Kef Muo

This por­ta­ble speaker is an im­pres­sive de­but for the high-end hi-fi spe­cial­ist

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£300 Man­u­fac­turer Kef, kef.com Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth 4.0 with aptX, 3.5mm line-in Bat­tery life Up to 12 hours Di­men­sions 21x8x6cm Weight 0.8kg

We don’t of­ten get to re­view Kef speak­ers in MacFor­mat, as this Bri­tish com­pany is best-known for lux­ury prod­ucts such as the tow­er­ing Muon, which would set you back a stonk­ing £140,000 per pair. How­ever, the Muo is its first en­try into the por­ta­ble speaker cat­e­gory and with a much more af­ford­able price tag.

Both speak­ers were de­signed by Ross Love­grove, who also worked at Ap­ple way back in the ‘80s, and the Muo shares the elon­gated hour­glass de­sign of the floor-stand­ing Muon. The Muo uses Blue­tooth for wire­less stream­ing, and you can also pair two Muos to­gether to pro­vide a proper set of stereo speak­ers.

The Muo’s alu­minium case looks very smart, and should be sturdy enough to cope with the oc­ca­sional bump in a back­pack. It also helps to re­duce vi­bra­tions, which al­lows the Muo to pro­duce a rich, de­tailed sound that few speak­ers of this size can match. It han­dles the acous­tic strum­ming of Damien Rice and the shriek­ing falsetto of Queen with equal aplomb, while the in­ter­nal bass ra­di­a­tor pro­duces a re­spectably firm bass sound for a speaker that’s just 21cm long. It’s also pretty loud for such a compact speaker, and is more than pow­er­ful enough to liven up a bar­be­cue. Bat­tery life is good too, last­ing for up to 12 hours on about 50% vol­ume. In fact, our only real com­plaint is that a por­ta­ble speaker in this price range ought to in­clude a car­ry­ing case to help keep it safe when you’re on the move.

While not be as ex­pen­sive as its big brother, the Muo’s price tag still puts it at the pre­mium end of the por­ta­ble speaker cat­e­gory. Even so, its classy sound, at­trac­tive de­sign and good bat­tery life put it in a dif­fer­ent league from many of its por­ta­ble ri­vals, and it’ll earn its keep as a light­weight, high-qual­ity speaker to use out­doors and take on your trav­els. Cliff Joseph It’s a bit pricey, but the Kef Muo is one of the classi­est por­ta­ble Blue­tooth speak­ers your money can buy right now.

Kef’s hi-fi pedi­gree en­sures that the compact Muo sounds as good as it looks.

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