This speaker is pretty amazing in almost every way. Never run out of battery on me when i was using (though i do take care to charge between uses, where possible), have had it for around 2 years and it is still going strong. Only things that could be stronger is the power / bass, as i previously owned an anker speaker that was around the same size but performed quite a lot better in these areas.
My son says this speaker is amazing, he takes it everywhere with him, he loves it. My daughter had a beats pill that broke after a month of use and was ‘temperamental’ to say the least. This seems sturdy and built to last.
Excellent for what it is, sound quality is great as long as your expectations are realistic. Obviously a portable speaker of this size is never going to sound like a proper hi-fi, it’s not something i’d recommend as your only source of audio at home. However, this is great as a portable unit that’s good for camping trips, hotels, out in the garden etc or just as a quick and easy boost to the audio output of a laptop. I’ve previously used the popular x-mini speakers and, in volume terms, this sounds roughly comparable to two of those daisy chained together but the sound quality of the hive is better and whereas the x-minis tend to bounce around all over the place and fall over this is much more stable. The ‘passive bass radiator’ on the bottom actually does seem to help extend the bottom end a bit, particularly if the speaker is placed on a hard surface and the bass response is pretty good (again – if you’re realistic about what can be achieved at this size and price). I’ve had no problems with the bluetooth but i do tend to use the 3. 5mm stereo jack more often simply because it uses less battery power both on the speaker and on whatever device i’m using to play music from. The battery life is excellent too, i’ve certainly had more than the advertised 10 hours out of a full charge when connected through the jack input. For about a quarter of the price of a bose soundlink mini you can’t go wrong. Here are the specifications for the KitSound Hive X Bluetooth Portable Water Resistant Wireless Stereo Speaker:
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- 20 W of pure expansive audio that will rival speakers double its size
- Up to 20 hours of continuous play time on just one single charge
- IPX6 water resistant rating; so a bit of rain won’t be a problem
- Rugged design and sturdy build to enjoy your music, whenever you want, wherever you want
- Plug in your phone’s USB cable to charge it, while still playing all your tunes
We do not have a stereo and was a looking to buy one for a party we were having and we came across this. I use it with amazon music too and it’s used almost daily now in our house or when in the garden. Great price and much cheaper than a stereo too. And like the fact you can control the sound or song from the device it’s self.
This bluetooth speaker is great. The sound is amazing for a speaker that small and it can be quite loud at max volume. It’s quite heavy so it feels sturdy and won’t move from where you put it. The battery life is really good too. I’ve had it for ~3 months now and i had to charge it once even though i use it almost everyday for ~20 minutes. The only reason i’m not giving it 5 star is that there’s quite a bit of static noise at low volumes. It was quite bad with my galaxy s3, but even with a more recent phone (htc one m8), there’s still some static. Once you turn the volume up it’s better but it might be more annoying if you listen to quieter music. All around, it’s great and for the price, i can’t ask for a lot more.
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- Excellent portable audio solution
- Totally awesome.
- Great value, great sound!
Only just received this and totally blown awaythis is an initial opinion and i will update accordingly after a few days. Bought this item mainly for streaming music via my echo dot and it paired within seconds. The build quality is top jolly, it looks and feels sturdy. The buttons are responsive and have a satisfying click when pressed. I have owned several speakers and this runs rings around everything i’ve ever heard before. It has a satisfying bass without being too heavy, mid range isn’t overpowering and treble is crisp and clear. Maybe reggae fans would like a little more bass but i find the balance perfect for a mix of music. (bass etc could easily be enhanced using an equaliser but i find it just fine). (i find that setting the speaker to max and setting the dot to 50% is more than adequate for use in a bedroom)haven’t tried using the input cable for wired reception yet not tried using the smart functions (google now) as i’m using it with alexa but will update review accordingly. Update:can only give top marks for this little beauty, it’s got brilliant, well-balanced sound that can handle everything from reggae to classical to speech really well. Reggae is particularly well presented with good bass whilst not being overpowering. As i write this i’m listening to bob marley in my back garden and the sound is sublime.
For the price and size, this is an excellent portable bluetooth speaker. It’s on sale at prices between £35 and £65, so shop around. The solid construction and downward-facing bass port add depth to the sound, and it can also be connected by a supplied short lead to your music source which saves battery at both ends.
This is my 2nd hive i’ve bought, my dad heard how good mine was and asked for 1 for father’s day. It’s a fabulous speaker for home/garden. I can have mine in bathroom while ipad in kitchen and it still picks up the connection perfectly.
