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Kicker KPw Bluetooth Speaker Review

 
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Final Fiendish Findings?

  “I’m all about that bass…” There is nothing that inspires, motivates, comforts, and enervates quite like your favorite tunes. Whether you’re rocking out to the latest pop hit, head banging to some seriously awesome metal, or chilling with a little Beethoven, your music can totally define your day. And yet, the wrong speakers can […]

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Posted November 10, 2014 by

 
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“I’m all about that bass…”

There is nothing that inspires, motivates, comforts, and enervates quite like your favorite tunes. Whether you’re rocking out to the latest pop hit, head banging to some seriously awesome metal, or chilling with a little Beethoven, your music can totally define your day. And yet, the wrong speakers can distort your sound, making your sick beats sound…well, sick (and not in a good way). Or worse yet, weak speakers can leave you straining to hear the melody, and forget about taking things outside. It’s pretty sad when the neighborhood robins have better sound than you do.

Of course, you can also plug in to your music, but that often isn’t the best choice. When you’re working with your hands, in the garden, the garage, or kitchen, you certainly don’t want your high priced electronics too near. Same goes for a great workout at home – headphones are okay, but hands free is the ideal if you can swing. And you definitely want to be able to share your tunes if friends come over. Whether it’s a wild party or a small get together, the right music can definitely set the mood and keep things hopping.

A bluetooth speaker is an ideal way to keep things rocking, but there are a lot of them to choose from – some not worth their price tags, others needlessly complicated with functions you don’t need and far too much of a learning curve for the less tech-minded among us. It’s hard to find the right balance, the perfect speaker that offers great sound, smooth bass, an easy to use interface, and all at a reasonable price. The KPw from Kicker offers all that in a convenient package that just may be your favorite new piece of tech.

In style, the Kicker KPw is all about function. It is cylindrical in shape, about the size of your favorite water bottle. This nontraditional shape makes for an extremely portable speaker (a definite plus if your’e the type who is always on the go). It fits perfectly in your cup holders (so awesome), but it’s also compact enough to fit nicely in a briefcase, laptop bag, or backpack. The shape also gives it a sleek, minimalistic look that goes perfectly in your office or home, regardless of your color scheme.

Pairing your bluetooth device with your speaker is as simple as pushing a button – seriously. All of the buttons on the KPw are located on the round ends of the device. The top has a single round button centered on it, and you simply press that button to enter bluetooth mode. There is a light around the button that will blink when searching for devices, and go solid to let you know you’re paired. Once your device has the KPw selected, you are instantly connected – just like that.

Volume control is also located on the top of the device, and it works on a slider. Simply turn the top of the device to the left or right to adjust the volume up and down. The bottom of the speaker holds the power button, again centered right in the middle for easy access. This is located on a rubber cap that can be peeled back to access the charging port (micro usb), and an aux input in case you ever want to connect a device without using bluetooth.

If you’re jamming to tunes and a call comes in, you can seamlessly switch from music to talk by simply pressing the bluetooth button to answer. There is a builtin microphone on the front of the speaker to ensure great sound for your call, and it’ll switch right back to your interrupted song as soon as the call is finished.

All that function is great – you can conveniently bring your speaker with you wherever music may be required, easily pair with devices both via bluetooth and aux, and it even doubles as a very capable speakerphone. But what about the sound? After all, a speaker is only as good as its sound – everything else is just icing on the cake. Happily, the KPw gives great sound. It’s powerful, offering a whole lot of sound for such a small device, really impressive bass, and really smooth sound. It has two 44mm full range drivers, two 52mm passive radiators, and digital signal processing for optimal sound quality. And all that comes with up to ten hours of play on a single charge.

Whether you’re searching for the perfect speaker for your home, or a great gift for the audiophile in your life, the Kicker KPw Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent value. It is so simple to use, yet offers quality sound in a highly portable package that is even water and dust resistant. It’s the speaker that can go from the office to the gym to the beach and never miss a beat.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)