Many do not know but Mivi makes many audio devices including headphones, speakers and sound bars in India. Out of its latest soundbar range, we got the Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar over for an assessment. We spent 2 weeks with the device, and this is what we think of the new less expensive sound bar.
Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar review: Design
As the name suggests this soundbar is not a full-fledged 3-4 feet long sound bar, but is a compact 14-inch sound bar for flat-screen TVs. The front is dominated by a mesh cloth panel with silver accents on the sides and the Mivi branding upfront. This hides 4 speaker array behind it.
The rest of the Mivi Fort S24 mini sound bar is made up of hard plastic which gives it a bit of sturdiness. On top of the machine, users get a couple of buttons. These include play/pause, volume up and down, and mode keys. The Mode buttons enable the users to switch between FM, Bluetooth etc modes. A microphone can also be found on the top that lets users speak to voice assistants like Google Assistant. Spin it around and you will see the power button as well as other ports. The ports include a microSD card slot, USB A, USB Type-C for charging and auxiliary. Two large rubber feet are given at the bottom for Mivi Fort S24 mini sound bar to sit tight on any type of surface. The total weight of the machine is 1.2Kg. Overall, the look and feel of the machine is quite desirable in this price bracket.
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Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar review: Performance
Coming to how the Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar performs in real life, we found it to be pretty decent for the price it is offered at. When we put it to the test with a 43-inch smart TV in a large hall setup it did gave us a very good sound experience till 80-85% of the volume levels. Go beyond 90 then the sound starts to crack a bit.
However, under 80% the 24W four-speaker array provides very admirable highs, mids and bass. Lows could have been better. Also, since it is a Bluetooth sound bar, it can also be used as a stand-alone BT speaker without the TV. We played sports, news, regular K-drama and songs on YouTube using it and it became our preferred choice. Since most TVs have downward-firing speakers between 10-20W RMS, the Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar provides 24W RMS front-firing audio. This is better for large rooms as you get a better resonance.
Connecting it using any TV that has BT or 3.5mm aux capability is easy. However, we would have loved it even more if there was a remote supplied with it for switching the modes etc. In the box, users also get a USB charging cable but not a charger.
Coming to its battery life, the company claims that it can last for over 6 hours. However, in our tests, it ran over just 5 hours. This is still ok, as you would keep the charger connected to it when watching TV for long periods. Audio from various devices like the microSD card, mobile, aux and USB pen drive is supported. All popular audio formats such as MP3 are supported, too.
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Overall, for the price of Rs 1,799 the Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar is quite good. You get a premium finish, very decent sound and better-quality plastics all over. If you are in the market looking for an inexpensive sound option for your low-sounding TV, you should look at this sound bar.
Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar Pros
Plenty of modes
Mivi Fort S24 mini soundbar Cons
Audio cracks a bit over 90% volume level
A remote with it would have been useful
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