Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow – Can’t believe it’s a Bluetooth speaker

Owned this for over a year now. Listened to an average of a few hours of music a day, still sounds as good as day one, and it sounded good day one. My only gripe is the auto volume limit when you start to turn it up. They addressed this issue with the firmware 1. 2 update, however whatever i do i cannot get my unit to update (i have followed the correct steps numerous times as per their website – no bueno(for the disbelievers – empty memory stick, download update hex file to root file on stick, put into katch. Hold sound mode button down with power button until all lights flash, it should update, it doesn’t)). Battery life is as advertised although it just about lasts 4 hours if listened to through wireless while being fairly loud.

My previous bose sound link has failed hence after a bit of research i have purchased dali. Very happy with the sound and the quality. Few weeks on, could not be happier.

This is a very nice bit of kit. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s superior to any other bluetooth speaker i’ve seen. It feels solid and chunky and looks to be well made. The blue grille is plastic, but the item is not plasticky – far from it. The sound is really excellent. Big punchy bass and fills a 20 foot room with plenty to spare. Battery life is good and you can play it while charging in any event. The plug on the charger is a little bulky. Bluetooth connection with my ipad is good, but you do need to turn the speaker on and then make the connection via bluetooth settings on the ipad, so not completely automatic. The connection is pretty robust, but there are certain ipad functions that will disconnect it when in use. Here are the specifications for the Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow:

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  • Bluetooth 4.0 with Apt-X
  • NFC for fast Bluetooth connection
  • 24 hour battery life
  • 21mm tweeter and 3.5″ woofer
  • 3.5mm auxiliary jack for connection with devices without Bluetooth

Most importantly the sound is excellent. I did a lot of research before buying this item and thought i was going to buy something else from a more mainstream brand. In the end i found this speaker and am pleased to have done so. Easy to use and just looks and sounds super. Not cheap but highly recommended.

I never thought i would live to see audio quality of this level in such a small and lightweight form factor. Travelling a lot, i used to lug a bose system around with me that was still quite big and heavy and lacking something in its sound. But the dali katch really is almost everything i could wish for. It is mainly classical music i listen to, and its reproduction is truly superb. In fact, it has impelled me to go on a classical buying spree, including 24-bit lossless digital files. You can really hear the difference on this equipment. A slight quibble, i do find the 10-minute auto-switch off when unplugged irritating, as well as the sound emitted every time you switch it on. There should be some way of configuring this. Still, these are minor annoyances that don’t detract significantly from an outstanding product.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Best product I have ever purchased
  • The best bluetooth speaker I’ve heard!!!!!
  • Brilliant piece of engineering from this Danish company

This speaker lives up to all the reviews i have read the sound quality is truely amazing if you are thinking a a high class speaker this one is definitely worth checking out and i believe worth every penny.

A bit on the heavy side for a portable device but the sound quality is so good.

Excellent sound and battery life – truly lasts days on a single charge. Two users can connect simultaneously however without the override feature we have been used to with the sonos system. We took it with us on a recent holiday and it was a great little addition. Not suitable for the beach but we’ve never been fond of loud music whilst sun bathing by the sea.

A really really good bit of kit. A bit more expensive than some others but worth it. A friend of mine has the jbl’s but other than those being waterproof (not that sure why i’d need that), the dali’s are way better from a sound quality perspective and very stylish too.

Great sound and can’t believe the volume such a small speaker can kick out whilst retaining perfect clarity.

Everyone is missing out on this fab small beast what volume that bursts out better than a bose any day.

Take it absolutely everywhere i go and the noise it makes impresses everyone.

Looks great and sure sounds great. I highly recommend this one.

I never guessed it would sound this good. It’s a bit like having a proper hifi system. Bass and drive are really good for the size too.

Absolutely amazing bluetooth speaker.

