Creative BT-W3 Audio Transmitter Review

Creative BT-W3 Audio Transmitter

9.8

9.8/10

Enjoy wireless audio on your PS4 or Nintendo Switch with the Creative BT-W3 Audio Transmitter! It’s a portable Bluetooth audio transmitter equipped with the latest Bluetooth version 5.0 and advanced audio codecs like aptX LL and aptX HD. With simple plug-and-play functionality, you can easily enjoy high-quality Bluetooth audio with your PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, or Mac.

Creative BT-W3 Audio Transmitter Review

The Creative BT-W3 is perfect for anyone wanting to add Bluetooth capability to their Switch, PS4 or PC. There are four different Bluetooth codecs, including apt-X Low Latency, apt-X, apt-X HD, and SBC. These codecs can be toggled by using the codec switch. Codecs like aptX LL is essential for a lag-free gaming experience, while aptX HD is ideal for music enjoyment. With the indicator light and codec selection button, you can easily tell which codec you’re using and switch to the suitable codec for your usage effortlessly. The LED indicator will also change colour based on the codec selected.

Creative BT-W3 Audio Transmitter Specs:

  • Operating Frequency – 2402-2480 MHz
  • Wireless Technology – Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles – A2DP (Wireless stereo Bluetooth), AVRCP (Bluetooth remote control), HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
  • Audio Codec* – SBC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, aptX HD
  • Operating Range – Up to 30m / 100 ft (unobstructed line-of-sight)

This can be used on any device that can stream audio through the USB port. Initially I was worried about battery, but this consumes less than 40mA.

I found the Low Latency codec worked well, making movies easy to watch. I did think there was an issue with Mario 64 on the Switch, but it turns out this is a general error experienced without the headset.

There is an included microphone, which can go into the PS4 controllers 3.5mm port. This also works on the Switch and is crystal clear. Testing the range I was able to get around 30m of distance.

The sound quality was great. I didn’t notice any drastic changes, though I would probably suggest these are more for gaming then high-end audio listening.

Overall, the Creative BT-W3 Audio Transmitter was wonderful! It fills a gap, that I was happy to see filled. Adding Bluetooth capability to the switch and PS4 is a must-have for me. Finally, check out Jabba Reviews. Also, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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