The KitSound team reveal the products that had them really singing this year.
We don’t just stand by our speakers, headphones and audio accessories. We love them.
In fact you don’t have to wander far around the office to see someone bobbing away to their favourite songs whilst wearing some Harlems, or using a BoomBar to play someone a great tune to use on one of our videos.
So we asked the whole talented team of designers, artists, writers, media gurus, buyers, executives, and managers, to pick their favourite KitSound product of 2018. We also asked them what part they had to play in designing and launching it to the public.
This really wasn’t an easy pick for many of us. Especially considering how many great new products we have launched and game-changing technologies we have dived into this year!
So what about our favourites?
District True Wireless Earbuds
Daniel Lee, Web Designer
“As a web designer, I really enjoyed working on the product page for the District True Wireless Earbuds, especially as we were introducing True Wireless Stereo technology to customers for the first time.”
“I wanted plenty happening on the page, to show what the new earbuds can do and how great they look. I included a new video, photography of people showing off the earbuds, plus icons and descriptions to explain the amazing features. It’s definitely one of my favourite pages on our website now!”
Look at Dan’s webpage
Hive X Bluetooth Speaker
Hannah Bradshaw, Senior Content Coordinator
“I often work with our photographer on taking product pictures, and the Hive X was easily one of my favourite shoots. We hired an amazing house in the middle of the New Forest that had a hot tub and a firepit.
“We all wrapped up cosy outside and cooked marshmallows in front of a crackling and spitting fire. Because we were all having a really great time, we got some awesome photos of us all laughing and chatting. It was a great evening with some amazing memories!”
Want to see the photos?
Diggit Bluetooth Outdoor Speaker
Charlie Thorpe, Audio Buyer
“The Diggit is my favourite because it’s unlike any other. It’s hard to stand out from the crowd in this market, but we created a Bluetooth speaker with a difference: its removable stake to help the music flow.
“I assisted the designer in creating the product, and really got people excited about the Diggit, before launching it into the commercial market. But I also love the Diggit because customers love it. The reaction we have had from the public has been amazing and we are all really proud of its success!”
Check out Charlie’s Diggit
Hudson Sport Bluetooth Earphones
Jordan Jones, Product Design Manager
“I really like the Hudson Earphones, and I use them every day when I cycle into work. They’re so light and the in-ear stabilizers make them feel comfortable and secure. The water resistance and reflective cable are also super handy now it’s bad weather.
“As product designer I helped bring the Hudsons to life, creating initial sketches, and developing the designs with our audio engineer. Overall, I think they’re great-sounding audio for a fraction of the cost of other household brands.”
See more earphone designs
District Bluetooth Headphones with Qi Charging and ANC
Grace Barham, Assistant Buyer
“I love that the Districts are the first headphone from a UK audio brand with Qi Wireless Charging. It’s ideal for me as I always forget to charge my devices, plus I love bass and they are powered perfectly for bass-heavy tracks.
“This was also one of the first KitSound projects I managed from start to end, which I really enjoyed. I also love that the Districts sum up KitSound: a little out-of-the-box thinking in terms of form and function, but still a great quality product that everyone can enjoy their music with.”
See the Districts in action
MyFM2 Bluetooth In-Car Wireless FM Transmitter
Stuart Livesey, Graphic Designer
“We may be most well-known for speakers and headphones, but my favourite product is actually the MyFM2 Bluetooth In-Car FM Transmitter. My car doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth, or an AUX connection, so I use it to stream music and listen to podcasts from my phone to my car radio.
“I am also a Graphic Designer at KitSound, which means I helped design and put together the packaging concepts and final artwork for launch. So I like to think there is a little piece of me in there!”
Slam XL Bluetooth Party Speaker
Justin Christie, Head of Research, Development & Design
“For me it’s the Slam XL. It’s an absolute beast on the audio front and really fat sounding with impressive clarity and detail. I work closely with the teams on all our projects, and although there have been moments where we have been pulling our hair out on this one, the end result surpassed all expectations.
“The Slam XL ticks all the boxes: It’s great looking, has killer features, sounds impeccable, and for the price I don’t think anything comes close. It really is all killer and no filler!”
Meet the Slam XL
Diggit Bluetooth Outdoor Speaker
Max Erasmus, Copywriter
“I’m another one that loves the Diggit. Its versatility means you can use it inside and out, and the removable stake gives you freestanding 360 degree sound. I found this especially useful in the summer at the beach!
“As a copywriter I helped with the marketing of the Diggit. Promoting products that I like is fun and I always find it easy to get passionate when writing about features I know people will love. #GoDiggit!”
Go Diggit in style!
Immerse Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Ross Shapland, Creative Copywriter
“As the Creative Copywriter, sometimes I just need to block out all the noisy chatter around me (there can be a lot of it when people are excited about a new product…). The Immerse Headphones are perfect for this and super comfortable.
“I love listening to some relaxing classical music whilst I create the latest packaging copy or write the newest blog for the social team. That’s why they are my favourite this year, they have made my job much easier!”
Immerse yourself in music