Creative Labs has come out with a Bluetooth speaker to go up against all other competitors out there and in my opinion may have given those competitors a run for their money when it comes to cost and sound. The device is water resistant and will allow you play music via Bluetooth, Micro SD, Aux in, and USB. Let’s take a look at my review on the Creative Muvo 2 and see how it does.
The Creative Muvo 2 Bluetooth speaker has the following features and specifications:
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 67 x 190 x 38 mm
- Weight: 340g (12.0oz)
- Bluetooth® Version: Bluetooth 4.2
- Bluetooth Profile:
- A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)
- AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control)
- HFP (Hands-free Profile)
- Connector Type:
- Drivers: 2 x Drivers, 1 x Passive Radiator
- Microphone: Built-in
- Battery Type: Built-in Li-ion 2200mAh
- Battery Life: 10 hours
- Charging by: Micro USB
- Supported Audio Formats:
- MP3 (Up to 320kbps)
- WMA (Up to 320kbps)
- WAV (Up to 16 bit 48kHz PCM)
- FLAC (8kHz – 48kHz)
- L0-L8 (1000Kbps – 1200Kbps)
- IP66 Dust/Water Resistant
What’s in the box
- Creative Muvo 2
- USB cable
Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes and the Muvo 2 is no different. The shape may be ordinary as it’s a rectangular block, but that doesn’t take away from how nice it looks. On top, you’ll see six buttons (left to right): Power, Bluetooth, Mode, Volume Down, Volume Up, and Play/Pause. Above those buttons are two LED lights and a mic in between them. Looking directly at the speaker you’ll see Creative’s logo on the speaker grill. Turn the unit to the right and it’s blank, while the left side has two large holes so you’ll be able to strap the speaker to something such as a backpack or use thick thread to hang it somewhere. On the back, Muvo 2 is showing and under that is the flap that you can peel back to access the Aux port, charging port, and micro SD port. Make sure that flap is sealed tightly (with no bumps) as the speaker is water resistant. And on the bottom are two rubber studs on both ends to raise the speaker off the table or other surface a bit.
Ease of Use
Pairing up the Muvo 2 with my devices was a simple set up. When the speaker is powered on out of the box, Bluetooth is on by default and then you just need to go in to the Bluetooth settings on your phone or laptop or tablet and pair it. Once paired, it’ll make a noise to let you know. All the other controls were easy enough to learn too, but there is one button ‘M’ on the speaker that is set for Mode which allows you to switch between Bluetooth, Aux In, Micro SD card, and USB. The colors are pretty easy to remember, blue for Bluetooth, green for Aux In, yellow for SD card, and purple for USB. When in each mode, it’s not hard to change songs either. All that needs to be done is to press the Mode button and either volume down/up at the same time to change songs. If you do manage to get two Muvo 2s’ then you can pair them so you have a right channel and a left channel. I was unable to test that as I was only sent one review unit, but pairing looks simple from what the manual states.
When first playing music on the Muvo 2, I set the volume at the fourth level (iPhone) and the unit was pushing out more sound than I thought it would at such a low level. I’ve used plenty of other Bluetooth speakers, but when at that volume level, I could hear what was playing, but not as well at this guy. Pushing the volume to max in my room was so loud with my door open, every room could hear what was playing from the speaker. Even when taking the speaker outside to listen to music while working on my car (Muvo 2 in garage at max volume), it was still loud. I’m pretty sure I upset my neighbors as they were thinking I got some new stereo system.
Call quality was just fine for hearing other people and vice versa. I’m not big on using a Bluetooth speaker for talking with people, but not everyone has a problem with it.
Creative is stating the Muvo 2 can get 10 hours of battery life on one charge (environment/volume may vary) and I was able to get pretty close to 10 hours. Give or take it was around 8 hours, but that’s because I kept the volume louder than most people would have it.
Pricing starts at $79.99USD and honestly, for this little guy the price is great for the amount of sound it pushes out, so just buy it and call it a day.
At the end of the day, I am pretty happy with the Muvo 2 and have never seen or worked with a Bluetooth speaker that allows a micro SD card to be used. It’s a pretty cool feature and I’m sure there are other speakers out there that offer the same thing, but they’re not the Creative Muvo 2. Honestly, I don’t have any complaints about this unit at all.
*We were sent a demo unit of the Creative Muvo 2 Bluetooth Speaker for the purposes of this review.
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