If you are following my reviews here, you probably know that the Creative T30 is my favorite speaker system so far. I love the system mostly because of its amazingly clear sound reproduction.
That’s the reason why I was so excited to try its bigger brother, the Creative T50W Wireless Bluetooth 2.0 Speakers. Following is my full review after 3 weeks using the new sound system.
Design & Features
If you don’t have time to watch the unboxing video above, basically you will find the two speakers, an RCA to 3.5mm adapter, two stands, a power cord, a power adapter and user manuals.
You might notice that the T50 has almost the same appearance as the T30. The speakers are made of plastic with glossy surface on the front. Besides, we can still spot the curve rear design and large port tube on top to improve bass responses.
The difference is that the T50 is much bigger due to the MTM configuration, there are 3 drivers on each speaker now.
All controls and connectors are placed on the right speaker. The left speaker has only a cord to connect to the right speaker.
On the front of the right speaker, you can see bass, treble and volume controls on top. Right below is the power button, headphone jack and Bluetooth button.
On the back, there is a connector to left speaker, audio input and power port.
As this is a wireless speaker system, it helps me create a cleaner and more productive workspace. There is only one connection from the left to right speaker, plus the power cord, and that’s all. Before using the speaker, I tried the Bose Companion 5 and I really hated it because it created a mess of wires all over the place. The T50 is a much better solution for me. I connect it to my MacBook via Bluetooth most of the time, and I’m more confident because it features aptX high definition audio codec. The Bluetooth range is not as good as some portable speakers but the T50 works well as it always sits next to my laptop.
I heard many complaints about the sleep feature. When there is no sound for a few minutes, the speaker will turn into sleep mode but it won’t automatically wake up you play something. You will have to press the Power button to turn it on again.
The two speakers are lightweight due to the materials being used. However, the problem is that they are quite tall, so they are a little unstable on the stands and there are more chances they could accidentally fall to the ground. And who know what will happen when there is nothing protecting the drivers on the front.
A more serious issue of the system is that I am still seeing an electric spark when I plug in the power cord. Although the input voltage of the system is just 27 V, we should know that even 20 V could be dangerous under certain conditions. Therefore, I recommend you to plug the cord to the speaker first, then plug the adapter to your power outlet.
Update: I’ve just got a response from Creative engineering team addressing the electric spark issue, check this out.
“Small spark if you plug dc jack for first time. There is an immediate build up of internal power system. Rest assured it will not damage the unit. It is a common phenomenon. The adapter is of higher power with 27V voltage. The better way is to connect dc jack into equipment first before supplying power to the unit.”
The T50 basically uses the same drivers as we saw on the T30. The difference is that we are seeing 3 drivers on each speaker now. There are two midrange drivers and a silk dome driver in the middle. Therefore, I’m so happy as Creative still keeps the same sound signature on the speaker system. You can check out the sound test below, the reproduced sound can’t be accurate but you get an idea what it sounds like.
I must say this is my ideal sound and I will use the speaker system for a long time as long as it is not broken. As compared to the T30, the T50 is much more powerful and louder. I often set the volume knob at 50% and it is more than enough to rock my room. The bass port on top helps produce an adequate bass and also contribute to a better soundstage. The bass level might not satisfy bass heads but it is good enough for me. It is clear and punchy, not as overwhelming and muddy as the bass on Bose speakers. Remember that this is a 2.0 system and there is no subwoofer, so you shouldn’t expect a deep and tight bass of 2.1 speaker system.
The mids are much more powerful now, thanks to the additional midrange driver. I can hear details of instruments and vocals tend to be more present. I also enjoy a good reproduction of high frequencies on the speakers, it manages to create an airy sound without any distortion.
- Clear and powerful sound
- Great wireless solution for your computer
- Average design
- Electric spark
The T50 is another great-sounding system from Creative. I’m using the speakers, so I absolutely recommend the product.