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Monoprice Harmony Capsule 200 is a no-frills portable speaker with strong audio but few features

Monoprice Harmony Capsule 200 is a no-frills portable speaker with strong audio but few features
Monoprice Harmony Capsule 200 is a no-frills portable speaker with strong audio but few features
The speaker skimps on arguably unnecessary extras like LEDs for a more standard design that focuses on maximizing the core audio experience.

Monoprice is currently shipping its entry-level Harmony Capsule 200 portable Bluetooth speaker for $70 USD. The retailer has sent us a test sample for our honest impressions. When compared to the slightly more expensive Harmony Capsule 300, the 200 version features smaller drivers for less power output. 

On first impression, the capsule-shaped speaker is larger and heavier than the product images would lead you to believe. Though it'll still fit in a backpack comfortably, it's definitely weighty at almost a whole kilogram. Be prepared to make some room for the speaker if you intend to travel with it.

Driver Size1x ø66 mm, 2x ø52 mm
Amplifier Power1x 18 watts, 2x 6 watts
Nominal Impedance4 Ω
Bluetooth Version5
Bluetooth RangeUp to 10 meters
MicroSD Card FormatFAT16 or FAT32
Waterproof LevelIPx7
Battery Type7.2 V Li-Ion
Battery Capacity2500 mAh
Playback Time8 Hours
Input Power5 VDC, 2 A
Dimensions90 x 95 x 224 mm
Weight974 g
Audio SourcesMicroSD, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth

On the flip side, the dense weight contributes to a higher quality feel. We can notice no visual imperfections all around the largely plastic and slightly rubberized surfaces all around. Small feet are on the side opposite of the buttons to prevent the speaker from rolling. It's not recommended to place the speaker vertically, however, as the large 52 mm drivers are on the ends of the unit.

Pairing the speaker via Bluetooth is thankfully straightforward. Simply hold the Power button for a few seconds and the speaker will be visible for pairing. We were able to connect our Galaxy Note 20 Ultra without any issues. The model supports TWS if you happen to have a second unit for wireless stereo.

Hassle-free plain white packaging
Hassle-free plain white packaging
Retail box includes a USB-C to USB-A charging cable and manual
Retail box includes a USB-C to USB-A charging cable and manual
The 3.5 mm audio port, MicroSD slot, and USB-C port are adjacent to the feet and hidden behind a rubber flap
The 3.5 mm audio port, MicroSD slot, and USB-C port are adjacent to the feet and hidden behind a rubber flap
Small feet on the bottom side of the capsule design
Small feet on the bottom side of the capsule design

Audio quality is excellent as exemplified by our pink noise graph below at maximum volume. The speaker is louder than most laptops where 80 dB(A) or lower is typical and the curve is broader as well to show better bass reproduction. We can notice no static or other peculiarities at high volume settings unlike on our EasySMX VKF2PRO.

There are a handful of QoL characteristics that could use improving. Firstly, the five buttons on the speaker have almost no travel or feedback when pressed for a very unsatisfying feel. This is a shame because the buttons are otherwise quite large and well integrated with the rest of the jet black speaker design.

Secondly, the MicroSD slot supports FAT16 or FAT32 only meaning a maximum capacity of only 32 GB. Combine this with the fact that the buttons are difficult to press and you have a speaker that definitely works best in Bluetooth mode.

Pink noise at maximum volume. The white curve is our silent control background
Pink noise at maximum volume. The white curve is our silent control background

Lastly, the speaker lacks a loop for attaching ropes or charms. It's a minor complaint of course, but a loop would have made it much easier to hang the speaker off of chairs, pool decks, walls, and other scenarios where a flat surface is less ideal.

The drawbacks don't detract from the core audio experience of the Monoprice speaker which is what really matters at the end of the day. If you don't need all the auxiliary features or flashy LEDs of other portable speakers, then the relatively affordable Harmony Capsule 200 can be a solid solution.

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Allen Ngo, 2022-07-22 (Update: 2022-07-22)