Dali Katch £330

It’s all change at the top…

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Rarely has an Award-win­ner been so clearly beaten. In the fast-mov­ing realm of wire­less-speaker tech­nol­ogy, per­haps we ought to ex­pect a more reg­u­lar changeover of power, but it still took us by sur­prise.

Sud­den re­al­i­sa­tion

Once we’d heard the Dali Katch take on the KEF Muo, how­ever, sud­denly the KEF unit sounded closed, bereft of much of the dy­namic nuance and punch that took it to the top of the pile last year. Dali just does pretty much ev­ery­thing bet­ter. With­out den­i­grat­ing the Muo’s achieve­ments, the dif­fer­ence be­tween it and the Katch is marked – even tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the £30 dif­fer­ence in price.

For those who value sonic or­gan­i­sa­tion above ev­ery­thing else, the Muo is still a com­mend­able pur­chase, but Dali has de­signed a speaker with no ob­vi­ous faults at this price. The Katch both en­ter­tained and en­gaged us, rais­ing the bar for this sec­tor of the mar­ket. It in­te­grates ex­tra tech­nol­ogy to aid sound (de­pend­ing on whether is placed on a ta­ble or a shelf) as well as boast­ing a 24-hour bat­tery life.

There’s much to be proud of for Onkyo, whose X9 speaker of­fers a del­i­cate, eas­ily lis­ten­able sound that holds its own even when pit­ted against two more ex­pen­sive op­tions. There’s quite a jump in price be­tween the X9 and the Katch, for which you get more space, de­tail and body – and some busier tracks aren’t quite as sure­footed with their de­liv­ery as on the Muo – but this is a smart al­ter­na­tive for those who want to save the ex­tra £60.

It’s not just a pretty (and very por­ta­ble) face, it’s some­thing of a sonic rev­e­la­tion

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