First of all, thanks to Creative Labs for sending me this speaker for review.
Secondly, this is a big surprise for me. I didn’t expect this small speaker to sound punchy but it did exactly that. How much bass can you cramp up in a small portable speaker like this? Apparently, the engineers at Creative Labs managed to pull it through. To me, the bass is punchy but I feel that it is holding back on the deeper, lower frequency.
Having said that, the Creative Muvo Go is also waterproofed with IPX7 certification. This would be a perfect outdoor Bluetooth speaker to have around when you’re out camping or on a picnic by the river. The potability of the Creative Muvo Go is just perfect for me. The size is not too big and it is not too small either. You can place it on a flat surface horizontally or vertically, whichever way you prefer. Or you can always hang it somewhere, thanks to the detachable shoestring lanyard.
The Creative Muvo Go comes in 3 colour options and the unit that I got is the Pine Green colourway. The two other colour options are Midnight Black and Cloud Blue, as they are called. To be honest, I kinda like the Pine Green option and it was the first colour that caught my eye. And it does look good, more like premium. The matte surface of the speaker itself made it feel premium and solid. The speaker grille is nicely interwoven making it look even more premium.
Specs and Usage
The Creative Muvo Go weighs about 570g. It feels really solid when holding it in one hand. There are two speakers inside the speaker grille facing forward. And there are two more “bassy” speakers located on each side of the speaker body facing outward left and right. Together, they can produce symphonic sound that you can never expect from a Bluetooth speaker like this.
To produce such sounds, the Creative Muvo Go is powered by a dual full-range Neodymium driver that delivers full-bodied, remarkable audio with powerful bass of up to 20W (40W peak), all made possible in combination with dual passive bass radiators. Even that sounded impressive to me.
Around the top, there’s the multi-function controls for Volume-up, volume-down, and play/pause button while the Bluetooth/TWS is around the back next to the single USB-C port for charging its onboard battery. The control buttons are very responsive and I don’t have to press that hard to trigger its function.
When pairing the Creative Muvo Go with your phone or Bluetooth enabled player, the whole process is pretty straight forward. Turning on the Creative Muvo Go the first time, it will automatically enter the pairing mode and you can easily find the speaker in the Bluetooth device list. And you’re done from here onwards. You can start playing some music or watch some movies with the low latency Bluetooth 5.3 connection. Audio syncing with the video playback is perfect. I do enjoy watching movies using the Creative Muvo Go speakers.
When it comes to the drawbacks, I am only disappointed that it does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack. I do understand that the Creative Muvo Go is made for portability but having an audio jack would be nice too. And it also does not come with a MicroSD or any card slow to play music from an external source. So only Bluetooth audio is available. I am okay with that I guess because most of us have a smartphone with Bluetooth anyway. Means, anyone can use the Creative Muvo Go.
Since the Creative Muvo Go is a portable speaker, it needs a long lasting battery to keep up with your style. It comes with a 2600mAh battery with 18 hours of audio playback. I have tested it and I have not plugged it in for a charge since the day I received the speaker. And it has been more than 3 weeks already. So, I guess the battery endurance is excellent at this point.
Now for the sound check. I will usually start off with Metallica’s Enter Sandman where at the beginning of the song, there will be that hard bass from the drums as the main intro. That is my personal best gauge when I’m testing out audio quality along with the hardness of the bass. I have to keep in mind that the Creative Muvo Go is a portable Bluetooth speaker and I shouldn’t expect any powerful bass to hit me in the face.
True enough, the bass doesn’t blow me away but instead, it impressed me that this little Bluetooth speaker can hold up a good bass punch through the entire song. For a speaker in its class, the Creative Muvo Go sounded really impressive. It doesn’t hold back its bass punch like its bigger brother, the Creative Stage Air V2. The Creative Muvo Go hits enough bass to impress most of my friends who came over to hangout. As for the high and mid range frequencies, it does the job really well to balance it out.
Since the bass is rather strong, when I place the Creative Muvo Go on my table and blast at full volume, the vibrations caused by the speaker are close to none. Logically, I would anticipate some vibrations caused by high volume and punchy bass but I guess due to the weight and solid build, it does not vibrate at all. Just fyi, I prefer to place the Creative Muvo Go speaker horizontally on my table instead of vertically.
Some other songs that I usually play are those by Alan Walker or any EDM type of songs. Sometimes you can also find some bass boosted songs on YouTube which I did try on this Creative Muvo Go speaker. It held up quite well. It is a good outdoor Bluetooth speaker that you can get at an affordable price.
And since it is affordable, you can also get a second Creative Muvo Go speaker to pair up with the first one to have a true stereo sound. Take note that the Creative Muvo Go is a directional speaker. Meaning wherever the main front speaker is pointing, that’s where the sound is going. So pairing up another Creative Muvo Go with each other will create better surround sound for your listening pleasure. Unfortunately I don’t have a second Creative Muvo Go speaker to test this one out. But I am told it sounds way better.
No doubt that there are other good Bluetooth speakers out there from within this class. But in terms of affordability and durability, the Creative Muvo Go would be a better choice for me. I can say that I worry less with this one. I am not afraid to place it near a body of water or hang it on a tree. This is one sturdy speaker if you ask me.
The sound quality is a satisfaction for me for a speaker in this class. It is small therefore it is portable. I can place it in my sling bag without it taking up much space. But it is big enough that you can take it out with you on a picnic outdoors. Other than that, you can pair it up with a tablet and use it to watch movies. Better yet, pair it up with another Creative Muvo Go for an immersive surround sound.
So would I recommend this Creative Muvo Go Bluetooth speaker? Yes I would. Even my wife approves of it. She said that it was really easy for her to pair up with her phone and she is not that tech savvy. If she can do it, I’m sure it would be easy for anyone else too. Plus, it sounds good. Good enough that it is subtle, yet immersive. My personal opinion, it is my go to speaker when I’m relaxing in my mancave. The Creative Stage Air V2 is considered as a soundbar, so that is not within the same class as the Creative Muvo Go. That soundbar is attached to my SmartTV and it’s wonderful.
You can now purchase the Creative Muvo Go from Creative official website. The retail price for this wonderful Bluetooth speaker is US$70 (about RM329). Yes, it’s worth it.