Meizu Mini Player SL 8GB - Meizu Mini Player SL

By Jonathan Bray

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Alas, sound quality is not as strong as the rest of the package, and in this key area, the Meizu fails to match the iPod nano, and lags far behind superior products such as the Sony NWZ-A829 and the Creative Zen. Its biggest problem is that it simply lacks punch. I fired up Simple Kid's excellent Staring At The Sun and hooked up my reference Grado headphones and the result was thin, insipid music with very little bassline and slightly muddy details.

Next, I moved to Biffy Clyro's Love Has A Diameter and found a similar lack of dynamics. Listen to the same track on an iPod nano and the drums leap out at you; here they sound flat and slightly muffled, as if the life has been sucked out of them. Thinking this may have been an issue with the large and demanding headphones I'd just plugged in, I tried a pair of Denon's £140 AH-C751 earphones instead, but the result was the same - the Mini was sorely disappointing.

Kings of Convenience's quieter acoustic style of music really hammered this home. There's simply a lack of atmospherics, airiness and musical information that's there in spades with the likes of the Sony, Creative and iPod nano. I even played around with the EQ and "Spatializer" settings to see if that would fix the problem. Interestingly there are presets for different types of headphones, included, and these did seem to improve the dynamic range of the player, but no amount of fiddling could eradicate the cotton wool sound, or add the detail that seemed to be missing.

Verdict

I've never seen a flash-based player match the iPod's touch-sensitive interface in terms of sheer pick up and playability as the Meizu Mini Player SL does. Its controls are simply superb, and it looks wonderful too.

Not only that, but it's slim and sleek, boasts a great screen, has impressive file format support and is pretty cheap for a player of this capacity. But, alas, sound quality is a big disappointment. It's flat, fluffy and far behind the competition.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Sound Quality 5
  • Features 8

Frank 4

May 13, 2009, 7:33 pm

I have this player almost 3 years and some others.Very decent sound quality in small package plus very low price made it very popular in circles of young enthusiasts on budget.There was even phenomena:""Meizu Cult"!MeizuM6 was difficult to find!I bought mine in Shenzen.


For me its value till today is:


I can listen to my music with Meizu in my shirt pocket on hot sunny day!No other device is small and light enough,truly:"Credit Card Size"!!!Today price? 50.-$..

marder

January 10, 2010, 6:39 am

First of all I must admit that I'm a mp3 player maniac.


I've listened to many mp3 players in searching for best sounding player to replace my old iRiver ifp 595.


I've spent hours to compare various players.


Now I can say: Meizu, beside iRiver ifp, is the best sounding player I can ever imagine.


Giving it only 5 points for sound quality is a scandal.


It's unserious. Far behind the competition may be all the other players.


Sorry.

Avaya Nelly

December 1, 2010, 1:57 am

I confuse when trustedreviews.com give meizu mini player sound quality only 5 from 10. I have one of them, and I can say this player is the player with the best sound in my life. The bass is so deep and the treble crisp, all the music instrument sounds very nice.





I have meizu mini player with 2 GB capacity, it looks exactly same like the picture and the specification is also same, I don't know its the whole different product or you get defect product so you said the sounds quality is bad.

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