Up for review today I have another Bluetooth speaker, but this is one of the better ones I’ve reviewed, it’s bigger and it works great. The speaker is from KitSound and it’s called the BoomBar and it’s a bar-type speaker about nine inches long with dual two-watt speakers inside of it. One of the better features of the BoomBar is the fact that the battery is user-replaceable with one that costs less than ten dollars.
As a rework of Kitsound’s best-selling speaker, you can expect a certain level of finesse in the deliverance of your sound and this is reflected in the reviews.
With a frequency response of 150Hz – 20Hz, most reviewers rate the sound quality fairly highly, so long as you keep the volume relatively low, that is.
At higher volumes, you might experience a slight crackle over time.
What is it?
The Boombar 50 is a mid-range Kitsound Bluetooth Speaker.
It connects via Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm audio cable and if you want to boost or improve the sound, you can pair two together.
It’s waterproof and can be used as a speakerphone, too.
Kitsound Bluetooth Speaker Design
The KitSound BoomBar has a quite stylish design. It comes in box with some useful accessories like a carry case, USB cable, 3.5mm AUX cable, removable battery and a coin stand.
Notice that the power adapter is not included in box.
The speaker has a pretty neat design and very lightweight to hold in your hand.
The black and soft-touch finish make it very comfortable to carry around and also elegant to fit your decoration.
Besides, I’m a little surprised as it comes with a protective case. The case looks quite good and it will be more convenient to carry the speaker and its accessories.
It is easy to control the speaker with the power button and connection ports on the right, and skip, volume buttons right on the front.
Kitsound Bluetooth Speaker Sound Quality
Despite the symmetrical shape, the Kitsound Bluetooth Speaker very much has a front.
The drivers all face the same way and are angled slightly upwards, so it does a decent job of filling a smallish room.
However, sound quality certainly suffers if you’re not standing on the correct side of it.
Push the volume to its limit and it doesn’t complain too much, although it does start to sound quite harsh the further it goes – those thoughts of it being a modern-day boombox are perhaps a little misplaced.
If volume is high on your agenda, UE’s range of speakers offers more and is also much less directional.
That’s not to say the Kitsound Bluetooth Speaker doesn’t have its moments. Vocals are prominent and natural-sounding, and there’s detail to be heard, too. It’s just lacking in overall dynamism and excitement.
Play something simple and stripped back and the BoomBar will put in an acceptable, if not exactly thrilling, performance.
But add much more to the mix and the BoomBar struggles to pick out individual instruments and the mid-range can become pretty muddled.
Ask of it something more challenging and the BoomBar struggles to come up with any convincing answers.
Play Lift to Experience’s ‘The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads’, which when heard at its best really soars, and it lacks the depth, solidity and authority you get from pricier, more capable speakers.
Obviously, you can only expect so much from a 20W speaker that costs £70.
However, the lack of definition, absence of authority from the bass, and fierce competition from elsewhere mean the BoomBar just can’t measure up to the best.
If you’re using the device to amp up the volume on a film, connecting the speaker to your laptop via the aux cable is the best way of getting a decent quality noise, as condensing the sound through Bluetooth means the delivery of sound can get a little out of sync.
If you’re connecting it to your mobile to play your Spotify playlist, then you can still expect to hear a clear, high-quality sound.
They’ve also handily incorporated a hands-free function so you can take calls without too much faffing around.
The BoomBar is powered by a 3.7V – 1000mAh battery and you can fully charge it within 4 hours.
As the power adapter is not included, you can charge the battery by plugging it into your computer or using any USB power adapter for your phone.
The speaker can also be used as a speakerphone as it includes a microphone on the right side. Just click on the Play/Pause button to receive incoming calls.
I had some troubles when trying to pair the speaker to my phone. My phone couldn’t detect the Bluetooth device until I followed manual to press Play/Pause button before pairing.
Lightweight and neat design.
Protective case is included.
Sound is weak and broken at max volume.
Power adapter is not included.
Kitsound Bluetooth Speaker Extras
Kitsound hasn’t left anything out of the box either – they give you everything you need, including a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable.
As an added bonus, you get a carry case to keep it protected when not in use, and they’ve also incorporated a carry handle into the speaker so you can carry it without getting fingerprints on the glossy black cover.
The Bottom Line
This portable speaker delivers perfectly-capable audio quality on a small budget.
Built with both Bluetooth and AUX connectivity, the Kitsound Boombar+ can be easily paired with laptops, computers and smart devices, making it the ideal travel companion.
While the audio is detailed for the price, some users have found the volume lacking – so this might not be the best speaker for entertaining guests. For occasional or personal use, however, the Boombar+ might just do the job.