Soundlink mini ii

Sound Quality

In the past, we’ve seen that when Bose releases a new speaker, while the outside may be very different, the sonics tend to remain the same. Considering how much the SoundLink Mini 2 looks like its predecessor, we took that as a hint as to how it would sound.


We weren’t wrong.

Lows

The SoundLink Mini wasn’t the bassiest speaker in the universe, but it was impressive for its size, and the remains the case with the Mini 2. This might have a hint more bass, but overall its identical, for better or worse. If you’re looking for booming bass in as small a form factor as possible, this will likely be your best bet, especially in this price range, but you do trade off a certain amount of quality for sheer quantity.

Mids

There is an audible dip in the mids, though whether or not this is more pronounced than the same dip in the original is hard to tell. Avoiding boxy or woofy sounding mids in a Bluetooth speaker this size is always difficult, hence the dip, but it can lead to certain mids being overpowered by the lows at times. This also leads to some mud between the lows and low mids at times, which was especially noticeable in Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave.”

Highs

The same high end roll-off that is present in so many Bluetooth speakers is present here. This might lead to missing some detail, but considering the hissing, ear-shredding highs present in speakers that avoid this roll-off entirely, it’s the more desirable outcome. Detail is still fairly decent, especially for a Bluetooth speaker, and harshness is hard to find.

There is no stereo separation here — that’s basically impossible in this size — but the speaker does sound a lot bigger than its modest measurements would lead you to believe. It also gets pretty loud, though we did notice distortion at the highest volumes on bass-heavy material or electric guitar-driven rock.

Overall, this doesn’t sound all that different than the original, which we expected, but that isn’t a bad thing. It’s easy to be harsh on the SoundLink Mini 2, which isn’t fair. This sounds like a larger speaker and thus is compared to them, but when compared to speakers its size, it often comes out on top.

Звук

Ну, а теперь самое главное. Уж очень много людей восхищаются этим устройством. При своем размере колонка звучит просто замечательно. Громко и насыщенно по всему диапазону частот. Даже в относительно больших помещениях, например, конференц зале на 60 квадратных метров громкости было достаточно, чтобы 20 человек восхищались звуком Mini. Низкие частоты колонка воспроизводит с тыльной стороны, так что если поставить её недалеко от стены вы почувствуете ощутимый прирост баса. Именно низкие частоты особая фишка этой Mini. В плане звучания к колонке нет никаких претензий, особенно держа в уме её размеры. Когда слышишь её в первый раз даже удивляешься, что такая малышка способна выдавать такой качественный звук. При чем Mini справляется с любыми жанрами. Это действительно одна из лучших портативных колонок не просто в своем сегменте, а в принципе.

Элементы управления

Сверху на колонке 5 элементов управления. Первая отвечает за включение. Кстати, эта клавиша может сообщить вам и сколько процентов заряда осталось, причем на русском языке. Сразу над этой кнопкой находится индикатор заряда. Дальше расположились клавиши управления громкостью. При работе с iPhone или iPad громкость синхронизирована на устройстве и колонке, на Android регулируется раздельно

По центру функциональная кнопка отвечающая за паузу и начало воспроизведения, а в паре с регуляторами громкости позволяет переключать трек, что немаловажно. Если же функциональную кнопку зажать, то вызывается Siri, естественно только при работе с устройствами от Apple

Product description

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Product Description

Enjoy better sound on the go, everywhere you go, with the Bose Sound Link Mini Bluetooth speaker. It delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. A lithium-ion battery gives you hours of unplugged play time. And the included charging cradle keeps the speaker fully charged while serving as its convenient home base. The Sound Link Mini speaker is engineered with a solid, aluminum housing and skid-proof rubber bottom, so it can stand up to everyday use. Take your music, videos and games places they’ve never been before.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

  • Advanced audio performance delivers full-range listening experience
  • The most compact mobile speaker from Bose easily goes where you go
  • Wirelessly connects to your Bluetooth device
  • Lithium-ion battery provides up to 7 hours of playing time
  • Accessories allow for customization and personalization

Ultra-compact. Wireless. Better sound.

Enjoy your music on the go, everywhere you go. The SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. It connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device, so you can listen to your music, videos or games anytime, anywhere. Just grab it and go.

Plays where you play

Enjoy your music and videos in full-range sound just about anywhere. Grab it and go.

The SoundLink Mini speaker is small and light enough to tuck into your bag. It weighs in at just 1.5 pounds. Its low profile lets you place it almost anywhere and provides a low center of gravity that makes it nearly impossible to tip over.The rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers up to 7 hours of playtime. And at home, you can listen even longer-—the charging cradle lets you listen while it charges. An empty battery usually fully recharges in three hours.

