A perfect house party companion
Sony’s MHC-V81D may look like another tower speaker from a distance but it is certainly more than it meets the eye. The MHC-V81D is not that tall and now stands at a manageable around 4-feet with the caster at the bottom that makes it seamless to move it around. One reason the speaker is not tall is that all the buttons are placed on the top that allows controlling the speaker and enable/disable various other functions. The panel is dust and splash proof.
Once turned on, the speaker reveals its party nature. The MHC-V81D plays content from a variety of sources. It comes with Bluetooth that allows streaming via mobile devices, a CD player, USB port and even FM Radio. It features angled speakers on the front to direct sound over a wider area along with tweeters at the back for a 360-degree sound. And while it achieves omnidirectional audio, the audio quality is just what you expect from party speakers -- loud with a decent amount of bass.
Adding to its party cred is the inclusion of 360-degree party lights to create a perfect party ambience and host other features like Karaoke support, Taiko mode that helps to play various musical instruments by tapping on the control panel and a Be the DJ mode with gesture controls.
MHC-V81D is not an ideal sweet sounding speaker but a decent attempt to make it a one-stop device for house parties with music to lights and other party modes.