Audio: Edifier Sound To Go (MP250 Multimedia Speaker)

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edifier soundbar usbIntroduction:

Most laptops have pretty pathetic speakers, so if you want to improve the sound from them for gameplay, music or video playback, you're going to need either a good set of headphones or a sound system for the purpose.  We have reviewed a number of suitable sound systems for PCs, some more targeted towards desktops and others more portable making them more suitable for laptops. Our latest system to review fits in the latter group: the Edifier Sound To Go (MP250 Multimedia Speaker), a dedicated portable USB audio speaker system.

Specifications:

  • USB powered & USB streamed speaker system housed in an aluminum tube
  • Two channel stereo speaker with two 1.25inch drivers on each channel
  • Elaborately designed bass passive radiator
  • 3.5mm Auxiliary input port
  • Soft Carry pouch and USB cable included.
  • Power Output: RMS 2W x 2(THD+N=10%)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio : >=75dBA
  • Input Sensitive: USB: 800mV+/-50mV ; AUX 500mV+/- 50mV
  • Dimensions:11.5x5.8x2.4inch (282x145x59mm) (WxHxD)
  • Gross Weight: approximately 1.1Lbs(0.5kg)

 Review:

The Edifier MP250 multimedia system is a sturdy looking, but sleek, matt silver mini sound bar, made in brushed aluminium with a black mesh speaker front.  The speaker comes packaged in a reusable drawstring felt bag which helps protect the speaker system from scratches.  The "MP250 Sound to Go" system has a built in sound card and is powered via USB, with an extra AUX IN port for external devices. Both ports are located at the end of the sound bar and connection is very simple via any available USB port.  The speaker system is powered directly via USB and this connection also allows playback of audio from the attached PC. If the AUX IN port is used this overides PC playback with the attached PC still powering the speaker via USB. At the other end to the ports is a large silver mute button, which as might be deduced mutes the MP250 unit in case you need to take a call etc.

In use the speaker system works very nicely with the unit providing a surprisingly good playback of any type of audio source.  Volume levels are controlled directly through the host computer and at maximum volume could easily fill a room.  The actual reproduction was really very good although, as was expected with a low power system, the bass was somewhat lacking.  That said, the sound system is a massice improvement over any inbuilt laptop speakers that we have heard.

It's a bit of a shame that it can't simply run on somne of its own inbuilt batteries, which would have improved the portability of the system further, however presumably this would have significantly have increased the cost of the system.

Price:

£40-45 (at the time of writing)

Verdict:

4/5 - For the relatively low price, the Edifier MP250 'Sound To Go' multimedia speaker provides reasonable value for money, with a sturdy but fashionable design that provides excellent playback of any type of audio. If the sound bar had a little more bass and maybe a built in battery for use away from a computer we would have scored the MP250 system even higher!