Creative Stage V2 2.1 Soundbar with Subwoofer, Clear Dialog and Surround by Sound Blaster, Bluetooth 5.0, TV ARC, Optical, and USB Audio, Wall Mountable, Adjustable Bass and Treble, for TV

stage v2 soundbar

Creative Stage V2

2.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer with Clear Dialog and Surround by Sound Blaster for TV and Desktop Monitor

Upgrade your TV with the sound it deserves by adorning it with the Creative Stage V2. Immerse yourself in the exceptional audio quality from the soundbar’s custom-tuned mid-range drivers and deep thumping bass you can feel from the accompanying long-throw subwoofer. The soundbar is upgraded from the previous version of Creative Stage, coming in a longer build to bring you better mid-range audio and wider soundstage.

Powered by Sound Blaster

The Creative Stage V2 debuts with Clear Dialog and Surround, audio processing technologies developed with Sound Blaster’s 30 years of audio expertise, to bring you improved vocal intelligibility and wide surround experience.

Clear Dialog—extracts the vocals and spoken dialogue, and intelligently amplifies them, allowing you to hear each syllable in movie dialogues clearly

Surround—identifies and enhances the spatial information of incoming audio, providing you with a more realistic and immersive listening experience

All-in-one Audio Entertainment System

All-in-one Audio Entertainment System

Creative Stage V2 comes with all the connectivity options you can think of, so you can turn it into a one-stop audio entertainment system for all your devices—including TVs, computers, mobile phones, tablets, or even gaming consoles like PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Dimensions (L x H x D) Soundbar: 680 x 78 x 100 mm, Subwoofer: 116 x 423 x 250 mm Soundbar: 550 x 70 x 78 mm, Subwoofer: 115 x 420 x 250 mm Soundbar: 410 x 70 x 78 mm
Driver Dual 57 mm Soundbar Drivers, 133 mm Subwoofer Driver Dual 57 mm Soundbar Drivers, 133 mm Subwoofer Driver Dual 57 mm Soundbar Drivers
Connectivity Options TV (ARC), Optical, AUX, USB Audio, Bluetooth 5.0 TV (ARC), Optical, AUX, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB-A (via mass storage device) AUX, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-A (via mass storage device)
Clear Dialog Yes No No
Surround Yes No No
SNR ≥75 dB ≥72 dB ≥72 dB
Power Output Soundbar: 2 x 20W, Subwoofer: 1 x 40W, Total System Power: Up to 80W RMS, Peak Power 160W Soundbar: 2 x 20W, Subwoofer: 1 x 40W, Total System Power: Up to 80W RMS, Peak Power 160W Soundbar: 2 x 5W, Total System Power: 20W
Frequency Range 55–20,000 Hz 55–20,000 Hz 80–20,000 Hz
Battery Life NA NA 6 hours
Cables Length (Measured end to end) USB C-to-A Cable (1.2m), 3.5 mm AUX Cable (1.2m), AC Power Cable (1.5m), Subwoofer Cable (2m) 3.5 mm AUX Cable (1m), AC Power Cable (1m), Subwoofer Cable (2m) 3.5 mm AUX Cable (0.5m), Micro USB Power Cable (0.5m)

Dimensions: 68 x 10 x 7.8 cm; 5.3 Kilograms
Model: K20
Manufacture: Creative
Origin: China

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91 Responses

  1. Milan9334zeln says:

     United Kingdom

    It’s a very good start if you don’t have any sound system. For the price, all the features included plus the sound quality, it’s quite a catch! The only thing I can say that is not even bad is that it’s not upgradeable. This means it’s 2.1, so if you plan to get 5.1 or even 7.1, this will not help but inspire you! It comes with optical cable, Type-C and an adapter for UK sockets. I was surprised with the sound. I felt I was buying a mistake before I tested it.

  2. JimmieSalisbury says:

     United Kingdom

    I bought this soundbar to give our bedroom TV a little more oomph on the sound and I was very impressed. You get a boost in volume with a good depth to it. Granted, if you’re a sound snob you might be able to poke holes in it but for me it has far exceeded my expectations and would highly recommend to others.

  3. mummytravels says:

     United Kingdom

    Had read the excellent reviews on the Stage 2 and been excited. Even then, I hadn’t really known what to expect from a sub-100 2.1 system. Can say though that I see why the reviews are as such. Great clarity of sound and the subwoofer performs really well in a small-medium size room. Can’t recommend enough.

