Creative BT-W2 USB Transceiver

General Information

The Creative Bluetooth Audio BT-W2 USB Transceiver is a high performance, low latency stereo USB audio transceiver that unlocks the full potential of your Bluetooth headsets. With its simple plug and play functionality, the BT-W2 instantly enables your PC or Mac to transmit audio over Bluetooth and straight to your Bluetooth enabled device. The BT-W2 USB Transceiver supports the aptX Low Latency codec, allowing you to stream great quality audio with low latency, effectively minimizing audio and video syncing issues. It also supports a true Bluetooth voice-back channel that transmits voice back to the transceiver over Bluetooth for a true wireless experience.

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Pros: Driverless operation, PS4 compatibility
Cons: 40 euro for a Bluetooth dongle?
This review is a repost from the Soundblaster X7 thread. I bought the transceiver with my own money.
When I saw the package delivered by the courier I just laughed. One day Creative will figure out how to use bubble wrapped envelopes but today was not this day. Instead they decided to put a device the size of a fingernail in a box that could fit two DualShock 4 controllers. Besides the transmitter itself the box contained standard manual (in bazillion languages), warranty card, and some other papers. 
In order to pair the transmitter with our headset (or the X7) we need to switch the headset into pairing mode, then press and hold the button on the BT-W2. The pairing persists after unplugging the device so there is no need to repeat the procedure everytime we switch between PC or PS4.
Setup (PC)
The setup is really painless. All that's required of the user is a free USB 2.0 port. Transmitter uses built-in Windows drivers and is recognized as a USB Audio device. However it is locked in 16bit/48khz mode. Well, Bluetooth isn't exactly hi-fi friendly so I wouldn't hold that against the device itself. I just thought I'd mention it. Oh, and the microphone works too (if connected to headphones that have one)
Setup (PS4)
That's the part You have all been waiting for. Does it work with PS4? Does it work with the X7?
The answer to both is yes.

BT-W2 is instantly recognized as a USB headset, and will provide chat audio to the X7 once paired with it. It can also be used to transmit all game audio to paired Bluetooth headset (handy if You just don't want to run any wires and don't want to shell out money for official Sony headsets)
So far I am very satisfied with the device. It does exactly what I expected it to, and does it well. However there is one major problem with the device that needs to be mentioned.
BT-W2 costs 40 euro. Fourty euro. Let that sink in for a minute. For a USB Bluetooth transmitter. Which is an essential addon for a 400 euro sound card. It should've come default with the transmitter.
UPDATE: X7 is sold on Massdrop with the BT-W2 included. You're forgiven Creative. Partially.
Final Thoughts.
Sound Blaster X7 should've came with the BT-W2 by default or should've included analog microphone out. Instead it relies on additional device to function properly, even though it was advertised as console compatible. However, if You use X7 with your PS4 (or plan to) and want the cleanest setup possible the BT-W2 is the way to go.
All tests performed on following devices:
Windows 7 X64 PC
PS4 with the latest firmware update
Creative Soundblaster X7 with the latest firmware update
Jabra BT3030 (I do not have a proper Bluetooth headset so this little thing had to suffice)


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