Bluetooth Connectivity

The speaker has a range of about 30 feet, so you can enjoy the sound you want without wires. It pairs easily with your smartphone, iPad or other Bluetooth devices. And it remembers the most recent six devices you’ve used, so reconnecting is even simpler.

Big performance, small size

You might not expect sound this rich from a speaker this small, but the SoundLink Mini speaker is something new. You don’t have to sacrifice performance for portability. Proprietary technologies and an innovative driver configuration combine to deliver full-range sound—-including deep lows-—in an ultra-compact package. It lets you take your music to places it’s never been before.

Easy operation, elegant design

The SoundLink Mini speaker is designed for sleek simplicity. Its single-piece aluminum casing is both attractive and durable. The speaker features power and volume buttons—-you control all other functions from your Bluetooth device.

Additional Features

  • Charging cradle recharges the battery and serves as a convenient home base for your speaker, and it lets you play while it charges.
  • Wall charger can be plugged into the cradle or directly into the speaker.
  • Auxilary port lets you connect other audio sources, like an MP3 player.
  • USB port allows for software update to ensure ongoing Bluetooth device compatibility.

The charging cradle makes a convenient home base for the speaker, and you can listen while it charges.

Design

The Bose SoundLink Mini II is built like a tank. The speaker exudes quality the moment you pick it up with its hefty 1.5 lb ( 0.7 kg) weight and aluminum casing. That’s quite heavy considering the speaker’s small 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inch (51 x 180 x 58 mm; H x W x D) dimensions. 

On top of the speaker you’ll find all of the speakers controls including power, volume pairing and multi-function button. The multi-function can be used to change tracks or for activating voice assistants like Siri. The speaker also contains a mic so you can take calls. 

On the left side of the speaker you’ll find the microUSB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack for using legacy devices. Last but not least, there are pins at the bottom of the speaker for using the included dock. The dock isn’t necessary as you can simply plug in a microUSB cable to charge, but it’s nice to be able to set the speaker down to charge in one motion. 

Overall, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is a handsome looking speaker that exudes quality thanks to its aluminum case and weight. It’s small enough to easily place in a bag but think twice before taking the SoundLink Mini II to the beach as it’s not water resistant. 

Performance

Although light on features, the Bose SoundLink MIni II remains one of the best-sounding wireless speakers we’ve ever heard. The speaker wowed us by punching way above what its diminutive size would suggest. 

While most compact wireless speakers struggle to output bass, the SoundLink Mini II has it in spades while still maintaining a lovely balanced sound. We were impressed by the quality and impact of the bass as the speaker played bass heavy songs with authority and without distortion, even at high volume. 

Compared to the competition, the Bose SoundLink Mini II just sounds better. The may produce more bass, but it is less controlled and overwhelms the high frequency at times. The similarly sized sounded wooden compared to the Bose and failed to retrieve as many micro details.

Bose didn’t neglect other parts of the audio spectrum either. Highs were energetic and helped made violins and cymbals sound spacious. The SoundLink Mini II is one of the few speakers that has the ability to produce a sense of space around instruments where most other wireless speakers of this size sound dull. 

Likewise, mids are lush and warm, helping make vocal heavy tracks shine. Norah Jones sounded particularly good with tons of detail and texture around her voice. We’re also impressed by the speaker’s ability to retrieve details like a musician’s breath and the clinking of glasses from the audience in live jazz tracks. 

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the SoundLink Mini II’s performance is its ability to sound great at any volume. The speaker manages to produce the same bass impact and depth at low listening volume, which we can’t say for most wireless speakers of its size. 

Speaking of volume, the SoundLink Mini II has seemingly unlimited levels of volume adjustment so you can dial in exactly how loud you want your music. There’s also no speaker hiss at low listening volumes either, which is great new for classical music lovers. 

Build & Design

While the original SoundLink Mini only came in one color, the SoundLink Mini 2 comes in two variations. We’re looking at the speaker in Carbon, but it is also available in Pearl, which looks more similar to the original Mini’s silvery exterior.

Aside from the colors and updated buttons, the speaker looks quite close to the original. It’s not identical, but if you know what the original SoundLink Mini looks like, you’ll identify this in a line up immediately. The look is almost too classic — while this is undoubtedly a Bose, it looks almost a little dated compared to some other speakers we’ve seen in the past year.

That said, the same sturdy build the original was known for is here in full effect — an aluminum build is hard to beat when it comes to sheer durability. If you drop this, it will certainly survive — easily even — but it might get a little scuffed up. To keep that from happening, Bose sells soft covers separately to keep this from happening.

