Dali KATCH

SmartHouse - - REVIEW -

When com­pared to the Dali KATCH the Canton Music Box is a sig­nif­i­cantly su­pe­rior of­fer­ing with price be­ing a sig­nif­i­cant de­cider. At $699 the Dali KATCH is a beau­ti­ful look­ing player and where the Canton Music Box de­liv­ers 60 Watts of out­put the Dali KATCH only de­liv­ers 50 Watts from 2 X 25W Amp.

The pill-shaped alu­minium cab­i­net looks the part and the black speaker grill which con­sists of ABS/ poly­car­bon­ate baf­fles also adds to the look and feel of this de­vice but the big ques­tion does this de­liver $200 worth of added value over the Canton Music Box S of­fer­ing or $400 worth of value over the Bose SoundLink Mini II.

Like the Canton of­fer­ing there are but­tons that con­trol the vol­ume, power, Blue­tooth pair­ing and sound modes are on the top bar of the Dali KATCH.

Again, this de­vice was easy to pair, flip up the rub­ber but­ton on the de­vice and one can eas­ily plug in none Blue­tooth de­vices like the Canton speak­ers.

In­side this speaker are dual 3.5-inch woofers that sit on a spe­cially de­signed chas­sis.

In a lit­tle bit of mar­ket­ing spin Dali will tell you that the de­vice has an in­verted alu­minium mem­brane and a spe­cial spi­der sus­pen­sion sys­tem for their com­po­nents.

There is also a port for the power charg­ing adapter. The built-in bat­tery takes about two hours to charge and de­liv­ers over 18 hours of play­time ac­cord­ing to Dali. Though I am still mys­ti­fied by their ref­er­ence to “24 hours of un­teth­ered play­back”.

The driver ar­ray in­cludes two 21mm light­weight soft dome tweet­ers, backed by a strong neodymium mag­net with high-power han­dling and high sen­si­tiv­ity to the tweeter.

Miss­ing is a ded­i­cated app for stream­ing and like the Canton of­fer­ing, this de­vice was easy to pair with a smart­phone with music streamed via Spo­tify. I could play, skip tracks and ad­just vol­ume us­ing my smart­phone.

Like the Canton speak­ers one must hold the vol­ume down and you in­stantly get a huge, sound fill­ing a room to the point that it can be­come un­com­fort­able when at max­i­mum vol­ume. With the Canton of­fer­ing sound dis­tor­tion tech­nol­ogy kicks in to bal­ance the out­put.

I tested both the Canton speak­ers and the Dali KATCH speaker with re­cently re­lease Jazz and Pop music. I have of­ten found that older 60’s and 70’s tracks don’t sound as good when test­ing speak­ers as the con­tent is of­ten re­mas­tered and was not ini­tially recorded as a digital file.

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