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Xiaomi TV Soundbar MDZ-27-DA

Xiaomi Soundbar Review - Inexpensive 33 Inch Mi TV Bar

Test report prepared by Timo on July 9, 2021

Xiaomi's home theater division is again growing! The Xiaomi Soundbar understands itself as a reasonably priced entry, in order to replace any still so bad-sounding TV loudspeaker. If this succeeds you will find out in the following review!

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7.1
Our rating
65 € banggood.com
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Specifications
Overview
Manufacturer

Xiaomi

Model

Xiaomi TV Soundbar

Specifications

 Loudspeakers 
Tweeter: number 2, 36 mm
Subwoofer: number 2, 65 mm
Passive membrane: number 4, 70 x 55 mm

Output power: 2x 14 Watt
Nominal impedance: 6 Ohm
Frequency response: 50 - 25.000 Hz

 connectivity 
* Toslink jack
* SPDIF jack
* Line-in (cinch)
* AUX-In
* Bluetooth 4.2

 other 
Size: 87 830 x x 72 mm
Weight: 1.925 kg

What's in the box

1x Soundbar
1x power supply
1x SPDIF cable
2x screws
2x dowels
1x user manual

Update 21. July 2021

The Xiaomi TV Soundbar (MDZ-27-DA) was already tested in 2018, but demand has hardly decreased over the years. The reason is probably the comparatively good sound at a low price.

The soundbar is currently available at a particularly affordable price. The online shop Banggood has given us a discount code, which reduces the price to 59 euros.

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The dispatch takes place from the EU warehouse, so that no further costs (customs and import duties) arise.

Alternatively, there is the Redmi Soundbar for an inexpensive 39 euros, also with shipping from the EU warehouse. Compared to the Xiaomi Soundbar, the Redmi Soundbar differs in design (black and more compact) and in sound. The sound of the Xiaomi Soundbar is a bit more powerful and is better suited for large rooms.

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Foreword: Xiaomi Soundbar

Current generations of flat screen televisions are getting slimmer, which is why there is hardly any space for good sounding sound systems in the flat TV housings. In order to enhance the sound of the home cinema experience, a so-called soundbar is available, which is placed underneath the TV set to save space.

Design, workmanship and delivery

The elongated Xiaomi soundbar is comparatively slim and optically goes well with the design of modern flat screen televisions. The plain white housing is made entirely of plastic. A total of two tweeters, two subwoofers and four passive membranes are hidden behind a checkered fabric front over a length of 88 cm. There is no external subwoofer!

The soundbar from the front

The soundbar is operated using seven buttons located in the middle of the top of the housing. The volume control buttons are located on the far left and right. Again in the middle of it there is a Bluetooth button, an Aux-In button, a Line-In button, a SPDIF button and an Optical button. All control buttons are identified by symbols and each has a status LED. Operation by remote control is unfortunately not provided! 

The soundbar from the back

The connection options are in the middle of the back of the soundbar. These amount to a DC power input, a Toslink socket, an SPDIF socket, a line-in (cinch) and an AUX-in. The rocker switch for switching on the soundbar is located next to the connections. There is no HDMI input / output or a USB connection option!

The soundbar from above

Rubber pads on the underside ensure that the 1.92 kg heavy Xiaomi soundbar is non-slip and cushioned. Wall mounting is possible. A wall bracket for hanging the soundbar into a screw mount is located on the back of the housing.

The processing quality corresponds to the price and is not objectionable. The scope of delivery includes the soundbar, a power supply unit with NEMA-1 connector, an SPDIF cable, two screws and two wall plugs, as well as a Chinese instruction manual.

Scope of delivery of the Xiaomi TV Soundbar

commissioning

In addition to wired use, the Xiaomi Soundbar can also be connected to a playback device via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth standard used is version 4.2. The loudspeaker identifies itself as the “Mi TV Soundbar” via the Bluetooth settings of the mobile device. The soundbar does not support the almost lossless aptX audio codec!

Connections to the Xiaomi Mi TV Soundbar

In the absence of a remote control, the source can only be selected using the loudspeaker control buttons. If you are not connected via Bluetooth and control the volume via the playback device, the volume can only be controlled directly via the soundbar. Volume control via the television is not possible! 

Control buttons of the Xiaomi Mi TV Soundbar

The lack of remote control proved to be extremely impractical in the test. Here at least an IR / App control option via the Mi Remote App would have been desirable.

sound quality

Two 36 mm tweeters, two 65 mm subwoofers and four 70 x 55 mm passive membranes are responsible for the sound generation. The output power of the Xiaomi Soundbar is a comparatively low 28 watts (2x 14 watts). The manufacturer specifies the nominal impedance as 6 ohms, the frequency response is between 50 Hz and 25.000 Hz.

Optically attractive fabric cover with speakers behind

The sound of the Xiaomi soundbar is acceptable. Usually flat-sounding, internal speaker systems of conventional TV sets, the soundbar is definitely a (sonic) step ahead. However, the Xiaomi speaker system does not come close to an extensive multi-channel speaker system or a soundbar with an external subwoofer.

 The sound can be described as full and warm. The mid and low frequencies are particularly pronounced, which means that film effects come across as powerful. Because of the rather round sound, the highs tend to be cautious. As a result, the soundbar lacks clarity, which is why it is less suitable for music playback. Voices sometimes sound dull.

Plastic top of the Xiaomi Soundbar

The overall sound is homogeneous and coherent. A certain depth of space is recognizable, although not too pronounced. The depth of the room is increasingly lost in rooms that are too large and if the seat spacing is too great. The maximum volume is convincing. An unpleasant distortion at high volume cannot be detected. There are no sound features or enhancers such as a virtual 3D surround sound, an equalizer or a night mode. Multichannel sound systems are also not supported by Dolby or DTS.

Price Comparison

iconEuropean warehouse
iconDelivery time 2-5 business days
65,42€
iconGerman warehouse
iconDelivery time 2-5 business days
88,29€
iconChinese warehouse
iconDelivery time 15 to 20 working days
100,40€
rating
Positive

Attractive design
Easy commissioning
Wall mounting option
Acceptable sound

Negative

No network streaming
No HDMI connection option
No USB connection option
No remote control

Summary

The Xiaomi Soundbar presents itself as a cheap way to improve the mostly flat sound of a TV. Sonically convinced the sound bar by a particularly full sound, so depending on the seat distance and room size can be quite a rousing film experience.

Too high expectations, you should not ask the visually appealing speaker latch. Just functional disappointed the soundbar. Although there are many audio interfaces, essential features such as an HDMI connection option, network streaming or a remote control are missing!

7.1
Our rating
Overview
Manufacturer

Xiaomi

Model

Xiaomi TV Soundbar

Specifications

 Loudspeakers 
Tweeter: number 2, 36 mm
Subwoofer: number 2, 65 mm
Passive membrane: number 4, 70 x 55 mm

Output power: 2x 14 Watt
Nominal impedance: 6 Ohm
Frequency response: 50 - 25.000 Hz

 connectivity 
* Toslink jack
* SPDIF jack
* Line-in (cinch)
* AUX-In
* Bluetooth 4.2

 other 
Size: 87 830 x x 72 mm
Weight: 1.925 kg

What's in the box

1x Soundbar
1x power supply
1x SPDIF cable
2x screws
2x dowels
1x user manual

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