Creative BT-W4 Transmitter: Bluetooth 5.2 with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive

Creative Technology called the BT-W4 the Bluetooth 5.2 – Smart Audio Transmitter. The novelty operates at a distance of up to 50m (guaranteed in the line of sight and in the absence of interference) and is equipped with Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive codec.

The Creative BT-W4 Bluetooth Adapter is compatible with PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PS5. The novelty is connected and powered via USB-C. However, there is a USB-C to USB-A adapter included, so there really is no problem with versatility. The device supports the plug and play function – you do not need to install drivers.

Creative BT-W4 Audio Transmitter

The Creative promises minimal power consumption and intelligent self-tuning for the optimal bitrate with the highest possible quality. About the codec used BT-W4 will inform you with the color of the signal LED.

For example, aptX Adaptive is displayed in purple. Green indicates the basic aptX codec, which gives good quality. The blue color signals the transition to the basic Bluetooth SBC standard, which the user will obviously hear by ear. In general, the novelty is capable of broadcasting a 24-bit signal with a frequency of 48 kHz.

Creative BT-W4 Audio Transmitter

Creative BT-W4 is able to connect to four devices at the same time, their selection is available at the touch of a button. The included plug-in microphone is useful for game chat, and the Hands-Free profile is activated when connected to a wireless headset. The Creative app lets you not only switch between devices or reset the pairing list, but also adjust the sound using the equalizer and the Sound Blaster acoustic engine.

In the US, the Creative BT-W4 Bluetooth Adapter costs $50.

Creative BT-W4 Specifications

  • Bluetooth Version Bluetooth 5.2
  • Bluetooth Profiles
    A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)
    AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control)
    HFP (Hands-free Profile)
  • Audio Codec aptX Adaptive, aptX, SBC
  • Wireless Operating Range Up to 50m / 165 ft
  • Wireless Frequency 2402-2480 MHz
  • USB Input Resolution Up to Stereo 24-bit 96 kHz
  • Wireless Playback Resolution Up to Stereo 24-bit 48 kHz
  • Analog Microphone
    Type: 4-pole condenser
    Frequency Response: 100-10,000 Hz
    Sensitivity (1 kHz): -38 dBV /Pa