In this article, we will review Mivi Octave. It is one of the affordable Bluetooth speaker in the market right now. Smartphone accessory maker Mivi is having a crack at this segment with the Mivi Octave. The Price of Mivi Octave is Rs. 2,999, is it worth the investment? Find out by reading this article.
Note: Our honest opinion is given in this Mivi Octave Review. We are not sponsored by Mivi.
Design and Specification of Mivi Octave (Review):
The Mivi Octave looks like an Apple HomePod. It is cylindrical in shape with woven fabric around the sides. The top and the bottom of the speaker have a matte plastic finish. There a Mivi logo on the top with a shiny bass radiator, slightly recessed into the body. You need to be careful about the bass radiator as it does not have a protective cover. Mivi Octave is available in grey and black color variants.
Octave from Mivi is very light and a lanyard attached to it which makes it easy to carry. Four buttons are there on this device — power/ pairing button, volume up & down, and a play/ pause button. These buttons are made of plastic, and we felt that the quality could have been better.
There is an LED just below the button that shows the current state of the Bluetooth speaker. When the speaker is playing audio this LED blinks and when it is steady when it doesn’t blink. There is a flap near the base of the device that covers the Micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio input, and charging LED. You’ll also find a reset button here.
While playing audio, the speaker doesn’t move as the base is made of rubber. Mivi ships a 3.5mm aux cable in the box along with a Micro-USB cable for charging. The speaker has an IPX5 rating which means that it will be able to withstand water splashes to some extent.
The Octave is also backed with two audio drivers and a passive subwoofer with a combined rated output of 16W and a frequency response range of 20Hz-20,000Hz. It supports Bluetooth 4.2 LE. The weight of this device is 318g and has a 2600mAh battery.
Mivi Octave Performance and Battery Life:
The MRP in the box of Mivi Octave states Rs. 4,000 but from the official site and Amazon, it is available in Rs. 2,999. That puts it’s in the same price segment as the JBL Go 2. However, we noticed that the Mivi Octave can get louder than the JBL Go 2.
The Mivi Octave does not have the typical V signature. It felt a lot like a flat signature with only slightly boosted lows and highs. This Bluetooth speaker can get loud, but we preferred listening to it at around the 60-70 percent volume level. At this volume, the audio is decent but not as warm as with some other speakers we’ve tested, such as the UE Wonderboom.
We played Dheeme Dheeme on the speaker while it was connected via Bluetooth to a MacBook Air. There was a noticeable difference in the audio quality while streaming the song on YouTube, versus playing a FLAC file.
We again tried the same test with the speaker connected to the laptop using an aux cable. The audio quality was better with the aux cable as compared to Bluetooth.
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The Octave from Mivi offers decent audio output on medium and low volume. It has a good sonic signature and is loud enough to fill a small room. The bass is little overpowering at higher volumes, but this is common among Bluetooth speakers at this price range. As long as you don’t use the Octave as a speakerphone, you will be happy for what it offers at its price of Rs. 2,999.