X-mini X Kai X2

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The kai X2 is part of X-mini’s new­est line of speak­ers, fea­tur­ing 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, it has a matte space grey 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, the kai X2 is meant to be used at home, per­haps paired with your lap­top for ca­sual lis­ten­ing.

Af­ter run­ning through a few of our test tracks, it be­came quickly ev­i­dent that the mids are the best part of the speaker’s range. it nei­ther has 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 by Tiesto 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 Heat to

Stone, de­liv­er­ing a nice warm ren­di­tion that placed good bal­ance on both vo­cals and back­ing in­stru­ments.

The X-mini kai 2 sells for the price of PHP 3,670, more ex­pen­sive than the Clip 2, but much more af­ford­able than the Beoplay P2.

the mi­crosd is hid­den away near the base.

all the con­trols are at the bot­tom of the speaker.

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