Our testing methodology will be part subjective and part objective, as tastes in sound vary from person to person so I'll be taking that into consideration.
Our objective tests will involve running full-range frequency tests at varying volumes, observing distortion and "crispness" of the sound produces.
The subjective tests will be done through normal usage and listening by providing thoughts on varying types of music, and presenting an evaluation of their performance.
When running a frequency test, which produces frequencies from 48,000Hz steadily down to 0Hz, sound first picks up from the speakers at about 19,000Hz, which is approximately where the human ear's high-pitch limit is, anywhere from 18-20,000Hz. It then swept the frequency down to 0Hz, and at a fairly high volume, didn't produce anything distorted until frequencies below 100Hz, which is the primary weak spot of monitor-style speakers, is that they generally don't have the ability to hit the very low frequencies that a dedicated subwoofer would do, with the rated specs on these speakers for a low of 80Hz. It will hit lower frequencies, but the loudness attenuates quickly as the frequency gets lower and lower, and is at near-full amplitude at the rated 80Hz. The low-frequency bass that you can hear, however, is very crisp and full, and even when turned all the way up, has very limited distortion, and the driver holds up very tightly in these tests. They performed quite well in all the other frequency sweep tests I performed as well.
Being able to crisply produce a single frequency is one thing, but what sets speakers apart is their ability to accurately produce a range of frequencies simultaneously, music being the key example here. Rock music, particularly the guitar sounds are very full, crisp, and rich sounding, and I was actually rather surprised at the fullness of the sound because of the very small form factor of the speakers. Piano sounds are also very crisp, and light rock sounds great on these. The only place I'd say these are lacking slightly is in rap/hip hop type songs, simply due to the fact that they don't quite hit the low frequencies that these songs often use heavily. Drum sounds aren't quite as prominent as the other instruments as well. However, they do quite well for not having a dedicated subwoofer, and their small size is a more-than-adequate excuse for the lack of low bass. After all, these aren't meant to be a thumping sound system, and as a desktop system aiming to take up as little space as possible, they do great!
Scythe's Kro Craft speakers really impress with their build quality, with an all-metal housing and absolutely rock-solid construction and small size. Monitor-quality connectors and a high-quality cone make for a mini-monitor speaker setup that wont crowd your desk, and look nice while doing so. Impressive sound in a small form-factor was a surprise, and (as I listen to them now) I'm growing particularly fond of the sound they create. They create a very "full" sound, which makes it seem as though the room is filled with sound, and the sounds are very crisply reproduced. Their primary playback limitation is in low frequency production, but desktop systems don't necessarily require powerful bass, and it really isn't a deal-breaker, especially as a desktop system since subwoofers do require a fair amount of additional space and cables.
Overall, a really great desktop speaker system, and coupled with the Kama Bay Mini Amp, makes for a sophisticated-looking, nice-sounding setup that leaves your desk space intact!
- All-metal construction, solid build quality
- Attractive looks
- Small size
- Premium cable connections
- Struggles to hit low bass frequencies
Once these hit the market, be sure to check them out, as we think you'd be happy owning these! We'd respectfully like to award the Scythe Kro Kraft Mini speaker our Recommended Product Crown!
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