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KLTECH or the Digix miniBoom speaker? There is a clear winner...
on January 3, 2014
Looking for a shower speaker, I wasn't sure if I wanted to get this KLTECH or the Digix miniBoom, so I decided to purchase both and test them out. There is most definitely a clear winner. I purchased this version of the Digix miniBoom -- Digix miniBoom Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Great Sound, Water Resistant with Built-in Microphone - Purple
I won't list the specs for each because they can be found on the product pages, but let me mention a couple of things that are not in the product info.
For one, the KLTECH miniBoom is bigger than the Digix -- not that it's huge, but it is bigger -- I would say about the size of a round beverage coaster. The Digix miniBoom is about half the size of the Digix speaker. The suction cup is significantly bigger on the KLTECH as well -- a clear super suction cup. For me, the larger the suction cup, the better the suction. In fact, once I got it on the wall, I had to really dig my nail to break the seal. The Digix has a much smaller suction cup that was not as strong as the KLTECH suction cup. I had to really push to get a good suction and it was really easy to pluck the speaker right off the wall.
The sound comes from the rear of the KLTECH whereas on the Digix it comes from the front. I was actually wary that the KLTECH would sound worse because the sound came out of the back versus the front, but the sound actually is much more robust coming from the KLTECH. The KLTECH speaker is also designed so that the device itself acts as its own boom giving it a much deeper sound. The Digix has a really canny sound and when you increase the volume the sound gets distorted and crackly.
The KLTECH has a lot more controls on the front of the interface. You can control volume up (long press the forward button), volume down (long press the back button), forward through songs and play / pause songs as needed. In addition, there is a power button and a call button. For some reason, my phone (HTC DNA) doesn't work with the phone button, so I can't answer calls but I really don't expect to do that while in the shower. The Digix has a volume up / down and a play button which are placed on top of the device and identified by raised bumps. As another reviewer said, every time you adjust the volume up / down, the sound "pauses" which I found to be very annoying.
Also, KLTECH has a light indicator on the front of it that allow me to quickly see that the device is powered on and also connected to the phone. The Digix has a light indicator, but it's on the bottom of the device and cannot be seen once it is suctioned to the wall.
I LOVE the control features of the KLTECH. Not just for the forward and back buttons, but more importantly... the POWER button. I can easily turn the speaker off and save the battery when not in use. The Digix has a power switch, but it's inside a protective cover and cannot be easily accessed -- you would most likely need to remove from the wall to access.
I have not yet had a chance to test the length of the battery on either but can update this review when I do. But with the ability to power off the KLTECH speaker and easy accessibility to the power button, I would expect that its battery would last much longer.
Overall, the KLTECH is the clear winner for me and I'm returning the Digix miniBoom.