

Android

  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Phones/Tablets running Android 4.0 or higher for Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support

TV

  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support
  • TV (ARC) input port
  • Optical output

PACKAGE CONTENTS

  • Creative Stage
  • Remote Control
  • 3.5 mm Stereo to Stereo Cable
  • Wall Mounting Kit
  • Quick Start Guide

WARRANTY

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

 

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Paul Malfy

Paul started building computers in 1994. He studied journalism and computer science in college. Paul loves gaming but hardware is his true passion. News Writer and Product Reviewer.

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