The Denon Envaya Mini is a relatively new contender in the Bluetooth speaker market, ready for use with your phone, tablet or laptop. It boasts a considerable amount of on board technology that Denon claims enhances the audio.
Envaya Mini Review: Design
The Envaya Mini looks sleek and smart. Peaking through its metal black grille is a vibrant shade of blue offering a dash of colour, (also available in white and orange) adding to its style. The circular grille effect is a nice addition, making the Envaya Mini a very visually distinctive Bluetooth speaker. It also comes with a very soft, luxurious carry case that you might expect to get with a premium speaker.
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It’s a very solid speaker, with rubberised feet at either end that protrude slightly, further than the speaker itself. These offer extra grip, which comes in handy when the speaker is being used at high volume with a lot of bass.
It feels like a solid, premium metal speaker, weighing 558g and measures 20.9x5.4x5.1cm. Its heavier than it looks but that adds to the solid feel and still retains its compact size.
The Envaya Mini has physical buttons. There are volume controls, as well as a pause/play button and a battery indicator button, which lights up a small LED with different colours depending on the level of battery life.
The Envaya Mini is water resistant up to a point. An IPX4 rating and can only withstand light showers or drink spillages for example, which is handy as an outdoor speaker.
It’s also got an integrated microphone with noise cancelling capabilities, enabling speakerphone capabilities. When we tested this, we had no complaints from the recipient of the call about the clarity of the call and we could hear them clearly.
The only slight disappointment is that you can’t use the volume controls to change tracks, a feature that’s popular in Bluetooth speakers, but not available on the Envaya Mini.
Envaya Mini: Connections
The Envaya Mini has two connections; Bluetooth 4.0 and Aux-in. It does also boast NFC capabilities for one touch pairing, just tap your NFC compatible phone on the NFC logo on the speaker and you’re all set up.
To set up Bluetooth is easy; it only requires you to hold down the play/pause button for a few seconds before it appears on your devices list on your phone’s Bluetooth menu.
The Bluetooth range is quite impressive too, where some Bluetooth speakers start to stutter after only 5m of distance, we could step outside the room and still have music playing. Again a good feature for outdoor use.
The Envaya Mini has the very admirable ability to connect to up to eight connections simultaneously. This means that one person can pause their music and let a friend take over, without stopping. It’s a great feature to have, especially for social situations and reinforces the fact that the Envaya Mini stands out in the sub £100 market.
Envaya Mini: Audio
The Envaya Mini audio truly excels above and beyond our expectations. Bluetooth speakers around the £100 mark have a tendency to be either extremely bassy with disappointing sound clarity, or they’ll have great clarity but a severe lack of bass. That’s not the case with the Envaya Mini, which boasts dual 40mm full range drivers with a 40x83mm passive radiator, which produces both crisp sound and impressive bass.
A contributing factor is the amount of technology on board the Envaya Mini. It includes advanced MaxxAudio technology, which is studio-quality sound processing technology that won a technical GRAMMY award. It also has other advanced signal-processing technologies on board that intelligently provide the best possible performance.
Denon uses aptX, which is a higher quality Bluetooth streaming format that the company claims provides CD quality streaming, as if you were connected to the speaker with an audio cable. In this test, we didn’t notice a difference in quality between a Bluetooth connection and a wired connection, so another tick for the Envaya Mini's capabilities.
The audio is room filling, which is impressive for a speaker of this size. The loudness doesn't make the floorboards vibrate, but it doesn’t have to – it’s more than just sheer volume and bass, it’s an audio experience.
But the Envaya Mini, produces an audio “sweet spot” where the audio sounds fantastic. However if you’re not directly in this sweet spot, the experience, while still good, isn’t quite there.
Envaya Mini: Battery Life
Denon claim that the battery will last up to 10 hours on a full charge but in our tests it lasted between 6 and 7 hours but running flat in normal use. It is easy to charge though, using a standard Micro-USB cable.
Envaya Mini Review: Verdict
The Denon Envaya Mini is such a good choice for a £99 Bluetooth speaker. The design gives it a premium look and feel, the sound quality is more than good enough even without a 360-degree speaker setup, it does a great job of filling a room with the sound of clear and crisp audio. A very capable speaker at a very competitive price.