When it comes to speakers, most people like things to be loud. Whether you’re blasting Katy Perry in the office or dancing away with friends in your garden, there’s a speaker to fill every need and situation. What’s even better is that more and more speaker manufacturers are churning out high quality portable speakers, so you can unplug yourself from the confines of a power socket and groove away no matter where you are. But sometimes, these portable speakers may look good, but end up delivering a lukewarm listening experience. The Nude Audio Move L speaker is one such case, blending an eccentric design with disappointing audio.
Build Quality & Design
The Move L is certainly a bit hefty for a portable speaker. At one end is a bright thick shoelace that you can carry the speaker around with or leave it hanging somewhere, but judging from the size and weight of this thing it’s probably safer to have it on a stable surface. At the top you’ve got buttons for power, Bluetooth, and volume, while at the side you have a power socket, line-in, and USB port. The USB port can be used to trickle-charge your mp3 player or smartphone, though don’t expect it to be charged very quickly. The front grille hides two speakers that deliver stereo sound, while the back grille conceals a third speaker that pumps out the bass.
Getting the Move L speaker connected was simply a matter of firing up the Bluetooth and then connecting to it on my iPod. You also can alternatively connect using a 3.5mm audio cable for non-Bluetooth devices.
While the Move L may look a bit funky, the audio that came out of it was rather underwhelming for a speaker of this size. Holding down the volume buttons gradually increased the speaker’s volume, and at max volume the speaker certainly was loud, but it isn’t loud enough to make an impression when you actually take it out and about with you. At very high volume the audio does begin to distort quite a bit, and even the bass wasn’t that impressive. Other speakers half the size of the Move L have been capable of much richer sound, so it’s disappointing that something that looks so different would produce such mediocre audio. I cycled through a number of audio tracks, from classical instrumental to heavy rock and bass-heavy dance numbers, but none of them really shone through here.
The Nude Audio L speaker is certainly a looker, and gets the design aesthetic down to a science. But there’s more to a speaker than just looking pretty, and in the actual audio department, the Move L falls behind. It may look good and appear to be loud indoors, but once you’re on the move you’ll find that there’s very little to like about the Move L.