Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker Review for $62.99 @Gearbest

Xiaomi has long been on the Bluetooth speakers market on the road, we already had some smaller boxes from the Chinese manufacturer in the test. With the Xiaomi Mi TV Bar and the Mi Network Speaker, the speakers become bigger and more powerful. We have looked at the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker more closely and are curious how this compared with Xiaomi’s previous developments.

Xiaomi Network Speaker

Technical specifications

Surname Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker
Power 30 watts
Connection Bluetooth 4.1; Wireless Internet access
Connections USB 2.0; 3.5mm AUX
Internal memory 8GB
Dimensions 28.20 x 9.50 x 9.00 cm
Weight 1630 grams

Delivery

In the scope of the loudspeaker is included in addition to the speaker itself only a manual in Chinese and a small size plug (C7). Unfortunately, the attached plug is not an EU plug, but you get a common C7 power cord in every electric store “around the corner” – maybe you have eh yet another. The loudspeaker is therefore not “on the road”, since it has no battery, it can only be used in mains operation.

Xiaomi Network Speaker
Scope of delivery; Especially much is not there

Processing and design

The speaker is very well processed and has in my opinion a chic, modern design. The white housing of the speaker is completely made of plastic, but is, as usual with Xiaomi products, extremely cleanly processed and has no flaws.

Xiaomi Network Speaker
Behind the flexible plastic slats are the loudspeakers

The loudspeaker with a weight of around 1.6 kg by far is not a light weight and with the dimensions 28.20 x 9.50 x 9.00 cm much less handy than the Xiaomi Soundbox, for example  . However, the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker is also designed for a whole other purpose, since it can only be used in network operation.

connections

The speaker, besides the wireless connection types  WLAN and Bluetooth 4.1, has a 3.5mm jack and a USB port, with which music from a USB stick or an external hard drive can be played. A slot for a memory card, such as microSD, you look for in vain.

Xiaomi Network Speaker Connections
The USB interface can not be used as a power source

Operation of the Xiaomi Mi Network Speakers

The loudspeaker can be operated directly via the buttons on the top of the loudspeaker and on the other hand by app, via which the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker can also be connected to the W-Lan. We also know exactly this control panel from the Mi Soundbar.

Xioami Network Speaker Control
The control element of the Xiaomi Network Speaker

The Mi Speaker App

It is possible to play not only music stored on the smartphone, but also to access music, which is either stored on the 8GB large, internal memory or on an external medium, which is connected to the loudspeaker via USB interface is. When connected via Bluetooth, the music can of course be controlled as usual via the “MP3 player app of the choice” of the smartphone.

In addition, if the speaker has been integrated into the home network with the help of the app, the internal memory can also be accessed (Windows release or SMB) via IP address and data can be managed via laptop, PC, etc. via drag & drop. The IP address of the speaker can be viewed in the app and must then only be typed in the Explorer of the PC.

Xiaomi Network Sepaker Access PC
Thus, the internal memory of the speaker can be accessed

The app for the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker is available for iOS and Android . However, there is only under Android a version in English, iPhone users have at least at the moment still the look and can use functions, which are only usable by app, difficult or not at all. Here, similar to the Xiaomi TV bar , one notices that the product is mainly designed for the domestic market.

The functions of the app can only be imagined
The functions of the app can only be imagined

The app you can imagine a bit like a Chinese music streaming app à la Spotify, AppleMusic or Deezer. One has however here on different Streamingdienste within the app. These are Kuwo, Xiami, Mi Music, Kuke and Beva. Here you can find practically everything, mainly Chinese music and Chinese radios, but some streaming services also include current charts and titles from many well-known Western artists – we can not imagine that these free media books are so legal.

Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker App
Left: the various playback options; Right: the main menu

The sound

If you look at the loudspeaker without its chic, white panel, you can see that inside the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker, besides two 2.5-inch woofers, two 20mm  dome tweeters have been installed. For this, Xiaomi provides the speaker with a bass reflex channel for rich sound. The loudspeaker has a total of 30 watts, which is in comparison with the speakers, which we have tested so far, is neat. Here usually 2 x 5 watt drivers were used. Only the Enusic Life  and the JKR KR – 1000  are equipped with 2 x 10 Watt drivers, so a total of 20 Watts.

Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker without panel
This is how the speaker looks without its chic trim

Even if the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker with ~ 80 € of course is not cheap, the sound in the price / performance ratio in my opinion is tidy. If you listen to him “solo” without comparing him to another speaker, there are actually no wishes open, there is nothing I can criticize here. The treble is very clear and precise, the bass is powerful, but not too dominant – it is simply a coherent sound experience. Also in the middle tone range there is nothing to complain about.

Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker VS. JBL Extreme

The Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker has been compared to a JBL Extreme loudspeaker to make the sound of the speaker a bit more tangible. The advantage here is for you: some will become JBL Extreme and the others could sample in the electric market and our assessment of the sound so probably better.

Xiaomi Network Speaker and JBL Extreme
Xiaomi vs. JBL: who has the nose in front?

On the data sheet, we have 30 watts of power at the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker and 40 watts of power at the JBL Extreme. The size of the two is approximately identical and in both speakers a total of 4 drivers are installed. Pricey we have here ~ 80 € vs.. ~ 250 €, whereby the JBL Extreme comes with a 10.000 mAh battery therefore, but is not networkable. Of course, it is clear to us that there are two different concepts behind the loudspeakers, but they could sound in a league.

In a direct comparison, the JBL Extreme is clearly ahead in terms of bass, which is mainly due to the sophisticated membrane system from JBL. Here, the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker can not keep up. In the mid-range, there are only slight differences, which are hardly ever heard, but it is exciting again in the high-frequency range, here the Network Speaker sounds much clearer than the JBL Extreme, where we complain again at a high level. In the end, it is a question of individual taste. If you like bass-heavy design, you’ll find the JBL Extreme better, if you like a balanced sound with precise treble, the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker will prefer.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a compact, yet powerful music system for the garden house, the kitchen or even the living room, the Xiaomi Network Speaker does nothing wrong. For some, a more affordable loudspeaker will certainly be enough, but anyone who places great value on a good sound will enjoy the Xiaomi Mi Network Speaker. Its only downside is that no battery is installed and the iOS app is currently only available in Chinese. To this end, it offers other advantages through the possible integration in the domestic network.

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