This is a great idea, lovely sound, a great speaker built in. The trouble is it doesn’t hear you very well, you have to shout at it. The standard amazon alexa is better by far, if they could make this with a hearing aid it would have got 5 stars. Unfortunately i returned mine, swapped it for the genuine article.
1 year on and still works amazing with great sound quality, certainly fine for a medium size room.
Pros — audio quality is very good- set up onto wireless home network is a cinch with the smart-phone app- works well with lots of streaming services such as amazon music and spotify- retro styling is very attractive and build quality is robust- came with multiple power cables for different countries and a remote control with battery included- seemed to pick up me saying ‘alexa. ‘ very well despite volume of the music playing- takes advantage of all the options open to you with alexa – e. News briefs, weather reports, what’s on at your cinema etc. Cons — only bass and treble are controllable via a smart-phone app – there is no high/mid/low equaliser- boot up time is quite slow – takes a long time to reconnect to the wifi if you have had it switched off- given how the speakers are built into the sides and the bass comes out of the back, there is only one way to ‘mount’ this speaker and that is to have it standing tall as shown in the picture – this very much limits your options as to where to locate it and indeed if you tuck it into a corner you’ll ruin the stereo effect- alexa misunderstood my commands time and time again – to begin with this was quite funny but it soon stopped being a joke and just got irritating- the little remote control has poorer build quality than the speaker itself and felt a bit cheap in comparison.
First up: i can understand peoples’ issues with getting set up: – installation was a bit of an issue, you see the problem is that like many wifi services, eg wemo, and this speaker, it relies on you connecting to the new devices’ own “hotspot” to set it up. Fine in theory but for one android specific issue – android is “clever” and will by default disconnect from any wifi network that it detects can’t access the internet, in favour of one that it can. So installation goes like this typically:- click wifi networks on android, choose kitsound speaker. – android goes back to your household router. – click kitsound speaker again- android goes back to your household router- tell android to forget the household router- click kitsound speaker again- android refuses to connect to it- try a new phone- android finally connects but complains there’s no network- you try the app, then realise android is actually using 4g now and so still can’t see the speaker- turn off 4g- finally the app can see the speaker. And you don’t get that half hour back. But that’s pretty much what goes on. Same happens with wemo, same with any of these devices that connect this way.
- Amazingly good
- Great value alternative to the mainstream brands
- Very good sound – very pleased
KitSound Voice One with Alexa Built-In and Spotify Voice Control Multi-Room Smart Speaker – Grey
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- Amazon Alexa enabled speaker, with 20 W of ear-thumping power, the voice one surpasses most other smart speakers with its recently updated sound which means it is even more impressive
- Works with Amazon music, Apple music, internet radio and live with Spotify voice control, all your music available in one place
- Multi-room connectivity for up to eight voice one speakers and USB charging output for external devices
- Whether it is playing music, checking the weather, finding out the daily news, the voice one can do all this and much more
- Download any of Alexa’s skills to enable the voice one to do everything you need, even customising the sound however you like in the KS app; KitSound are continuously updating so the Voice One is only going to get smarter
This is an impressive looking speaker but did not quite deliver on its promise. It arrived in a large box containing; the speaker itself, mains leads covering uk, europe and the us, a 3. 5mm aux cable, a remote control and instructions which are rather vague and rely on the app to set the speaker up. You will also need the amazon alexa app to set up this functionality. Setting the speaker up raised an issue as you have to connect to the speakers own wifi hotspot. Using android it will by default disconnect from any wifi network which can’t access the internet which is not mentioned in the instructions or the app and you may need to disable mobile data to stop it dropping back to 4g if using a phone. You also need to remove the isolating tab on the remote control to allow it to work. This allows you to mute the speaker, change the volume, or manage sources. The speaker is quite large and impressive looking from a distance but the speaker doesn’t quite as solid when you pick it up. It has a fabric cover with all the controls at the front.
Good value speaker, ideal for a small room and works well with alexa albeit she does seem a bit more attentive to the tv compared to the amazon dot she replaced in the bedroom.
Rating this device is a little tricky – if i was to consider sound quality alone it would rate a three or three and a half. But it isn’t just a speaker. To me it feels like a personal assistant, and it’s really quite useful at times. If sound quality is your main concern, and you’re hoping for a stunning hi-fi quality device then you’ll be disappointed, and i recommend you go elsewhere, preferably to your local hi-fi dealer. A small, plastic, inexpensive thing like this will never be able to match the ability or sound reproduction of a real and much more expensive dedicated hi-fi speaker like – for instance – my set of monitor audio’s. The sound quality of the kitsound is variable, and it seems to depend on what one plays. I’ve fed mine with a lot of different sources and the results are pretty mixed. For instance, i was surprised by how good it sounds playing classical music, which is delivered incisively, with clarity and bight. But feed it anything heavy and complex and it becomes a little unstuck. White stripes was really too much for my sample unit, which was unable to resolve the complex harmonics and layered sound effects.
Very nice speaker – getting the echo working was a bit tricky as i did not have the location setting on. Once i set this on my phone where i’d downloaded the app. To it was only about 5 minutes to complete the installation.
Brilliant speaker but didn’t realise alexa was limited.
Having spent a couple of days looking at various speakers. I was left deciding between a sonus or kitsound must say i not disappointed. Alex was easy to setup and the mic can be turned off when you don’t want to be monitored. The sound is great the speaker spends most of its time on half volume much more and the neighbours complain.