  4. Delmar8093 says:

     United Kingdom

    Really impressed. Nice soundbar, nice remote control. This bar does have good volume despite some of the reviews, I’m using it in a 6×4 metre room with a high ceiling. During set-up go into the menu on the devices you’ll be using with the bar ,TV, Satillite Box, Blue-Ray,Firestick etc and select the appropriate audio outputs.

  5. jeisenb2 says:

     United Kingdom

    Excellent upgrade – overall sound is very impressive. The dialogue is crisp & for the first time in years I can hear every syllable.
    Note: the sound was initially out of sync after setup. Classic fix – turn the TV off & on again.

  6. Todd McDonagh says:

     United Kingdom

    Decent sound, good bass and good mids, bit muddy when people speak in addition to background sound like when watching streamers play games or maybe orchestral tones in the background of a TV show.

    The convenience of bluetooth is welcomed, and connecting is super easy. However, sometimes you will find that it will suddenly break even in the middle of it being bluetoothed to something and playing sound out of it and will have to reconnect. That is very, very annoying when you’re trying to relax. Thankfully it’s only a minor convenience as the connecting is, as said before, very easy.

    The remote has a lot of buttons, bit mushy though but doesn’t particularly attract fingerprints which means you don’t have to clean it that often.

    Overall, you get what you pay for, maybe a little more.

  7. KlausLofland says:

     United Kingdom

    Nice sound, disappointed there were major price reductions a couple of days after I bought it. USB connection is annoying, soundbar doesnt sleep and wake with the PC on usb mode, so you have to turn it off and on manually. Even my old cheap 5 quid chinese soundbar did that. The sound however is great and is just what I need when I don’t want to turn on my rokit 8s just for playing a quick game.

  8. LeomaBeike says:

     United Kingdom

    Replaced my TV with Hisense model and my old Sony Cinema system that had stopped working. With 20% off I paid 70. Bargain. Separate sub woofer adds nice deep bass. I connected via Optical cable provided and very happy with results.

  9. WSZDoreenb says:

     United Kingdom

    Bought this as an upgrade to a set of aging Harmen Sticks 2.1…. For the price (71 after discount) this is a tremendous setup for a desk or small room.

    Packs a real punch and a massive upgrade in overall sound quality for a much more competive price than i was expecting to have to pay

  10. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I use this set as computer speakers, and in that task, it performs admirably. Sound quality is good, plenty of connectivity options.

    For the price, I can highly recommend this.

  11. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Value for money and the sound is excellent very easy to use remote control is easy to use and is gives you that at the cinema experience set up time 5 mins and it’s loud enough. If you want a soundbar on a budget it’s a bargain.

  12. William60X says:

     United Kingdom

    Brought for my sons birthday for bedroom sounds great excellent sound bar for less than 75 quid booms

  13. ConsueloHorning says:

     United Kingdom

    Product is excellent, was looking for something in my room to pair up to the TV and PS5, pairs well with the Samsung HDMI Arc. The thin bass subwoofer fits nicely and could be concealed easy.

    Only comments are that sometimes you’ll get interference buzzing but can be solved by some cable management. Also the light is always on and can be distracting in a dark room but again I just block it out with my PlayStation controller

    Hope this helps!

  14. Dyllan Furness says:

     United Kingdom

    The soundbar was easy to order and quick delivery, the item is excellent and the sound is amazing, quick and easy to instal too

  15. TonyDasilva says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    It works really well but your computer won’t sleep if it’s plugged in and switched on.

  16. FidelTsefmaub says:

     United Kingdom

    I was a bit unsure what the quality of sound would be, given the price. But being a Creative product, i took a chance. And it’s better than expected. Punchy sound with good bass. I’m not an audiophile, but for music and video meetings this is a great product. Remote is quite nifty as well.

  17. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    … need to check their input volume level.

    Connected via optical cable, sound crystal clear & can be ramped up too loud for my neighbour’s tastes. Note that Bluetooth devices often limit the output volume on connection, so set to max before adjusting soundbar volume.

    Big fan of Creative stuff, still using an old Soundblaster Platinum soundcard from about 20 years ago in my pc; build quality suggests this kit should also stand the test of time.

    Good value /recommend.

  18. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Great sound.

    You might need to reconfigure your TV to use PCM output on its SPDIF (optical) port, rather than the manufacturer’s proprietary protocol. The sound quality is unaffected though.

    If you use other cabling, it should all just work.

    Note that the sound bar does not power on automatically when the TV starts. You need to use the sound bar’s remote to power on separately. Likewise for powering off.

    All in all, a great sound bar for the price.

  19. Gwendolyn42W says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    Good quality soundbar that updates modern flat screen sound. As most TV manufacturers are now concentrating on the picture quality this is a must have product.

