Creative Zen Wav Comes to the US
When the Zen Wav was announced
back in May, it was met with overwhelmingly negative feedback. Putting it nicely, most simply didn't like the way it looked. The Zen Wav is one of the first flash players to feature built-in speakers. While this sounds like an interesting idea, Creative decided to put the speakers on the front of the player (not too pretty). Other complaints included the retro silver color, the low capacity (2GB), and the high price tag (around $117US).
I wasn't too concerned about this response. I figured, this would just be another Asian exclusive like the Neeon 2, that gets overlooked. To my surprise, Creative has brought the Zen Wav to US shores and have actually provided some of the things people were asking for. Yes those speaker grilles are still on the front, but now there's an all black version, that comes loaded with 4GB's and retails for just $99. The 2GB silver version is also available at $79.99US.
- Capacity: 2 and 4GB
- Display: 1.5" TFT screen, 65K colors
- Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, and Audible
- Video: Transcoded AVI
- Built-in mini Stereo Speakers
- FM Tuner
- Line-in and Voice recorder
- E-Book support and World Clock
- Battery Life: 30 hours of audio playback, 20 hours when using speakers
- Dimensions: 85.0 x 42.0 x 12.5 mm
I think the black version looks a lot nicer than the silver one, since the speakers don't stand out as much. The 30 hour battery life is also impressive. The Wav comes with a docking station that doubles as an "acoustic stand" that apparently enhances the sound of your music. You can hear a sample of how it sounds here
. I'll most likely be doing a review of this player in the future, so stay tuned for that! Ride the Wave LINK
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| Wednesday, August 08 (2007) 01:18PM | Posted by: ssjmichael
Aug 08 (2007) 01:36PM
This player does look a little attractive and sleek !
Impresses me in some ways !
and thats great that Creative is shipping it elsewhere too !
with the 16GB V plus and now this.
and Have you guys already got the player?
Really am waiting for any sort of review of this player !
I've heard the external speakers are not that bad.
With 30 hours of Audio .. its great !
but Just 4GB.
Aug 08 (2007) 01:54PM
It does look nice but will it please the american consumers.. Its still a question written in water..
Aug 08 (2007) 01:55PM
Sure Does !
The Black one esp.
In the WAV, Creative has made lots of Software changes.
Like 3 world times, E-Book reader, Customizable Alarm Tunes ( i think that would allow you to choose your own track ).. and The external speakers make a great advantage to the alarm.
The 'Acoustic stand' seems nice.
'the ZEN Wav acoustic stand sports prominent curves which accentuates both its aesthetic appeal and sound quality.'
Sounds familiar !
Aug 08 (2007) 01:57PM
"The Zen Wav is one of the first flash players to feature built-in speakers."
what about the yp-k5?
Aug 08 (2007) 01:57PM
I think it is a great addition to the line up. I have a 4GB Clix 1st gen with the dockable speaker/remote and I use it at my desk all the time. Plus the Creative speaker dock sounds much, much better SQ wise than the Clix speaker dock (IMO), judging by the video clip. I really love the black and with the red glowing buttons, it's uber cool.
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Aug 08 (2007) 02:13PM
Would look sooo tantalizing ..!!
Aug 08 (2007) 02:44PM
Exactly. I never said it was the first, just one of the first. I even touch upon the K5 in a previous Wav newspost: [Linky]
Aug 08 (2007) 03:04PM
the yp-k5 was announced a year ago. i would consider the wav the second big name in the built-in speaker niche, not one of the first. one of the first makes it seem like this is new ground and there were a number that arrived together.
Aug 08 (2007) 03:26PM
4 gigs , 100 bucks. not too bad. but the design is horrible IMO.
Aug 08 (2007) 04:16PM
Creative is making a good move with this. I think they are slowly introducing new features to new players. E.G. Video on Zen:M, screenless daps, now this with "good" external speakers and an e-book reader. Hopefully the e-book reader will be included on most/all of Creative's new player models. If I had the $100, I'd get this, but as of now, I'd rather just pick up a 4gb 266x compact flash card, and stick it in my DS.
Aug 08 (2007) 04:43PM
Creative's just chugging along right now, aren't they? They're definitely doing more than we're used to seeing, anyway. All these releases, plus a new player? I hope all goes well, and this is amazing news!
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Aug 08 (2007) 04:48PM
I love this steady release of new players. Hopefully more will come along.
Aug 08 (2007) 05:50PM
W/e i really like that fact they are using the Vision:m's GUI and not the V Plus', which was ugly imo. or, um, idk really, the picture on Abi shows teh cool GUi, and this one shows an ugly one?
[ edited Aug 08 (2007) 05:50PM ]
Aug 08 (2007) 06:48PM
Double the battery life of my Zen V Plus, built in speakers and at a good price, $100 US (about $129-$139 CDN) for the 4 GB model. When it comes to Canada, I am definitely going to check it out. Even if I don't buy one myself, I am going to recommend it to someone interested in a good quality MP3 player.
[ edited Aug 08 (2007) 06:50PM ]
Aug 08 (2007) 08:19PM
I like the speakers. It eliminates the inconvenience of having to buy a set of portable speakers(even though most on the market aren't very portable). It's right in my price range, which makes me slightly angered only because I was about to buy a 2GB sansa player with a 2GB micro sd card for the same price, but now I might wait a little while! Yay for creative. Better budget players are what the people need!
Aug 08 (2007) 08:50PM
Black or is that a gunmetal grey?
