CREATIVE MUVO 2C
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.