The Cayman Bluetooth Speaker comes as single, bulky unit measuring in at 540mm wide and around 178mm tall. In terms of design, it’s an unusual shape but something that is very much welcomed with the large amount of similar speakers hitting the market recently.
The whole front face of the speaker is covered in a thin fabric mesh with a hard plastic backing. To the touch it doesn’t scream quality, however aesthetically it looks very nice.
Keeping it propped upright is a metal stand placed under the unit. Where the centre of the speaker curves upwards the stand curves downwards creating a small gap where KitSound have hidden a small light which shines down onto a KS logo. Depending on the input type the light will actually change colour.
Around the back, you’ll find a single 3.5mm input port and rather surprisingly the power cable is hard wired onto the unit.
Moving onto the top of the speaker you’ll find an array of touch sensitive controls. These include power, play/pause, forward/backward skipping, volume controls and also a balance/boost button. A built-in microphone also allows you to make calls.
Once you’ve unboxed the speaker you’ll find what can only be described as a very cheap feeling and looking remote control. You’ll find all the controls as mentioned above as well as another for rejecting calls on the remove. I was severely disappointed in everything about it and it doesn’t do the speaker justice.
The unit is tilted backwards slightly to improve the audio projection which helps massively if the unit is placed below waist height.
The Cayman supports input via Bluetooth V4.0 and through a 3.5mm port on the back. Setting up the Bluetooth connection to my iPhone for the first time was an incredible easy process. On most speakers, you need to hold down a combination of buttons to activate the mode, but not on the Cayman.
I simply powered on the speaker where the light then indicated it was ready for pairing by flashing blue. I headed over to my Bluetooth settings where the speaker showed up and instantly paired after tapping. To show a successful connection, the light will change from a flashing blue to a solid blue colour. The unit is also equipped with NFC.
If you connect via the 3.5mm port then the light will actually change to green, so it’s easy to see which input method you’re using by quickly glancing at the unit.
It would’ve been nice to have the option of actually switch the light off however. I hooked the speaker up to my TV when watching a film and when the lights are off, I found the green spotlight to be a little distracting.
So how did the Cayman actually sound I hear you ask?
Truth be told I wasn’t expecting brilliant things from the Cayman in terms of audio quality, especially after the remote left me with a feeling of disappointment. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
When hooked up to my iPod it managed to produce decent sound all round. The low end was prominent but not overpowering, while the high end remained clear and sharp. Some people do want a little more kick in the bass though, and if so the Cayman has you covered. Simply hit the boost button on the unit or remote and it will extend the frequency response for both the high and low frequencies, providing a more punchy bass. This works for both Bluetooth and aux inputs.
In terms of volume, the Cayman performs well until you start to reach the maximum. During my tests the audio quality was fine until you hit around 90% and above. At this point there was noticeable distortion, and so wouldn’t recommend pushing it past this.
The KitSound Cayman 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker overall is a good product. It’s quite obvious that audio quality has been prioritised over the build quality, and if I’m buying a speaker surely this is what matters? This being said the flimsy remote that’s thrown in with the unit was extremely disappointing and I’d be surprised if it lasted longer than a couple of weeks. The materials used on the speaker itself also feel a little cheap.
The Cayman costs £200 so with everything taken into account you can see why there’s been corners cut on the build quality when the sound produced is of much better quality.
Whether you’re going to be using the KitSound Cayman as a soundbar for your TV or as a stand-alone speaker for music, if audio quality is what you’re looking for and you’re not bothered about ‘looks’ then it’s definitely worth checking out.