Kinivo’s Bluetooth Speaker Is Compact and Feature Full

| Quick Look Review

The BtX350 wireless Bluetooth stereo speaker system from Kinivo streams music from Bluetooth-capable smartphones, tablets, and computers. It includes a Class-D amplifier, bass boost; and volume controls and forward/reverse buttons within easy reach of users. There are two drivers inside for stereo music.

Kinivo BtX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This unit is powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to five hours of wireless music, and a USB charging cable is included. Those wishing to do so may listen to music through a built-in USB port while the speaker is connected to an AC power source. 

Back view

This very compact speaker measures 8 x 3 x 2.25-in (20.3 x 7.6 x 5.7 cm). The following image which has the BtX350 speaker sitting next to my iPad mini offers a visual comparison of the size.

Size comparison - BtX350 next to iPad mini

The package includes a user manual that is easy to follow and includes pairing instructions. The product offers a one year limited hardware warranty.

Using The Product

Following the instructions in the user manual, it was very easy to pair the speaker with my Mac Book Pro, both my iPads, and my iPhone 5. The pairing is fairly automatic. Adjusting the sound between audio books and music was simple, but I have to say the thing I like most about this speaker, aside from the good quality sound, is the availability of the volume controls and forward/reverse buttons that are placed within easy reach on top of the speaker. I find that this is a feature that is frequently missing from the less expensive speakers and yet is has so much value.

And speaking of the sound - the BtX350 features two suspension-cone speaker drivers with a passive subwoofer. A look behind the protective grill reveals these elements in the photo below. Most single unit speakers on the market today are producing mono sound, and for many users in casual settings that is sufficient. However, with the stereo speakers, I found that I got quite good stero sound an arm's length away, helped no doubt by the unit's size and speaker separation.

View of the of the BtX350 with grill removed.

This BtX350 has an MSRP of US$69.99, but is available for a limited time for an introductory price of US$39.99. That price can be found at both the company website  and at Amazon.

Do I Recommend It?

I do. I like the look and feel of this speaker. It is very well made. I like the ready availability of the volume controls and forward/reverse buttons. I like the fact that I can easily carry it from room to room if needed without losing the quality of the reception. I like the quality of the sound, and most certainly I appreciate the introductory price.

Product: BtX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Company: Kinivo

List Price: US$69.99

Pros:

Good stereo sound, included passive subwoofer, volume controls and forward/reverse buttons located on top, no loss of quality when moved away from music source. Works with iOS products and with Apple computers. Will also work with iPods.

Cons:

None noted.

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