Creative has brought out a modular update to its ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth wireless iPod dock system. The new D5x carries on with the same high quality aptX codec streaming, but it now also has the facility to allow the wireless linking of additional speaker modules, sush as the D5 speakers and the DSx subwoofer up to a 3.1 configuration for multi -channel and multi-room modes.
There are cheaper rivals that have a more expensive soundstage and better detail but if it's wireless dock you're after, the D5x is great option that sounds good while being flexible and easy to live with.
For wireless, allows iPod to be used as remote control, easy to setup, enjoyable item
Verdict A good wireless system; enjoyable, musical and good to use with and iPod remotely.
The BT-D5 transmitter is a key highlight; insert it into your iPhone or iPod to give them Bluetooth aptX capabilities. It also means that you can walk away from the dock with your iPod in hand, so you can retain the intuitive functionality of using your iPod to control music. Of course, it slot in the dock and charges your iPod while playing.
The neat one-piece chassis is encased in a matte black mesh, and weighs a dainty 2.4kg. To adjust the volume, you just glide your finger along a touch panel, which is rather slick and cool to use. All stereo Bluetooth compatible iPhones and iPods can be played wirelessly, while you can also use the 3.5m cable to connect non Apple players to the auxiliary input. To stream music from your computer, you'll have to buy a BT-D1 Blueetoot USB transmitter.
So how does it sound? Well bearing in mind that it's wireless, the D5x delivers decent amounts of detail and pleasantly rhythmic. Stream Sbtrk's Wildfire, and you'll get rich bass with a solid mid-range. The treble is slightly clipped, which takes away te finer nuances of vocals, but the overall even tone makes it enjoyable to listen to.
The Apple iPod Touch Greate interface, easy and intuitive to use, lots of storage and sounds great – the iPods partners the D5x perfectly.