This is such a great speaker. I tested a lot of small compact bluetooth speakers which all had pretty good reviews and i was amazed at how bad the quality was. Speakers such as the bose sound link mini. All the reviews make out they are so good. Now i am no expert in sound systems but to me they were all really tinny and sounded like what they are, very small speakers. So i decided to go upmarket and to something a bit bigger but still compact enough that i can take it traveling with me. The reviews for this dali katch speaker all looked very good so i gave it a go thinking i could just return it if it wasn’t what i had hoped for. But, it is better than i hoped for. I am so impressed by this speaker, it sounds amazing for what is still a fairly compact speaker and it looks really good as well. I can’t tell you enough how pleased i am with this.

Superb sound and build quality. I’ve had mine for a year and it’s been a brilliant purchase. I spent a longtime listening to various bluetooth speakers and this one was the winner for me (the naim muso is something else but a different price league and not portable). I’m still astonished at how much this can fill a room with music that has depth, precision and enjoyment. It’s build very well and looks nice. The carrying strap and long battery life makes it easy to move around. The only negative i’ve got is that it uses a proprietary charger rather than microusb. (i got mine from a hifi shop rather than amazon).

Dali have done something really special here. I normally go for low to mid-range on devices such as this. I have already purchased two bluetooth speakers, the most recent one being a clone of the adx pulse. This time around i decided to skip the graveyard of incremental steps to the best and go directly to my end goal. I toyed with the idea of my next bluetooth speaker purchase being in the 100 – 200 range and considered the bose soundlink mini 2, the ue boom and the numerous jbl speakers on offer. What hi-fi told me that the dali was one of the best they had reviewed. My existing bluetooth speaker plays quite loud, has some sort of bass with its side firing rectangular woofers but suffers from a hollow, tinny mid-range. I already have the dali zensor 1 and would rate them among the best bookshelf speaker available for their price, so i knew what to expect from the dali katch. The dali katch has a nice full clear presentation, which retains its fullness even at low volumes.

Using it with an iphone shame that the apple ios software cannot only send music audio via bluetooth to the katch unit as any other notification sounds etc. All goto the katch which is a little off putting when listening to music. Battery life to date seems excellent and time will tell if this reduces over time. It does weigh a bit so might be too heavy to take on holiday (thinking flights and baggage allowance) but this means it is very stable when on a surface. Sound is good in both listening modes and i cannot personally work out which is the best other than one sounds a little more ‘base’ 🙂 doesn’t appear to matter if you’re in front or behind. Seems to timeout if no bluetooth device is connected and powers itself down which is good as the only issue i have that i think is missing is a remote to turn the unit on/off, change volume (can do that via bluetooth phone), change audio mode.

Great speaker, good quality and sound.

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Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker - Dark Shadow
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 56 reviews