  20. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    Good overall sound quality when linked to my Sony TV via the optical input. Works well as a Bluetooth speaker system too although overall volume is quite low. Fine for my purposes and super clear tones but not that loud.

  21. ChristalBolling says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our Users.. the Creative Stage V2 is very, very good indeed, although I was split on rating this 5 stars for sound quality “at this price range” or rating it 4 stars for overall sound quality just to be incredibly picky – but what is without a shadow of doubt true is that the Creative Stage V2 feels, looks and sounds terrific for the 89 I paid for it here in the UK in June 2022 and is immeasurably better than a SAKOBS soundbar/subwoofer I’ve just replaced (had to send straight back). Let’s deal with the ‘very picky’ 4 stars sound quality, which I feel mean about. 4.5 stars for sound quality would be fairer but the fact is that if you’re looking for a premium sound-quality bar at a steel then you’re looking in the wrong price bracket. You need to go back to the Bang & Olufsen price-bracketed units that cost at least 3-4 times what this Creative Stage V2 does – because that’s roughly how much you would have to spend to better it. That’s the picky bit over although some reviewers thought the subwoofer lacked a little punch whereas for a smaller lounge/snug (where mine went) I wouldn’t criticise the subwoofer unit at all. It does a great job of filling the room with lovely earthy thuds whenever you need one although, yes, it doesn’t compare as well as a dedicated, powered subwoofer that costs many times more than the entire cost of the Creative Stage V2 sound and subwoofer). If anything I thought the main soundbar itself only suffers in comparison with much more expensive units in the middle and upper treble areas – but again you won’t be able to get that extra sound quality without shelling out a lot more spondoolies to hear it. What is very nice in the sound areas is very good remote control for upping/downing base and treble via the remote. Nicely done. The ‘Clear Dialogue’ function (again on the remote) also works well and distinctly if you want to up the dialogue levels for elderly parents, say, “hello dad”. Although I was less impressed with the “Surround Sound” function which is straight out of Creative’s SoundBlaster/PC surround speakers playbook and it does throw the sound around directly a little, but enough to hear the difference, but for me the sound always sounds better (clearer and better a balanced/focused) when not running in that mode. One word of caution against the unit, which is not Creative’s fault, but as a newer kid on the block, I couldn’t obtain a setup code for a new OneForAll remote (the URC 7145) I bought to control the TV and the Creative Stage V2 soundbar and so can’t yet have a single-button click to turn on both the TV and this soundbar at the same time but am waiting for OneForAll to get back to me to see if they can generate a new one. However if you are looking for a great-sounding, great value bar and subwoofer in this price bracket (less than 150 say) and you’re not trying to fill a cavern with music, then the Creative Stage V2 should be a great choice for you. Go ahead!

  22. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    After having recently bought a new tv with horrible, tinny sound, I decided I’d need a soundbar to go with it. Not having a huge budget I settled on this one. It was easy to set up and I connected it to the eARC port on my tv. What a difference to the tv’s speakers! I’m not a fan of really bassy sounds so I turned bass down to -5 and treble up to +5 with the clear dialogue option turned on and am now really happy with it. The subwoofer adds a roundness to the sound and kicks in more when needed with music etc but it doesn’t overpower things. The only slight disappointment is that it doesn’t turn on and off with the tv although I can use the tv remote to control the volume so overall I’m very pleased with this soundbar. For the price I think it’s very good value.

  23. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Pretty surprised at how good this sounds for 79. Sound is clear, nice and neutral, bass isnt muddy at all, dialogue is clear. Even bas a decent sized sub, decent amount of bass.

    Overall this is an absolute no brainer for a 2.1 soundbar under 100.

  24. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    It has great sound, great bass, what more could you ask for, the clear speech is a great feature and off course its from creative labs who make sound cards for computers
    The build quality is very good and solid.

  25. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    This soundbar is a fantastic budget option for a small room or even a bedroom. I purchased this for the kids room as they watch movies and play games.

    I had previously ordered an all in one for the same price but that was returned due to it not being good enough. The creative stage v2 has proven to be miles ahead in terms of performance and quality.

    I can think of many pros for this but no cons. This opinion is based on the fact that this soundbar was just under 100. I have a more expensive system in my main room and this often influences my opinion but i can honestly say i was more then happy with this system at the price i paid and connectivity/ features it has.

    Yes it doesn’t have Atmos but unless you are paying well over 300 you wont find a semi decent atmos set up. So my opinion is based on what i paid and i have also compared to other products i have used/ seen working.

