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Very inferior to Soundlink 2, or any other Bose product I have tried,
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I feel bad writing this because generally I am really convinced by the quality of the Bose range. We have two Soundwave systems, a Soundwave Radio, two sets of Companions (one with a sub woofer) and a Soundlink 2, so we do put our money where our mouth is! I had high expectations for the Soundlink mini, and in many ways it is great: beautiful design, incredibly compact, very portable and packs a lot of punch. If anything it is at least as powerful as the Soundlink 2.
Yet where things really matter, namely sound quality, the Soundlink Mini really disappoint. It's OK for pop and rock, and (at a push) for folk and jazz. But it just can't cope with orchestral or religious music, nor opera. The bass are garbled, voices sound metallic, violins shrill and the piano sounds tinny. Spatial distribution is terrible (not surprising for such a small device but the Soundlink 2, which is about three times bigger only, does this beautifully). I really didn't want to return the Mini but I did. I can't bear to listen to music I really like coming out mutilated. I listen to a lot of folk as well and you don't get the subtle nuances of the voice, the scratching of fingers on frets, etc. The overall sound is both bright and very round, which is pleasing, but it is too indiscriminate and can't deal with nuances or large volumes. It's just awfully frustrating to listen to something and keep hearing a better version in your mind!
If you just want background music or don't know any previous version, then I guess that the Mini is fine. But if you want to really LISTEN to music, especially music you already know, you won't like the Mini. So if you want something portable but with genuine audio quality, spend a bit more and get a Soundlink 2. I have yet to see anything better than these in the portable category and more importantly, regardless of comparisons the Soundlink II provide a satisfying musical experience. More than satisfying, really: bordering on the magical given the size of the device.
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Initial post: 17 Jul 2014 09:52:23 BDT
An interesting and thorough review, thanks. But I would say I think you were possibly expecting too broad a remit from this little speaker. You seem like you were expecting serious hifi levels of subtlety, which in itself is not an unreasonable demand. But not one I would ever expect such small device to fulfil, at any price. The laws of physics will obviously be a governing factor with regard to scale of the device and the physical properties that this imposes.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 15:21:08 BDT
Hello, thanks for your comment. I think you're right about my having high expectations but on the other hand the SoundLink is not much bigger, nor that much more expensive, and exponentially better, so the Mini suffered by comparison. I guess that I'd rather either spend more and have something which I like listening to, like the SoundLink, or spend less, knowing that the quality will be in proportion to my spending. For me the Mini falls right in between these two categories: it's either not good enough for the price, or too expensive for what it does. But of course it's only my own experience and opinion...
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 18:25:59 BDT
M. Hubbard says:
Good call. I went for the Flip 2 and I have 3 other Bose systems at home
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