Up for review today is the Creative Muvo Mini Bluetooth speaker, another little gem by Creative Labs. This pocket sized mini speaker packs Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC capabilities, 2 full range micro drivers and a passive bass radiator in a sleek and eye catching design that’s IP66 rated (dustproof and water-resistant) which makes it perfect for outdoor use.
Digital audio pioneers
A world leader in digital entertainment, Creative first came to prominence during the 1980s with its ground-breaking Sound Blaster multimedia sound card. Now aiming to shape ‘lifestyle personal digital entertainment’, the company are well-established in the mobile-audio sector with a range of products designed to bring the benefits of today’s innovative technologies to all music fans.
Their strong brand identity seeks ‘the perfect balance between form and function’, and is characterised by a ‘user-friendly interface, multiple features and cool industrial designs.’
Though it’s obviously designed with durability in mind, the team behind the Creative Muvo Mini Bluetooth Speaker have nevertheless managed to craft a package which is not only suitable for a go-anywhere lifestyle but also unmistakable and very pleasing to the eye.
Clad from head to toe in brightly coloured matte plastic (available in a choice of black, white, red or blue), the Muvo Mini features an attractive honeycombed-lattice front panel which protects a fine-mesh speaker grille beneath.
The whole enclosure resembles a small, slender brick with subtly rounded edges, and its top surface houses a restrained and functional push-button interface giving access to all the main playback and control features. A connection panel can be found at the rear of the cabinet beneath a weatherproof flap, and has a centred company logo positioned just above.
By implication, the Muvo Mini’s IP66 weatherproof certification – confirming this product is both dustproof and water-resistant – means that this tiny Bluetooth speaker will perform its audio playback duties in diverse locations. Whilst it is obviously built for this purpose, the audio performance is still very respectable (given this limitation) and should not be underestimated.
High- and mid-range audio is handled by a pair of full-range 1.3-inch micro drivers which are front-facing. This configuration is supported by a centrally located passive bass radiator which adds character and definition to the bass frequencies. Overall this produces a balanced and reasonably well-defined music performance which can playback at higher volume levels with hardly any distortion and noticeable audio clarity.
Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 specification offering A2DP(Wireless Stereo Bluetooth), AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control), and HFP (Hands-free Profile), the Muvo Mini delivers high-quality audio streaming which supports all the advanced features of the latest tablets and smartphones.
Bluetooth pairing is fast and trouble-free, and NFC-enabled devices can take advantage of rapid and ultra-convenient ‘one-touch’ connectivity. A rear-mounted aux input allows cabled access for playback of non-Bluetooth music sources, and an onboard microphone is also provided to facilitate the Muvo Mini’s hands-free ‘speakerphone’ calling function.
Music playback is rated at ‘up to 10 hours’ and, thanks to this little speaker’s water-resistant feature, can be even be enjoyed outdoors at the poolside or whilst taking part in outdoor activities.
Main features and specs:
- Speaker drivers: 2 x 1.3-inch full-range.
- Passive bass radiator.
- Bluetooth version 4.0.
- Bluetooth Profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP.
- Bluetooth audio codec: SBC
- NFC-enabled pairing
- IP66: dustproof, water-resistant.
- USB charging socket.
- Aux input: 3.5-mm stereo audio.
- Music playback: up to 10 hours.
Where to buy
At time of writing the Creative Muvo Mini Bluetooth speaker was available at Amazon.co.uk for £38.99 and via Creative’s main website for £39.99. Click here for current Amazon.co.uk price or here to check Creative’s official pricing page.