SOUND ALL AROUND

Moss Au­dio Pic­cadilly

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Mar­cus Wong

“Cute and fun” might be one way to de­scribe Moss Au­dio’s first line of speak­ers, but that wouldn’t be en­tirely ac­cu­rate, as the Moss Pic­cadilly speak­ers rep­re­sent a shift away from to­day’s con­ven­tion of as­sem­bly-line pro­duc­tion for quick, re­pro­ducible re­sults back to the painstak­ing hand-craft meth­ods of old.

You see, ev­ery speaker is pre­ci­sion cut from a sin­gle block of solid resin (con­sist­ing of acrylic mixed with nat­u­ral min­eral pow­der), and then hand­pol­ished for the fi­nal gloss fin­ish. The choice of us­ing an acrylic com­pos­ite ma­te­rial con­trib­utes largely to the qual­ity of the sound the speaker pro­duces, as it is both stiff and well damped, mean­ing you won’t get ad­di­tional noises from the vi­bra­tion of the speaker walls, and the speaker walls won’t flex eas­ily mak­ing it solid enough for trans­port.

Be­cause the speaker is cir­cu­lar in shape and faces up­wards, the sound goes out fairly evenly in all di­rec­tions, but you prob­a­bly won’t want to be sit­ting too far away from it. We’d say it’s per­fect for in­ti­mate lis­ten­ing ses­sions around a dining ta­ble, but not so much for a party sit­u­a­tion where you’re try­ing to fill a room with sound.

In our testing, we found that the Pic­cadilly per­formed best with pieces that in­volved vo­cals, as the speak­ers dis­play good warmth and clar­ity, with a sweet spot in the midrange. For ex­am­ple, on un­plugged ver­sion of Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by The Ea­gles, the vo­cals of Don Hen­ley stand out with great pres­ence and clar­ity, while there was good sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the mul­ti­ple back­ing in­stru­ments and the vo­cals.

The speaker man­ages to recre­ate the live at­mos­phere fairly well, but lacks just that lit­tle bit ex­tra on both ends of the spec­trum. Gui­tar notes lack that fi­nal bit of ring you get from a ham­mer-on or a pull-off, and the bass notes lack that last bit of thump that lend to the full­ness of a bass note. It’s like a slightly mel­low au­dio pro­file that stays firmly in the mid­dle ground so that nei­ther ex­treme trou­bles the speaker.

That’s an ap­proach that lends it­self well to gen­eral lis­ten­ing at all vol­ume lev­els, and we cer­tainly didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any dis­tor­tion even at close to max­i­mum lev­els. Crit­i­cal lis­ten­ers may be­grudge the fact that some songs miss that ex­tra bit of sparkle, but that’s per­haps ask­ing too much of a sin­gle unit speaker this small and this por­ta­ble.

TESTED & RATED

8.0

/10

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