Loewe recently announced a greater focus on its audio products
It is timely to have a play with the smallest speaker in its range, and the smallest this group test, yet perhaps one of the most desirable. Just 13.3cm wide, the klang M1 is thoroughly luxurious in construction, especially in the rose gold version supplied to us for review, its stainless steel case coated with genuine gold, according to its data sheet, and it feels surprisingly solid in the hand, weighing 325g. Graphite grey and silver are the other available options.
Set-up is simplicity itself
Powering up is announced by a little jingle played on marimba (we think), followed by a kind of sonar ping which obviously indicates it’s waiting for a Bluetooth connection, then the marimba player does a little roll of triumph to announce you’re connected.
The B&W T7
To enjoy the speakers in their correct orientation, keep the Loewe logo facing you, and the leather strap to the right. It’s a good sturdy and comfortable real leather strap, too, held in place by a sturdy stud.
It doesn’t exceed what you might expect from a unit this size in terms of expansive presentation — of course at this size it’s more about portability and travel than about energising a room with music and bass. But it’s no trannie — it has the impressive merit of maintaining sonic composure all the way up to its fifth volume LED, by which time any other device this size we’ve previously encountered would be shrieking murder and quite possible buzz-vibrating its way across the table.
“Instead, as with the B&W T7 Wireless (also in the group of wireless speakers in our 32#03 issue of Sound+Image), the M1 shows how a premium product from a company of merit can raise sound quality above the pack”
Instead, as with the B&W T7 Wireless (also in the group of wireless speakers in our 32#03 issue of Sound+Image)
the M1 shows how a premium product from a company of merit can raise sound quality above the pack. It’s not the weedy thin sound you’d get from most pocket radios this size; the M1 is able to deliver frequencies down into the 50s of hertz, enough to provide a well-supported balanced and musical sound.