- Stylish Retro Design
- Portable Size with Carry Strap
- FM Radio
- Good Build Quality
- Good Bass
- Limited Soundstage
- Highs and Lows a little too high
- Mids are muddled
Small but powerful. That’s the most apt description of this small, portable, retro designed speaker. It’s not only got style, but it has one of the better sound stage reproduction for speakers of its size. That said, the speaker does come with some flaws which aren’t jarring, but can turn some more discerning users away from the speaker for other options.
The one thing you’ll notice immediately of the Elysium Iron Mini is its iconic retro design. It not only gives you a throw back to the 80s, the inclusion of FM radio connectivity and the tuning dial make it one hell of a throw back. The company did well in replicating the design of the retro radios. From its dial to the small legs at bottom which complete the retro look and feel of the speaker.
While the overall retro feel will draw you in, the design doesn’t leave functionality behind. The Elysium Iron Mini also comes with a leather strap which allows you to easily carry the speaker without disrupting the overall design of it. While increasing its portability, the leather strap may not be for everyone.
The Elysium Iron Mini is loud, if not anything else. Keeping the volume at about 60% was enough to fill a room which is about 300-400 square feet. It actually puts some of its peers to shame in this respect. However, keep in mind that the louder you go, the more distortion you will hear. This is even more true for the Iron Mini cause of its subwoofer which is located on the back of the speaker and is easily obstructed.
That said, the overall sound quality is acceptable. It’s not amazing, but it’s acceptable. The area where it falls short is mainly in the tuning of the speaker which favours bass and highs leaving its mids muddled. This affects the overall range and sound stage of the speaker leaving it a little bit imbalanced and can be a tad bit irritating to those who are more discerning of sounds. The muddled mids caused classical and pop songs to be more bass heavy and less well rounded when it came to sound stage and audio range. Even when correcting on our many devices, there was little change in the overall sound quality.
Be that as it may, the speaker did excel in two genres of music: dance and electric music. The tuning seems to favour these types of music and is also less noticeable when listening to podcasts. Of course, this in no way discounts the overall sound stage which is more robust that most of its peers in the same price range.
Features & Portability
The one feature of the Iron Mini which stands out is the inclusion of FM Radio. This allows those who still listen to FM radio to enjoy really clear FM radio broadcast quality, even without an extendable antenna.
In addition to that, the ability to connect inputs via 3.5mm audio jack also adds functionality to the Elysium Iron Mini. This allows users to be able to hook up more dated audio output devices and still enjoy the loud sound of the Elysium Iron Mini and their music.
The small size of the Iron Mini also allows you to chuck it in a bag at anytime. In fact, it would be an ideal speaker to take for a day at the beach or a picnic. Although keep in mind that it’s not dust and water resistant.
The Elysium Iron Mini is worth its price just in the features and functionality that it brings to the table. However, its most jarring flaw is the overall tuning of the speaker which muddles its mids while increasing its highs and lows a little too high. That said, only the most discerning audiophiles will be able to pick up this flaw. The overall pack is worth every penny and makes it a serious contender for those looking for a speaker which can also be a statement piece in their room.
Also published on Medium.