No matter what era, music is an essential condiment for daily life. In the past, many families would be equipped with a set of home speakers, in which the family can relax and listen to music. Times change, more and more home entertainment audio options, in addition to bulky home theater audio, design diversity, small size wireless speakers is another option.
Although the design is more in line with the modern home decoration style, and it is small and easy to move, many Bluetooth speakers now face two problems: first, due to size constraints, the sound quality is not too good; second, wireless Most of the functions of the speaker are single, and the quality of the product is rare. In response to these two issues, the well-known audio equipment brand Hivi launched an official solution at the end of last year-the MC200 multimedia intelligent wireless speaker (hereinafter referred to as MC200). Can this product meet the entertainment requirements of new age home users?
Rare good texture wireless speaker
When you see the MC200 for the first time when the screen is off, its quaint and charming shape will make you feel that this product is more like a full of radio. It can give people this impression, because Hivi uses solid wood to make the cabinet. From the appearance, sincerity of the box and the right champagne-colored panel as the embellishment are pleasing to the eye; structurally, the solid wood can effectively absorb sound harmonics, which is conducive to showing fullness and purity Voice performance. The practice of killing two birds with one stone is the embodiment of Hiway’s ingenious design.
The measurement of Hivi MC200 is 415 × 160 × 170mm, and the body weight is 4.8kg. Compared with mainstream wireless speakers, it is relatively heavy but still portable. The main use scenario of the MC200 is not simply “portable”, after all, it is difficult for you to pack this size into your bag. On the other hand, as a multimedia intelligent wireless speaker system focusing on home scenarios, whether it is placed next to the TV, on the desk in the study, or on the bedside cabinet, it is just right. It is worth mentioning that there is a handle made of fine leather on the top of the box. If you like to go out for a picnic on the weekend, you can lift the speaker and take it to the outdoor environment. In the windy and sunny environment, you can enjoy music, humming, and enjoying food.
Some friends may ask, although the volume is not small, can the sound kinetic energy of MC200 meet the needs of outdoor listening? In fact, in order to bring a sense of sufficient sound energy, Hivi has placed a 3-inch large dynamic long-stroke midrange woofer in the left and right cabinets of the MC200. The speaker output power reaches a little small and amazing 60W, with the addition of a large-sized woofer, the MC200 can provide a full and powerful dynamic performance in Bluetooth speakers. Whether listening to music, playing games, watching movies as a TV speaker, or even taking it outdoors, we don’t need to worry about the dynamic performance of the MC200.
Of course, Huiwei also knows that it is impossible to fully perform an excellent music scene without a good midrange and bass unit. Therefore, in the cavity of the MC200, there are 20mm metal dome tweeters on the left and right. This dome treble diaphragm material is made of light, thin and hard metal alloy, and the physical properties of the material are sufficient to keep the unit working in a linear and low distortion state. We have reason to believe that the two units with a maximum output power of up to 60W can bring us satisfactory audio performance under the skillful tuning of the experienced Hivi engineering team.
In order to further enhance the sense of hearing, Hivi also did some work on the details of the MC200 cabinet design. First of all, from the side of the box, we can see that the front panel of the MC200 is designed with an inclined elevation angle. This design allows the speaker’s axial direction to rise slightly towards the user, ensuring excellent audiovisual results. Second, the horn position of the MC200 uses a champagne golden mesh. The use of the net is to protect the speakers on the one hand, and to optimize the sense of hearing on the other. These small designs can take care of both face value and function, which embodies Hivi’s intentions.
In addition to the structure and speaker style, the most attractive part of the MC200 is the 8-inch 16:10 multi-touch IPS display in the front of the fuselage. The entire system is based on Android, and HiVi independently opens the lacquer UI, so there is basically no barrier to operation. It is also because of adopting the Android system that users can install third-party applications in the MC200 according to their own needs to further broaden their applicable scenarios.
