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Nude Audio 'Move' Bluetooth Speakers Review - TechNow

Nude Audio ‘Move’ Bluetooth Speakers Review

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IMG_0015 copy I admit it – I giggled like a child when I was offered the chance to look at the NudeAudio ‘MOVE’ Bluetooth speakers.  I presumed they’d be another set of speakers with more style rather than substance, though I’m happy to report I was largely surprised. There’s more than just a funky brand and lovely design at hand, so as the late Marvin Gaye would no doubt say… let’s get it on with the Nude MOVE in sizes medium and small. 

 

The Lowdown

NudeAudio are a new audio brand that came about in July this year with the idea to make Bluetooth audio simplistic in design, high in quality and with the right amount of features thrown in for the bargain.

They’re a truly international company with design offices in (where else but) San Francisco, Sales based in leafy High Wycomb (just outside London) and operations running from (the less leafy) Hong Kong.IMG_0011 copy

Their MOVE speaker range is comprised of four models, available in two colours: charcoal grey/coral, and light grey/mint. In a tip of the hat to fashionistas out there, the Bluetooth lineup comes in three sizes: S, M and L. The model ‘S’ is a pocket-sized miniature version at around 120g, which is also available in a 3.5mm-weilding cable variant. The medium sized ‘M’ is around twice the size at 198g and houses a larger speaker whilst the largest ‘Model L’ is more suitable for filling a small room with sound.  IMG_0008 copyUnfortunately I couldn’t get the larger model to review, so let’s concentrate on the two more portable models.

Battery life for both models on test is quoted at 8 hours, which I can happily verify. I left the model M playing whilst going out for the day, and on my return the unit was still playing.  This was at least 7-8 hours so I can confidently say they haven’t overstated the claims.

 

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I’m certainly in the camp of less is more when it comes to design and so the Nude MOVEs really appealed to me.  The medium has a smaller pitched grill which I preferred to the larger holes of the smaller model, but both otherwise share much of the same aesthetics.  There’s a little emblem on the top of each, but the branding here isn’t inordinate.

On the corner of both there’s a loop of rope (cream / orange) that makes the speakers feel somewhat like a soap-on-a-rope, especially with the soft rounded edges of the rubber cover.  Don’t be taking these speakers in to the shower though, they’re firmly land-lubbers.  The rubber cover comes off, for reasons I am not entirely sure – perhaps Nude will offer replacement covers of different colours in the future. If nothing else, the rubber means that you won’t get any vibrations if placed on a surface.

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On what I’d call the top edge of the speaker, there’s controls for power, volume up / down and Bluetooth pairing, which also enables call answering on the model M.  Despite not being present on the model S, this handy little extra means you can use the M (and also L) versions as a hands-free speakerphone.

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Hold down the power button and a red LED glows through the rubber skin to let you know it’s awake.  Once paired with Bluetooth, a set of blue LEDs change from the flashing ‘searching’ mode to solid blue once paired.  The Nude also gives off a series of satisfying tones to let you know it’s connected.  It’s difficult to describe why, but I ended up turning the speakers on and off a number of times just to hear the pairing tones once again.IMG_0020 copy

On one corner of either speaker you’ll find a 3.5mm jack input to ensure compatibility with non-Bluetooth devices, and on another side a micro-USB socket for charging. Otherwise, externally there’s little else to mention other than some model information on the bottom of the speaker, and a large M or S to denote the size of the speaker.

 

The Sound

Portable speakers – what do you expect for less than £40 in the case of the M, and £30 for the S?  Well, there was no ground-breaking moments when I tried the MOVEs, but as is to be expected, the M gave a significantly warmer and fuller sound than the S, though the smaller model will still give you significantly superior audio than any built in phone speakers will.

To put them to the test, I set up the M with a HTC One Max and the S with an original HTC One, which seemed like logical pairing to me.  Next, using the power of my own dexterity and Google Play Music, I queued up tracks to play simultaneously through each speaker.  After first ensuring that ‘Beats’ audio enhancement was turned off, I then played around with the volume settings to discern the quality of each speaker.  I also played the same track through the HTC One’s speaker with Beats on and off to see how things stacked up to what I believe are the best set of speakers in any phone currently available.

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After listening through an eclectic mix of Beastie Boys, Lord Of The Rings soundtrack, Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and many more, I was perfectly satisfied with the sonic performance, particularly from the larger of the two speakers.  The M’s sound was generally warm and full as long as you didn’t crank it all the way to the highest volume level where things started to distort somewhat.  As I had expected, the S faired not quite so well, with less bass and muddier mid-range tones, although it is still sonically a good level better than any other mini speaker I’ve tested before.

I can’t give you any real detailed technical specifications of either speaker, because Nude don’t list them.  What I can tell you is that the M has a 40mm driver with a bass port that are both upward firing.

 

Conclusion

So I got jiggy with the MOVE speakers from NudeAudio, and what did I find?  Well apart from an otherwise lacking selection of punnery I found both of these Bluetooth portable speakers to be a pleasant surprise.  There’s absolutely no threat for the Bose Sound-docks and other higher end party starters, though when you put the £39 price-tag of the Nude M up against similar rivals, it comes out remarkably well both in the audio and design departments.

For £29 the S represents reasonable value for money and is certainly a better choice than the endless amount of re-branded wire-only ‘X-Mini’ style speakers.  The sound lacks a little on both at higher volumes, but for bedrooms, tents or other more diminutive party venues, they offer a beautifully finished alternative to the predominantly useless speakers that tablets and smartphones are limited to.

 

Positives

+ Simple yet pleasing design.

+ Very attractive pricing.

+ Bluetooth works flawlessly (with cool noises!).

+ Long lasting battery life.

+ Useful addition of 3.5mm jack on both.

+ Handy speakerphone on ‘M’ model.

 

Negatives

– Sound quality deteriorates quickly at higher volumes.

– Model S lacks bass oomph.

 

Model ‘S’

8

Model ‘M’

9

 

Price: S – £29 / M – £39
More InfoNudeAudio
Audio Specs: 40mm drivers, unknown audio specification.
Accessories: 40cm micro-USB charging cable, cloth carry case.

 

 

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