Creative Announces a Super Low-Cost Whole-Home Audio System for Wirelessly Streaming Music from Your Mac or PC to Any Room of Your Home

Complete System with Sound Blaster Wireless and our New D220W Speaker is Designed to be the Easiest to Set Up and Use Whole-Home Audio System

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Creative D220W Wireless Speaker

Milpitas, CA (Vocus) September 1, 2010

Creative, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today introduced the easiest to set up and use whole-home audio system available on the market, including an incredibly elegant, yet cool D220W soundbar-styled speaker.

“With the Sound Blaster Wireless whole-home audio system we designed and engineered an easy-to-use, whole-home audio system that streams music wirelessly in high-quality to any room of the home, that doesn’t have the drawbacks of other systems on the market, such as poor quality audio playback, and we wanted to deliver a complete system at an exceptionally low price. By using the Sound Blaster Wireless with your Mac or PC you can listen to your music library on your favorite player, such as iTunes, or your favorite Internet streaming program, like Pandora, without having to transfer your entire music library to a new system and new interface, as required by some other whole-audio systems,” said Steve Erickson, VP and GM for audio and video at Creative.

Just insert the Sound Blaster Wireless into any USB port on your MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac or Windows notebook or desktop and you are ready to stream music wirelessly in the highest-quality from your computer to the Creative D220W speaker, which can be placed in any room of your home up to 100 feet away. Simply plug the Creative D220W into a power outlet and begin streaming your music library wirelessly from your computer to the speaker in high-quality in just a couple of minutes after taking it out of the box. No installation hassle, no network configuration and you don’t have to make any changes to your music library. Unlike many whole-audio systems that have their own proprietary players, Sound Blaster Wireless enables you to stream music from iTunes and any and all other players, including Pandora, Napster and Hulu. Now you can listen to your music wirelessly anywhere in your home as easily and reliably and in as high-quality as if you were listening to speakers that are wired to your computer. With Sound Blaster Wireless, it just works.

The D220W is a sleek soundbar speaker with strong European styling, finished in high-gloss piano black. Designed with state-of-the-art amplifiers and precision drivers encased in a highly braced single shell chassis and engineered to minimize distortion, deliver deep bass, and sonic clarity, combining to make an excellent sounding soundbar speaker.

You can add as many additional D220W speakers as you like throughout your home, up to 100 feet away from your Mac or PC, and stream your music to each speaker simultaneously in high-quality. You can have a complete whole-home audio system at an incredibly low price, by simply adding these speakers whenever and wherever you like.

As you add additional speakers throughout your house, you can also add our award-winning GigaWorks T20W 2.0 wireless speakers. These speakers deliver well-balanced audio with sharp, detailed highs and robust mids, while the BasXPort delivers deep, rich bass. In addition, you can also add our Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones, which are high-quality, over-the-ear headphones, allowing you to enjoy your music privately anywhere in the house up to 100 feet away from your Mac or PC.

You can also stream your music outdoors to the ruggedized Sound Blaster Wireless Rock, our high-quality, rechargeable battery-powered, dual-stereo speaker camouflaged in a heavy-duty granite-like rock. While the rock blends perfectly into the background the sound quality of the music through the high-powered speakers stands out.

The Sound Blaster Wireless whole-home audio system supports any combination of the Creative D220W, GigaWorks T20W wireless speakers, Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones and the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock.

In addition to all of these high-quality Sound Blaster Wireless speaker systems and headphones the Sound Blaster Wireless system can stream to existing powered speaker systems or home entertainment system through a Sound Blaster Wireless Receiver, which is available at the low-cost of US $69.99. The Sound Blaster Wireless Receiver can be placed up to 100 feet away from your Mac or PC and receives the music stream and connects via a line-out cable to your speakers or home entertainment system.

Pricing and Availability
The Creative D220W speaker with Sound Blaster Wireless transmitter will be available in Q4 for US $169.99.

Additional Creative whole-home wireless audio products, including the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker, GigaWorks T20W 2.0 speaker system, and Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones are available separately. For more information on all of Creative’s Sound Blaster Wireless audio products check out http://www.soundblaster.com and click on wireless audio.

About Creative
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN MP3 and portable media players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment-anytime, anywhere.

This announcement relates to products launched in the United States. Availability is subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Sound Blaster is a registered trademark of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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