If you’re looking for a wireless speaker, you want a unit that plays loud, sounds great and works from a distance, with the added luxury of a cable-free audio experience. The Korus V600 wireless speaker meets these criteria with ease. It is a great sounding wireless speaker that has a wide operating range and can easily fill a room with sound. This speaker uses SKAA wireless technology, transmitting a signal through either a 30-pin or USB baton. This limits its use a little, but not enough to stop it from earning our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for wireless speakers.
One of the standout features of the Korus V600 is its use of SKAA wireless technology. SKAA is a developing innovation that, supposedly, will revolutionize the wireless industry. The main reason the Korus V600 wireless speaker sounds so good, though, is not due to SKAA, but to the construction of the speaker itself.
Therefore, it’s unfortunate that SKAA is so limited in the number of devices it supports. In our testing, we received a 30-pin baton and a USB baton. When plugged into a PC or Windows laptop, the USB baton worked flawlessly. The V600 instantly recognized the connection and was able to play music from the computer without a hitch. Our experience with the 30-pin baton connected to an iPod, however, was not as smooth. At first, we could not synchronize the device to the speaker. After resetting the speaker to factory default, we were able to play music from the iPod without any further issues.
The problems with iOS devices occurred when the baton triggered an app download for the Korus volume control app. This download was not available to us yet, but it will be available when the Korus V600 is released publicly. This app will allow you to control the volume on the Korus V600 directly from your iOS device, along with controlling any other Korus speakers you may have.
The hefty battery requirement for the Korus V600 may throw you off. You can plug the V600 directly into a wall, or unscrew the bottom casing to reveal a compartment for six D batteries. However, these batteries will provide you with an astounding 90 hours of continuous use. This is 10 times longer than the battery life of most other wireless speakers we reviewed, although it does require a significant initial investment in batteries.
The Korus V600 can broadcast up to 200 feet outdoors, or 65 feet indoors. This range is fantastic and is easily one of the highest ranges available on wireless speakers today, mostly due to its use of SKAA wireless technology. The Korus V600 is an ideal choice if you are looking for an outdoor wireless speaker you can control from anywhere inside your home. It is also an excellent choice for a neighborhood block party or other large gathering that may require you to make music selections on the fly from far away. Unfortunately, however, the Korus V600 is not weather-resistant in any way. You will want to keep this device away from water or inclement weather of any kind.
If you’re looking for an ultra-portable wireless speaker, the Korus V600 may not be the best fit for you. It is very large compared to many of the other wireless speakers we reviewed. It weighs 11 pounds and is 17 inches long, 9 inches wide and 7 inches tall. It does, however, have a handle on the back, making it much easier to carry around and move from place to place.
The Korus V600 wireless speaker sounds fantastic. The built-in 100-watt amplifier allows this speaker to play at very high volumes, enough to provide music for your entire neighborhood if you need it to. It also has dual side-firing tweeters on either end, easily delivering crystal-clear high notes. The bass on this unit sounds excellent as well. We tested the V600 wireless speaker with a variety of tracks ranging from classical music to loud rock. The Korus handled it all with ease.
Korus claims that SKAA wireless technology provides an even clearer sound than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. SKAA wireless supposedly removes clicks, pops and dropouts from your audio when played through the Korus V600 wireless speaker. It is likely a combination of the SKAA wireless technology and the excellent construction of the V600 that provides a crystal-clear sound and allows the V600 to reach high volume levels without distortion. Whatever it is that makes the Korus V600 sound so great, we’re happy with it.
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks to new technology is its lack of compatibility with existing tech early on. This is the case with SKAA wireless. Currently, you can only control the Korus V600 wireless speaker through a USB, Lightning or 30-pin baton. Korus has their sights set on the iOS marketplace for now, but may delve into Android functionality in the future. Furthermore, we had trouble configuring the USB baton with computers running a Mac OS.
Even so, configuring the baton on devices that it is compatible with is incredibly simple. In many cases, we were able to stream music from our media player through the speaker simply by plugging the baton into our device, no questions asked. Our first trials through a Dell laptop went extremely smoothly. We were able to plug the USB baton into a port, and once the computer automatically installed the device drivers, we were playing music through the Korus V600 within seconds.
You can set batons as Favorites on the Korus V600 wireless speaker, as well. This allows you to switch easily between devices controlling the Korus if you have multiple batons. Furthermore, the speaker has a built-in auxiliary port. You can plug any device directly into this speaker provided you have a male-to-male auxiliary input cable.
Korus covers the V600 wireless speaker with a one-year warranty. The company also provides direct assistance via email or telephone. The Korus website contains a helpful FAQs section specific to the V600 wireless speaker, as well as an online manual that will likely answer any questions you may have about the device. Korus also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, which may not be your best resource for support questions, but it's a welcome sight.
The Korus V600 is an excellent choice for a wireless speaker. It produces fantastic sound and sports a wide wireless broadcast range. It isn’t the most portable wireless speaker available, but the sound quality more than makes up for the size. We were a little disappointed by the connectivity of the device, but if you have the technology to support it, the Korus V600 wireless speaker will provide you with a fantastic wireless experience.
The Korus V600 wireless speaker sounds incredible and has a wide broadcast range.
This speaker uses SKAA wireless technology, which is not compatible with as many devices as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
As long as your devices are compatible with it, the Korus V600 is the best wireless speaker available.