Kudos to Absolute Music Solution for sending it to me so very quickly. I ordered on Sunday evening and it arrived on Tuesday! Excellent work guys! The product. Overall I am pleased with it. It's clear and detailed almost like hi fi in fact (I mean proper hi fi not in the way manufacturers use the term loosely to mean almost any product that produces sound). It is made well and looks the part in the flesh. Understated and functional. Now I have only used this at home a few times and out at a small gig once so bear that in mind when you read my review.
It goes plenty loud. Louder than you would think and it does not feel strained. It takes some doing to get it to max out and I will have to wait til I get to a hall to enable that to happen. You may have noticed I have give four stars and here is why. No output sockets. Yes I did know this before I bought it so it is a little mean of me but for the life of me I cannot fathom why they do not have something to enable you to send the signal elsewhere. For instance you might be a singer with a guitar wanting to capture your performance for uploading purposes or suchlike. You had better bring your mixer.....if you have one. It's a bit Apple like. "Hey let's get rid of the cd drive and the headphone socket and the USB socket oh and hobble the Bluetooth......right on that is so groovy now!" LD an output is needed please put one on the Maui 5 mk2. The only part of the sound I am not keen on is the bass. It's ok. In fact seeing as I do jazzy stuff it's less of a problem for me but it is quite boomy and boingy. By boingy I mean there is quite a overhang and smear to the sound. It's indistinct and loses control so it is difficult to follow what is going on. It reminds me of when I had some JBL control ones. Everything in the bass sounded like a pair of congas/bongos were present in the mix. If you know your hertz there is to my ear a lot of muddle going on around 90hz-125hz. It takes the edge of an otherwise excellent sound. I know there are no effects but like others have observed with systems of this type it is a glaring omission that means you have to bring another box along with you. Every box you have to bring when you are doing a lot of gigs becomes a huge pain in the butt and does not endear you to the manufacturers at all. The only system that does have a decent complement is the JBL Eon One. If it wasn't for the size/weight I would have bought that. It weights 18kg though. I can manage 18kgs.......but I don't want to! 7 or 8kg more wears thin after a bit. The Maui 5 weighs around 11kgs you see. Yes I know the Eon has a bag with wheels but there goes another £80 when you buy it. Its all about compromises. The Maui 5 at the price seems to have some of the most acceptable and the price is very reasonable compared to the Bose L1 Compact. Oh and that lack of feedback claim. I got mine to feedback very easily by waving a mic in front of it at high volume. There is a guy doing this on Youtube in a review and it doesn't feedback. Who knows what level he had it at really. The overall sound may have been tweaked up to sound fine for the video. Whatever. It does feedback so be warned. I abused my hearing with that test and I do not want to do it again. My mic is a KAM KWM1900 - HH. I have others and will try them all. The KAM KWM1900 - HH does not feeback really easy in general if you are wondering. I did the test with no effects or equalisation just so you know. FEEDBACK!Kam KWM1900 HH Handheld Wireless Microphone - COMPLETELY Cable-free
One last thing. For some reason LD have seen fit to limit the range of the mic channel. Please don't fiddle with everything guys. Some of us are professionals and can choose the right mic for the job. They have shelved the frequencies below 100hz. Now this REALLY matters to me. Being a bass baritone there is a lot of energy in my voice below this frequency. Having these frequencies shaved off misses out a lot of the unique quality of my voice. Luckily I have a Boss Ve1 which has a 3.5mm line out. I can plug this into the line in and get a full signal. I have just tried it and it works beautifully. Again LD and other makers out there please resist the temptation to fiddle with every nook and cranny as these well meaning choices can very easily be a deal breaker for guys like us. If you really want to align with the herd then label it for Karaoke and sell it accordingly. Us geeky professionals generally know what we are doing and why! Rant over.
Overall I am very pleased that the makers design such products for us. They are definitely game changers overall. Please note as well that the sub can be excited into buzzing/rattling with program material with a low bass content (hip hop, reggae).
Seriously condsider this system. You will most probably love it!
One thing I forgot to mention. The bluetooth works really well. I have had a moan here on Amazon about various bluetooth devices I have bought. They all have their faults and are not generally thought through well for professional use (one or two claim to be 'Pro' but that is not the case). The bluetooth on this is perfect for a pro and shows real thought. There are no beeps or buzzes or voices to tell you "Bluetooth is connected" or anything like that. You press a button wait a few seconds for the bluetooth to flash and then you connect to the Maui with no fuss or bother. It stays connected and does so over a reasonable distance. At last!! I have a pair of Alto Troupers which connect ok but they hiccough and are not to be trusted in general. So a great job from LD. All other manufacturers take note. Beeps buzzes, blips, rattles and voices ad nauseum are NOT NEEDED (unless done specifically for the blind I guess).