The Kove Commuter 2 is a split portable Bluetooth speaker. You can connect both ends of the speaker horizontally, or you can use them separately as a stereo pair. It's very easy to bring on-the-go, and it even has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. While it can reproduce clear, detailed vocals and lead instruments, it struggles to produce the thump and punch in the bass range. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features to help you switch up its sound.
The Kove Commuter 2 is middling for music. This speaker struggles to reproduce a thumpy, punchy bass, so it isn't ideal for fans of bass-heavy music genres. It doesn't get very loud, either, and it lacks sound customization options so you can't tweak its sound. That said, it can still reproduce vocals and lead instruments pretty clearly, which is suitable for pop music and other vocal-centric music.
The Kove Commuter 2 is disappointing for videos and movies. While it can reproduce dialogue clearly, it lacks a thumpy, punchy bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. It doesn't get very loud, and it has high latency when paired with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary. Fortunately, it has a good soundstage performance, so your audio is still pretty immersive.
The Kove Commuter 2 is decent for podcasts. It can reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately thanks to its balanced mid-range. Also, it has a very portable design, so you can easily bring it with you from one room to the next. However, it doesn't get very loud, and you can only pair it with one device at a time, which some listeners may find a bit limiting.
The Kove Commuter 2 doesn't support voice assistants.
The Kove Commuter 2 is fair for outdoor use. It's battery-powered, so you can use it outdoors without having to plug it into an outlet, and it can last for over eight hours off of a single charge. It even has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and its sound profile struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass.
Update 03/24/2021: After reviewing speaker light functionality, we updated our result for RGB Lights from 'No' to 'Yes'. Even though the white light doesn't change colors, it still pulses to the beat, so we've determined that it's a responsive party light.
The Kove Commuter 2 is a split Bluetooth speaker. You can connect the two speakers horizontally, or you can use them separately as a stereo pair. When you connect the speakers, one speaker points forward and the other speaker points backward. The speakers are almost identical, but the left speaker comes with a built-in rubber hook so you can attach it to a bag or backpack. Also, there's a light ring at the end of each speaker that pulses to the beat of your music and lights up when you're pairing to a device via Bluetooth. You can turn off the lights if you prefer, but you aren't able to customize them.
The Kove Commuter 2 is incredibly portable. When connected, the speakers are still small, lightweight, and easy to carry with one hand. They're also battery-powered, so you can bring them on-the-go without having to plug them into an outlet.
The Kove Commuter 2 has a decent build quality. It's made of two separate speakers that can be twisted together to create one unit. Once they're twisted in place, they have a tight connection that shouldn't fall apart. There's tight nylon wrapping around most of the speaker and the ends of the speaker are made of plastic and rubber. Also, the hook on the left speaker is made of rubber. It has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
The controls are decent. There's an identical set of controls on each speaker. You can press the middle button once to play/pause your music. If you press the middle button on the left speaker, you can answer/end a call. Press the middle button twice to enter Bluetooth pairing mode, or three times to disconnect True Wireless Stereo pairing. The left and right arrows let you control the volume. You can also hold the left arrow to skip to the next track or hold the right arrow to skip back to the previous track. If you press both volume buttons at the same time, you can turn on/off the white LED lights during music playback. While there's a chime that plays when you reach max volume, there isn't a lot of other audible feedback, and the buttons aren't very clicky. Note that adjusting the controls on one speaker adjusts them on the other; for example, turning the volume down on one speaker turns it down on the other since they're a stereo pair.
The Kove Commuter 2 has disappointing frequency response accuracy. It struggles to reproduce a thumpy, punchy bass, which isn't ideal for fans of bass-heavy music like EDM. Thanks to its balanced mid-range, vocals and lead instruments are reproduced clearly and accurately. However, there aren't any sound customization features to help you tweak its sound.
Note: We tested these speakers separated at one meter apart and slightly angled to mimic sound towards the rear of the listener's head. Our results are only valid in this configuration.
The soundstage is good. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is nice. Its directivity is reasonable, but its soundstage may be perceived as a bit narrow.
The Kove Commuter 2 has a decent dynamics performance. It doesn't get very loud, so it may not be suitable to use in large rooms or at crowded parties. That said, audio reproduction is clear and pure when you play it at max volume, which is good.
The Kove Commuter 2 has a good battery performance. It lasts for over eight hours off of a single charge, which isn't as impressive as other speakers we've tested like the OontZ Angle 3 but should still be enough for long listening sessions. However, battery life can vary depending on usage, so your experience may vary. Also, the speaker has a power-saving feature that shuts it off after ten minutes if it isn't paired to a Bluetooth device. This can help conserve its battery life.
This speaker doesn't support voice assistants.
This speaker doesn't have a companion app.
The Kove Commuter 2 doesn't have any wired inputs.
The Kove Commuter 2 has fair Bluetooth connectivity. Its range is outstanding, so it can receive audio from your paired mobile device even if it isn't very close to the speaker. Unfortunately, its latency with iOS and Android devices is likely too high to be suitable for watching videos. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.
The Kove Commuter 2 comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.
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The Kove Commuter 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a unique split design, so you can use the left and right speakers separately or connected horizontally. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass and it doesn't get very loud. That said, it has a neutral mid-range that can reproduce voices clearly and accurately, though it lacks sound customization features. See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Kove Commuter 2. The Ultimate Ears is better-built with longer battery life. Its sound profile is more balanced and neutral, and it offers a more open, spacious soundstage performance. However, some listeners may prefer the Kove's split design.
The Kove Commuter 2 is a better speaker for most uses than the OontZ Angle 3. The Kove's sound profile is more balanced and neutral, and it has a better soundstage performance. However, the OontZ gets slightly louder with less compression at max volume, and it has longer battery life.
The Marshall Emberton is a better speaker than the Kove Commuter 2. The Marshall has a more neutral sound profile and a better soundstage performance. Also, it has lower latency with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, though some apps compensate for latency differently. However, the Kove gets louder with less compression at max volume.
The Kove Commuter 2 is a bit better than the DOSS SoundBox Plus for most uses. The Kove is better-built, and it has a better soundstage performance, so you feel more immersed in your audio. That said, the DOSS supports voice assistants from your smartphone, and it has longer battery life.