Creative Labs want to be at the centre of your picnic party this summer, toady revealing a new line of wireless speakers. Both the Creative Airwave HD and Airwave speakers offer NFC connectivity, allowing music fans to pair their NFC-enabled devices to the speaker units simply by tapping the two gadgets together.
Available in a range of colours (red, blue, pink, green and black) and coming with a distinctive triangular design there's a number of small but significant details separating the two.
Despite being the smaller of the pair, the Creative Airwave HD is the larger of the two speakers, thanks to its Creative Super Charged Amplifier (SCA), giving it output and quality "superior to speakers twice its size". Supporting aptX and AAC codecs, it's good for 7 hours from a single charge of its built-in Li-Ion battery pack.
The larger Creative Airwave uses two full-range drivers without the SCA, and has a beefier battery life of 12 hours.
"Here at Creative, we take a total design approach that encompasses both audio and aesthetics," said Mac Aw, Director for Worldwide Marketing at Creative Technology Ltd.
"In keeping with modern trends in industrial design, we've incorporated a bold triangular design into this year's product lineup. We also understand that in today's fast-paced world, the average consumer can be stressed and pressed for time. That's why with the introduction of the Creative Airwave HD and the Creative Airwave wireless speakers, we paid special attention to ensure the speakers are the simplest, most hassle-free companions for any phone or tablet."
Launching in June, expect to pay £129.99 for the Creative Airwave HD speaker, and £89.99 for the Airwave unit.