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  1. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    I have owned a dali katch speaker for a month or so, and suddenly it is not connecting to any device. All four indicator lights on the top are flashing blue whenever the device is on (regardless of whether it is being charged or not). Holding the bluetooth button does nothing. I have tried turning it on/off multiple times, and have done the factory reset. I have emailed dali, posted on their facebook wall, sent them facebook messages and have received no response. Very disappointed given the cost.
  2. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    I have owned a dali katch speaker for a month or so, and suddenly it is not connecting to any device. All four indicator lights on the top are flashing blue whenever the device is on (regardless of whether it is being charged or not). Holding the bluetooth button does nothing. I have tried turning it on/off multiple times, and have done the factory reset. I have emailed dali, posted on their facebook wall, sent them facebook messages and have received no response. Very disappointed given the cost.
    • More than £300 for a bluetooth speaker – could it be worth it i read the reviews, ordered it online yesterday and it is now playing an imac my recording of the duruflé requiem ( atlanta symphony orchestra and chorus conducted by robert shaw). The quality and power from such a small package is remarkable: clear treble, resonant bass, clear detail. A brilliant piece of engineering from this danish company.
  3. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    More than £300 for a bluetooth speaker – could it be worth it i read the reviews, ordered it online yesterday and it is now playing an imac my recording of the duruflé requiem ( atlanta symphony orchestra and chorus conducted by robert shaw). The quality and power from such a small package is remarkable: clear treble, resonant bass, clear detail. A brilliant piece of engineering from this danish company.
  4. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    Using it with an iphone shame that the apple ios software cannot only send music audio via bluetooth to the katch unit as any other notification sounds etc. All goto the katch which is a little off putting when listening to music. Battery life to date seems excellent and time will tell if this reduces over time. It does weigh a bit so might be too heavy to take on holiday (thinking flights and baggage allowance) but this means it is very stable when on a surface. Sound is good in both listening modes and i cannot personally work out which is the best other than one sounds a little more “base” 🙂 doesn’t appear to matter if you’re in front or behind. Seems to timeout if no bluetooth device is connected and powers itself down which is good as the only issue i have that i think is missing is a remote to turn the unit on/off, change volume (can do that via bluetooth phone), change audio mode.
    • Using it with an iphone shame that the apple ios software cannot only send music audio via bluetooth to the katch unit as any other notification sounds etc. All goto the katch which is a little off putting when listening to music. Battery life to date seems excellent and time will tell if this reduces over time. It does weigh a bit so might be too heavy to take on holiday (thinking flights and baggage allowance) but this means it is very stable when on a surface. Sound is good in both listening modes and i cannot personally work out which is the best other than one sounds a little more “base” 🙂 doesn’t appear to matter if you’re in front or behind. Seems to timeout if no bluetooth device is connected and powers itself down which is good as the only issue i have that i think is missing is a remote to turn the unit on/off, change volume (can do that via bluetooth phone), change audio mode.
  5. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    Bought this to use while doing up an old house, with proper hifi mothballed for many months. Couldn’t care less about having no tv, but no music not an option. This is just the perfect package. Stunning sound, for a vast range of music and radio, huge battery life, and battery is apparently replaceable, when the time comes. Robust connection, will cope with source (my phone) wandering in and out of range. Completely unfazed by lots of dust, steam etc. and all the visiting trades asking about it too. Can’t wait to take it on holiday, once we get one. It’s everything you want in a speaker like this. Now looking at dali surrounds (alteco) etc for av install.
    • Bought this to use while doing up an old house, with proper hifi mothballed for many months. Couldn’t care less about having no tv, but no music not an option. This is just the perfect package. Stunning sound, for a vast range of music and radio, huge battery life, and battery is apparently replaceable, when the time comes. Robust connection, will cope with source (my phone) wandering in and out of range. Completely unfazed by lots of dust, steam etc. and all the visiting trades asking about it too. Can’t wait to take it on holiday, once we get one. It’s everything you want in a speaker like this. Now looking at dali surrounds (alteco) etc for av install.
      • Fantastic quality, beautifully designed and made. Quite heavy for carrying around though if that’s what you intend. Would definately not take this to the beach. Use this all around the house and it’s great.
  6. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    Fantastic quality, beautifully designed and made. Quite heavy for carrying around though if that’s what you intend. Would definately not take this to the beach. Use this all around the house and it’s great.
    • This product stopped working after two hours. The on/off switch stopped functioning showing a permanent blue light rendering the speaker inoperable. It sounded great for a short time. I notice others have experience this malfunction. The dali company need to get their act together. The rave reviews about sound etc are worthless if they can’t fix this bug.
  7. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    This product stopped working after two hours. The on/off switch stopped functioning showing a permanent blue light rendering the speaker inoperable. It sounded great for a short time. I notice others have experience this malfunction. The dali company need to get their act together. The rave reviews about sound etc are worthless if they can’t fix this bug.
    • Yes it is pricey and a little heavy for a portable speaker, but this bluetooth speaker packs a mighty punch. I can well understand why “what hifi” voted it product of the year in 2016. It has yet to be tested for battery life but it does have some quite unique features including 2 sound modes. It is a solid piece of equipment that should stand the test of time.
  8. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    Yes it is pricey and a little heavy for a portable speaker, but this bluetooth speaker packs a mighty punch. I can well understand why “what hifi” voted it product of the year in 2016. It has yet to be tested for battery life but it does have some quite unique features including 2 sound modes. It is a solid piece of equipment that should stand the test of time.
    • Looks and feels like a quality product. Excellent sound for a speaker of this size. Tempted to buy another to make a stereo pair.
  9. This review is from : Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Active Speaker – Dark Shadow

    Looks and feels like a quality product. Excellent sound for a speaker of this size. Tempted to buy another to make a stereo pair.

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