Two years ago I finally splurged on a good surround sound system for our family room. We ended up with a decent 5.1 speaker system that works well for watching TV, movies and for playing video games. However, none of our music is on CDs anymore, so the conventional receiver-based surround sound system never really gets used for listening to music. I’d been thinking for a while about getting some sort of wireless speaker system for casual music listening but hadn’t found anything that was simple enough for our needs. However, the Korus wireless speaker system is a bit different from the other systems on the market. Here are four reasons why the Korus Wireless Speakers worked for us:
1. Easy connection. No need for a special application to stream music to the speaker(s). Korus uses a wireless standard called SKAA and dedicated “batons” that plug into your computer or other device. Music playing in any application (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) streams to the speaker(s) when a baton is plugged in (in fact any sound from the device will be played by the speaker). SKAA also provides greater range than Bluetooth and is actually the same technology professional music artists use to wirelessly connect their microphones and instruments to their sound systems when performing live.
2. Excellent design. The speaker unit is sleek and minimalist when viewed from the front — the entire front surface is a speaker grill. The rest of the speaker cabinet is glossy black with a row of silver buttons on the top. The buttons have various colored lights that communicate the connection status, etc. without needing a separate display. There’s even a cleverly designed handle that’s integral with the back of the speaker for easy carrying. The speaker unit is pleasingly solid and quite heavy for the size, which hints at superior build quality.
3. Great sound. As I mentioned, we’ve got a proper 5.1 stereo system in our family room. Although a single Korus speaker can’t provide the same sort of surround imaging, the V600 and V400 each provide solid room-filling sound. Songs streaming from Spotify sounded full-bodied and had a good dynamic range. The V600 has side-firing tweeters that expand the soundstage and an innovative acoustic signature called LiveStage™, which places vocals to the front and accompanying instruments further back in the sound field.
4. Multi-room capabilities. Playing music in multiple rooms is a great feature if you’ve got more than one Korus speaker. We have a V600 in our dining room, which is open to our kitchen and family room, and a V400 in our living room. The two speakers fill the first floor of our house with whatever music is playing on the computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
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Disclosure: We received the Korus V400 and V600 to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.