Portable bluetooth speakers are so incredibly common these days that it’s impossible to decide on which one to buy. We’ve reviewed many of them, including the Soundfreaq Pocket Kick & Soundface Speaker, so what makes the DKnight Big MagicBox any different? Let’s find out.
It’s really all about what you can pack in to a speaker, otherwise what’s the point? The Big MagicBox houses a total of 20W of total acoustic drivers and advanced bass enhancement technology for starters. Combine this with a rechargeable 4000mAh battery and you’ve got a really great sounding speaker that’ll last for around 12 hours of continuous playtime.
Retailing at the current price of $60 (~£45), the Big MagicBox is very much in the mid-range portable speaker collection.
The speaker is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, but works with all Bluetooth-enabled 2.1 devices and above.
The MagicBox is cylindrical in design, with a mesh casing surrounding the speakers and rubber-capped ends.
On the right side of the speaker we’ve got the dedicated bass port.
The large power button is located on the left end of the speaker, with both the AUX input and microUSB charging port situated under the rubber power button (cables included). A simple pull will reveal the ports.
The speaker controls are scattered along the top of the speaker, which I quite like. They’re almost hidden in plain sight, but they’re big enough to easily adjust the volume or switch tracks.
The speaker features a full-width base to secure it in place whilst in use, and the Dknight logo can be seen in the lower left corner of the speaker.
With all audio equipment we test the devices over a few weeks in various situations.
The speaker has been out and about and also used at home, with mixed results.
First off, the speaker is extremely portable. It’s not overly heavy, or bulky and can easily fit in most bags without taking up too much space. It would be nice, however, if the speaker came with a carry case. Quite a few manufacturers are doing this now, and it just helps with portability.
Now, the important bit; audio.
I’m quite a fan of bass-heavy music such as drum and bass, house and also heavy rock, so these genres are ideal for when testing speakers out.
In terms of both mid-range and treble, the two 10watt drivers do a great job and sound great. The audio was crystal clear, without any distortion at a high volume.
Bass quality was good, but unfortunately at full volume some songs started to become slightly distorted. Not overly distorted, but enough to be noticeable. Almost as if the advanced bass enhancement technology, that the Big MagicBox features, makes everything too bassy at a higher volume (despite the fact that the website states that the “dedicated bass port could provide strong bass without distortion, even at highest volume”).
Reducing the volume to a mid-high level fixed this issue though, and the audio quality was excellent.
The microphone quality, when using my phone to call someone, was excellent. Audio was reportedly crystal clear, and the recipient’s voice was also incredibly clear through the speaker. I’ve never really had the need to answer a call via a Bluetooth speaker, but they all seem to have microphones for this reason so at least we know that it works well.
In terms of usability the MagicBox Wireless Speaker was incredibly easy to setup, simply turn the speaker on by holding down the power button, and connect to it via your Bluetooth settings. No password required, just click and connect.
Overall, the DKnight Big MagicBox Wireless Speaker has been a joy to use. It’s portable, lightweight and has two very powerful 52mm 10W acoustic drivers for all of your song-listening pleasure. With an RRP of £45, it’s on par with some top name brands – 8/10