Interesting how the comments now are mainly positive now as opposed to when this was first reported on....
Aug 08 (2007) 09:06PM
i like the gunmetal color MUCH better than the boring overused silver
Aug 08 (2007) 09:19PM
Well, most of the negativity was focused on the silver being too ugly Utew. Now with the black (or gunmetal), most (including myself) don't think it's that bad. The battery life, as well as pricing will also lean more to the positive side now.
Aug 08 (2007) 10:30PM
Utew wrote ...
Black or is that a gunmetal grey?
I think they just "grey-out" the image a bit, to let the features of the face stand out better. Just like with the images of the black ZVM looking like it's gunmetal grey:
This looks basically like a stretched out Zen V to me....OK, it doesn't look like it, but it has basically the same features: 1.5" colour screen, video support, FM, etc. Why does the Wave get 30 hours playback, and the ZV+ only gets 15? Does the OLED screen use up twice as much power as the TFT screen? Does the Wave incorporate a larger/longer battery?
@ kickenchicken: the ZVM's GUI?? What's so different between the Wave's and the ZV+'s GUI??
Aug 08 (2007) 10:59PM
Black or gunmetal, either one is preferable to the silver. We had this discussion earlier on, when the Wav first came to light.
The batt life will be a big advantage over the Samsung K5. It remains to be seen (errr heard) as to the SQ of the speakers and actual level that they can be driven to (loudness). The price is nice, I'll take this over a nano any day....
Michael, a comparison of the Wav vs. the K5.. seems the order of the day, when you get your hands on a unit.
Original opinions were pretty down on this player.. I frankly thought it might be better than most did, still a bit of an ugly duckling.. but I'd love to test it out.
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Aug 09 (2007) 04:59AM
I dunno, you guys must be seeing something different to me. The colour hasn't helped it, nor made it worse, the design is ugly as sin, but maybe it's nicer in real life.
Aug 09 (2007) 06:01AM
It looks to me like you could pretend to hold it up to your ear and start talking as it looks like a lot of cell phones currently being sold.
And with a lot of phones having video, MP3 playback, and speakers (annoying downloaded ringtones ring anyone's bell?) it might even sound better than some phones, the only thing its missing is actually being able to make a call.
Who knows, maybe they are working on a phone too.
Aug 09 (2007) 09:00AM
Engadget picked this news bit up last night
Aug 09 (2007) 09:56AM
Ugh. My instant reaction to this device is extreme disappointment. Design is boring -- it looks like a Radio Shack walkie talkie or a voice recorder. I'm sure the speakers will be of no value to most MP3 buyers, who aren't looking for a mini-boombox.
How about WI-FI!?! And why annoy your Zen V customers who have to be wondering why WE didn't get 30-hour batteries.
Creative really is all over the map right now with no strategy. Having 12 trim levels doesn't boost sales, but just shifts current buyers away from the Stone or the Zen V to this new Wav.
I've been a fan fo of Creative's players for years, but right now it just seems they are throwing darts and hoping something sticks.
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Aug 09 (2007) 11:00AM
will it have album art support???
Aug 09 (2007) 06:01PM
I just saw this on walmart.com and is in stock and ready to ship. I can't see why there is so much complaining about the design. I don't think creative is trying to make eye candy here. I believe that creative is more interested in bringing the customer better functionality. Yeah Apple has sexy machinery, but that's what they advertise. Unfortunately, I think that too many people are more concerned about how a product looks rather than what it does. I want the Wav because it's affordable, has reasonable memory capacity, is small enough but not too small, and has built in speakers, a feature I don't want to pass up. As a music major I want others to hear my music, without the expense or inconvenience of not so portable speakers. And one last thing...I know Creative is short on money for advertisement, but I think we can help by showing off our Creative players. All of my friends have said that they would rather have my player than an ipod because of what it does and not how it looks!
[ edited Aug 09 (2007) 06:01PM ]
Aug 09 (2007) 06:02PM
sorry for the rant, but looks shouldn't be an issue!
Aug 09 (2007) 07:42PM
lol....when i talk about creative people dismiss me as crazy and think i'm stupid for buying Creative. most people dont even want to listen to me
Aug 09 (2007) 10:48PM
I really want this player actually as I want to be able to listen to music at my workstation in the office. Playing it off my computer doesn't really work as I do a lot of video viewing footage off the computer and music mixed with video footage audio is really awful.
I'm really considering getting one. Wonder how loud this thing goes. I don't think it's that loud, if it's loud, I think my mum would really go for it as she does Taiji in the park and it would be really easy and portable for her to play her Taiji music. Currently, her group drags along small boom-boxes or cd players + speakers which is still a little bit cumbersome for them. Anyone used one of these yet, how well do they do when you play them outside in the open?
Aug 10 (2007) 01:24PM
but looks are an issue crumpet, fact of life, and Creative should realize that.
Aug 13 (2007) 03:50AM
Currently on pre-order in US at Walmart.com. Delivery in 7 to 14 days. 4GB for under $100. I have already ordered this.
I am sending my Zen V plus 4GB back.
We will see.........
Aug 26 (2007) 08:19PM
The WAV is Awesome!
Sep 12 (2007) 02:28PM
WalMart messed up shipping my WAV...but now I have it....it is a very nice mp3 player......I like the speakers and I was able to find an equalizer setting that was just perfect for my old tin ears......
This is so much better than the V plus!!!!!
This little player seems to be the best bang for the buck, for now.........
[ edited Sep 12 (2007) 02:30PM ]
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