There are numerous Bluetooth audio system to select from as of late, so if audio corporations need individuals to take discover, you need to do one thing fairly completely different. The Muzen Wild Mini speaker is simply that. Measuring about 3″ excessive x 2.25″ vast x 1.375″ deep, this ultra-compact speaker is sufficiently small to hold within the palm of your hand, however this tiny speaker punches method above its class in construct and sound high quality.
The Wild Mini comes packaged in a sturdy plastic case that’s considerably bigger than the speaker itself. The rugged, foam-lined case is a pleasant contact however given the speaker’s personal rugged feel and look, I’m unsure I’ll ever be placing it again in its packaging.
The speaker is the true star of the present, that includes a high-quality physique constructed from high-density zinc alloy, and a design impressed by army radios. Aside from a few trim items and buttons, every part on the Wild Mini is constructed from steel. Mixed with the load of a battery that may last as long as six hours at full quantity, the little speaker feels extremely substantial and weighs in at over half a pound.
Regardless of being a pre-production mannequin, my assessment unit feels very well constructed, with no gaps or rattly bits. The 5-watt amplifier and speaker produce a surprisingly large sound, with out discernible distortion even at excessive quantity ranges. Physics forestall a speaker this small from ever producing booming bass, however it handles low finish admirably for its dimension, and mids and highs are clear and pleasing to the ear. Total sound high quality is significantly better than I anticipated for a speaker this small, and I feel the steel enclosure and rubber ft assist to get rid of undesirable vibrations.
Each element of the Wild Mini’s case and controls are neatly designed and engineered. There’s a satisfyingly clicky knurled steel thumbwheel for adjusting quantity, a spring-loaded flip swap for powering the unit on and off and Bluetooth pairing, and a pushbutton surrounded by a bi-directional ring for pausing and altering tracks.
A MicroUSB charging connector hides beneath a hinged door that retains moisture out. The speaker enclosure is IPX5-rated, which suggests it’s waterproof, so it’s positive if it will get rained on or splashed on the seaside, however you don’t wish to submerge it.
Along with its above par audio capabilities, the Wild Mini serves double obligation as a flashlight. There are three modes – excessive, low, and SOS. It’s not an exceptionally shiny mild even at its highest setting, however it does present sufficient mild to information your method on a pitch-black path, or to search out your keys at the hours of darkness. Plus, it may be operated concurrently your music performs. The speaker’s case additionally has an “n”-shaped loop on its high, which helps you to lash it to a backpack or belt loop with a bit of paracord or a small carabiner clip.
I completely love this little speaker. It’s obtained a singular look, is constructed very well and sounds superb contemplating its dimension. You possibly can pre-order the Muzen Wild Mini Bluetooth speaker now over on Kickstarter. Whereas the MSRP for the speaker is $99, there are nonetheless numerous Tremendous Early Chicken and Early Chicken offers obtainable, priced at $69 and $79, respectively.