Cambridge Audio Minx GO V2 Wireless Music Streaming System (Black)
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|Speaker Type||Surround Sound|
|Item Weight||1080 Grams|
|Battery Average Life||18 Hours|
|Power Source||Battery Powered|
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Sound quality is variable according to where the unit is placed and the surface it's on. On a wooden surface such as a bedside table, the sound tends to heavy bass which can make the overall sound a bit muddy though this appeared to be fine for TuneIn radio. On a glass table, with plenty of room the sound is brighter and clearer.
Tried a range of music with the following results (although different people hear different things so this is subjective). Max Bruch Violin concerto was nicely balanced with the instruments across the orchestra clear except the cellos which were less distinct. The same can be said about a Rachmaninov piano concerto so orchestral music pretty good for a speaker of this size. Radio Head's 'There There' is very bass and drum heavy and this sounded really good except that the backing vocals practically disappeared behind the heavy beats, something not apparent over earphones. Eliot's 'Blue River', with its thrumming, lazy bass and orchestral backing, faired a little worse the bass proving rather obtrusive although the vocals were clear and precise. Other tracks from a range of artists suffered similar fates - clear vocals and orchestral tones but an indistinct bass and rather drowned-out backing vocals. As a speaker for playing the soundtrack when watching movies on the iPad then the Go is brilliant. The soundtrack for Avatar was just awesome making the Go a great device for watching movies where you want more than the iPad's speaker can deliver.
The device is Class 2 Bluetooth giving it a range of approximately 10 metres. Line of sight appears best for operation although operating it between a kitchen, via a hallway to the speaker in the lounge worked without problems - a distance of about 7 metres. Balancing the volume on the device with that on the Go V2 is important. My speaker arrived with the volume setting high which effectively amplified the noise of the Bluetooth UHF signal making it sound like an old radio. Turning down the volume on the Go and upping that of the sending device cured the problem by effectively balancing the signal to noise ratio in favour of the signal. I've not experience any distortion but, there again, I don't envisage running this device to substitute for a disco at a party. Realistically this is for personal listening and upping the volume too high will bring back the UHF noise amplification problem that one should expect with devices such as this that receive broadcast signals. Also running the speaker at high volume will inevitably take its toll either by introducing distortion and/or shortening the life of the device. Run at a reasonable volume level this solidly built unit should last a long time.
UPDATE 21-05-15 - Re the issue of distortion mentioned by other reviewers. The quality of the sound is dependent upon the sending device's Bluetooth. A five year old iPod Touch had a far more limited range than the nearly new iPad Air and indeed a degree of distortion was obvious in the chorus of Elbow's 'Forget Myself' that just wasn't apparent with the Air. This can be put down to the quality of the sending device's ability to broadcast the Bluetooth's UHF signal. The larger newer kit is markedly better.
May 2019 Update - As others have found the device is unreliable. Used about every two to three weeks it was OK but now it doesn’t maintain a connection either via Bluetooth or Auxiliary. I suspect it’s something to do with the way the electronics are designed as it seems to be invoking a cut off like the battery’s in need of a charge so cuts out to protect the battery. Anyway after 5 hours it’s not charged which sort of confirms that the area of the fault. Sadly one for recycling down at the local tip despite that it looks brand new! Wouldn’t buy Cambridge Audio again. Two near identical failures on relatively expensive kit isn’t something that inspires confidence.
I wouldn't recommend these speakers, far too expensive for the aggravation.