Have you ever sat there in front of your laptop, working away, listening to Spotify, and wincing at the sound quality of your built-in speakers? I have, especially with my Macbook Pro 2018 edition that was provided to me by my work. I needed to change my speaker solution, and Creative reached out to us to check out their new Creative Pebble V2 speaker setup. So I jumped at the chance. Anything is better than built-in audio right?
The Creative Pebble V2 speakers are a small set of circular speakers that take up very little real estate to your desk. They stand at roughly 5-inches tall and roughly 4-inches wide and 4-inches deep. I say roughly, because they’re such an odd shape, that measuring them was difficult. The set we were sent to test are in gun metal, and they have a bronze coloured driver.
There’s a single knob on the front which turns the speakers on and is used to adjust the volume, and the little LED light to its left either glows blue or green, depending on which gain mode you’re using. The speaker shells are entirely made from plastic, but this doesn’t mean its bad. It keeps costs down for sure, but Creative have still ensured that the built quality looks decent.
The speakers are USB-C powered, which might me a biit of an issue if your motherboard doesn’t have a USB Type-C input on its IO. But it also makes me think that these speakers aren’t really suited to desktop use, and they’re more aimed towards a laptop, or more specifically, a modern Macbook or iMac user. Even the box has a Mac desktop PC on there, looking all clean. IF you don’t have a USB Type-C port, then there is a Type=C to Type-A adapter included in the box.
There are three cables that extend out the rear of the right speaker, and one of them leads to the left speaker so it can receive a signal and power. The other cable that’s not been mentioned is the 3.5mm aux cable, which I’ve plugged directly into my Creative AE-5 soundcard.
In terms of sound quality though, these little speakers I must admit don’t sound too bad at all. Of course they’re not going to be able to turn up to the max without distortion forming. After all, they’re only small. But at mid-volume, they perform quite well. Inside each speaker is a 2″ driver and towards the back are passive radiators for a little of bass flavour. The speakers themselves are also angled at 45° so audio is projected towards your head.
Of course will smaller speakers, bass does suffer somewhat, plus the radiators are passive, so anyone who listens to bass heavy music, might be a little disappointed, but it does help with filling out music. The Creative Pebble V2 speakers are definitely favourable of the mids and highs, and this was evident when listening to a bit of Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’. The quieter tones, especially during the piccolo solo were very prominent. On the bottom is a gain switch too which slightly amplifies the auudio experience you’ll receive. I kept mine in high gain mode and it didn’t sound bad at all.
Overall I was quite impressed with the Creative Pebble V2 speakers. Okay, they’re not going to blow you audiophiles out there away, but if you’re after a simple, decent sounding background music solution for your desk whiile working, occasionally cranking them for your favourite guitar solos, then you can’t really go wrong with these.