Wireless earphones have simplified our everyday routine to a great extent. These non-wired audio accessories have an advantage over the conventional wired headphones as they save us from the hassle of entangles wires that limit our productivity in day-to-day tasks. While buying a pair of wireless earphones, one must consider the audio quality, overall weight and the price-point of the product.
Mivi, an emerging smartphones accessories brand from the homegrown market has recently announced its first Bluetooth neckband earphone 'Collar' for audiophiles. The wireless audio device is quite lightweight and supports HD-stereo sound and passive noise cancellation. Priced The device is selling at Rs. 2,999, the neckband is available on Mivi.in, Amazon.in, Flipkart and Paytm.
We have reviewed the Mivi's Saxo Bluetooth headphones in past, which turned out to be a hidden gem at the price range it was being made available. The brand sent the new neckband for a detailed analysis and here's what we found in our testing.
Design: Sturdy and Lightweight
The Mivi collar is a lightweight Bluetooth headset crafted from good quality plastic. The audio accessory come with a flexible neckband design, which makes it quite comfortable to wear throughout the day. The weight is hardly noticeable even when worn for long hours, which is indeed the best thing about this neckbandI used the device for daily commuting and could hardly feel its weight.
As mentioned earlier, the earphones have a flexible neckband design which is connected with a single cable on either side. The left side of the Mivi collar neckband houses the volume rockers, where as the right side houses the power key and the charging slot. Mivi collars have a microUSB slot for charging. The earphones also have magnets on the edges, which helps the headphone to stay on the neck when not in use. The magnetic lock is an interesting feature as it makes sure that the headphones stays at their place even when you are riding a bike or going for a morning run. Also the neckband has magnetic slots to house the earpieces when not in use. Mivi has overall done a good job in designing the Collar earphones.
Features and specifications
The Mivi Collar comes with Bluetooth version 4.1 which has a connectivity range of up to 30 feet. There were no connectivity issues faced during my test period, and I was able to connect the neckband with a number of devices. The fact that you can connect the Mivi neckband with more than one device at a time is rather useful and comes handy if you are travelling with a partner. However you need to unpair the first device that is connected before adding the second device in the list. Post that, you can use the earphones with more than one device at the same time.
In the technical department, the Mivi collar neckband has 16 ohms impedance and has a frequency range of 20Hz-20 KHz, which makes the earphones deliver loud audio. The earphones have 104 db+/-3 sensitivity and weigh just 30 gms making it portable and easy to wear for long durations.
Performance: Loud and Clear audio
I tested the Mivi for quite some time and liked the overall balanced performance. In the initial stage, the headphones produced loud sound delivery, but lacked in the bass output. However, after a week of regular usage, the earphones produced punchy bass post the burn-in process.
I played a wide genre of music and I would say that the earphones didn't fail to please me as a whole.
The highs, lows and mids are balanced, which makes the neckband a good audio accessory for tuning in to audio tracks that involves instruments like synthesizers, guitars, percussion instrument,and wind instruments. As the audio delivery is quite loud and clear, the individual beats can be heard clearly.
Mivi uses a CVC 6.0 passive noise cancellation which tends to work pretty amazing. Even at 60 or 70% volume the earphones block the outside noises and allow a user to enjoy their media without getting disturbed. Further the call quality on the earphones is also good and I didn't experience any kind of issue while making or receiving a call.
Mivi Collar neckband is a good blend of performance and features. The loud and clear audio combined with the lightweight design makes it a perfect wireless audio accessory for everyday use. The icing on the cake is the on-the-go call functionality and the fact that you can connect the earphones with more than one device at a time.