BOSE MINI SOUNDLINK 2 TEST

Bose"s diminutive Bluetooth speak offers an excellent portability and a weighty, bassy sound...Tested hinweisen £170

ByWhat Hi-Fi?12 October 2015


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If you’re ~ a totally portable speaker the doesn"t scrimp on bass weight, die SoundLink Mini ii could be zum you


If you’re ~ a totally portable speaker that doesn"t scrimp on bass weight, die SoundLink Mini ii could be for you



It is a relatively heavy baby, however. There zu sein no sign des flimsiness or fragility, und we"re fan of ns clean design. Our review product zu sein a clever two-tone grey – though us think the black alternative ist equally slick and covers are easily accessible if you fancy something much more jazzy.

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External attributes are kept zu a minimum; over there are the usual tasten for power, pairing (you kann sein link 2 devices hinweisen a time und switch bolzen them) und volume.


There’s so an nearly incognito pair von jacks on die side zum USB charging (ten hours maximum declared life) and auxiliary input.


Beneath ns shell ist what Bose explains as “an innovative driver configuration”. Not only does the provide much of die bulk, it gives a fuller, an ext bass-heavy sound than sie might expect from a speaker this size.


Sounding enlarge than sie are ist not in uncommon aim bei this field, but die key is getting that low end balanced and taut. That zu sein what we are yet to hear, especially weist this price.

Sound

That extra depth ist immediately clear together we play jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats. Both nylon-string acoustic guitar and vocal space exceedingly rich, offering the warmth von a winter"s night by bei open fire.

There"s an impressive amount von space too, letting each part breathe und offering in extra measurement to the doubled vocal. The dynamics space subtle yet pleasantly expressive.

Testing ns agility des that bass with much more weighty tracks such as Future Islands" A Dream des You and Me, we"re left bei two minds. There"s a very bass-heavy balance that gets rid of that element des space und a good amount des the einzelheiten present bei emptier tracks.

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But it isn"t completely boomy or distorted – it does as good a job as anything we"ve heard at this price und stature.

Of course it struggles a little more with das lied that room busier or an ext coarse in the short end, but, even wie we beat Queens des The stein Age"s A Song zum The Dead it doesn"t come to be a complicated listen.

What ns SoundLink Mini ii does well – including greater stability and richness to die mid and treble frequencies bei acoustic monitor – ist immediately undermined von the fact it loser all that as soon as freundin add a base guitar or similar.

We"d prefer to sacrifice some of that warmth und bass weight for better detail und expression across die board.

Verdict

Still, if there zu sein a market weil das tiny speakers with an ext than your fair share von low end, Bose oase made one the stands up kommen sie its rivals, many of whom shed all sense von composure with tracks such as some von our prüfung tracks.

If you’re bei that camp, you"ll probably be taking a Mini ii home.

If not, we"d suggest sie compromise ~ above price, dimension or frequency range, but not overall sonic capability und take a watch at die Bose"s closest rivals, such as die Ausio zum Adddon T3 or the JBL Xtreme.

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