There comes a time where Bluetooth speakers were still in its infancy. During those days, we looked at X-mini’s Bluetooth speakers – they were tiny. It still packs a punch, though. Then there’s this capsule design where you can expand the speaker like an accordion for more bass. Times have changed since then, and now we have Bluetooth speakers like the Edifier MP255 – a Bluetooth speaker with some additional features that we actually need.
We’ll be comparing the Edifier MP255 with the Edifier MP233 that we reviewed here – because I use that yellow speaker all the time. There will be a few references to the MP80 that we reviewed here, too.
We also have a short video review for the Edifier MP255 too!
First of all, I want to highlight the elephant in the room – Edifier’s excessively intricate packaging design. For some reason, Edifier is always going for this clear case with a plastic bottom type of packaging. Both pieces are interconnected by these notches.
As for the Edifier MP255, it’s even more accessive than the designs of both the MP233 and MP80. It has two little silicon pads at the two sides of the top of the Edifier MP255 so that it wouldn’t move around during shipment. Having braces extruding inwards from the plastic case itself, however, will cause some damage.
I just have to say – Edifier, you’re really considerate when it comes to these types of extreme packaging.
At the bottom of the packaging is where some of the feature highlights are found.
Now, time to open up the packaging itself. The Edifier MP255 does indeed have those notches and latches like the MP80 again – but this time, they both have a seal stuck across it. You’ll either have to remove these stickers or puncture them. It’s really difficult to get a clean removal, mind you.
Once one of the latch on the notch has been released, the lid can be swiveled and opened apart, revealing the Edifier MP255 itself – and the two little silicon pads at the top.
But where did the accessories go? Glad you asked. Beneath where the Edifier MP255 sits is the answer. The platform which the Edifier MP255 sits can actually be opened, revealing the multitude of languages that the user manual is printed in, a warranty card, and the micro USB cable. Unlike the MP80 with the USB cable kinked and coiled around in a circle, the USB cable in the Edifier MP255’s box is held by nothing and just moves around in that compartment.
At first touch, the Edifier MP255’s silicon enclosure tinged up my senses with its smooth texture. It was at that moment when I realized that the Edifier MP255 is actually splash-proof.
The overall speaker design itself is actually quite dull. It looks like a rectangular bar with all of its sides rounded. Geometrically, it’s symmetrical too – which poses an issue since it’s like the MPP233, one side of the speaker grill is the subwoofer whereas the other one houses the tweeters. You’ll have to orient it the correct way to get the best sound.
The only orientation indicator that you can reliably use is the LED indicator at the top. It’ll always be on the left side of the speaker.
At the right side of the Edifier MP255, there’s a little port. Opening it up reveals two things – the microSD card slot and also the micro USB port. Which leads us nicely into the next section of this review – the features.
Let’s first take another look at the top of the Bluetooth speaker. There are only 5 buttons. Comparing this to the MP233, it has fewer buttons – and hence less features, right? Technically, yes. The ability to skip folders by holding the next/previous track buttons on the MP233 is not found on the Edifier MP255. NFC was also removed.
But fret not – as the Edifier MP255 does have its own special set of features built-in.
The LED indicator has a total of 3 colors – red, blue, and green. Now, let me explain what each of the LED colors stands for.
The blue LED here is pretty self-explanatory – blue color stands for Bluetooth. And it works very well here, too. Though the removal of NFC makes pairing a little bit more tedious (that is, if you’re spoiled by NFC’s convenience), the Edifier MP255 can be paired and entered pairing mode again by holding the “call” button. Much like how the MP233 behaves.
As for the red LED, it’s also the same as the MP233. It reads all the music files from the microSD card that was inserted. However, if you have tracks separated by folders, then you’re in for a roller coaster. As the Edifier MP255 does not have dedicated volume and track-seeking buttons, you’ll have to skip tracks one by one until you reach the next folder. Bummer.
The green LED, however, is actually aux mode. Come to think of it – where is the aux port anyway? That’s where the Edifier MP255’s specialty comes in. It supports USB audio passthrough – so you can connect a micro USB cable from the Edifier MP255 to your computer or to your phone through OTG cable, and it can play music through that. While charging, too.
Furthermore, when it’s in aux mode, you can hold the play/pause button and the LED turns red, and it enters “card reader” mode. Though the speeds are questionably slow – at least it works.
One little trivia to point out is that the sound it makes when it’s turned off is actually Windows 10’s USB ejection sound clip.
Using the Edifier MP255
The sound quality of the Edifier MP255 is actually pretty good, in my opinion. The bass that it produces is slightly better than the MP233, as it does have a slightly higher power compared to its lesser brethren. With its silicon housing, I find it enjoyable to just lug it around whenever I go without having to worry about water damage.
The one complaint that I have is the obnoxious sound that it makes when it is low on battery. It sounds like some transformers transforming, and it’s really loud too.
The USB audio passthrough mode works magnificently well, too. As for “card reader” mode, I can barely get 1MB/s transfer speeds out of it. But hey, at least it works.
As for the sound quality, the bass is somewhat there. Listening to music like Anthology (Daft Punk Tribute) by Overwerk is surprisingly enjoyable. Street Food by Rhodz is also enjoyable. Certain music like Dream Sweet In Sea Major sounds fantastic too.
The speaker itself sounds like there’s a tendency to go a little bit bassy on the frequency response but generally remains pretty flat.
Vocals, on the other hand, is pretty ok.
Big band music like Cherokee by the BBC Big Band sounds pretty good. Some vocal-oriented tracks like Bozack (DJ Deckstream Remix) by CL and St. James Ballroom by Alice Francis does sound a little heavy on the bass side.
To its credit, the vocals didn’t drown or get muffled by its bass, which is good.
At louder volumes, the Edifier MP255 manages to retain its sound quality and not distort. Better yet, the sound the bass is somehow enhanced at higher volumes, but that’s beyond the volume that I’d use in a room.
Let’s be honest – both the MP80 and MP233 has extraordinarily long battery life. The same can be said for the Edifier MP255, too. Though, my only complaint is the extremely long charging times that it has.
I’m not sure what’s the battery capacity of the Edifier MP255, but for all I know, it needs 5V 2A to charge – like an iPad. My unit came to me with zero battery left, so I did have to give it a little charge before using it.
To my surprise, I discovered one funny little behavior that it has. It makes some Transformers-like sound when it has low battery, then its frequency response changes. Yes, the sound it produces actually changes.
I’m not the only one who realized this as well. Once the Edifier MP255 makes the “I’m low on battery” noise, the bass just disappears. Once you do charge it, it returns back to its original sound frequency.
Wrapping up the Edifier MP255 review
For all I can say, the Edifier MP255 is a surprisingly good Bluetooth speaker. Though there are a few tiny little complaints I have. Firstly, the lack of a lanyard hook seems like an oversight, as it would be nice to have this speaker dangling off my bag – just like the MP80. Not sure if the weight allows, though. Perhaps a carabiner?
Then comes to the design. I like the silicon housing and the symmetrical design. I also like the splash-proof IP54 rating that it has, too.
It does have its quirks here and there, like the low battery and power off sound that it makes. Its features, however, are extraordinary for a Bluetooth speaker. Even if it doesn’t have the 3.5mm audio jack, the Edifier MP255 supports USB audio passthrough – and better yet, can become a microSD card reader too.
For the price of RM199 (previously RM399.90), the Edifier MP255 is a fantastic deal. If you want to get a decent Bluetooth speaker, then please go out there and look for the Edifier MP255 now. I think it’s a one-of-a-kind Bluetooth speaker.