The compact, wireless speaker by Kinivo claims to be the "ultimate travel speaker" that produces "immense sound without the bulk or weight of traditional speaker systems." Can Kinivo deliver?
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Review: Kinivo BTX350 – a wireless speaker makes promises [VIDEO]

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Tiny portable speakers are definitely the rage. As summer celebrations, family gatherings, and outdoor living become the norm, we take our iPods, iPhones, and iPads with us to deliver music that once was only possible from a boombox (think John Cusack in Say Anything).

Enter into the fray the Kinivo BTX350. This narrow Bluetooth speaker – 8.1 in (W) x 2.8 in (H) x 2.2 in (D) – joins the company of some rather heavy hitters: including the original Jambox and the Braven 600. How does it fair on its own and against the competition? Read on to find out.

Features

The 1.26 lb Kinivo uses ADP Bluetooth protocol which means you can control your music stream by skipping, pausing, playing, and rewinding songs from the speaker instead of your device. It also has a removable battery – something absent from other speakers in this category – that claims to last up to 5 hours of wireless music.

I find the longer design to be appealing as it more resembles a speaker bar and less a speaker box. Speaking of “box,” in the box owners will find a 3.5mm cable for a wired connection, and a mini-USB for charging from an owner supplied power source: no power brick here (a common practice). And unlike many other speakers of this size, the Kinivo does not sport a microphone for hands free calling.

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Sound

The advertised 3 watts – 1.5 W x 2 – power output seems mediocre when compared to total 6 watt of the Braven. Although the sounds are relatively crisp, especially at the treble ranges, the mid-ranges seem flat, and the bass just can’t balance it out. The lows are lackluster, crack, and distort, and at high volume the “Bass boost” button also hurts the overall sound instead of helping. Given the promise of an “ultimate travel speaker,” I’m afraid to report the Kinivo doesn’t live up to its promise. For indoor use, the produced sound is sufficient and balanced well-enough, though not overly impressive. Using the Kinivo outdoors would be more for a tabletop, intimate use and not for a large yard party.

Cost Benefit

Where the Kinivo will score major points is the current price of $39.99, which is 43% off its normal $69.99 price tag (at which I would question recommending). You could do better for a portable speaker – such as here – but you’ll be paying four to five times as much for it. The question to ask yourself is for what will you be using it? In a casual, small room, setting such as an office? If so, the Kinivo is a viable and affordable choice. Outdoor backyard block party? Save your pennies for a heftier alternative.

Kinivo is available at their website for $39.99 or from Amazon.com

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  • Renkman

    That’s a shame that it didn’t live up to it’s promise, but at that current price, it’s at least worth a look.