Retaining all the outstanding features of the award winning X-mini Capsule Speaker range, this improved Kai2 features the ceramic driver which delivers a sound experience better than ever before.
I was really pleased to receive the X-mini Kai2 to review after having been really impressed with the X-mini Wi which I reviewed back in April.
For a speaker measuring approximately 6cm x 6cm this speaker produces loud, crisip and punchy sound. I wanted to thoroughly test this unit so took it on holiday and used it as my only speaker. It faired really well under a range of conditions both inside and outside.
- Ceramic speaker (which delivers improved sound over the first generation) - 2.5W output
- A stylish design with the fold away concertina design
- Very simple controls
- Ability to connect multiple units together
- Audio out socket which can be used to turn older stereos into bluetooth enabled ones
- Built in noise cancelling microphone
- The speaker paired instantly to my iPhone and my MacBook Air. I managed to get a good 9-10 bluetooth range outside and about 6m inside the house.
- The microphone sound quality was very impressive when I held a small conference call using my the Kai2 and my iPhone 5. As an interesting test I took it outside into a windy environment and the noise cancelling was very evident.
- The battery lasted just under 5 hours on constant Bluetooth playback during a very long car journey at a reasonable volume for everyone to hear.
- The 2.5W speaker produced excellent sound reproduction both inside and outside. The speaker was loud enough to provide background music to a small BBQ. I was surprised by this level of volume for a unit of this size.
- My only issue (and to be honest this only happened once!) was when using the combined volume / track advance button during playback of an audio book. Whilst trying to change the volume I managed to skip to the end of the audio book.
If you are going to only buy one USB speaker this year I would recommend this one to you. It is a small, compact yet clear and crisp speaker. The audio line out is excellent for retrofitting old HiFi units and making them bluetooth compatible.
How about a speaker than does that but only runs on 2 x AAA batteries?
If the answer is yes - how about a price point of only £15?
My son recently bought a mighty Boom Ball at the Gadget Show live to use in his bedroom to listen to music from his iPod shuffle.
The boom ball is a vibration speaker with a battery boost that attaches via a sticky pad to any surface. The kit contains a couple of spare pads, the boom ball and a battery booster pack (batteries not included).
The speaker does exactly what it says in the box and does turn any surface into a fairly decent speaker.
I am extremely impressed with this little unit and think the sound quality is excellent particularly when used with a hollow tube (from an Easter egg).