Top positive review
A noticeable improvement upon a previous model.
June 15, 2019
I owned another Mpow bluetooth receiver which was, about 2 years ago, the flagship bluetooth receiver. Over the last few months, it's been having connectivity issues and the volume has begun to decrease so I thought I'd give the newest model a shot.
First off, the packaging is far nicer than that of the one from 2 years ago. The device itself also feels sleeker, yet sturdier than the previous model with the squared edges (at a few points the previous model somehow opened up at one of the edges).
The functionality of it it extremely intuitive - turn it on, search for the receiver in your phone or tablet, connect, and you're good to go. I've only yet tested it on a 1h30m round trip work drive, but what I've heard I like very much.
The baseline volume seems higher, which I like a lot, and the overall sound quality seems noticeably better. I can actually heard the mids and highs more clearly than I ever recall hearing before. If I do have any quibbles with the sound, it is that the bass does get a LITTLE muddled but it's not enough to argue over. I believe the previous model I had was Bluetooth 5.0 as well, but it's possible this one has improved functionality.
One thing I will say is that it WILL have an unmistakable buzzing sound if you use it while it's charging - there IS a way around this, and it is called a "ground noise loop isolator". It's a small bar you plug the receiver into, and then another from the bar to the aux input - it completely silences the noise coming from the voltage without hindering the quality or volume. Depending on your setup, this may or may not inconvenience you. For me, it works perfectly fine and I'm glad I made the update.