The speakers in our iPhones and iPads keep getting better and better, but they’re not close to replacing Bluetooth speakers just yet. If you’ve just splashed out hard-earned dollars for a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, a low-priced, quality speaker may come as a welcome relief.
There are a few rare finds out there that deliver good bang for buck, and the $60 DKnight Big MagicBox is one of them.
Check out the full video review below.
This post contains affiliate links. Cult of Mac may earn a commission when you use our links to buy items. Read our reviews policy.
Low price, big sound
I wasn’t expecting a lot for $60 — speakers at that price range usually sound tinny, lack any sort of base, and the volume sucks.
When unboxing the Big MagicBox for the first time I was surprised at how solid it felt, made from rubber and metal — nothing felt loose, the buttons were nice and tactile, and it already began to feel like great value for money. Despite its name, the Big MagicBox is nice and compact, making it perfect for throwing into a bag for when I need it.
Connecting the speaker to a device is the standard procedure, turn the speaker on and find the speaker within the Bluetooth settings.
Once connected I began to play some music and was instantly blown away at what this speaker could do. It packs a decent amount of bass and volume, with very little distortion when cranking it to the max. A pair of 10w drivers allows the speaker to handle a wider range of frequencies when at a louder volume, it definitely sounds a lot more expensive than it’s small price tag.
The only downside with the speakers is that they’re all pointing in one direction. Due to the cylindrical shape, I’d assume they would be either side, creating a 360-degree dome of sound. Unfortunately, that’s not the case — all of the drivers are mounted on one side, so you’ll need to make sure they’re pointing in the right direction, with the DKnight tag at the bottom facing towards you.
In addition, there’s also a microphone built into the speaker to act as a speakerphone. When trying this out I could hear whoever I was speaking to perfectly, with those on the other end of the line reporting that my voice sounded crystal clear.
Overall, the DKnight Big MagicBox may not be the most interesting speaker to look at, but at $60 it’s astounded me with big sound and high build quality. It’s as good as speakers I’ve owned at double the price.
The DKnight Big MagicBox has actually dropped an extra $10 since filming and writing my review. If you’d like to pick one up … now’s the time!
Price: $49.99 (On sale from $159.99)
Buy from: Amazon