X-MINI KAI X2

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

The Kai X2s are part of X-mini’s new­est line of speak­ers, and fea­ture a sleek new mod­ern look that’s quite a de­par­ture from the old de­sign. Un­like the rest of the speak­ers in this shootout, the Kai X2 isn’t built with a strap or hook of any sort, nor do they boast wa­ter­proof­ing.

In­stead, these have a matte space gray fin­ish with no vis­i­ble con­trols. Those are found in the rub­ber­ized base be­low, which means you’ll need your phone to do the heavy lift­ing once you’ve placed the speaker down. Clearly, these are meant to be used in the home, per­haps paired with your note­book for ca­sual lis­ten­ing.

Af­ter run­ning through a few of our test tracks, it be­came ev­i­dent that the mids are the best part of the speaker’s range. It doesn’t have the crisp highs of the Beo­play P2, nor the rumbly lows of the SRS-XB10, but it does pro­vide en­ergy and ex­cite­ment to al­most ev­ery track it takes on.

Songs that heav­ily fea­ture vo­cals seem to work best with this speaker, but whether it was the rock­ing vibes of Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Keep the Faith’, or the fre­netic string work of Vi­valdi’s ‘Con­certo No. 1 in E ma­jor, Op. 8, RV 269, “La pri­mav­era” (Spring)’, the Kai X2 han­dled it all with equal vigor dur­ing our gen­eral testing.

As you can imag­ine, this trans­lated to our for­mal test tracks too, with an even per­for­mance through­out. The in­tro of ‘El­e­ments of Life’ was nicely han­dled with just enough bass and en­ergy, but the speaker’s de­liv­ery left you wish­ing it was just a bit darker with a slightly wider sound­stage.

It also did well with Adele’s ‘Melt My Heart to Stone’, de­liv­er­ing a nice warm ren­di­tion that placed good bal­ance on both vo­cals and back­ing in­stru­ments.

The Mi­cro-USB port is hid­den away near the base.

All the con­trols are at the bot­tom of the speaker.

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