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i.Sound Power Foldable Portable Speaker

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      29.12.2011 20:45

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      Don't waste your money on buying this unless you want bad quality sound for your mp3 player

      I bought these speakers after looking around for speakers for my iPod for a party. I saw these and thought that they looked the part- compact, stylish and simple looking- and all at a low cost.
      Well- I wish I hadn't of bothered spending my money on these!
      The first thing I noticed was that it looked cheap and tacky - not at all like what it seemed on the box. Also, my iPod Nano didn't sit properly in this- making it awkward to use and made it look cheaper than it already did.
      With regards to sound quality- well there was lots and lots of static and echoing from these speakers and the if a song had any amount of bass then your ears were nearly bleeding at the sound the speakers made.
      Personally I was very disappointed in this product and will be investing in a higher quality docking system instead of a portable speaker such as this. Please don't waste your money!

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      09.07.2010 11:50
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      Simple, inexpensive way to improve the sound from your ipod or mobile phone when playing music.

      I got these speakers almost by accident. A store near us was shutting down, and selling them off cheaply a while back, and my husband who likes speakers (he's a musician and engineer), bought several sets with the eventual aim of taking them apart and turning them into something else.

      Well they sat there in the cupboard forgotten about until recently when I commented that I'd really like to get some speakers to plug my phone into so that I could have slightly better quality sounds when I played my music on it at home. My husband jumped up, ran off, and came back grinning and presented me with a set of these from his stash.

      My initial problem was that my phone is a Samsung - now Samsung are ok, but they have a habit of complicating things on occasion, and on this occasion that meant that I couldn't actually plug the phone to the speakers because the phone has its very own special socket that doesn't match up with any other brand. No matter, a quick look on ebay and I ordered an adapter lead so I could plug my phone into the standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack that these speakers use.

      The design of these speakers is quite clever, when open, the speaker sits either side of and slightly forward from a central block where the batteries go. There is a separate piece that attaches at the bottom centre at the front so that you have a little platform where you can stand your ipod or player between the two speakers. In my case this is where I stand my phone. It's actually quite a sensibly designed space being 63mm wide and 20mm front to back, and I can see that quite a few phones would fit there easily enough, as well as all the different ipod types. There's a lip at the front so your device sits there without sliding off too, but it's quite low enough that you can get at most controls fairly easily, and see any panel or display screen easily.

      The cable which you use to plug these into whatever device you're playing is about 19cm long, so even if you had a device that wouldn't fit the little stand, you could still use these, it just wouldn't be quite so tidy when you did so I guess.

      The controls are pretty basic, you simply have an on/off power switch, on the top of the central pod, and the option of either using 4 AAA batteries or plugging in a 6v DC power supply. Any controlling of the sound is done through whatever device you plug into it - in my case, my phone, so there are no complicated controls to figure out.

      The nice feature about these speakers is that they fold up to create a little block that you can easily carry around with you making them really portable. They're a little bulky, but fairly light weight, and small enough that they can just be popped in a bag. The only problem I have here, is that the central docking platform which you remove before you close them is totally separate when they're folded, there's nowhere for it to be plugged in for safe storage which is a shame.

      The speakers themselves are only 2" (50mm) but for such small speakers, the excursion on them is pretty good, and they are ported even if the port is pretty tiny, so they don't have a bad sound. Don't get me wrong, they're not the sort of thing you'd want to crank up to party volumes to listen to, they'd fart like nobody's business, but for the sort of volumes I want my music at in the lounge or kitchen when I'm getting on with other things, they're perfectly adequate, and they're quite a lot bigger than the speakers that are in an iPod or phone, so they do at least replicate some of the bass sounds from your music instead of just sounding tinny.

      Open, the setup is just 190mm wide by 60mm deep and 68mm high. Closed it's 105x65x60mm but there is that removable stand as well.

      I personally think it's a shame these are white not black which I think would look better, and would certainly not get as grubby looking when moved around, but the plastic case is easy to wipe so it's not too bad really, and they do look reasonably stylish in white because the speakers have a black excursion with silver centres, and with my phone (black) sat between it looks pretty nice.

      Overall, considering they cost us under a fiver they're not bad really. A fairly good design, dead simple to use, and with as good a sound as you could expect off this size of speaker.

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