SoundScience Mito 25W Bluetooth Portable Speaker
~ An Elliot Holmes Review ~
• Small in size and incredibly portable – there’s a carry case included as well.
• Fantastic sound quality and volume which is an extremely pleasant surprise considering the size of the speaker.
• Very quick to set up so it normally takes a very short time before music begins blasting at you.
• Unless you are using a Bluetooth enabled device you will need to purchase a Bluetooth dongle to stream music to the speaker.
• It would be lovely if there was a way of pairing the speaker to additional ones but that can’t be achieved with Bluetooth.
• You can have any colour you want – as long as it’s black.
Now this is what I’m talking about – a lightweight and readily portable speaker with the output power of a far more substantial system. To say I was immediately impressed with the QSB Mito speaker would probably be an understatement; mainly as Andy and Josh, since they had first dibs, were blasting the little beast at full volume and I could hear it clearly at my desk from across the office.
When I finally managed to prise the speaker out of their hands and have a go myself I was totally blown away. While the sound was a big factor in this it was also the overall design and the ease in setting the speaker up which really ticked all the boxes for me.
If you’ve seen my preview video then you should have a fairly good idea of the volume and sound quality but if you haven’t then have a little look as it’s probably the best way to see what I’m banging on about:
SoundScience Mito Video Preview (if you want to continue reading then open the link in a new tab or window as it will take you straight to Youtube otherwise)
The SoundScience Mito speaker range isn’t a million miles away in design from their equally impressive cousins, the SoundScience QSB USB speakers, with the exception of a few subtle differences. This works quite well since it cements the overall design with the brand and gives the speaker ranges a little bit of uniformity.
Overall the design would probably be considered minimalist by most and I’d lean towards agreeing. The design doesn’t amount to much more than some nice matte plastic, a shiny bit of silver plastic (around the grill) and the black grill itself. I don’t meant to imply that this is a bad thing as I think SoundScience have been quite practical and that by aiming for a minimal feel the speakers should blend in to most areas quite well – after all it’s not like you’re going to want to try matching a bright candy pink speaker with a green paint scheme.
The minimal design extends to the back of the speaker too as all that is present there is a push-in switch (to turn the speaker and bluetooth on) a red LED and the USB charging port. Again, not the most interesting sight but you can see why SoundScience have gone for this.
The SoundScience Mito is ridiculously easy to set-up and it took me less than a minute to go from connecting to blaring which is impressive.
The process is very simplistic and just involves pressing the button on the back of the Mito to turn it on and send out the Bluetooth signal. From here, as you most likely have worked out if you’ve ever used Bluetooth before, it’s a matter of getting your phone or player to search for the speaker and connect. Once you’re all hooked up (so to speak) press play and stand back.
There isn’t a huge amount I can tell you about controlling the speaker as that’s all handled by the controls on the device which is streaming the music. During my testing I was using the music player on my phone and I would assume that everyone can work out that pressing the ‘forward’ button will skip a track forwards and so on.
I guess as well that some might prefer it if you could connect more than one Mito together at the same time. While a single speaker is more than powerful enough to cope playing alone having two of these beasts playing at the same time would be pretty awesome; such as XMI offer through the daisy-chain feature of their fantastic X-Mini II speakers. Really it’s a shame that this can’t – to my knowledge anyway – be achieved over Bluetooth.
I realise that other than my little moan about there being no AUX input that I’ve only really had good things to say about the SoundScience Mito speaker. Honestly this is because I’ve not come up against any issues with my fiddlings and on the whole I’m amazed at how good this little monster actually is.
So if you’re in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker then I’d say that the Mito will be well worth a look as I’m sure you’ll be just as impressed as I was.