WIFI connection can enjoy cloud audio and video immediately, and also supports DLNA function, and can play music on mobile phone or tablet under WIFI connection. MC200 supports multi-format audio, video and APP playback. Thinking in reverse, the combination of audio and video functions with the Internet makes the MC200 with the functions of listening to audio and video, video chat, e-book reading, Internet, WeChat, Weibo and games. With the help of third-party software, the MC200 can be a personal entertainment center, or from the perspective of its clear and excellent sound quality, it is an education system for children to learn, watch cartoons, and even a parent-only cooker. cinema.
At the top of the screen, we can find a camera. This means that we can also use this speaker “WeChat video” for video calls, the sound is loud enough during the video, which is also very good for the old people in the home to use.
Coming to the back of the fuselage, we can see that the MC200 also supports LAN and micro-USB OTG input data in addition to the switch and restart button of the MC200. In addition to the original dual wireless connection: Bluetooth connection (supports APT-X coding specification) and WiFi / DLNA connection, although there is no fiber port added, but in combination with the feature of positioning and mobility, the supported input types can already meet The habits of most people.
It is worth mentioning that we can also find a USB Type-A interface. What does this interface do? It turns out that the MC200 also supports fast charging of digital devices (such as mobile phones), and then thinks of the leather handles mentioned above, it is indeed capable of becoming an entertainment tool for picnics. The MC200‘s built-in 10000mAh large-capacity lithium battery can not only provide a long enough battery life, but also provide the power bank function without worrying about normal use.
In order to improve the sound performance, the MC200 also has two guide holes on the back, which can reasonably divert part of the sound energy and further improve the performance of the MC200. Similarly, the bottom of the box is equipped with four foot pads, which make the speaker more stable when placed on the table, reduce the resonance caused by too strong low frequency, and can further optimize the sound performance.
Audition experience: not just wireless speakers
Morphologically, the MC200 can give a certain conclusion. This is not just a wireless speaker. I even personally like to think of it as a multimedia audio and video system. To put it plainly, you think of it as a small one. The “TV” is also harmless. The body is equipped with 2G Ram + 32G storage, the SOC time is unknown, and the hardware specifications are not comparable to the current mainstream mobile phones. However, the actual operation smoothness is acceptable with this 720p screen. .
In addition, the wireless transmission specification part: Bluetooth transmission supports Apt-X technology, and WiFi also supports DLNA function. Therefore, friends who are troublesome can also use Bluetooth + WiFi dual wireless device matching, like me, to save the trouble of additional wiring. At the same time, the two do not need to borrow an APP for more settings, simple and easy. Local support for FLAC, APE, ACC and other mainstream audio format decoding, native players support MP4, AVI, RMVB and other video decoding, friends who do not feel enough can download a “universal player” Android version.
Huiwei, who has been deeply cultivating in the field of audio, naturally has the obvious advantage of technical background in the pursuit of good sounds. The audition results also verified that “Huiwei has no bad sound” in the circle. Maybe some friends at the beginning will spit out that the tonnage of the speaker is not portable enough, but the solid, fine-grained solid wood cabinet is full of improvements, especially the low-frequency surging degree, which can be regarded as the best in wireless speakers. In addition, in the middle and high frequency part, the 3-inch medium and high frequency speaker is not white, the dynamic range of the medium frequency is wide, and the high frequency even has good details and extensions. In addition, the sound field is pulled horizontally enough. One ear will find that MC200 The space that can be formed feels full and solid.
MC200 sound quality I have heard in wireless speakers, can climb up to the first echelon camp, similar impressive products: Sony SRS-X99, Baohua airship series and B & O M5 and so on.
Evaluation Room Summary
In recent years, Hivi has made full use of its advantages in traditional HIFI products, and created many speaker products with both value and effect for home life. The MC200 multimedia Bluetooth smart speaker evaluated this time is speaker-based. Based on the previous generation MC100, the range of entertainment is further expanded and strengthened. In our actual experience, it looks like a wireless speaker on the surface, but with the addition of intelligent systems, its playability is higher than many Bluetooth speaker products.
It is the performance of the MC200 generalist that allows it to be used in different home scenarios. Friends who live alone because the MC200 can not only enjoy music but also watch videos, a family can improve the effect of listening to music and watching TV because of the MC200, and even bring the MC200 to add atmosphere during picnics. In fact, the previous generation MC100 can already do most of it, but the MC200 is a more mature new product.