Demand for personal, wireless, and on-the-go audio has never been higher—certainly among Gen Xers, Gen Yers, and Millennials—but audiophiles of any age, or anyone else who wants a portable or desktop system shouldn’t have to settle for substandard sonics. Enter the KEF Muo, a wonderful little wireless loudspeaker that delivers the sonic goods well beyond expectations, especially given its petite dimensions. Intended for those who want quality listening on the go, it’s a tiny two-way that pumps out big, full, and expansive sound with respectable resolution—and even reproduces some sense of soundstaging on many recordings.
Achieving both great sound and portability is a tall order. Even in this crowded market segment, it’s not easy to find that combination in a small, sleek, and smartly designed package. Producing big sound from a small speaker also presents big engineering challenges. Fortunately the UK-based loudspeaker manufacturer KEF has industrial designer Ross Lovegrove in its corner. Lovegrove, who designed the company’s acclaimed Muon flagship floorstander, also conceived the Muo, which represents the opposite end of the speaker spectrum size-wise and price-wise. Yet the two have plenty in common: Many of the Muon’s key design elements have been reproduced in the Muo, though obviously on a smaller scale. The Muo’s smooth, modern exterior is made from the Muon’s same acoustically inert, solid, brushed aluminum that minimizes resonances (though with the Muo you can feel some slight vibration in the lower octaves). The Muo has a substantial weight and feel; at just shy of two pounds, it’s heavier than it looks. (A pair could almost double as hand weights for arm curls.) It’s available in six striking matte color options: Light Silver, Neptune Blue, Sunset Orange, Storm Grey, Horizon Gold, and a limited-edition Brilliant Rose.