Review: NudeAudio Move S, Move M, + Move L Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speakers

Review: NudeAudio Move S, Move M, + Move L Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speakers 1

It’s easy for us to like new speakers when the designers clearly differentiate their concepts from existing options — a non-trivial task given that hundreds of companies are churning out speakers these days. Led by the former owner and senior designer of Gear4, a small new developer by the name of NudeAudio has released a set of simple Bluetooth 3 speakers under the “Move” name — Move S ($50), Move M ($70), and Move L ($100) grow in size and speaker power as their prices go up, promising a constant eight-hour battery life. This quick review today looks at all three together.

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Move S is the simplest model in the bunch, a rounded near-square shape measuring roughly 3” by 3” by 1.4”, and offered in either light gray/green or dark gray/coral red color combinations. The upper corner arrives with a knotted ring of thick colored rope attached immediately alongside small power, volume, and Bluetooth pairing buttons. A thick silicone ring lines Move S’s side edge and wraps around its back, protecting it against drops but not water intrusion. Although it looks like it could be hung in a shower, it’s really designed to be pocket-safe, with small audio-in and micro-USB holes on its edges.

 

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Move M has the same shape and general design as Move S, but jumps to a 4” by 4” footprint with around the same thickness, corner rope size, controls and ports. Unlike S, which has a very plasticky front speaker grille with varying-sized holes, Move M has a more traditional fine-perforated grille that feels like painted metal, plus a tiny hole on top to let a small microphone breathe through. M is the only model in the series with speakerphone functionality, and comes in the same colors as S, with the same black micro-USB cable for charging. The speakerphone is—like most Bluetooth speakerphones we’ve tested—not quite the equal of the integrated iPhone 5-series noise-canceling system in microphone performance, but entirely acceptable, and a little louder than the speakers built into current iPhones; it can be heard outdoors in light wind, though callers may tell you that you’re a little harder to hear. Audio is bassy and pleasant.

 

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Move L is different from its smaller siblings in a few ways. Measuring around 9” wide by just over 4” tall and 2.7” deep, it has the physical volume of roughly five Move M units placed together, using a molded-in rubber bottom foot to keep the speaker upright. Although the design language isn’t hugely different from Move M’s—same colors, same top buttons, same rope in the corner, and same audio-in port on the left side—the execution makes them very different speakers. Move M could easily dangle from a wire hanger if necessary; Move L would pull it apart. Here, the metallic speaker grille is on both the front and back, contributing to a very heavy and substantial chassis that can easily be gripped and moved around but not really worn on one’s wrist.

 

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This is the only speaker of the bunch that actually features dual front-facing speaker drivers for stereo sound, as well as a bass radiator to enhance low-end performance; the other models are both single-speaker designs with monaural sound. Move L also has a side-mounted full-sized USB port capable of recharging a self-tethered device, though NudeAudio doesn’t specify on its web site how much power you can really expect, and the output is capped at a sub-optimal 0.5-Amp speed. It’s the only model in the bunch to include a wall charger, however, and ships with four international wall blade sets that enable it to travel across the globe; you give up a micro-USB interface to get this feature, though. And finally, lest you think that Move L is entirely bigger and better than M, it notably gives up M’s speakerphone functionality for some reason.

 

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There’s one constant across all three speakers, and that’s general sound signature. Not surprising given the single-driver designs, Move S and M are pretty flat-sounding speakers, perceptually focused on mids and bass unless you hold them upright and point their front grilles directly towards you. Move S only begins to sound stronger in treble when the modestly bassier Move M is placed next to it, but they’re very comparable in peak volume—only for near-field listening, really—and maybe a step better than the speakers you’d hear in FM radios. Both worked fine within the promised Bluetooth 33-foot broadcasting radius.

 

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Move L is similarly mid- and bass-focused, though nowhere near as flat thanks to a dramatically richer bass driver and some—not a lot—of stereo separation. By $100 speaker standards, Move L is actually a pretty good-sounding system, falling short of being able to fill a small room but sounding quite respectable for near-field listening. On the other hand, it’s markedly larger than the leading portables we’ve seen in its class over the last year. Yes, it outperforms the new $180 Jawbone Mini Jambox and its Jambox predecessor in peak amplitude, frequency response and obviously price, but it’s around six times the size, closer to a Big Jambox in physical volume but not in power.

 

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Overall, Move S, Move M, and Move L are all worthy of general recommendations, though Move L is the best of the bunch—apart from its larger size and lack of speakerphone functionality, it would be a good rival to many of the top $80-$100 small speakers we’ve tested recently, and merits a B+. Move S and Move M are smaller and less expensive, but you give up a lot of audio performance with each one to achieve their enhanced portability. Pick M only if speakerphone functionality or a little extra bass matters to you; otherwise you’ll get very similar audio at a higher price. Both are worthy of flat B ratings.

Our Rating

B+
Recommended

Move L

B
Recommended

Move S and Move M

Company and Price

Company: NudeAudio

Website: www.nudeaudio.com

Model: Move S, Move M, Move L

Price: $50-$100

Compatible: All Bluetooth-Equipped iPads, iPhones + iPods

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