Review: Creative Sound Blaster AXX 200
The coolest gadget you didn’t know existed
Last year when we reviewed the Creative Sound Blaster AXX SBX 10 and SBX 20 it was probably one of the coolest products we’ve ever come across. Whereas generally you’d get a product that’s a Bluetooth speaker, or sometimes you’d get a product that’s an external sound card, or sometimes you’d get a product that’s a desktop microphone – with the Sound Blaster AXX, you get it all in single product. While we were impressed with what Creative had done with the first generation Sound Blaster AXX, once we got some hands on time with it, we noticed that there were a couple features that we felt were lacking.
Now only a year after the initial release of the first generation Sound Blaster AXX, Creative has gone back to the drawing board and have released the second generation Sound Blaster AXX, which promises to improve on the already feature filled Sound Blaster AXX with a whole slew of new features and functionality. Whereas the first generation Sound Blaster AXX was already a feature-packed device containing a speaker, a dual microphone array, a sound processor (SB-Axx1), and Bluetooth connectivity, the second generation refines on the original and adds to that by adding a battery, a quad microphone array, NFC connectivity, and more.
Sound Blaster Axx 200 Specifications
|Model||Sound Blaster AXX 200|
|Connectivity Interface||USB 2.0, Bluetooth|
|Wireless Technology||Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR|
|Bluetooth Profiles||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP|
|Audio Codec||AAC, SBC, aptX|
|Operating Range||Up to 10m/33ft|
|Build-in Microphone||Quad-array Noise Cancelling Condenser|
|Audio Inputs||1x 3.5 mm Aux In/Microphone In Combo Jack|
|Audio Output||1x 3.5 mm Headphone Jack|
|DC Outputs||1x USB 5V, 1A|
|Battery||5,200 mAh Li-ion|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||64mm x 73mm x 200 mm|
|Check Pricing||Click Here|
The first generation Sound Blaster AXX line featured the SBX 8, the SBX 10, and the SBX 20 with the largest speaker being the SBX 20 and the smallest being the SBX 8. Today we’ll be reviewing the Creative Sound Blaster AXX 200, which in terms of size seems to be an update to the medium sized Sound Blaster AXX SBX 10. So far, there’s only a single second generation Sound Blaster AXX offering, but I’ve seen mentions of a Sound Blaster AXX 100, so there might be another, lower end model down the line designed to replace the AXX SBX 8. I haven’t seen any mention of a AXX 300 or anything like that, so it seems like Creative might not be updating the larger AXX SBX 20 just yet.