Tuesday, July 20th 2010

Creative Announces Availability of Sound Blaster Rock Wireless Outdoor Speaker

Creative, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced availability of the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker, the latest addition to the Sound Blaster Wireless family of products, designed to be placed outside bringing the music playing from a Creative whole-home wireless audio system outside. The Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker is a high-quality stereo speaker encased in a granite-rock like exterior, which complements any landscape. The Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker is designed to withstand moderate weather conditions so it doesn’t have to be brought in every time it rains.

“I’ve set the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker up at my home and my friends can’t believe that such great-sounding music is coming from a speaker that they thought was a rock,” said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio at Creative. “It’s such a fun addition to the party because the music is playing from right outside by the pool and patio and it’s totally wireless, so I haven’t had to install any systems in my yard to get music.”
The Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker works with the Sound Blaster Wireless USB audio system, which is available separately at www.us.creative.com. The Sound Blaster Wireless audio system is incredibly easy to use; simply plug it into a USB port on any desktop, notebook, netbook or laptop and instantly begin wirelessly streaming from iTunes, Pandora or any other music application. Now with the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker, music can be heard from your PC outside, up to 100 feet away. Absolutely no cables or network configuration are required.

The Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker is powered by a removable rechargeable battery, which delivers up to six hours of continuous music playback. The battery recharges through a separate powered charging cradle, which is included. The battery plugs easily into the back of the speaker, so the speaker does not have to be moved in order to be charged.

Pricing and Availability
The Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker is available now at Creative.com for $199.99. For more information on all of Creative’s Sound Blaster Wireless audio system, including all of the indoor wireless speakers and wireless headphones check out Soundblaster.com and click on wireless audio.
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47 Comments on Creative Announces Availability of Sound Blaster Rock Wireless Outdoor Speaker

#1
Mussels
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mdsx1950 said:
Whats next, the Sound Blaster Tree? lol
no, the next one will be for people who listen to metal, and it will be shaped like a lump of iron.
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mdsx1950
Mussels said:
no, the next one will be for people who listen to metal, and it will be shaped like a lump of iron.
Lol! :roll:

Mussels said:
$200 USD for only 6 hours of playtime? seems a bit short, IMO. also the fact they mention the battery pack as easily accesible means its easy to steal, and possibly not water/weatherproof.
How can anyone steal it? People think it's a rock. :laugh:
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Mussels
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mdsx1950 said:
Lol! :roll:



How can anyone steal it? People think it's a rock. :laugh:
it was in response to people using it for a business... it'd be obvious what it was, and people would feck with it. you cant lock it away somewhere cause every 6 hours someone has to go swap the batteries...
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Tartaros
Mussels said:
it was in response to people using it for a business... it'd be obvious what it was, and people would feck with it. you cant lock it away somewhere cause every 6 hours someone has to go swap the batteries...
It sure has the option of ac in, i don't think they did something so stupid to not put ac in. Even thought 6 hours for a "supposed" fine speaker is good.
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Mussels
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Tartaros said:
It sure has the option of ac in, i don't think they did something so stupid to not put ac in. Even thought 6 hours for a "supposed" fine speaker is good.
6 hours is terrible. music is something you leaving playing for hours at a time, not have to go swap a battery in every single speaker every 6 hours - there will be more than one of these used at a time, and they wont all go flat together...
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#7
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Yeah I'd still rather drag out a big set of speakers than have singing rocks in my garden.
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#8
timta2
In comparison to other "rock speakers" on the market these are cheap. Take a look around. As someone who worked with custom A/V installations for years you would be surprised what the demand is (was) for these things. At least before the economy tanked anyway. We used to install these things (wired however) left and right and when installed properly (nice landscaping and blended in well) they really do rock. The only thing I would be worried about is the quality. I would have to see them in person.
and they want to swap the batteries every 6 hours/have the battery packs open for vandalism/theft?
6 hours is a lot of time sitting in the backyard and I'm sure you can buy extra batteries and a recharging cradle. Unless you have them sitting in the middle of your lawn most people won't notice them.
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#9
AphexDreamer
Its targeted at Rich Peoples Backyards, simple enough.
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#10
erixx
i have no far away speakers (i put them under my pergola) but i have wired lights, and no problem no need for wifi problems!!
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#11
MN12BIRD
Everyone's laughing but I was laughing for another reason all together. I sell the X-Fi wireless system at work (and PC speakers) but just the other day someone came in asking for... You guessed it; wireless outdoor speakers to use from his PC! "Like ones that look like rocks?" I asked. Bingo.

Now... they have them! I do think there are people who will want this but the wireless transmitter should be sold with this. It should be the entire package ready to go wireless.
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#12
HillBeast
Umm... rock on?

Sorry, I just had to make that pun.
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#13
HillBeast
DrPepper said:
Yeah I'd still rather drag out a big set of speakers than have singing rocks in my garden.
If my rocks started singing to me, I'd be wondering what I took last night and where I can get some more.
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#14
blkhogan
WTF Creative? Really? Come on now! What a bunch of "rocks". :shadedshu
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#15
a_ump
um, i could sorta see the use tho i can't imagine it sounding as good as any regular 200 speaker set/config out there. like probly below the Z-523's from logitech. could be wrong, but anything running off a battery can't have much oomph when it comes to speakers.
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#16
Tartaros
Mussels said:
6 hours is terrible. music is something you leaving playing for hours at a time, not have to go swap a battery in every single speaker every 6 hours - there will be more than one of these used at a time, and they wont all go flat together...
Well, if you ever had a ghettoblaster or something similar, you will find 6 hours is awesome xD

We're talking about of outdoor speakers with higher energy requeriments, not an ipod with small earbuds wich almost have no energy cost. That's why I said 6 hours for a nonsense like this it's fine.
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Mussels
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Tartaros said:
Well, if you ever had a ghettoblaster or something similar, you will find 6 hours is awesome xD

We're talking about of outdoor speakers with high energy requeriments, not an ipod with small earbuds wich almost have no energy cost. That's why I said 6 hours for a nonsense like this it's fine.
ghettoblasters were portable. they were something you took with you when you moved around.

These are portable... but they cant be moved around with you easily, and they arent intended to be. so the 6 hours is terrible.
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#18
Tartaros
If my rocks started singing to me, I'd be wondering what I took last night and where I can get some more.
If it started to play electric ladyland, you know what you took then xD
These are portable... but they cant be moved around with you easily, and they arent intended to be. so the 6 hours is terrible.
Well, like I said before, I don't think this thing will only rely on batteries if the plan is to put in a place and forget it, I'm sure it will have ac in. If not, epic fail.
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#19
pr0n Inspector
What a ridiculous POS.
My boombox can play well over 8 hours even with Turbo Bass turned on.
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#20
filip007
This are lawn speakers, now while doing the lawn you can put some music on. :laugh:
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#21
AsphyxiA
This new product = fail. I can a wired setup for less money than this, it will look real, sound good, and be weather proof.
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#22
nemesis.ie
No solar charging = FAIL. I can't imagine going into the garden to flip the thing up and pull the battery module all the time.

To keep the nice look, they could have a solar panel on a cable so you could put the panel on a wall a few metres away or whatever and that way have it big enough.
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