As the UK summer is drawing to an end once again, there’s still, hopefully, a good month or so left of being able to enjoy the outdoor, having a BBQ, and listening to music. The Kitsound Hive Discovery provides the flexibility of wireless music on the go, as well as waterproof should those late summer showers take you by surprise.
The Kitsound Hive Discovery falls in the category of a rugged designed bluetooth speaker, designed for the outdoor. With it’s cylindrical design, it’s small and light enough to be thrown into a bag as you head out of the house. The bluetooth connection ensures no additional wires are required, although you might want to bring your phone charging cable in case you run out of juice on your phone, as the Hive Discovery can also provide you with an emergency power boost for your phone.
Like mentioned, the Hive Discovery feels rugged and like it can take a knock or two. The rubber outside gives it a level of waterproofness, although I have not tested submerging it in water, so perhaps leave it out of the pool for now.
At one end of the speaker you find a handy LED light, useful for those dark nights where you might need to find something in the dark. The other end of the speaker holds most of the controls, such as switching the speaker on, bluetooth pairing, play/pause, hands-free call handling, and volume control, which is achieved through twisting the ‘wheel’ in either direction.
The speaker also comes with built-in rechargeable battery, micro usb port, usb port, and aux-in.
With its 8 watts output power and passive radiator, the Kitsound Hive Discovery actually suprised me somewhat in the sound department. Overall the performance is well balanced for a speaker in this category and price range. The clarity is good, distortion is minimal at higher volumes, and the bluetooth connection is reliable. The low’s are present and the high’s are not too sharp.
On a full charge, the battery lasted close to the 12 hours advised for the product. Bluetooth connection works well within a 10 meter range, and from room to room when used in-house.
The overall size, weight, and performance of the Kitsound Hive Discovery is good for the category it’s in (sub £100 portable bluetooth speaker). The addition of the LED flashlight is a bonus for use outdoors, and the ability to provide an emergency power boost for your phone is definitely a handy feature, as i’m sure we have all experienced running out of phone power at the wrong time.
The Kitsound Hive Discovery is available from amongst other Amazon UK from £70.