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Moshi Spatia AirPlay Speaker Review
      #48975 - 01/05/16 10:43 PM

Despite the limitation of supporting only iOS devices, AirPlay speakers often excite audiophiles more than Bluetooth wireless speakers because there is no audio compression in streaming. And that means clearer audio quality and truer sound characteristics on the music tracks or movie/game FX. But what if you have a household of multi-OS phone users sharing a wireless speaker? Moshi's Spatia speaker provides the benefits of streaming music via AirPlay for iOS devices, but also it offers streaming over Wi-Fi for Android and other devices as well as using wired AUX port. The Moshi Spatia can function as the one and only speaker for your room and for any device you use to stream music. The Spatia serves up big sound that can fill a large room and offers decent audio quality as well.



Design

The Moshi Spatia has a clean and modern design. The metal base, with its adequate weight, functions as a sturdy stand for the two tweeters, two drivers and a subwoofer housed in the curvy, shiny plastic casing and fabric front grille with lightwood veneer frame. The speaker measures 19.57 x 7.64 x 7.2 inches, and the curving lines give the speaker an ultra-modern look and a deceptively larger presence than the actual size. The Spatia has only one control button on the top, which can turn on and off the speaker, change connection mode and adjust volume. The speaker hides the USB connector and the AUX-in port under the large body.



Connection Modes

The Moshi Spatia offers three options when it comes to connecting to streaming devices. The AirPlay connection works easily with iPhone, iPod, iPad and AppleTV, and the easiest way to make the connection is to plug your device into the USB port on the Spatia once, and the speaker will remember the AirPlay devices. There's a short delay when the music starts on the speaker via AirPlay connection, but after the initial delay, music streams smoothly. If you're using a non-iOS device, you can use the Wi-Fi connection, which limits your phone's Wi-Fi connectivity to only the Spatia while you stream audio through the speaker. If you prefer wired connection, the Spatia offers a 3.5mm port for AUX input. We tested various devices and found that the speaker connected with all easily.



Audio

The Spatia has an interesting set-up with two 1" silk dome tweeters, two 2.75" drivers and a 4" down-firing subwoofer. The speaker has frequency response range of 50 Hz to 25 KHz; and its sensitivity is set up 100dB and impedance at 6 ohms. Two separate amps drive the mids-highs and the lows, although in our test, audio clarity stayed mostly in mids and highs while the bass thumped but not very clear. In music playback, treble sounds clear and loud, but not as brilliant as via the JBL Xtreme; and bass outputs good power but if you turn the volume too high, it buzzes a little. Overall, the volume on the Spatia is very loud and can easily fill up a large room or a wide space. The speaker is ideal for dance/party music, Rap and Hip-Hop songs as well as movies and games with big FX pieces. The speaker can present Rock and Folk music adequately, though some vocals could use more clarity.



App

For those who like to tweak their own EQ settings and profiles for different music genres, Moshi offers a simple and quick way to do that: an app. The Spatia App offers various preset profiles for classical/jazz, hip-hop, etc. and also individual dials to fine tune the EQ. Since we've got a speaker and an app to control it, the Spatia App also offers ambient music for mediating, sleeping and more.



Conclusion

The Moshi Spatia is a solid entry into the wireless speaker space for the company, especially with its smooth AirPlay and Wi-Fi streaming that's all-inclusive for multi-OS devices. The speaker looks modern and sleek and it offers big sound for a large office or home. The Spatia is easy to connect and to use. The audio quality is good in mids and highs and bass has that satisfying thumping effect. The speaker is a great choice for party music mixes, streaming background music and for movie playback and gaming.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Sleek looking, easy to connect, loud volume.
What's Not: Sound could be clearer especially at bass, treble isn't brilliant, list price is quite high.
Price: $399.95
Website: Moshi

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang










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