CRE­ATIVE MUVO 2C

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

Com­ing from the same com­pany that gave us the line of Roar speak­ers, the Muvo 2C seems to have pretty large shoes to fill, and it tries its hardest to im­press. It comes in a se­lec­tion of eight cheer­ful col­ors, boasts IP66 dust and wa­ter re­sis­tance, and weighs just 159g, mak­ing it the light­est of the speak­ers we have for this shootout.

It also has a built-in MP3 player, so you can sim­ply pop in a mi­croSD card of songs to cover your lis­ten­ing needs for the day. There’s a mi­cro­phone so you can use it as a speak­er­phone, and you can even cus­tom tune the speaker by con­nect­ing it to your PC and us­ing Cre­ative’s Sound Blaster Con­trol Panel.

In terms of au­dio per­for­mance, one thing that im­me­di­ately stood out was how loud this speaker goes. The Muvo 2C’s 15 to 20-per­cent vol­ume set­ting was eas­ily equiv­a­lent to the rest’s 70 per­cent. This is one pocket speaker than could ac­tu­ally fill a small room.

In our testing, we felt the speaker per­formed well over the highs and mids, with a slightly bright sound sig­na­ture. It turned in a lively per­for­mance on a record­ing of Vi­valdi’s ‘Con­certo No. 1 in E ma­jor, Op. 8, RV 269, “La pri­mav­era” (Spring)’ and showed good clar­ity on vo­cals with a record­ing of Alicia Key’s ‘If I Ain’t Got You’.

On our of­fi­cial test tracks, it did best with ‘Sail on Sooth­sayer’ by Buck­et­head and The Ea­gles’ ‘Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia’, two tracks that fea­ture heav­ily in the midrange. With ‘Sail on Sooth­sayer’, we felt the speaker han­dled the highs of the solo nicely and brought good en­ergy to the piece. Where it fell be­hind when com­pared to the Beo­play P2 was in the lower mids and the bass notes, which were slightly dry.

Over­all, this is a speaker that pro­duces sound with good en­ergy that should work well for most gen­res.

The rub­ber­ized but­tons have a good tac­tile feel to them.

The bass flap vi­brates dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

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