Dali Katch £330
It’s all change at the top…
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.
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