Anyone who wants to enjoy music without headphones in the park or by the lake in summer now has a large selection of mobile loudspeakers that can be connected wirelessly to smartphones and other devices. Audio specialist Creative has launched the Muvo 2 and Muvo 2c, two devices with interesting features and appealing looks, which we will test in the following review for their suitability as mobile outdoor sound wonders.
Features and Technology
Both units are available in different colours and can be operated in pairs with different units of the same series. In addition, the handy boxes are IP66 certified, which makes them immune to weather influences such as rain or splashing water. Together with the extremely compact dimensions and the relatively low weight, this is incentive enough to take a closer look at the Muvos.
On the outside, the two loudspeakers differ in size, weight and design. So the Muvo 2c with 165 g is a little more than half the size and weight of its big brother and offers only one instead of two full-range drivers, which are coupled with a passive diaphragm for the bass range analog to its big brother. On the Muvo 2c, however, the passive diaphragm is relatively unprotected on the back of the case. Care must be taken during handling and especially during transport together with sharp objects!
Behind a rubber tab are the connections for charging and controlling the compact boxes. Both devices offer the universal Micro USB port as well as an analog mini jack input and a slot for a Micro SD card. The latter is an interesting option because it allows you to retrieve music relatively quickly and easily, even if there is no pairing-capable device or other data source nearby. The widely used Bluetooth 4.2 standard is used for wireless communication and pairing is easy with the help of the quick start guide. Signal tones and two LEDs indicate a successful connection or the operating status and modes. The speakers do not offer advanced Aptx connectivity, but can play high-resolution audio formats such as FLAC or WAV.