Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9 Review
Now, it´s about time we told you about the results of the exhaustive tests we subjected the Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9 to, starring the set of course, an iPod nano 2G (being the music source), the X-mini II (as benchmark milestone) and our home-grown, much pampered audiophile as the person to pass final judgment. We listened to punk, rock, rap, drum and bass and jazz tracks and this is what we found out.
delivers really good audio playback quality, for a portable speaker that is. The sound it produces has clear, distinctive trebles, pleasing basses and all told, is better than what the XMI X-mini II delivers. Our only gripe relates to the sound distortion and crackling noises that become audible when the audio player or cell phone goes at full blast. Just to be sure, we connected the speaker to several other handsets, but to no avail. Still, if you stick to 80-85% of the maximum loudness, you should be fine, plus that´s about enough to get a proper, nice sound even in larger rooms. Well, don´t expect to feel the bass thump in your guts though - what the speaker does is to provide a pleasing audio background to help you socialize easier. The X-mini II performs much better with this respect, because it remains usable even if you pump up the volume quite a lot and on the overall, delivers louder sound.
We just have to admit the Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9 swept us off our feet with the sound quality it delivers, perhaps the best we´ve heard coming out of a portable speaker setup. The adapter to 2.5mm jack makes for a nice extra feature and the fact that the set is powered by AAA batteries sweetens the pot, especially if you´re considering going to a place where there is no electricity. The only disadvantage we can think of is that you won´t get more than what you´ve paid for, i.e. there is no way you it can be connected to another MD-9 if you feel like getting sound that packs more punch. Still, you can always connect it to the X-mini II – you should definitely give it a try if the opportunity presents itself, you will be impressed, we promise.
The Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9 is a great portable speaker. However, it has its own advantages and shortcomings when compared to X-mini II and this turns the price into a major criterion. We don't know what the price would be yet, but if it turns out to be a lot higher than $35, we would rather go for the XMI product.