Intex Marvel 250UPrice:
Exactly a year back, we reviewed the Intex Marvel Soundbar 250
and thought it was a good value for money option for people who need a sound boost for their new flat panel televisions. But we lamented the fact that it did not have a USB port and some other connectivity options that are becoming a standard these days.
A year on, the company has come up with a new version, trying to fix the connectivity issue. The Intex Marvel Soundbar 250U now has a USB port along with the regular audio ports. The USB is definitely a good start. But as there is no display panel you have to hear out each song, hoping that the number you want to hear is just round the corner. There is no way to know what song is next, unless you remember all playlists on the USB. Yes, with a USB port it is always advisable to have a small LED display to assist navigation.
Plus, for something that has the capability of becoming the primary music device in a household, the 250U lacks Bluetooth and coaxial input options. We think music devices now need to be as connected as mobile devices. In fact, these sources come in handy to link up to multiple sources and connect to the speakers seamlessly as and when needed. We wouldn't have said this if it was a 2.1 entry-level speaker. It is a soundbar with high-end virtual surround sound and wireless connectivity to its sub-woofer. A couple more connectivity options shouldn't be so tough.
That said, the sound quality is very good. It can go real loud if the need arises. You can use the remote to adjust bass and treble or select between TV, Auxiliary and USB sources. But the only way to know what source has been selected is by the colour of the LED light on front. This is another case in favour of a small LED screen.
Once Intex gets the connectivity options and combinations right, this will become a great device from being just good at the moment.
Intex Marvel 250URating:
3.5Bag It or Junk It:
Needs more connectivity options, LED display