KS Boom Evolution
Does this Bluetooth speaker sound as good as it looks? Let’s find out…
Is this the ideal speaker system for you?
£149 Manufacturer KitSound, kitsound.co.uk Drivers 2x 3-inch 30W satellites, 1x 6-inch 50W subwoofer Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, 1x analogue audio input (RCA phono), 1x analogue audio output (RCA phono), 1x USB port (charging only) Dimensions 420x115.5x280mm When it comes to decentsounding speakers, the word ‘boom’ suggests an excess of something deep and rather ugly. Unfortunately, that’s nearly the case here, but thanks largely to the other half of the Boom Evolution’s name, the day is saved.
As a more refined version of KitSound’s original BoomDock iPod speaker dock from four years ago, this gadget presents a fresh new face to the world on the outside and some upgraded specs on the inside. The original dock has been replaced by Bluetooth connectivity, for example, and the Boom Evolution includes two 30W satellites across the front and a downward-firing 60W subwoofer inside the main cabinet that supplies deep bass.
Other goodies include analogue audio inputs and outputs, and a stylish front panel with basic controls, most of which are replicated on the remote. You also find a USB socket on the back for charging your iPhone or iPad.
As we’ve already suggested, while the Boom Evolution looks the part, it doesn’t quite measure up when it comes to sound quality. The big problem is, of course, the boom. The default bass level – aided by that beefy subwoofer – is simply too overwhelming even at moderate volumes and almost the first thing you find yourself doing is searching for a way to curb it. Luckily, KitSound has included both bass and treble controls, so that’s easy to do. It’s also a great way to tune the speaker to suit your musical tastes.
The other issue we have is with Bluetooth playback. While the sound never stutters or drops (as can happen with other speaker docks), you’re not really rewarded with super sound quality either. Listening this way is pleasant rather than pleasing.
To really shift things up a gear you need to hook your iOS devices up to the Boom Evolution using the analogue audio input on the back – and then feed it with high bit-rate (Apple Lossless) tunes. The contrast is staggering. Suddenly the Boom Evolution comes alive and you have a whole new level of sound that the speaker’s only hinted at before. It’s not £500-good, but it’s good enough to appreciate the Boom Evolution in a new way. Rob Mead-Green
The Boom Evolution is a bargain at £149, but only once you manage to tame its wild side.
A great-looking bit of kit that can sound great too
(with a little help).