Creative Labs Pebble Plus 2.1 USB desktop speakers with subwoofer review

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)
  • Subwoofer

Hardware specs

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.

The right speaker features a volume knob that doubles as a power switch, and an LED indicator.

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.

Setup

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.

Performance

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
  • Handsome

What needs to be improved

  • Anemic low-end for bass-heads

Final thoughts

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.

Price: $39.99
Where to buy: Amazon
Source: The sample of this product was provided by Creative Labs.

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