I was looking for a good set of speakers and couldn’t find any that were in my price range. In speaking with Kinivo, they offered to send the M2 speakers to me to review, and I readily jumped. I expected OKish sound quality, but nothing like the Logitech speakers many of my friends have, or even like the LG soundbar I have in the living room; boy was I wrong. I was very leary of the sub woofer performance, though, before actually hearing them for myself. But enough of that. Let’s get into the full review.
I know. These are speakers. How many features can they have, right? Well, Kinivo has just the right balance of features to functionality. The M2 speakers have two methods of input: RCA and Bluetooth. There is an included RCA to 3.5mm headphone jack for using your phone, and you can also plug regular RCA cables into the back of the M2 speakers to use them with a Blu-Ray Player, TV, etc. To make pairing even simpler, Kinivo did something I’ve not seen on many speakers: they put a NFC tag on top to make the pairing process drop-dead simple.
You can switch between the inputs with the press of a button. Volume control is just as simple with a large knob that has an awesome looking white ring that is lit up around it. Though, it might keep you awake at night if the M2 is in your room and you leave them on 24/7.
My primary use of the M2 is for my computer, but it’s also nice to be able to hook my PS3 up or use my phone as I’m walking around my room (though thanks to Spotify Premium I can control my computer audio from my phone, but that’s beside the point). I have my MacBook hooked up via the included RCA to 3.5mm headphone connector, because honestly I have had nothing but issues with using Bluetooth. Now, that is not the M2’s fault, as my MacBook has junky Bluetooth even with other devices. Audio carried over the included cable sounds amazing, crisp, and really can rock the house; literally. If I crank the bass all the way up and play a bass heavy song and rock the M2 and my MacBook at full volume, I can feel the floor vibrating clear on the other side of my house. My $350 LG soundbar can’t even do that!
The included satellite speakers are also quite nice. They’re loud, yet crisp. The speakers can easily hide behind monitors or laptops, and still deliver full sounding audio, even with obstructions in their way. The cables that they come with aren’t that long, but it’s a standard RCA cable and you can easily extend it if the need arises. Yay for using standards!
There is only one feature that they do not have that I would like to see: an easier way to control the volume. Currently you have to use that large knob on the side, or the device’s volume. I’ve found that keeping the M2’s set around the middle of the knob and using the device’s volume seems to work the best for me for getting great quality without going completely deaf.
Yes, I’ve mentioned the quality a few times before but let’s dive into it. The included subwoofer really makes things kick. You have independent sub and treble control via knobs on the back (or side, depending on how you have the sub sitting). Once you have a good mix (I have both maxed out, because reasons), the speakers just sound plain amazing. Highs are crisp, without breaking windows. Lows are rumbly, without shaking the table apart. Honestly, there is not a single thing I don’t like about the audio quality of these amazingly cheap speakers.
If you’re looking for a good set of speakers for your computer, dorm room, office, or heck, even living room, you can’t go wrong with the M2s. Sure, they’re not the highest quality money can buy, but for the price, they’re pretty darn amazing. They have great response, perfect compatibility with just about any device, and they really just look awesome to me. Sadly, they’re out of stock right now from Kinivo and they are on backorder from Amazon, at a price higher than they normally sell for. The speakers now sell for between ~$150 on eBay to ~$265 on Amazon, and sadly I cannot recommend the speakers at that pricing. If you’re able to find any cheaper, though, they’re killer speakers!