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Bryce Vine describes himself as “OutKast and Blink-182 got drunk with the Gorillaz.” Perhaps a more apt comparison is KYLE taking bong hits with Dave Matthews Band, or Jason Mraz sniffing poppers with Doja Cat. At 31, Vine is at an unconventional age for frat-rap prominence. He established a fanbase nearly a decade ago, as a contestant on “The Glee Project,” a reality television show based off the Ryan Murphy high school drama. His real rise came with 2017’s “Drew Barrymore,” a swirl of neon synths that went platinum, possibly by being added to every “Chill Vibes” playlist in existence.

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Creative Nuno Review

The Creative Nuno brings style, affordability and portability to a Bluetooth speaker - but it lacks the finesse and punch of others in its price category - read our review to see how it compares to other budget Bluetooth speakers.

Should I Buy The Creative Nuno?
The Creative Nuno is a lightweight, stylish and reasonably priced Bluetooth speaker. It does a good job at reproducing accurate tones, but does lack finesse in its low and high-tone frequencies.


Price When Reviewed
  • $36.99
The Creative Nuno is a new speaker that launched in late 2016. It can be found for £39.99 on Creative's website. This puts it in-line with other speakers, such as our personal favourite: The Sumvision Psyc Monic and others, such as the Dolcer, Inateck BP2001, iClever IC-BTS02 and Lumsing B9.

Build Quality & Design
In the Nuno's packaging you'll find the speaker, a micro-USB to USB charging cable and a set of manuals. We were disappointed not to find a 3.5mm interconnect for an auxiliary connection to the speaker.

The speaker has a very lightweight construction, with a total weight of only 390g - making it portable and easy to carry around. The speaker comes in two fabric colours: Black (which looks more like Charcoal) and Heather Gray (a light shade of grey). We find its design very appealing, where we can see it being used in a living room or sitting on a non-cluttered stylish desk.

This is one of the major selling points of the Nuno - as we feel it will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

The speaker has two unspecified drivers within it, where the drivers are forward-facing.

At the top of the speaker there are dedicated volume +/- and prev/next buttons. The play/pause button also works as an answer call button (the speaker features a built-in microphone) and when long-pressed is used to connect the speaker to your Bluetooth source (such as your smartphone).

Around the back of the Nuno is an auxiliary 3.5mm jack, a Micro-USB port and an on/off switch.
Connectivity & Battery Life
The Nuno has a quoted battery life of six hours (through its 1050mAh) and connects through Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and aux 3.5mm.

We found its Bluetooth range impressive, stretching to around 15m through walls. Unfortunately, the speaker doesn't utilise aptX lossless technology, but does have A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth).

Sound Quality

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The speaker's sound quality is good, considering its price tag of £39.99. However, it's trumped by our personal favourite, the Sumvision Psyc Monic. We found the Nuno to be able to reproduce good mid-range tones, while also providing a fantastic soundstage.

The lows (bass) were a wobbly and weren't really well presented. We found the sub-bass almost non-existent, while the mid-bass slam was weak and lacked presence. We feel this is due to the rather lightweight drivers, where the magnets aren't heavy enough to provide a resounding mid-bass slam.

The mids on the other hand were crisp, forward-sounding and impressive. We felt that the sound presentation was quite mid-centric, which given its price tag, is surprising to find from a budget speaker.

The highs were rolled off at the top end, but did provide sufficient sparkle to the speaker's sound presentation.

Its soundstage caught us by surprise, as we were impressive by the almost-360 sound the Nuno was able to achieve. We felt that the speaker wasn't able to go extremely loud to fill a living room, but was loud enough to fill a bedroom - making it an appealing choice for most consumers.

Overall, the sound quality could have been more refined, but for its price tag and overall build quality, we were left impressed.

Specs
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3.5mm aux input
  • Total RMS Power: Unknown
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium battery 1050mAh
  • Dimensions: 63x185x60mm
  • Weight: 390g

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