Reviewed by David Savage
I love Edifier speakers. They are always good quality with excellent sound. So I was delighted when I was asked to review the Rave MP700 portable speaker with Bluetooth.
If like me, you go everywhere with a tablet PC or smartphone, when I want to watch a show or film on Netflix the sound from a tablet/phone isn’t always the loudest so portable speakers are a must.
The Edifier Rave MP700 portable speaker is capable of producing a 36w output so enough sound for on the go (8Wx2 (Treble) +10Wx2 (Midrange and bass)), producing a clear and crisp sound for music and video. It has built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Dynamic Range Control (DRC).
The Rave MP700 portable speaker can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC (Near Field Communication) connection or through an auxiliary cable and can be used from mains power on the built-in battery.
For me, the Rave looks like an old portable radio I had as a child with its basic design; aluminium grill each side, handle, 3 buttons on the top (on/off, volume up/down), all finished in a matt black and very understated. It has a fair amount of weight to it, but is not too heavy (approx. 2Kg).
So after taking it out it out of the box I plugged in the AC adapter and charged the battery for a few hours. A fully charged battery can give you up to 8 hours of playback.
Once fully charged I very easily paired with my tablet via Bluetooth (once paired if your phone of tablet features NFC you can just tap it to the MP700 to sync). I had to set the speaker output on my tablet to get sound but that is very simple.
Now time to start using. The sound is great and is quite loud; whether it was from YouTube, Netflix, audio CD’s, mp3’s or games. It is crisp and clear, even at the highest volume. Its two drivers and twin silk dome tweeters with DSP & DRC give it balanced sound.
It is splashproof and dustproof, the handle can be angled to use as a stand. The connectors for the power and aux are behind a rubber cover.
Overall, once again Edifier have created a great sounding mid-range speaker. For me the very basic design isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as some of their other speaker systems and is a bit bland. While it has up to 8 hours battery life there is no indication of how much power is in the unit so it could be improved by adding a power level indictor.
As a portable speaker, I think it is quite large (11.5” x 7” x 2.6”) and a little bit too heavy to be something you would carry about all the time. But as a wireless speaker for use in the home (or garden) that is easy to connect with a great sound for a standard sized room it is excellent.