Love this kit hive to play my music from phone to speaker. I only wished i had internet where i go so i can take it with me everywhere.
Small with a nice rubberised finish. Sound quality comfortably exceeds computer or phone speakers, but obviously not anway near hifi standard. A couple of niggles, there is some extraneous noise when music isn’t playing but is not obvious when music is playing. The other issue is that if you have more than one device paired it holds the pairing after the first device is shut down and refuses to connect to the second device. The first device has to be manually disconnected. This happens both on my speaker and my son in law’s. He in fact was on the verge of returning it as technical help at kitsound thought there was a defect.
My daughter is a pt instructor so needs a great quality sound, she is over the moon with the whole package. Very solid sturdy speaker with an amazing sound even when played loudly she previously used beats and said this system is just as good for a fraction of the price.
I’ve heard good sound quality from small speakers like bose, but at a price. I am amazed at the sound from this tiny, inexpensive unit. Rich base, delicate trebles, you can hear every finger pluck on a guitar. When it was first unpacked, naturally it needed charging. The initial charge took about 6 hours, not the 4 claimed. Bluetooth connected flawlessly to both my ipads, and i am now, via the ipads, able to stream music wirelessly from my imac computer in another room. The volume is more than adequate for an average room. Just a tip – if you use an ipad or similar, disable the keyboard clicks from your tablet or else it sounds through the speakers.
I was very sceptical about the hive 2, as i had been looking at meany other brands to. I’m very glad i chose this model as i didn’t want to spend over £30 but have a good quality product. It sound amazing a is just what i needs for moving it around the house. I would definitely recommend this 100% .
I’ve purchased 3 of these now for members of my family. Really great speakers, loud, good base, can be used in the bathroom (though i’ve not put it under the shower) plus the battery lasts a long time and they come in a range of different colours. The first one i brought is now over a year old and never had any problems with any of them so i can recommend kitsound hive 2 100%.
Stunning sound from such a small, yet solidly constructed speaker. I don’t normally opt for such things as portable speakers as i’ve always assumed small footprint devices just cannot produce full bodied sound – guess i was wrong. I’ve yet to have any bluetooth connectivity issues with my oppo find 5, note 4 and ipad3 that i use this with and it’s been a great performer since i purchased it.
Last ages before needing another charge. Good for caravans and bedrooms and can be carried around. Excellent for domestic use but not parties.
I wasn’t expecting much at this price (£38) but it’s reassuringly heavy, worked perfectly out of the box and sounds much better than something this size should ever sound . It’s never going to have a lot of bass but there’s much more than i expected and the sound is reasonably well balanced, not sounding too sharp in the mid range and having sufficient treble to sound natural but not shrill. I use it for watching catchup tv on my iphone and ipad and for this it’s ideal, could also be used in the bathroom as it’s battery powered and so suitable for listening to music in the bath/shower.
The best speaker i’ve ever bought. I first learned about kitsound when i bought a pocketboom months ago, so i decided to upgrade to a top tier speaker from the same producer. I’m 100% satisfacted with my purchase, the speaker works great everywhere and gives his best in small and medium rooms: when volume is max you can’t hear people that are talking unless they’re close to you.
This speaker surprised me as i thought it would be bigger than what it is. But when i started playing music out of it, the bass is rich and the sound is just fantastic. Great value for the price, highly portable and comes with all the cables you need and a handy carry bag. Very impressed, kitsound have done well with this product.
I bought this speaker as an upgrade to the hive 2, i haven’t had any problems with it. The sound quality is amazing and fills a room easily, even outside it is still ample. The batterie lasts a whole day, even on full volume. Only thing they don’t make you aware about is that it becomes quieter when it drops below 30% charge, which has its pros and cons. Other than that its a great speaker.
When i open the box, i am surprised by the quality of the speaker and all the assessors that comes with the speaker. The speaker comes with a pouch for carrying the speaker around, a 3. 5mm aux cable to connect to device that do not have bluetooth connection, a micro-usb cable for charging the speaker. As i like to listen to music and watching movies a lot, i always wanted to have a high quality speaker to replace my laptop’s crappy speaker. The hive is an excellent speaker, it is very loud and it does not change the audio quality a lot when the volume is turned to the highest. Although, the hive does a good job with high volume, when the volume is low, there is a ‘windy’ noise as if there is a breeze blowing in the background. The sound quality is astounding, it has very good base and treble, so it is perfect for any music genre. Compared to other portable speaker around this price range, the hive must be the top of them all. I have been using this speaker every day since i bought it, i only need to charge it every 3-4 day, the battery was amazingly good, it can last for a very long time without needed to charge it.