    From reading a lot of reviews i was concerned about the soundbar not producing enough sound to fill my room. I was pleasantly surprised by how good and loud it sounded. For a system that has only 80w RMS (not peak power) it performs well beyond expectations.

    The sound was clear, loud and there was no distortion. I can honestly say the movies i played through it all sounded better. I also tested the bass and this was also impressive for a small system.

    Contrary to some reviews i was happy with the sound output. I did not try this in a big room so i cant really comment on how it would perform in one. But for my intended purpose and a small room i was impressed. I kept the volume between 50-75% for movies as anything above felt too loud for me.

    The build quality was also good, the system felt solid and well constructed. The remote was also of a good quality and did not have a cheap clicky feel.

    Overall i am happy with my purchase. There are countless expert and user reviews that support my own positive experience.

    I think if you purchase this expecting it to perform at its price point you will be impressed as it is considerably better then other products at its price.

    Just be realistic and dont expect it to perform like a 400w plus system.

  26. Patrick Hearn says:

     United Kingdom

    Easy to set up with HDMI. I also bought an optical cable (not supplied – vendor take note) so I could use TV speaker in conjunction with the sound bar. Definitely recommend this for the price.

  27. Ingrid says:

     United Kingdom

    Once you have installed a HDMI ARC connection the system works well and is an improvement on my inexpensive TV’s sound. It is also a convenient way of playing audio from a bluetooth device. The sound is clear and undistorted, but it lacks detail and depth. Acceptable, better sound, but not hi-fi.

  28. Amanda Capritto says:

     United Kingdom

    Easy to set up and good quality sound. Yes I’m sure there are better more expensive soundbars on the market but I’m very pleased with this!

  29. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I am very happy with this V2 sound bar. It has multiple options for connecting. Unfortunately, it will not pair with my Alexa via Bluetooth.
    I have contacted Creative support and although they were very helpful. They felt and rightly so that as the soundbar connected to my phone via Bluetooth the issue must be with the Alexa app. After contacting Amazon helpline I was given a list of protocols, I think they called them, and said that was what Alexa needed to connect via Bluetooth. At no point in the details of the Creative V2 does it say it is compatible with Alexa. So as I am very pleased with the V2 soundbar I have decided to keep it and hope that Amazon introduce ‘Protacols’ to their app so it can connect with a very good soundbar.

  30. CathariLawes says:

     United Kingdom

    Bought this soundbar to go with a 55″ LG TV. Ok so let me say first off the supposedly correct size lengthwise for a TV this size is way bigger & therefore way more obtrusive in your living room. You’d have to wall mount one I suppose one certainly wouldn’t sit in my TV stand. So I decided to try this offering from Creative a name synonymous with quality computer components for – well forever really.
    I’d already returned another brand of soundbar to Amazon as it was underpowered & “spoke” its functions which I found irritating so was familiar with set up & soon had the soundbar installed. The difference was striking. Clarity & power – great. A subtle visual display telling you mode & function – no “well is it in optical or Bluetooth?” or “what’s the base setting at the moment?” – all very clear & precise. Aesthetically pleasing item. Pleased with my purchase. One niggle – no optical cable or remote batteries? Come on guys, the sound bar I returned whilst not as good, but much less expensive, came with these. Some excuse about Amazon not permitting enclosure of batteries – which is of course nonsense. I buy loads of electronics from Amazon – they have batteries. Silly thing is, they supply 3 different power leads with different plugs with the soundbar, two of which presumably go in the bin – a shocking waste (although I appreciate they could be recycled) but no optical cable? That’s my only beef – it’s a good soundbar.

  31. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I already knew creative for its speakers specially for PC’s and its good reputation about the quality of the sound delivered in its equipment and i got really glad when i saw they had this sound bar, while is not between the most popular brands in the market, i only can say that for the price you won’t find anything better. if you are just using the sound of your TV and wants to add a bit better quality sound to it making your experience in watching TV better, this is definitely something to consider without breaking your bank.

  32. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Looked at various different sound bars and decided to go with this due to the low cost. Thought could upgrade further down the line. This does exactly what is needed for my small lounge, sound quality is great. Don’t see any need updrading.

  33. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Brilliant value for money..Great product and quality for the price i would recommend.

  34. CalebG55eazke says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    Sound much better than TV speakers, good attempt at “surround” for the price paid.

  35. MartinaFolingsb says:

     United Kingdom

    I’m using this speaker to show my flatmates the true music to be polite. However it may not be the loudest or extremely good music quality. But it is a good speaker with great value which is worth the price. Suggested for students like myself with a budget.

