There are a dime a dozen iPod docks in the market today. It’s come to a point where there’s no room left for innovation. From bombastic mantelpiece displays to multi-utility devices that double as alarm clocks and battery-operated portable systems – they’ve all been done. Yet, Creative is confident of its new kid, the ZiiSound D5. The D5 is not just an iPod dock. It may be custom-suited for your iPhone or iPod, but since it works on Bluetooth, it will work with any cell phone that’s supports Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.Design
Sporting a black and chrome finish, the ZiiSound looks very classy. The sides have a mirrored finish and bulge out slightly, giving the system an aesthetic design. Seemingly, there are no buttons to be found except for a dock at the top. The rear panel sports a power button, plug connector and an auxiliary input for connecting the D5 to computers or other music devices. Power the device on and you’ll notice touch-sensitive volume controls and a Bluetooth connect/disconnect button light up. Just slide your finger over the lights to adjust the volume, and tap the connect button to pair the device with your iPhone.
This device will work out of the box with Bluetooth 2.0 enabled devices like Apple’s iPhone 3G/3GS/4. It will also work with the iPad and iPod Touch (second-generation onwards). However, there’s a wireless transmitter included in the box that will connect to any iPod/iPhone and let it stream audio wirelessly. An incentive to use the transmitter is that it charges your iPod/iPhone when plugged into the dock connector on the top of the D5.
Sound quality is pretty good. There’s ample amount of bass and the volume reaches high decibel levels while maintaining sound fidelity. That’s especially good if you have house parties often. The highs are a bit weak, so if you’re crazy about treble, then look elsewhere.
Rs. 17,999 is a lot to cough up but we think the D5 is worth it. We went farther than 30 feet in our tests but music continued to play perfectly on it.
The Bluetooth transmitter is a blessing, as it allows you to use your older-generation iPod, while charging it simultaneously. If you don’t like wires, this just may be your thing.