Review Price £79.95
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker Setup
We had absolutely no difficulty pairing the Lil’ Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker with our phone. After turning it on and sliding the switch to ‘BT’, our phone discovered the unit instantly – all we had to do was follow the phone’s onscreen instructions (it’s listed as COWIN BT). The blue LED lights up solidly to denote a connection. Music streaming was stable, with only one or two momentary drop-outs. It obediently skips tracks and adjusts volume on the phone using the toggle switch on the side.
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker Performance
Through the wonders of resonance and vibration, Lil’ Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker uses a flat, hard surface to amplify the sound. Hold it in the air while playing and the sound is thin and weedy but the moment you plonk it on a table it miraculously gets louder and you can suddenly hear the bass frequencies.
How well it performs depends very much on the surface and the type of music you’re playing. There’s fun to be had walking round the room and seeing how it sounds on different surfaces. Wood is best – we tried a coffee table and dining table, and both resulted in a clean, crisp 360-degree sound with just enough bass presence to stop it sounding too thin and fatiguing. That said, like most of these vibration speakers, there's a distinct lack of richness and polish to the sound. Bass notes can sound a bit flabby and vocals sound strained.
It also doesn’t really like being fed with a signal that’s even slightly too loud, which causes the sound to distort. It struggles with dance music featuring heavy kick drums and lots of bass, so it’s best to keep the source volume at a fairly low level. So while the sound quality is good enough for everyday, unfussy playback around the house or in a hotel room, don't expect miracles.
It’s worth noting that it sounds better over Bluetooth than it does via the analogue input, possibly because it’s not quite as easy to overload the speaker drivers. Love Is A Losing Game by Amy Winehouse sounds great from our Bluetooth phone, playing back the retro-soul with solid bass and crisp hi-hats. Winehouse’s voice doesn’t sound anywhere near as thin or nasal as we expected too. Obviously we’re not talking audiophile grade sonics here but considering it’s using a wooden table as a speaker it’s actually fairly impressive.
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker Verdict
The Lil’ Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker is a cute little speaker solution for those who do a lot of travelling and just can’t stand to be without their favourite tunes. Obviously it's dependent on you having a suitable flat surface though, which won't suit all situations. Bluetooth streaming is a convenient reliable feature, while the versatile analogue input makes it compatible with any device that sports a 3.5mm headphone output port.
On a flat hard surface like a wooden coffee table it produces listenable sound quality with some audible bass and clean high frequencies. It’s easy to make it distort though and energetic forms of music can sound a bit flabby, but with judicious use of the volume controls it'll keep you entertained while you're out and about.
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