I recorded a short video demonstrating the quality of the Hive compared to a smartphone, in this case a Note 2 which has an excellent onboard speaker but once put next to the Hive it pales in comparison for clarity and bass. The difference really is night and day.
[youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]http://youtu.be/8ae4oVUSGsw[/youtube]
As you can see, the difference isn’t small, it’s huge. The bass that the Hive outputs is unreal when you consider how small it is and the clarity of voice and other instruments/effects in the background are perfectly audible without being muffled around like on other speakers. I mentioned that the underside had bass vents earlier on and if you turn the Hive upside down when playing something you will notice the woofer resonating quite a few millimetres. It’s pretty clear that Kitsound have put a lot of R&D time into perfecting the use of materials for the speaker components in order to live up to the statement I quoted in the introduction to this review.
Throughout testing I have been using it around the home and at parties. I found the rated 10 metre range to be accurate for Bluetooth streaming to work flawlessly and the speaker can be so loud that you will easily be able to hear the dynamic range of music from the end of a lengthy garden.