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Miccus BluBridge Mobile Speaker review: Miccus BluBridge Mobile Speaker

Miccus BluBridge Mobile Speaker

Donald Bell Senior Editor / How To
Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.
Donald Bell
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Editors' note: Due to a decrease in the suggested retail price of this product (now $99, down from $129), we have adjusted our rating to reflect the improved value.


Miccus BluBridge Mobile Speaker

The Good

The BluBridge mobile speaker offers a compact design, A2DP Bluetooth 2.0 audio streaming, battery-powered portability, aux input, AVRCP playback controls, and the capability to take calls from your mobile phone.

The Bad

The sound quality of the BluBridge lacks any kind of low end and call quality was mediocre.

The Bottom Line

The BluBridge speaker design is easy on the eyes, but sound quality is lacking.

A portable Bluetooth speaker can be a magical thing. These wireless, battery-powered boom boxes can stream music from your computer or mobile phone, and many of them will even act as speakerphones for taking calls. The BluBridge mobile speaker ($99) from Miccus can perform all of these feats of wireless audio magic (and more) in a space no larger than a paperback book.

Measuring 8 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall and a little over an inch thick, the BluBridge mobile speaker uses a blade-like, tapered design that is small enough to throw in a shoulder bag, but not so small to fit in your pocket. The front includes two 1.25-inch speakers covered with a durable metal grille, along with a useful arrangement of plastic controls for power, volume, mute, and song playback (play/pause, skip, reverse).

On the back of the BluBridge, you'll find a battery compartment for four AA batteries, a line input jack for connecting non-Bluetooth audio devices (MP3 or CD players), and a DC power input for the included power adapter. A cloth pouch is also included with the speaker, along with a 2-foot line input cable.

As far as Bluetooth is concerned, the BluBridge mobile speaker is compatible with most configurations, including mono headset profiles (for use as a speakerphone) and A2DP stereo audio. It even offers AVRCP control that allows compatible audio sources to respond to the play/pause, skip, and reverse buttons located on the front of the speaker. We tested the Bluetooth capabilities of the BluBridge speaker with an Apple MacBook, an LG Dare, and the Miccus BluBridge iPod adapter. In every scenario, pairing the speaker with the device was relatively quick and easy.

Unfortunately, while the speaker's setup was painless, its sound quality was not. The BluBridge's high frequencies are brittle; lows are nonexistent; and the overall sound is a tad overdriven. Speakerphone quality was a mixed bag, with incoming calls sounding crisp and distinct, but outgoing microphone quality suffering from some grittiness.

We have to cut the manufacturer some slack for creating such a small speaker, and keeping the price under $100. If you can spare an extra $50, a slightly larger speaker like the Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile puts the BluBridge's sound to shame. If you can forgo speakerphone capability, Yamaha's NX-B02 offers remarkable sound for its size, and currently carries a street price of $129. That said, neither the Logitech nor Yamaha systems are quite as compact or inexpensive as the BluBridge, nor do they include AVRCP playback controls. Value is in the eye of the beholder, but if music quality is your primary concern, the BluBridge mobile speaker would not be our first choice for you.


Miccus BluBridge Mobile Speaker

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 6Performance 5