Min­istry of Sound Au­dio M-Plus

Beefy bass and multi-room fea­tures

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It’s a com­mon com­plaint that com­pact wire­less speak­ers tend to suf­fer from weak bass out­put, but that’s not a crit­i­cism that you could level at Min­istry Of Sound’s new Au­dio M-Plus speaker.

The M-Plus stands just 7.5 inches high in its socks, but it’s been tweaked by the sound en­gi­neers who are re­spon­si­ble for the world­fa­mous night­club’s own in-house mu­sic sys­tem, and it pumps out a sat­is­fy­ingly firm and full bass sound that will work a treat for dance mu­sic. The mid-range and high fre­quen­cies are also nice and de­tailed, so the M-Plus can han­dle gen­tler sounds too. It’s also pretty loud, and we found that just 50% of max­i­mum vol­ume was more than enough for ca­su­ally lis­ten­ing to a few songs at home in the evening.

There are two ver­sions of the speaker, with the ba­sic Au­dio M of­fer­ing just Blue­tooth wire­less for £150, while this M-Plus model costs £200 and pro­vides Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity as well as the abil­ity to group mul­ti­ple speak­ers for a multi-room setup. It also has a recharge­able bat­tery, which lasts for about six hours at 50% vol­ume – long enough for you to take the M-Plus out­side for a bar­be­cue or a pic­nic.

Our only com­plaint is that Min­istry of Sound’s iOS app is a bit rough around the edges. It took us a cou­ple of at­tempts to sort out the Wi-Fi con­nec­tion, and when us­ing that you have to play mu­sic through the Min­istry app, which means you can’t stream playlists you’ve cre­ated in Ap­ple’s Mu­sic app. Cliff Joseph

Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity al­lows the M-Plus to pair with other speak­ers for a multi-room setup.

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