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Kitsound Diggit review: the perfect summer speakers?

Kitsound Diggit review
We do recommend buying the Diggit; we don't recommend barbecuing it

Mobile Bluetooth speakers are ten a penny, so to make yours stand out takes a little out-of-the-boom-box thinking. That’s precisely what British manufacturer Kitsound achieves with the Diggit speaker, and to tremendous effect. I love this mini speaker, although to be strictly accurate I love this pair of speakers.

Kitsound Diggit review: pairing off

So what is the great idea? Purely the way they’re mounted. Forget slinging the Diggit onto the ground or your picnic blanket: it comes with a neat stand that digs into the ground. When not in use, the stand detaches into two, with the sharp end slipping inside the other half so you can chuck it back into your bag without worrying about dirt.

Kitsound Diggit review
The Diggit can slip into your picnic basket, ready to be planted into the grass when the time is right

I also love how easy Diggits are to use as a pair. Follow the simple setup routine in the provided quick start guide (on paper, thankfully, not to be downloaded and gazed at on-screen) and you’ll have the pair of speakers working in unison and synced to your phone. Another nice touch: if you switch one off, it automatically switches the other off too. (You have to switch both on, though.)

You do this via the rubberised controls at the top of the units, with one for on/off, two to control the volume, and another to pause/play. There’s a bead of LED lights around the top, too, which comes in handy when the sun sets.

Kitsound Diggit review: Sound quality

Kitsound Diggit review
For a tiny speaker, the Diggit packs a surprising amount of quality

I wasn’t expecting much in terms of sound quality from the Diggit, but it surprised me. Sit in front of the two speakers and you’ll hear music in beautiful stereo, and it picks up details surprisingly well. Sure, you won’t hear every last droplet of percussion, but vocals are produced clearly and there’s a surprising amount of bass on offer.

If anything, there’s too much bass – you’re always aware of the drums on tracks – but you’ll only notice this if listening with a critical ear. In general, you’ll be delighted with the sound this pair of speakers produce.

They also pack plenty of volume. I didn’t dare push them up to their very limits for fear of ruining my relationship with my neighbours, but was pleased with their lack of distortion. I’ve no idea how Kitsound has packed so much into such a tiny area.

Kitsound Diggit review: Rugged good looks

The Diggits are rated as IP55, which means they can fend off the occasional blast of dust and rain, but won’t respond so well to a swim in the ocean or being buried in the sand.

In use, you should make sure that the rubber seal protecting the micro-USB charging port is locked into place, but that’s something you’d do naturally to avoid sullying these speakers’ fine looks.

Kitsound Diggit review
Don’t worry about using the Diggits near water – they can cope with some splashes

Wood effects can look dreadful, but these are handsome wee units. That’s partly due to their cute size, but somehow the mix of veneer and metallic mesh works. If you told someone they cost £100 apiece, they would believe you.

Kitsound Diggit review: Buy ’em now

Which brings me to the price: I found them at Robert Dyas for £30 apiece or £50 for two. And in case it isn’t obvious from the rest of this review, it would be foolishness itself to buy one on its own. My only criticism of Kitsound is that it doesn’t sell them as a pair, leading to wasteful packaging.

But that’s it. With a battery life of around eight hours (quoted life, note; I haven’t managed to drain them yet), there is virtually nothing to find fault with here.

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Kitsound Diggit overall
  • Sound quality
  • Ease of use
  • Value for money
4.7

Summary

A brilliant set of speakers that will add a touch of class to any picnic or garden

About the author

Tim Danton

Tim Danton is editor-in-chief of PC Pro magazine and has written about technology since 1999. He enjoys playing with gadgets, playing with words and playing tennis. Email tim@bigtechquestion.com

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