Wavemaster Moody 2.1 Bluetooth Review
Published: 4th November 2015 | Source: Wavemaster | Price: £119.99 |
How you view any set of speakers depends largely upon your intended use and audio preferences. If you plan on hosting a dubstep house party then you will view them very differently to someone who just wants to hear whatever Youtube video they are watching.
That might give you something of a clue as to how we feel about the Wavemaster Moody 2.1 speakers.
First up is build quality, and as befits a German design both the subwoofer and satellite speakers are extremely sturdy and well designed. Rather than go down the road of trying to make the satellites super-thin or give them any flair - which usually comes at the expense of sound quality - the Moody 2.1 looks no different to any other set of 2.1 speakers you might have seen. They are almost utilitarian. We don't mind this at all as we are going to hear them far more than we look at them. If we only cared about looks we'd buy a Playboy picture.
The Streamport works exceptionally well. Slide the input from line to BT and an LED flashes. Select the Streamport on your phone/tablet and you're good to go. It couldn't be simpler to use and the range is exceptionally good. We could walk anywhere in our office and not lose signal. The only downside is that if there is a pause in proceedings you usually lose the first second of a track whilst it fires up again, but that's true of all wireless devices because of the power saving mode. It has a headphone jack as well as a Line In for low output devices such as mobile phones and the like. The subwoofer has a different Line In for more powerful output devices.
Sound quality at the default settings is tremendously bass heavy. When you pair a larger and more powerful subwoofer with a couple of averagely powered satellite speakers it's not a great surprise that the bass speaker dominates. Thankfully the Moody 2.1 comes with two EQ knobs on the back to adjust the bass and the treble. We found that the setting which gives the most accurate sound reproduction was about a quarter bass and neutral treble. Much more than that and the bass starts to dominate until, at halfway, it takes over things completely and it sounds like you're listening either underwater, or to your neighbours music. But if you're judicious with the balancing and/or a complete bass head then the fidelity is excellent with enough cable on the satellites to allow for good stereo spacing, and enough lightness that even parked next to your monitor they still get it done.
Beyond the problem with the dominant bass the only other issue is one of volume. Which brings us back to our initial point about your intended use. If you want to use the Wavemaster Moody 2.1 as a PC speaker set it's plenty loud enough. However, because of the ability to pair your musical device of choice to it one would expect to use it, or believe the manufacturer expects us to use it, as a ghetto HiFi arrangement. That's fine in a small room on your own, but it's not remotely loud enough to handle party duties, or even "a few people talking in a room" duties. It's almost schizophrenic. Designed for one use that it isn't quite powerful enough to perform. Sure they claim 65W RMS, but the satellite 15W RMS seems far closer to the truth.
A slightly mixed bag then. It looks good, the build quality is excellent and the functionality is good. With careful tweaking of the EQ and using it as a PC speaker set then it's fantastic and you would be happy. Plan on trying to fill a good sized room with it though and it's found wanting. Because of the dominant bass and fairly low maximum volume we award the Wavemaster Moody 2.1 our Silver Award. A highly-polished Silver, but Silver nonetheless.