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Creative ZEN Stone review | Introduction

Published on: Friday, June 20th 2008                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Creative Zen Stone review

C reative Labs Europe, founded in 1993, is the current market leader in the field of digital entertainment products. The company is renowned mainly thanks to their creation Sound Blaster, and has dominated the field of digital entertainment with their Zen audio players, among other things, ever since. Creative recently added two new siblings to their MP3 collection: the Creative Zen Stone and the Zen Stone Plus. In addition to the standard functions of both music players, the Zen Stone Plus has been equipped with an FM radio, stopwatch, equalizer and LCD monitor. It is the external speaker in particular that makes these two MP3 players very special; thanks to its size, its power and the possibility it offers to share your music with other people. Read our extensive review about the Creative Zen Stone Plus and its slightly smaller brother the Creative Zen Stone.

> Also take a look at our Creative ZEN review

Creative ZEN Stone review

 

Creative ZEN Stone & Zen Stone Plus

Creative ZEN Stone & Zen Stone Plus

Creative ZEN MP3 player design

The design of the Creative Zen Stone and Stone Plus is small and compact, no sharp corners have been added to these devices; they are nicely curved and rounded instead. This adds to the neat and sleek design, and the buttons and operating elements are efficiently structured. On top of that, the MP3 player is very light with its mere 21 grams. The Creative Zen Stone Plus, slightly bigger in size compared to the Stone and measuring 2,2 x 1,3 x 0,5 inches, has a small (round) LCD monitor, which the Stone lacks, and also the buttons vary on both MP3 players. They both have a button bar on the top but its operation differs. Both have an external speaker on the back and the Stone has an on/off indicator lamp on the front. The Creative Zen Stone and the Zen Stone Plus are available in the colours: white, black and blue with the choice of a 1GB or 2GB version for the Stone and 2GB or 4GB for the Stone Plus. The amount of songs you can store depends on the memory capacity; for example, the 2GB version allows you to store approximately 700 songs.

Creative ZEN Stone Plus review

Creative ZEN Stone Plus review

Creative ZEN Stone music quality

The whole set comes in a compact black or white package with inside, of course, the Creative MP3 player itself, and the following accessories: earplugs, pouch with clip, USB cable and user's guide. In addition many accessories are available, such as an arm-carrier-strap to carry the Zen with you attached to your arm, a key chain and a mini holder; all of which are not standard included in the box. The included earplugs are light, fit well in the ear and are quite similar to iPod earphones. The sound they produce is reasonable. Now and then the sound seemed slightly muffled and I missed the sound of the bass. This wasn't caused by the earplugs because when a set of Sony earphones was used, the MP3 Player performed in the same way with the same music quality. Top 40 songs are fine, but when listening to trance and hard-trance music, the sound of the MP3 player flawed. I find that the volume can be turned up very high. Both the Creative Zen Stone and the Zen Stone Plus support the following formats: MP3, WMA, Audible-formats (for playing books) and unsecured AAC-songs.

 

Creative ZEN Stone Plus MP3 player

Creative ZEN Stone Plus MP3 player

Creative ZEN Stone MP3 player

Creative ZEN Stone MP3 player

 
 
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