There is no doubt we love our music. We carry a number of albums on our iPhones and iPads and use them regularly at the gym, running outside or while travelling. There are times where earphone won’t suffice, especially with two girls that want to hear the music also. We’ve featured a couple different Bluetooth options from EarJax and EasyAcc, so now it is time for a simpler solution – the Kinivo ZX120 Mini Speaker.
With all of the choices out there for portable speaker solutions, other than battery life and sound the one thing that sets them apart is good design. This is where Kinivo has their competition beat. In order to maintain a small form-factor and still produce great sound, the ZX120 incorporates a uniquely designed expandable bass resonator. With a twist of the top the unit it transforms into twice its size in a flash.
You can definitely hear the difference when playing the same music in regular vs. expanded mode, and can see the vibrations of the expanded area when the music hits the bass notes.
As I mentioned above, this is not a Bluetooth unit, so you must plug it in to any 3.5mm headphone jack. This makes it compatible with nearly every mp3 player ever made; not just the ones with Bluetooth. Hidden in the bottom of the unit is a short cable that tucks neatly out of the way for storage.
There is also a longer version that plugs into the side of the unit for when you need the additional distance as well as USB charging. Unfortunately for us, we received a slightly defective unit in this respect. It took a great deal of force to get the cable plugged into the unit and now that it is there, it will not come out. It operates and charges just fine, but I hesitate to pull on the cable too hard for fear of damaging the only way to charge it.
Another overlooked feature is the ability to plug multiple units together into a daisy-chain, creating an even fuller and more immersive listening experience.
Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the first generation, it is easy to see why this version is currently sold out on both Amazon and their own website! I’m sure it has a lot to do with the $19.99 suggested retail price as well. Want to know when they’ll be back in stock? Be sure to connect with Kinivo on Facebook or Twitter.