Published On: June 25, 2024

Morel BIGGIE Wireless Speaker Review- The Goldilocks of Portable Speakers

Published On: June 25, 2024
Last Updated on: July 5, 2024
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Morel BIGGIE Wireless Speaker Review- The Goldilocks of Portable Speakers

Big sound with an upscale design.

Morel BIGGIE Wireless Speaker Review- The Goldilocks of Portable Speakers

  • With a passion for home theater, tech, and great sound, Eric writes to inform and inspire. He has a background installing smart homes, home theater, network integration, and all things consumer tech.

Once upon a time, in the world of portable Bluetooth speakers, there were options that were too big, too small, too rugged, or too fragile. Enter the Morel Biggie, a speaker that, like the porridge in Goldilocks' tale, is "just right." Morel, a premium audio brand known for its hand-assembled car and home speakers, has crafted a portable solution that strikes a delicate balance between size, sound quality, and design.

But what truly sets the Morel Biggie apart in this fairytale of portable speakers is its seemingly magical ability to produce deep, rich bass from its compact enclosure. Like a bear cub with the roar of a grizzly, this unassuming speaker hides a secret: its 4-inch driver is a true subwoofer in disguise. This unusual feat of audio engineering hints at a listening experience that defies expectations, much like Goldilocks' surprise at finding comfort in the home of the three bears. As we delve deeper into our review, we'll explore how Morel has managed to pack such impressive low-end performance into a speaker that's "just right" for at-home portability.

Design

The Biggie is a visual treat that looks more expensive than its $299 price tag suggests. Its minimalist box design with sharp angles is complemented by a low-gloss painted finish available in nine different colors. This variety ensures there's a Biggie to suit any home decor, from subtle to statement-making.

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The speaker's faux leather handle, embossed with "Högtalare" (a nod to its larger sibling), is both premium-looking and functional. It's perfect for carrying the Biggie from room to room, living up to its "at-home portable" nature. The compact dimensions (7" x 7" x 4.5") and modest weight (5.7 lbs) make it easy to move around without feeling like you're lugging around a hefty piece of equipment.

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A clever design feature is the right-angle cable and front-firing port. These allow you to place the Biggie closer to walls without compromising sound quality or cable management - a thoughtful touch for those with limited space.

The magnetic grille covering the front is a stylish addition, but it's worth noting that it's more delicate than you might expect from a portable speaker. This isn't a speaker designed for rough-and-tumble outdoor adventures, but rather for gentle transitions between indoor and sheltered outdoor spaces.

Features

Behind its sleek exterior, the Biggie packs some serious audio technology. The 2-way bass reflex system incorporates a custom 4" woofer and a 1" soft dome tweeter, powered by 60W of Class D amplification (45W for the woofer and 15W for the tweeter).

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Connectivity is handled by Bluetooth 5.3, offering an impressive 50-foot range. The 20-hour battery life is more than enough for extended listening sessions, and fast charging capability means you're never down for long.

Additional features include a USB-C port for charging (which doubles as a power bank for your phone), a 3.5mm AUX input for wired connections, and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) pairing for those who want to invest in a pair of Biggies for a wider soundstage.

Performance

Like the chair that was "just right" for Goldilocks, the Biggie offers a listening experience that's satisfyingly balanced. The bass response is particularly impressive given the speaker's size - it's deep and rich, offering the best bass-to-size ratio I've encountered in a portable speaker.

The overall sound signature is warm and inviting, with a smoothness in the midrange that particularly flatters vocal performances. Listening to Adele's "Someone Like You," I was struck by how naturally her voice was reproduced, with the large soft dome tweeter handling much of the midrange with grace.

It's worth noting that the Biggie seems to come alive at higher volumes. At lower levels, there's a slight dip in the midrange that can make some tracks feel less engaging. However, crank it up, and the Biggie really shines, making it perfect for livening up parties or filling larger spaces with sound.

While the default tuning leans towards a mellow, bass-heavy profile, the Biggie is surprisingly versatile. Using the Spotify EQ, I found the speaker to be highly tunable, thanks to its capable low-end and quality tweeter. Bright sound enthusiasts might find the stock sound a bit too laid-back, but with some EQ tweaks, the Biggie can cater to a wide range of preferences.

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Comparisons

Unlike the bears' porridge that was either too hot or too cold, the Biggie finds a middle ground in the portable speaker market. It's not as rugged or truly backpack-portable as some options, but it offers superior sound quality and a more premium design than many of its competitors.

When used in a TWS pair, two Biggies can give dedicated hi-fi systems a run for their money. At $598 for the pair, you might be able to find comparable sound quality in a traditional setup, but you'd be hard-pressed to match the flexibility of a battery-powered, easily relocatable system.

Final Thoughts:

Like Goldilocks finding the perfect bed, the Morel Biggie offers a "just right" solution for those seeking a home portable speaker. It's not trying to be the most feature-packed or the most rugged option on the market. Instead, it focuses on delivering exceptional sound in a beautifully designed package that can seamlessly integrate into your home.

The Biggie excels as an at-home portable, ideal for moving from the living room to the pool deck, providing a soundtrack for both indoor relaxation and outdoor gatherings. Its impressive bass, quality components, and pleasing design make it a standout in its category. While it may not be the speaker to take on your next camping trip, it shines brilliantly in its intended environment.

For its ability to balance size, sound quality, and design so effectively, we're awarding the Morel Biggie our "Highly Recommended" distinction. It proves that sometimes, less is more - by focusing on core audio performance rather than piling on unnecessary features, Morel has created a speaker that, for many users, will be "just right." Whether you're a beginner audiophile or simply someone who appreciates great sound in a stylish package, the Biggie offers a compelling listening experience that's hard to beat at its price point.

Amplifier TypeClass D
Power Output45W woofer + 15W tweeter (60 watts total)
Maximum Loudness (SPL)95 dB @ 1 m
Frequency Response40Hz – 20kHz
Drive Units1 × 4-inch SubWoofer - 1 × 1-inch Soft Dome Tweeter
BatteryUp to 20 hours at normal volume levels (50% volume level) - Fixed, rechargeable Li-ion (11.1V - 2600mAh)
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.3 BLE, AUX input
Dimensions7 × 7 × 4.5 inches, 5.7 lbs

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