Review | Speaker Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20




Review | Speaker Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20


More recently, the exhibition Consumer Electronics & Photo Expo 2013 Creative has revealed its new products, among which were the new speakers, one of them already came to us for review.

Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 – is a wireless speaker system features a headset and a very interesting and attractive appearance. As the wireless interface SBX 20 uses Bluetooth version 2.1 with support for EDR, but all the subtleties propose to talk in order.

In addition to wireless connectivity, column supports a wired connection on the back is a standard 3.5mm mini jack, next to which is another mini jack, it is used as a line input. Dining column is via microUSB. By the way, this column will be enough even USB-port of a laptop. In addition, you can find a hole behind the subwoofer below the button you need to hold down to move a column in pairing mode.



Creative designers from the good and they did a very stylish and cute device. Particularly impressive looks touch panel.


With this panel, you can adjust the volume or mute it altogether, you can also receive calls, enable and disable the microphone. In addition, the front panel switches endured proprietary technologies: Voice Focus, Noise Reduction and SBX Smart Volume.


Speaking of proprietary technologies Creative, in their Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 whole lot. I’ll try to briefly describe each of them and, perhaps, start with the technologies that are designed to improve the sound from the speakers:

SBX Smart Volume – will save you from surges volume (such as an explosion in a regular action movie does not make you scared to jump off from the sofa);
SBX Surround – creates a surround sound effect;
SBX Crystalizer – to boost the bass and treble;
SBX Dialog Plus – and this option allows you to enhance the sound of the voice, which could be useful as movie fans;
SBX Bass – well, where are today without the bass boost technology.

All of the above technologies are aimed at improving the sound, but the Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 is not only dynamic but also microphones, though not simple, and omnidirectional. This type of microphone allows you to make high-quality audio capture with cover nearly 360 degrees. So, for microphones, as well as for the speakers, the engineers Creative, also found some cool technology.

Noise Reduction – struggling with the noise, and does it quite well;
Acoustic Echo Cancellation – this thing is great eliminates the echo;
Voice Focus – as mentioned above, the column has omni-directional microphones, but the opportunity to take the sound from all sides is not always appropriate. For just such occasions and need technology Voice Focus, it allows you to direct the microphone at a certain area of ​​space, thus cutting off unwanted areas;
VoiceFX – allows you to change voice in real time;
Smart Volume – Volume stabilization technology to capture sound (in other words, if you speak in a whisper, then the system will automatically increase the sensitivity of the microphone, and on the contrary, if you are shouting at the top of his voice, the microphone sensitivity is reduced).


Well, the list is certainly impressive, but the sound that gives the column, I was not particularly impressed. Now try to explain why. First, the maximum volume level is low, however, it is worth noting that fulfills his column at 100%, at full volume the speakers are not wheezing and do not rattle. Another disadvantage is the not very expressive bass. Bass are sorely lacking and optional built-SBX Bass situation is not much difference. Is that the cable connection makes it sound a little cleaner. However, it is worth considering that Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 – it is rather a replacement for laptop speakers and are more suitable for watching movies or talking on Skype, all the more so that the SBX 20 different microphones with excellent noise reduction system. The price for this stylish device is around 6000-6500 rubles, which, in my opinion, quite a lot.

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