KEF of Maidstone is one of the stars of British HiFi. Its £20,000 Blade speakers are top contenders in the world of serious audio, and I lust after the £140,000, molten-effect aluminium-cased Muon speakers even more – although I’d need to move house to accommodate them, since they are 2m tall.
But along with other ultra-high-end British audio makers (such as Bowers & Wilkins and Naim), KEF also shines with products costing hundreds rather than thousands (its stylish £250 M500 headphones are a firm favourite of mine). And now the esteemed creator of those Muon speakers, industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, has come up with the Muo, a £300 portable Bluetooth homage to his original in a range of great colours, of which I like Sunset Orange best.
As a portable speaker, the Muo is somewhat on the big side – 21cm long and weighing 0.8kg – but it sounds magnificent. The sophisticated electronics include two 50mm drivers, an auxiliary bass radiator and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless with aptX.
You can place the Muo horizontally or vertically, but I’d recommend the horizontal orientation, if only for stability. You can also buy two and run one as a left channel and one as a right to double the sound output and greatly increase the already fine stereo effect.