Dali Katch G2 Review

Dali Katch G2 Review

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The Dali Katch G2 speaker delivers enjoyable sound from a handsome portable design, but it costs way too much.

The Katch G2 ($599.99) is a luxury portable Bluetooth speaker from Dali, a Danish audio company. The speaker looks stylish, supports a useful range of Bluetooth codecs, and sounds excellent for its size. But its compact footprint is also its biggest limitation, as the speaker is ultimately not capable of delivering the deepest lows on bass-heavy tracks. And it’s impossible to ignore the towering price tag—few Bluetooth speakers are worth this much dough. If you desire more power and bass depth, consider a physically larger (and significantly more affordable) model, such as the Editors’ Choice-winning Ultimate Ears Hyperboom ($449.99).

Portable, Danish Design

The Katch G2 is available in black, grayish-blue, or off-white. It’s a bit large for a portable speaker at 5.4 by 10.6 by 1.9 inches (HWD) and 2.4 pounds, though still easy to carry around thanks to built-in handle and the included cloth carrying pouch. For comparison, the $349.95 JBL Xtreme 3 (5.4 by 11.8 by 5.3 inches, 4.4 pounds) is slightly bulkier and the Ultimate Ears Hyberboom (14.3 by 7.5 by 7.5 inches, 13 pounds) is massive.

The design is a bit odd the unique, narrow build makes it look like it’s supposed to sit flat and fire audio upward, but that’s not the case. Instead, the stylish speaker stands upright on four rubber feet.

Behind the repeating triangle-pattern grille on the front and back panels, the Katch G2 features dual 0.8-inch tweeters, dual 3.5-inch aluminum cone woofers, and dual passive radiators. Strangely, the speaker fires in both directions (backward and forward); the back panel handles the left channel and the front panel handles the right one. The speaker technically produces stereo imaging, though typically the left and right channels fire together in a single direction. If you want a sense of more traditional directionality, you can link two Katch G2 speakers for stereo playback, too. The Marshall Emberton II has a similar speaker arrangement.

In any case, each panel receives 25W from class-D amplifiers, and together they deliver a frequency range of 49Hz to 23 kHz. The speaker connects via Bluetooth 5.0 and supports the AAC, AptX, AptX HD, and SBC codecs, a strong array of support.

Up top, you get an array of controls for Bluetooth, power, and volume, as well as an EQ button for toggling between the Clear and Warm EQ modes (more on those in the next section). Status LEDs that display the speaker’s battery life surround the power button. Annoyingly, you don’t get physical playback and track navigation controls anywhere on the speaker; you have to rely on your audio source for that. Along the right panel sits a covered USB-A connection port (for charging other devices) and a 3.5mm aux input. The box doesn’t include any cables. A round slot for the included proprietary power adapter is below those two connectors and packs three international plug adapters.

A built-in leather strap makes the speaker easy to tote in your hand or hang on a hook. Simply slide one end of the strap forward along the bottom panel to create a bit of slack. A gold Dali medallion to the left of the controls secures it on the other end. And, when you aren’t using the strap, it hugs the contour of the speaker.

Dali estimates that the Katch G2 can last roughly 30 hours on a charge, but your typical volume levels affect that estimate. It takes two hours to fully charge. Though we’re thankful the Katch G2 includes a charging brick, the proprietary nature of the connector means replacements will be harder to come by.

The speaker isn’t water or dust resistant at all, so take care around the pool and backyard.

Last, note that the Katch G2 lacks speakerphone functionality. It also doesn’t pair with a companion app, so it’s up to you to download any firmware updates and install them manually via the USB port. An app would make this process much easier, and could have unlocked more EQ customization options.

Pleasing Sound, Though Light on Sub-Bass

On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives an ideal high-mid presence, which allows its attack to retain its force. Once again, we hear an additional emphasis on the vinyl hiss and crackle that usually sit in the background. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat don’t sound very powerful; we hear their raspy top notes, but none of their true depth. This isn’t surprising for a speaker of this size, but for the price, you might expect a more realistic bass response in the deepest lows. The vocals on this track sound clear in either EQ mode, though the Clear profile adds a bit of sibilance.

Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, sound bright and detailed in the mids and highs. The lower-register instrumentation that punctuates the beat benefits from a lovely, rich delivery, too. The natural tones of orchestral and jazz music allow the drivers to shine more than modern tracks that feature elements in the deep lows.

Too Pricey to Compete

The Dali Katch G2 is an attractive wireless speaker with strong Bluetooth codec support and plenty of power. It’s also fairly portable. But the lack of a companion app, speakerphone capabilities, and more physical controls are all downsides, as is the speaker’s inability to serve the lowest end of the frequency range with finesse. As a result, we can’t justify the Katch G2’s exorbitant price. Other options, including the Ultimate Ears Hyperboom, offer far more power and bass depth for less money. The JBL Xtreme 3 ($349.95) is another less expensive option that’s waterproof. And if you aren’t concerned about portability, the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin ($799.99) offers superior sound quality in an even more striking build.

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