Building on the success of its predecessor, the KitSound Hive 2 Bluetooth speaker offers even more power thanks to the 2×6 watt active drivers and a built-in passive bass radiator delivering a whopping 12 watts of audio power.
Having owned the original KS Hive Bluetooth speaker and quite a few other KitSound speakers; it’s clear to see that KitSound have put a lot of time and effort into creating visually appealing products that are both functional and affordable.
The KitSound Hive 2 represents a revamp and upgrade of a KitSound classic but, as many wireless-speaker aficionados will note, its familiar honeycombed enclosure remains largely the same as before, and is available in a rainbow assortment of seven bright colours.
This means a rugged hexagonal-patterned outer framework still protects the exterior, with the front panel otherwise plain with just a tastefully restrained ‘ks’ logo in the right-hand lower corner.
Cabinet corners are once again robust and angular, and the unit’s top panel houses a four-button touch-control interface which offers access to playback controls, Bluetooth and phone features, plus a power switch. Discretely hidden away at the rear of the enclosure is a connection panel giving access to the charging and aux-input sockets.
Sweet sounds from the Hive
Whilst the tried-and-tested external enclosure is mostly unaltered, the internal audio essentials have seen a major upgrade. Whereas the KitSound Hive offered a 5-watt audio output, the KitSound Hive 2 now delivers more than double that figure with two, much larger, 45-mm active speaker drivers, each pumping out 6 watts of music power.
The Hive 2’s audio performance thus achieves a full 12 watts RMS output, with the addition of a passive bass radiator to support and enhance the unit’s bass response. The result is a remarkably well-balanced music output for such a small speaker which is distortion-free, offers crystal clear highs and focused mid-range tones, and also delivers warm, rich bass-frequency content.
At the heart of every wireless speaker is a Bluetooth specification which determines the practical limits of its overall performance. The new Hive 2 comes equipped with an upgrade to Bluetooth version 3 (the previous Hive featured version 2.1). This not only allows improved stereo audio streaming, but also supports the rapid NFC (Near Field Communication) ‘one-touch’ Bluetooth pairing available on all the latest smartphones and tablets.
Furthermore, improving the Bluetooth specification has also boosted the Hive 2’s music playback capability, which now stands at a very reasonable 12 hours. Non-Bluetooth music sources can also be connected via the rear aux-input connection. The unit has a 2000-mAh lithium-ion battery on board which can be charged via a micro USB socket, plus a built-in microphone facility which supports the Hive 2’s hands-free calling feature.
Main Features and specs:
- Audio Output: 12 W RMS (2x 6 watts).
- Bluetooth: V3.
- Speaker drivers: 2 x 45mm.
- Passive Bass Radiator.
- S/N: 80 dB.
- Frequency response: 50 Hz – 20 kHz.
- Wireless range: 10m maximum
- NFC connectivity.
- Play time: up to 12 hours.
- Battery: Li-ion 2000 mAh.
- micro USB charging.
- Unit size: D48.5 x H63.8 xW168 (mm)
- Weight: 420 g
- Aux-in: 3.5-mm stereo audio.
Where to buy
At time of writing, the KitSound Hive 2 Bluetooth speaker was available in 7 different colours ranging from £35 to £64 depending on colour choice. Check Amazon for current price, ratings and more KS Hive 2 reviews.