  36. AmbroseHoz says:

     United Kingdom

    Unless you are not very specific about the home theater effect and lot of other technicalities, this is perfect sound bar. Good thing is this is not overwhelmed by bass effect and looses the main purpose of the dialogue listening. You can always switch on and off bass and surround mode.

  37. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    For context, this soundbar has gone in a converted detached double garage, with a Samsung 4k TV in what is a part-cinema room, just to give an idea of the size of the space it’s in, if nothing else.

    I thought I’d give this soundbar a go – I found it referred to as a “best buy” while searching for lower cost options online – I had been considering a Sony equivalent that’s twice the price, but I also don’t want to pay for a name. As is always the case, you don’t know what to think with Amazon reviews – one person says it’s great, one says it’s trash, one says it’s loud, one says it’s too quiet, and you just end up none the wiser, and concerned with the potential negatives.

    So first, is it quiet? No. It goes louder than I could want it, even in my modest sanctuary, and I like movies good and loud. It easily blasts out sound and fills the space I’ve got – good clear sound, too, without distortion at the high level I had it at. Reviewers saying it was too quiet clearly had other problems going on – there is absolutely nothing wrong with the volume levels, and it’s definitely more than fit for working with TVs. It is loud!

    Second, is the bass rubbish? No, it’s very good, and I like my bass. I’ve just watched Predator as my first test and the helicopters, orchestral music, waterfalls, guns and explosions we’re all good and satisfyingly deep and rumbly, and I only cranked the bass up from the default central zero setting to +3 as I didn’t want to go to the maximun +5 as I was trying to bring out the speech too. Does it sound like a nightclub? Obviously an 80 soundbar is in a different playing field altogether and that’s not a relevant or realistic expectation, but it’s still really good bass. And needless to say, whatever you’re watching or listening to has to have the low frequencies present for the sub to do anything, which may explain the problems some seem to have believed they were having.

    What about surround sound? Well it’s never going to surround you, obviously, but switching Surround on does give that impression of the wider, spread out sound stage in front of you. So rather than having the two fixed points of the speakers belting out the sound, there’s that impression of a range of points varying from left to right in front of you, and also a sense of different depths. No I didn’t hear things over me or behind me and I obviously didn’t expect to. I don’t need that – I’m just after loud, deep, clear sound, and I got it. I do like the Surround effect – I’ll be keeping that switched on – but it should maybe be called something else, because surround it doesn’t.

    Dialogue was clear enough – I still didn’t catch a couple of whispered bits, but there’s generally dramatic orchestral music and/or helicopters in the background in Predator, so I was just impressed to be understanding whispered and mumbled speech again, for the first time in years.

    It’s good, clear, rich sound, with satisfying bass, and a massive step up from the TV speakers. It’s delivering more than enough for me – I won’t be regretting not having 5.1 or Atmos, or a Sony badge.

    The remote is small, simple and does the job. The sub woofer is slim and inoffensive. It’s all solid, heavy and doesn’t feel cheap. All in all, I’m massively impressed and so glad I chose to disregard the negative reviews and went for this.

  38. Zippy says:

     United Kingdom

    I am old enough to remember when Creative owned the sound card market. I have not considered them in a very long time and then, I found myself in the market for a sound bar and who should appear on the list, none other than my old favourite Creative.

    I have done a lot of research and was becoming confused with all the offerings. Some had HMDI Arc, Other Optical, some Bluetooth or 3.5mm Aux, but this has them all. Do I need them? Well I don’t know, maybe. Simply having the choice gives me options.

    My primary use is as a TV Sound bar for my 55inch LG Television, but I would like to use the Bluetooth to hook up my Vinyl player and Phone, so I need good clear dialogue and a good all round surround sound experience with a banging base.

    I had read some previous reviews and they were generally good but interlaced with the odd nay-sayer which always makes me uneasy. However, I need not have worried. The sound quality is awesome. Music sounds rich and vibrant through the Bluetooth, and connecting with HDMI ARC, the Movie experience is banging through my streaming platforms and at last I have a good chance or hearing dialog when watching a good drama.

    Well done creative, you’ve smashed it!

  39. JonathoCanter says:

     United Kingdom

    I am extremely pleased with this purchase.
    Sound quality is excellent, the design is unobtrusive and fits perfectly with my current decor and the price is affordable.

    Excellent product.

  40. RatiBinkley says:

     United Kingdom

    Used purely for a gaming console.
    Gives good depth to the overhaul sound
    Ample decibels and an effective “surround sound”
    Very good value for money

  41. CathrynChidley says:

     United Kingdom

    I bought this as my wife needed clearer sound quality. She finds this a big improvement on the television built in speakers.

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