The Edifier Rave MP700 is a great accessory for tablet PC’s and Smartphones
I love Edifier speakers and have reviewed several different types of styles from them in the past (you can read some of the other reviews here). I find them to also be of great quality, sturdy, durable but most importantly, have excellent sound. So when I was asked to review the Rave MP700 portable Bluetooth speaker I, of course, said yes.
The Edifier Rave MP700 portable speaker is quite a large speaker, measuring approx. 11.5” x 7” x 2.6”. It is equipped with 8Wx2 (Treble) +10Wx2 (Midrange and bass) producing a 36w output, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Dynamic Range Control (DRC), Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC (Near Field Communication). Its two drivers and twin silk dome tweeters give it balanced, crisp and clear sound, even at top volume.
It is very basic in design with in aluminium grill on each side, carry handle, 3 buttons on the top (on/off, volume up/down) all of which is finished in a matt black. The handle can be angled to serve as a stand. It reminds me of an old radio I had as a child. It is very understated and gives no indication of the quality of sound that it puts out. It connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC and is extremely easy to pair the devices. It can also be used with a 3.5mm auxiliary cable (supplied) and comes with an AC adapter so that you can run it from mains power (and of course to charge the internal battery). The battery, which is not removable, gives up to 8 hours of playback. It weighs around 2Kg, so while not too heavy is heavy enough to not be truly portable. It is splashproof and dustproof, the handle can be angled to use as a stand. The connectors for the power and aux are hidden behind a rubber cover.
So after taking it all out of the box the first thing I did was put it on charge for a few hours (there is a very small LED light to let you know it is charging and when it is complete).
Firstly I paired it with my tablet PC, as that’s where it will get most use. I did also try it with my smartphone. Both paired very easily. I tried a range of different options from YouTube, Netflix, audio CD’s, mp3’s and games. The sound it produced on all these was crisp and clear, even at the highest volume and was a very balanced sound.
Overall, Edifier have created another great sounding mid-range speaker. Although, for me, the very basic design isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as some of their others. While the sound is excellent there are a few things that could be improved to make it more appealing; jazzing up the design so that it doesn’t look so bland and adding a battery level indictor somewhere – as you have no idea how much power remains in the battery, you wouldn’t want to take it out to find it only lasts 5 minutes instead of 8 hours.
As a portable speaker, I don’t think it is truly portable due to size and weight (maybe it should come with its own carry bag?). As a wireless speaker for use in the home or garden, it is easy to connect and has excellent, reasonably loud sound that sounds great in a standard sized room.
Not my favourite looking speaker from Edifier but the Rave MP700 does sound great!