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Creative Muvo 2C Review: Small wonder

Compact Bluetooth speakers are found aplenty, but few truly impress as much as the Creative Muvo 2C. Read our review to find out more.

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Creative Muvo 2C 4.5 5
BGR Rating :
4.5/5

Highlights

  • The Creative Muvo 2C has been officially launched at Rs 4,999 in India.

  • The speaker uses a single active driver and a passive radiator for low frequencies.

  • The Muvo 2C is also IP66 water and dust resistant.

Every week, we hear news of upstart manufacturers getting into the business of Bluetooth speakers. While most of these manufacturers draw on commonly available OEM designs and simply make the effort of marketing the products, some established players continue to develop on their own. Indeed, we’ve found that the best experiences come from brands that have been in the business of audio for longer.

Today, we’re reviewing a product from one of the older and more established names in affordable portable audio: Creative. The Singapore-based manufacturer’s latest product is the Rs 4,999 Creative Muvo 2C. This tiny, colorful speaker may not look like it’s too powerful, but is there more to this than meets the eye? We review the speaker to find out.

Creative Muvo 2C Design and Specifications

The Creative Muvo 2C, as I mentioned in the introduction, is a tiny device. It’s available in different colors, and our review unit came in a bright blue shade. The front has the speaker grille, which also has the Creative logo etched into it. It’s small enough to fit into your palm and is easy to carry around in your hand or your bag. The speaker has a single active driver, along with a passive radiator to assist the low-end frequencies at the back.

The speaker’s controls are at the top of the device, with buttons for power, Bluetooth pairing, mode, and volume. There are also LED indicators to show you when the speaker is on as well as which mode you’re using. A flap on the right side hides the three inputs/ports – auxiliary, microSD and micro-USB for charging – and also protects them from water and dust to ensure that the speaker meets its IP66 ingress protection rating. While you can’t immerse the speaker in water safely, it will be able to survive a few splashes. There’s also a microphone at the top which lets you use the speaker for hands-free calling with a connected phone.

The speaker also has rubber grips at the bottom which help it stay in place on most surfaces, but the passive radiator’s strong movement means that the Muvo 2C tends to move around quite a bit when it’s playing. The speaker is rated to run for six hours on a full charge, and we got about that much of run time during our testing.

Creative Muvo 2C Performance

At Rs 5,000, the Creative Muvo 2C gives you a lot more than you’d expect. It’s loud, clear and incredibly detailed for a speaker of this size. Additionally, the fact that it comes with microSD connectivity means that you can use Muvo 2C as a standalone player, which is impressive for the size and price. We tested the Creative Muvo 2C with a range of audio tracks and genres, primarily paired via Bluetooth to an Apple iPhone 8.

What’s evident despite different genres and audio tracks is that the Creative Muvo 2C is incredibly loud for the size. There’s just a single active driver, and we’ve seen speakers from smaller brands that cost less and feature a two-driver setup. But despite that, the Muvo 2C punches above its weight, and does so with minimal distortion at even the loudest volumes. The passive bass radiator at the back helps it achieve a decent level of bass for the size as well.

The sonic signature of the speaker is very distinctly V-shaped, with the lows and highs getting a distinct boost. The mid-range has an audible drop, but it isn’t too bad and you’ll still be able to enjoy vocals as you should. The highs do, at times, sound a bit too sharp and may cause a bit of listener fatigue. However, it’s all part of the superior definition of the Muvo 2C, which is indeed one of the cleanest-sounding speakers you can get at this price.

With Feed Me’s Crazy Maybe and Todd Terje’s Alfonso Muskedunder, the listening experience was fantastic, particularly if you’re listening alone at home. The soundstage isn’t much to boast of, considering that the speaker isn’t very large and uses just a single driver. However, if you position yourself in the sweet spot, the sound is decent enough. It might also serve well in a small room for groups. It’s a driven little speaker that does a decent job for the price.

Verdict

While it may not be apparent when you compare the Creative Muvo 2C to other options available at a similar or lesser price, it’s actually an excellent value-for-money product. Your Rs 4,999 is buying you an established brand in Creative, and sound that is loud, clean and strong for a speaker of this size. Water resistance, microSD playback and the passive radiator only serve to sweeten the deal.

While battery life isn’t fantastic and the sound can occasionally be a bit too sharp, the Creative Muvo 2C is, on the whole, a superior product. With this comes the traditional reliability of Creative, along with a sound that will suit most genres and be loud and strong. The Muvo 2C is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for an affordable wireless speaker.

  • Published Date: January 9, 2018 8:21 AM IST