REVIEW – I am a sucker for 2.1 channel audio systems: A left and right speaker plus a subwoofer. As an admitted bass-head, I really wanted to try out the new Creative Labs Pebble Plus speaker.
What is it?
the Pebble Plus is a USB-powered 2.1 desktop speaker system with subwoofer.
What’s in the box?
- Left and Right speakers
- Cabling (attached)
2x2W RMS, 1x4W RMS (up to 8W RMS, peak power 16W)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 75dB
Frequency Response: 50Hz – 20kHz
Design and features
The two sphere-shaped speakers are permanently attached together with cabling. They stand with a 45 degree upward angle, ideal for desktop use.
There are three cable ends: 1/8″ stereo plug for audio, a single RCA-style connector for the subwoofer, and a USB connector for power.
There’s one hidden control under one of the speakers: A high-low gain switch. I almost missed it.
The subwoofer has no adjustments, and just one audio input. It has no amplifier built-in.
It’s quite small and light, weighing in at under 2-1/2 lbs.
I did not find any instructions in the box, but there is a wiring diagram on the side.
Here’s the entire setup with my 13″ MacBook Pro. Note that both the audio connector and USB are connected to the laptop.
I found the 45 degree angle of the left and right speakers provided a very nice sound to it. But for you bass-a-holics, be warned: The subwoofer is deeply disappointing. A few times I had to lean in and wonder “is this thing working?” Yes, it works, but only just. No rumbling low frequencies. It’s merely some low-end fill.
What I like
- Angled speakers
- Easy to use
What needs to be improved
- Anemic low-end for bass-heads
For the price, the Pebble Plus 2.1 USB desktop speakers with subwoofer are “just fine”. But if you want something with more boom and thunder, look elsewhere.