For Rs 4,999 the Mi Soundbar brings with it a host of connectivity options and good performance. The lack of a subwoofer isn’t a big deal here. The soundbar looks elegant and is well built too. However, the lack of a remote control and the the ability to remember only one bluetooth device at a time is disappointing.
XIAOMI MI SOUNDBAR DETAILED REVIEW
One of the biggest disadvantages of TVs going slimmer is that the quality of audio from them has deteriorated. Thankfully, this gave birth to a new category of products which worked as a plug and play accessory to the idiot box. These products, called soundbars have gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. Today we have with us a budget soundbar from the house of Xiaomi. It is priced at Rs 4,999, brings with it good sound output, but also has some minor flaws.
Mi Soundbar Design:
The Mi Soundbar looks quite elegant in an all-white body with a grey fabric mesh at the front and rounded edges. It is quite long with a couple of inches short of 3 feet in length. That’s almost the length of a 40-inch TV. It weighs just under 2 kilograms and is easy to carry around from one room to another or lug it around to a friend’s place. You can place it on a desk with its rubber feet holding it firmly in place and preventing it from skidding. It can also be wall mounted and Xiaomi has bundled the necessary screws in the package.
Mi Soundbar Features :
There are plenty of connectivity options on the Mi Soundbar. You get Bluetooth 4.2, Aux in, Coaxial line in, SPDIF and Optical in. One of the more commonly found input options – a USB port is missing here. Xiaomi claims to have fitted the soundbar with 8 drivers. You get a pair of 2.5-inch drivers, a pair of 20mm tweeters and 4 passive radiators for the bass, each measuring 70 x 55 mm in dimension.
Mi Soundbar Performance:
I tried multiple input sources to test the soundbar. I connected the set-top box using a line in for TV viewing experience. Then I plugged in the bundled SPDIF cable into Xiaomi’s latest Mi 4X Pro smart TV for watching some HD movies and streaming online content. And lastly, I played the various genres of music over Bluetooth. My overall experience was a mixed bag which I shall elaborate as we go ahead.
BUILD AND DESIGN
Considering the price of the soundbar, it is very well build. It has a plastic body all around and it feels quite solid. There is no noticeable flex and the plastic does not depress no matter where we press it. Apart from the front, the rest of the body is all white which looks classy. The only downside is that it will get dirty easily so you will end up cleaning it a lot. At the back, there are brackets to wall mount the soundbar and it is nice that the bar comes with screws in the box to wall mount it. Speaking of the front the Mi Soundbar has a fabric mesh in the front which does give it a premium look and feel. When it comes to the controls, you have physical buttons on the top of the soundbar for input options and the volume controls.