Автономность и цена

Производитель обещает 10 часов работы от одной зарядки. Нам удалось выжать 7 часов, но справедливости ради стоит отметить, что работала она на максимальной громкости и с двумя подключенными устройствами. Заряжается Soundlink Mini II от любого Micro USB, то есть даже от ноутбука. Хотя быстрее и лучше будет делать это с помощью комплектного дока с фирменным зарядным устройством. Док-станция тоже выполнена качественно и ей легко можно найти «домашнее место». Пришли домой, поставили колонку на док, она продолжает выполнять играть и одновременно заряжается. Насмотревшись самых разных внешних спикеров, я однозначно могу сказать что с SoundLink Mini II расставаться совсем не хотелось. Отдельно стоит упомянуть большое количество аксессуаров, которые есть для этой колонки. Стоимость устройства в разных странах СНГ колеблется в районе 250 долларов. Цена не маленькая, но после множества опробованных колонок однозначно понимаешь, что здесь есть за что платить эти деньги.

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Connectivity

Pairing isn’t a particularly difficult task with most Bluetooth speakers, but Bose has gone a long way to make the process as easy as possible, short of automatically doing it for you. Turn the speaker on and it automatically enters pairing mode — you’ll know this because a helpful voice will tell you, after asking you which language you want it to speak in.

The speaker will then tell you to pair from the Bluetooth menu on your device. This isn’t necessary for many of us, but if you’re buying this for a less than tech savvy relative, it could be a huge help.

Looking at the buttons, you’ll find a power button, volume controls, a multifunction button, and a Bluetooth button. Holding down the power button will prompt the speaker to tell you how much battery life it has left, while pressing the Bluetooth button will tell you what device the speaker is currently connected to.

Unfortunately, playback control is limited to pausing and resuming playback by tapping the multifunction button. The + and – buttons only control volume ie., holding them down won’t skip tracks.

As mentioned earlier, the SoundLink Mini 2 includes a built-in mic for speakerphone use. This isn’t a big deal for many of us, but if this is a key feature to you, you’ll be glad to know it’s now included.

Product description

Color:Carbon

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Style:SoundLink Mini II

It’s the small speaker with the big, big voice. The SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II delivers full sound with dramatically deeper lows than you’d expect from a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. And because it’s wireless and ultra-compact, it’s easy to take Bose sound anywhere. The SoundLink Mini II has a built-in speakerphone, so you can take calls out loud with clear sound. And voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so connecting to your music is easy. The speaker’s lithium-ion battery provides up to 10 hours of unplugged playtime, and it can be conveniently charged from most USB power sources. At home, the included cradle keeps the speaker charged while serving as a home base, so it’s always ready to grab and go. The SoundLink Mini II was engineered to stand up to everyday use and be placed almost anywhere. It connects wirelessly to your Bluetooth enabled devices—up to two at a time. The SoundLink Mini II is available in Carbon or Pearl and can be customized with colored accessory covers to fit your unique style. Included: SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II; charging cradle; wall charger; cable.

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Управление Siri и громкой связью

Что приятно, в колонку встроен микрофон, для Bose это скорее исключение чем правило. Микрофон позволяет отдавать команды Siri через саму колонку. Например, переключить трек или озвучить погоду. Ну и естественно при помощи этого микрофона можно поговорить по громкой связи. Для офиса и переговоров такая колонка подойдет идеально. Soundlink Mini II с удовольствием сообщит вам кто звонит, если номер сохранен в книге контактов. Последняя кнопка справа отвечает на синхронизацию. Колонка способна соединяться сразу с двумя источниками. То есть вы можете смотреть фильм со своего ноутбука, а при входящем звонке на телефон переключиться на него.  А можно поделить колонку внутри семьи, как только один нажал на паузу, второй может начать воспроизведение своих файлов. Mini II держит в памяти 8 устройств, хватит на телефон, планшет, ноутбук, а еще телефон жены, друзей итак далее.

Final verdict

Wireless speakers have changed rapidly since the Bose SoundLink Mini II was introduced in 2015. Consumers expecting NFC pairing, multi speaker pairing, multipoint Bluetooth, waterproofing and multi-day battery life will be disappointed by the SoundLink Mini II. 

However, writing off the SoundLink Mini II would be a mistake, as it remains one of the best sounding wireless speakers. This diminutive speaker punches way above what its size would suggest, producing deep bass, sparkling highs and a lush midrange. While most wireless speakers sound OK, the Bose SoundLink Mini II proves that small speakers don’t need to compromise on sound.

At $199 (£170, AU$300), the SoundLink Mini II is expensive for what you get. But if you want one of the best sounding wireless speakers for under $200, it’s hard to do better than the Bose SoundLink Mini II. If you want more features and are willing to trade off some sound quality, the water resistant is a great choice. 


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