Last week I unboxed the Creative T4 Wireless Speakers on an episode of The Blog Vlog and I couldn’t wait to get them out of the studio and into my house to try them out. Of all the amazing gadgets I see on a weekly, or even daily, basis, the Creative T4 Wireless speakers had me as excited as I’ve ever been about a gadget since I started DailyTekk back in 2012. The reason behind the excitement is very simple: this is a very capable and versatile sound system that won’t break the bank. Translation: it sounds good, I can use it just about anywhere in my home or office and it’s affordable.
The top 3 features of the Creative T4 Wireless are as follows: The satellite speakers are a very nice, compact size, the subwoofer is powerful and adjustable and the Audio Control Pod offers easy connectivity and control.
Let’s cut right to the chase: the Creative T4 Wireless speakers are currently available for just $199 on Creative’s website. And I’ll tell you right now: if you’re looking for the best Bluetooth speaker system at or under the $200 price point and you don’t need a portable speaker, I’d 100% recommend the Creative T4 Wireless. I’ve tried Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Libratone, Ultimate Ears, House of Marley, Grace Digital and the list goes on. While I like many of those speakers, none of them come close to having the output of the Creative T4 Wireless — especially when it comes to bass. Seriously: not even close.
The Creative T4 Wireless speakers were unboxed in the following episode of The Blog Vlog:
But while the Creative T4 Wireless may be priced in the portable Bluetooth speaker range — and you certainly can use it as a Bluetooth speaker — this speaker setup is far more capable. Unlike even the very nicest Bluetooth speakers (I’m thinking about my Bose SoundTouch) I’ve used in the past, the Creative T4 Wireless can connect to my TV. And that’s the most exciting use case for me: the sweet spot.
A person could definitely use these speakers for just about anything around the house. They’d make an excellent set of computer speakers. You could also hook up your turntable, you hipster, thanks to the variety of possible connections. Or you could simply use these speakers to listen to music as a standalone wireless sound system.
But I’d recommend hooking these speakers up to your TV and using them for movies and TV shows, gaming and as a speaker system for your living room. That’s exactly what I’m using them for.
Setting up the T4 Wireless is very simple and straightforward. There’s really not a lot I need to go into detail on here. Unbox the satellites and sub, unbox the cables, Control Pod and remote and plug things in. The sub is powered and all of the peripherals plug into the sub.
The sound quality is stellar on the speakers. Truly, it’s superb. For the price, especially, but in general; I’m pretty blown away by the quality. Are there nicer speakers in the world? Of course. But you would be hard-pressed to find speakers that sounded noticeably better under $500. You certainly won’t find a Bluetooth speaker system that sounds better for that price (that I’m aware of). Most Bluetooth speakers, by comparison, are just plain dinky. As are most sounders. The addition of the subwoofer really takes things to a different level.
The bass is heavy, but adjustable. On the 50% default setting, there were times when some voices rumbled a bit too much. In that case, you can turn the bass fidelity down a bit. But for movies and gaming, the bass simply roars and it’s incredibly satisfying. Highs and mids have a bit of a tendency to get somewhat drowned out by the bass, I think, on the default setting, so simply adjust the bass level to what sounds right to your ears. When it comes to tuning a home audio system, everyone’s got a preference, so find yours. The point here is that if you want to adjust the settings, you can, easily — and not every speaker system will let you do that. When you get things sounding how you want, it’s safe to say that the mids and highs sound nice. I think they could be a bit crispier, but again, for the price: amazing.
The Audio Control Pod is interesting. It’s a little round dial with some buttons and a volume dial that lets you control things. If you’ve got the T4 Wireless hooked up to your TV, you probably aren’t going to be able to reach the Audio Control Pod from your couch (unless you have one tiny living room). But that doesn’t make it useless. If you don’t have an optical cable to connect your TV to your speakers, you can use the headphone out jack (if your TV has one) to connect to the Audio Control Pod. And it’s what you’ll use for pairing up Bluetooth devices like your phone (as well as NFC-enabled devices).
I like the design of the Creative T4 Wireless speakers. It’s not wild (in fact it’s quite traditional) but it’s not ugly. It’s just nice. Everything is square and the size of the speakers is very reasonable. For me, I’d prefer big sound and small speakers. I want to keep them out of the way, out of sight. The speakers and the sub are all on the smaller size, and I like that.
In terms of Bluetooth connectivity, I’ve had absolutely zero issues. Some speakers — like some from House of Marley and Revo – have given me plenty of connection problems and there’s nothing more frustrating than having a nice speaker that doesn’t work well. Fortunately, the T4 Wireless has only had a few very minor hiccups in terms of connectivity and nothing that I will lose any sleep over. If it were a website hosting company, I’d say it has 99.9% uptime.
The remote is very basic. A power button, a few source buttons (Bluetooth, AUX, etc.), volume buttons and not much else. It’s not big, it’s light and pretty thin. It’s very usable, though it’s line-of-sight so you’ll need to aim it at the Audio Control Pod to get it to work. One slight annoyance with this system is that you’ll have to turn the speakers on every time you want to use them: they don’t auto-detect audio sources and turn on proactively.
If you’re looking for an amazing Bluetooth or NFC speaker set — especially one that you can use for your home entertainment system — that costs less than $200, this purchase is a no-brainer. I’m incredibly happy with it and I think you will be too.