MUVO 2c Bluetooth Speaker and the Sound Blaster Connect app Review

The MUVO 2c with its new colours and integration with the Sound Blaster Connect SmartPhone App.

MUVO 2c Bluetooth Speaker

Looking for a tiny lightweight portable speaker with a big sound? – Then you’ve got to check out the MUVO 2c.

A linkable Water Resistant Bluetooth speaker that can now be controlled with the new Sound Blaster Connect SmartPhone app.

Highlights

  • Linkable – Use 2 for a left and right speaker
  • IP66 Water and Dust Resistant
  • Bluetooth 4.2, MicroSD, Aux, USB play modes
  • Passive rear bass radiator for a rich sound
  • Works with the Sound Blaster Connect App
  • 6 Hours Battery Life
  • Available in a large range of colours

Pros and Cons

Where to Buy?

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Want more volume and a bigger battery? Check out our review of the MUVO 2 (the MUVO 2c’s bigger brother)

Creative MUVO 2c – Full Review

The full review on the MUVO 2c Portable Bluetooth speaker

The MUVO 2c Bluetooth speaker comes inside a clear display case with the accessories neatly tucked in the base. It comes with a Micro USB charging cable and a wad of paperwork. You’ll find the manual amongst them somewhere.  Thankfully, it’s straight to the point and concise enough to use just from looking at the pictures.

The MUVO 2c has a lanyard/karabiner attachment point on the top of the speaker, yet unfortunately, there was no sign of one in the box.

It’s not the end of the world by any means, but I’d have been chuffed to bits to see a colour matched strap included.

The Creative MUVO 2c instruction Manual

Design and Build Quality

Now, before I begin describing the design of the speaker, I must first acknowledge the awesome new colours. There’s eight in total, and with the exception of the black unit, every option is vibrant and bursting with colour. I’ve got the turquoise and pink version and they both look good enough to lick.

The vibrant new colours of the Creative MUVO 2c portable Bluetooth speakers

Its surface looks a lot like rubber, but it’s actually solid. The matte finish is absolutely ideal for a portable device. No fingerprints or smears to worry about, and it appears to be very resistant to scratches.

The MUVO 2c has a trapezoid shape with thick chamfered details and rounded edges. The buttons sit flush with the body of the speaker and feel very tactile when pressed. The top also features two LED indicator lights and a small microphone opening for hands-free calls.

On the front is a robust metal grille that wraps neatly around the sides. It’s perforated with tiny holes and has the Creative logo imprinted on its surface.

Underneath the mesh is a single active speaker that delivers air to a passive bass radiator on the rear of the unit.

The front of the MUVO 2c portable Bluetooth speaker

This rear radiator is far more than just a visual detail. At high volume, there is considerable movement and a notable low-end richness that you certainly wouldn’t expect to find on a speaker of this size.

The Passive Bass Radiator on the Rear of the MUVO 2c speaker

On the side of the MUVO 2c is a large rubber panel that protects the ports from water and dust. I’m sure the nail biters of the world (a filthy habit) may complain that it’s fiddly to open and close.

I’ve reviewed plenty of IP-rated portable speakers and I rarely have much faith with the port covers. This one is the best I’ve seen.

I have absolutely no complaints regarding the build quality or the design of the MUVO2c. If I were to give it a numeric rating, it would be 10 out of 10 without question.

The rubber port cover on the side of the MUVO 2C Bluetooth speaker

MUVO 2c Play Modes

Creative has a history of squeezing huge amounts of features into their devices. The MUVO 2c has a total of four play modes, five if you include its ability to link with another unit.

The MUVO 2c Bluetooth speaker play modes

  • Bluetooth – The default play mode, identified by a dark blue light. The MUVO 2c will pair via Bluetooth version 4.2 with a reliable connection good to a distance of 10m.
  • AUX-in – There’s a 3.5mm input on the speaker for a wired connection. AUX mode is selected by pressing the ‘M’ button until the turns green.

  • SD-Card – The MUVO 2c will accept a MicroSD card up to 128gb in size. Unlike most portable speakers, it can skip through albums by holding the ‘M’ and the +/- button.
  • USB Audio – With it connected to a PC or Laptop via the Micro USB cable, the MUVO 2c will act as a regular system speaker when switched to USB mode (purple)

Linking the MUVO 2c

If you’ve got two speakers, simply hold the Mode button down for three seconds to activate the link mode. The MUVO 2c will seek a nearby speaker and connect with it to provide a left and right stereo sound. Once paired, one of the speakers will then be in Bluetooth mode ready to connect to a SmartPhone. They both share volume control and when you power down the primary speaker, the other one will also turn off.

Checking the Battery Level

When you double tap the ‘M’ button, the MUVO 2c will briefly flash a colour on the indicator light. Each colour represents a 25% increment.

Depending on listening volume and the play mode, the MUVO 2c should last around 6 hours on a single charge.

Checking the battery status on the MUVO 2c Bluetooth speaker

It also features a battery saver mode that will automatically power down the speaker after 10 minutes of inactivity.

MUVO 2c Sound Quality

Considering its tiny proportions, the MUVO 2c does an absolutely amazing job of producing a good bass level. It holds together well at high volume and the rear passive radiator adds a richness that you’d typically not find on a palm-size unit. The highs are clear and present and the mids are ok, but not quite as impressive as the highs and lows. Overall, the audio is solid, especially when it’s linked with a second speaker.

Using it with the Sound Blaster Connect app

Creative has recently launched a smartphone app called Sound Blaster Connect. If you’ve had your MUVO 2c for a while, you might have a tough time getting it to work. This is because you’ll need to update your speaker’s firmware to make it compatible. Updating the MUVO 2c’s firmware is extremely easy, I demonstrate it on my YouTube video if you’d like to see how.

Using the MUVO 2c with the new Creative Sound Blaster Connect app

The app allows you to toggle between play modes without having to press the ‘M’ button directly. It also allows you to switch between speakers and displays a battery status icon on your phone.

How to make use the Sound Blaster Connect App with the MUVO 2c portable speaker

What I think makes the Sound Blaster Connect app so damn useful is the ability to explore the MicroSD card and select tracks. While it’s possible to manually skip through albums and songs, it’s very tedious, especially if you have dozens of albums. With the app, the MicroSD card finally becomes a feature worth making use of.

Creative – If you’re reading this, you must  update the app to include an option to create playlists from tracks on the MicroSD card!

Verdict

As a single unit, the MUVO 2c is an awesome portable speaker for its size. Pair it with a second speaker, and it’s even better. Update the firmware and make use of the Sound Blaster connect Smartphone app and you have in my opinion the most versatile palm size speaker on the planet.

I tip my hat to Creative, the MUVO2c is an awesome device and I highly recommend you guys check it out for yourself.

Creative Muvo 2c Latest Price Shipping Product Page
Amazon Marketplace $49.99* Free delivery view
Creative.com $49.99* Free delivery* view

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