Creative Muvo Mini is the Bluetooth Speaker released in mid 2014. It is claimed to be the pocket-sized weather-resistant speaker with loud and strong bass.
I’ve used the speaker in the last few weeks and it seems like just half of the statement is true. Let’s figure out if this is the right wireless speaker for you.
Design & Features
I’ve tried some Creative products lately and I must say I’m so impressed with its design, and the Muvo Mini is not an exception. Although the whole unit is made of plastic, it feels so sturdy and I don’t think it will break easily. The plastic shell has a nice soft-touch matte finish which provides a better grip and moreover, it will always look clean. You should be careful with scratches though. Anyway, I love the build quality and red unit looks particularly stunning. The speaker is available in some more colors like black, blue and white.
All controls are put on top of the speaker, you can see the power button, Bluetooth button and volume up/down button. Besides, you can also find the microphone hole, indicators and the NFC tag.
Connections of the speaker are hidden on the back under a rubber flap. Opening the flap will reveal a 3.5mm audio jack and a mini-USB port for charging the unit.
As a portable speaker, I really think the weather-resistant feature if so important. What’s the point of a portable speaker that you can’t bring it to a pool party or to the beach! The Muvo Mini features the IP66 certification, that means it is completely protected against dust and water splashes.
I’ve been so satisfied with audio quality of some recent Creative products like the Creative T30 Wireless Speaker and Creative Sound Blaster E5. Therefore, I expected a lot from the Muvo Mini as well. Under the front grill, there are two full-range micro drivers and an oversized front bass radiator. It is said to deliver a clear stereo playback and a strong bass. Unfortunately, I am a little disappointed as it couldn’t meet my expectation. You can check out a sound test below. I recorded the sound with a microphone with flat characteristics, so hopefully you will get a better idea of its sound signature.
The speaker can produce quite a loud sound. Unfortunately, the low responses are poorly delivered, so you almost can’t feel the bass on the speaker. The highs are not impressive either, it fails to deliver a clear treble and the sound can be easily distorted when I crank up the volume. I also don’t like soundstage produced by the speaker, the sound is kind of boxy probably due to the weather-proof enclosure.
I tested the Muvo Mini alongside my Bose Soundlink Mini and there was a huge difference. But you should know that the Bose costs more than 3 times the price of the Creative speaker. They have almost the same size but target totally different consumers.
- Great build quality.
- Water and dust resistant.
- Mediocre sound.
The Creative Muvo Mini Bluetooth speaker is available on Amazon for $59. Although the sound quality is not mind blowing, this is a very affordable speaker that you can bring anywhere.
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