Good looking piece of kithave set this up to control my heating. My lights and 2 sockets the sound i think is second to to noneaux connected to my surround sound fills the room all with voice control. Download alexa and kitsound app follow instructions. . Easy connection all automatic wifi blutooth aux simpledownside. Remote i did not receive one in my package. Perhaps they will send me one?????.
Perfect and with great sound quality. The column is super responsive, easy to set up well with alexa’s application. I’ve never had a problem setting up skills with third-party apps to control the devices by voice.
Bought this after reading other reviews. It has a good deep bass and plenty of volume. However the amazon echo has a much cleaner and clearer sound.
I’ve been running a squeezebox system for about 10 years or so, but slowly the hardware is starting to fail. This was bought as a replacement/combination for the squeezebox boom and echo dot in the kitchen. First impressions are “nice packaging” and “it’s a bit bigger than i expected”, however it’s not excessive and the volume knob is nice and tactile. I’m pleasantly surprised to say that it can replace the two devices i was using previously. The sound is less bassy than the boom, but it sounds a lot better than the echo dot by itself so despite being a bit thin for my liking, it’s acceptable for the kitchen and can make itself heard above usual kitchen sounds. Setting up the speaker itself was easy with the kitsound app – though there’s also a webpage that allows it to be configured when you connect to the setup wifi network. The app (on ios) allows streaming of your itunes music collection (though nothing in icloud) and a few other services. You also use the app to switch alexa into uk english mode and get the “right” voice back. The speaker contains a wiimu linkplayer implementation and as such has airplay built in. Supporting chromecast audio as well might be useful for android owners.
Great product works well, nice sound.
I bought one for my living room and one for my bedroom. It took me a few days to figure out how to get the multi-room working but now it’s all set up it’s fantastic. The sound from them is really crisp and clear and it’s really easy to link to spotify on my devices. Only downside is that i’ve got the speaker near the tv so sometimes alexa will turn on music, etc. Because of dialogue in whatever i’m watching.
The little plastic tag with the brand name on it fell off as i took this out of the box, which didn’t inspire confidence in the quality control. The box in question was diagonally cut, and was certainly eye-catching – i care much more about the contents, personally; i’ll be throwing the box away so it doesn’t really add any lasting value. Before i deal with the technical side of connecting the speaker, i’ll say that i found the sound pleasantly engaging: at low levels it is light and slightly treble-led, but when turned up, a pleasing bass comes into play. I wasn’t very impressed with the omnidirectional sound – it felt like mono to me. It would be better to buy two of these and get them playing in stereo pairing. Up to eight can be used in synch, all in different rooms if you like. Volume can be controlled with the remote control provided, which is small but feels well made (cr20 battery included). The speaker has an inbuilt amazon alexa feature whivh works well. I fail to see the attraction personally, but it seems to be very popular for some reason. Connecting to your wifi is easy, unless you use your mobile phone as your hotspot when at home, like me.
I got this 2 pair up with the rest of my speakers. But its does not support multiroom.
This is brilliant — when you have managed set it up. The sound is good, and alexa’s skills are impressive. However — one big snag is that you cannot set it up without the kitsound app to connect to wifi. You cannot download the app with windows (we have a windows 10 laptop) or with amazon fire tablets. The app is available with ios or android, onlywe had to beg a friend with an ipad to install it for us. Now it has connected to our router, but as we still do not have the kitsopund app, we are unable to update it. For a good piece of kit, it seems very shortsighted that the app needed to install it is only available through ios or android.
Very impressed with the setup, features and superb sound quality. I had intended to purchase a much better known brand, until i heard a sound comparison and looked at the fantastic connection options. I purchased a pair and have them set as right and left stereo channels in a large room.
having owned an echo dot since it’s launch i was already familiar with alexa capabilty but you can’t use it as a speaker in a decent size room. This however solves the problem, a bookshelf style speaker with great sound, alexa, and at a good price point. Out of box set up was easy, there was a software upgrade but instructions were easy and clear to follow. I had it set up quickly and linked to my home wifi. The sound is the big difference, it easily fills a room and i was only at half volume or so. It looks good, very contemporary and easy to know that alexa is listening by changing light colour on the front of the speaker. (it is easy to turn off to if needed).
I used to have an amazon echo. I loved it, but the sound quality really let it down. It was fine for everyday stuff, but when i wanted to use it to listen to music a bit louder it really struggled. I wanted to upgrade the sound quality, and was considering splashing out on an apple home pod when they come out… but then i saw the voice one. All the alexa functionality of the echo, but with better sound – soldi have set mine up in the kitchen, mainly for listening to music while i cook, so the nano-coating feature is great. I gave the jamie oliver ‘skill’ a go to give me a recipe to follow, which was really fun. A small criticism i have of the speaker is that it doesn’t support 5ghz wifi networks – so i had to fiddle with the settings in my router when setting it up. All sorted now, but a bit of a headache at the time when i just wanted to start using iti had no problems connecting the speaker to both my iphone and my girlfriend’s samsung galaxy, and it’s great that we can listen to music from both apple music through the ks player app, and spotify. All in all though, the voice one is fantastic – can’t believe i got such a great sounding speaker for such a good price. Would happily recommend the speaker at this price even without the alexa functionality, so the fact that it’s a smart speaker is amazing.