Cleaning though the cupboards recently I found an old iPod Nano, the short, stubby one which plays video. I thought it would be ideal to take on holiday for my 2 year old to watch her favourite movies and Peppa Pig on, in the hotel room whilst we get ready / rest.
I didn't want her using earphones at such a young age so I had a look for a nice, portable speaker suitable for a little girl and found the KitSound Mini Buddy Owl Speaker. My girl loves owls, and pink (and hearts) so being a pink owl with heart decoration, well, it's right up her street (the KitSound Mini Buddy Owl Speaker also comes in a sky blue colour).
I think it's pretty competitively priced at £9.99 from Amazon, given that kids' headphones and lego type speakers are £10 - £15 and I certainly wouldn't want to pay any more given that she has taken to playing with it like a toy at times. It does seem very durable and is made of a hard plastic. The cable which comes out of the back is a standard speaker cable and it plugs into the earphone socket for any audio device, portable DVD player, TV, tablet, you name it.
The KitSound Mini Buddy Owl Speaker is therefore plug-and-play (batteries are preinstalled) and very very easy to use. It gives a great sound for a little speaker - not too much bass but certainly not tinny at the top end, and a clear, rich sound for dialogue, perfect for kids' movies and speaking books, though music sounds good on it too.
For us it's been a godsend as when in Spain recently (and with no English TV channels) she could sit with the ipod and the KitSound Mini Buddy Owl Speaker and watch Alvin and the Chipmunks.. bliss!
For the sweet design, ease of use and low price point I would highly recommend the KitSound Mini Buddy Owl Speaker to any little music fan, it's a fab bit of kit which is a firm favourite with our toddler. I do think it will be suitable for her for many years to come and thanks to the durable build, it should last her.
Five stars out of five for me, it's a simple, effective speaker which won't break the bank.
--- Introduction ---
I was given this as a gift for my birthday from my friend who knew I wanted a portable speaker and knew how much I loved owls. This compact speaker is very cute, with its owl design and it is extremely portable. It comes complete with a key chain, meaning that you can attach it and take it everywhere with you. I tend to use mine for listening to music at home, but I really like that I can easily pop it into my handbag, especially if I am going away, so I can have my music in a hotel without having to bring a big speaker with me. This product is available for around £10 on Amazon.
--- The Product ---
The first thing that you notice with this speaker is the design. It is extremely girly and cute as it is a pink ball that is designed to look like an owl, complete with rubber feet and ears and I winking face. The bright colours make this speaker really attractive looking and I personally love mine. This is definitely targeted at young girls and teenagers and if you are looking for a subtle design this definitely isn't for you! However, if you want something fun and cute then this speaker is great.
This speaker is extremely portable, with the whole thing not being much bigger than the size of a golf ball. It is also very lightweight, weighing only 86g so it won't take up much space or weigh you down if you are travelling with it. The key ring attachment is also very useful as you can attach it to your keys or bag which again makes it super easy to transport.
Another great thing about this product is the battery. This speaker is equip with a 2 Watt re-chargeable battery. It comes with a USB charging cable that can be plugged into most computers, laptops and smartphone chargers. The cable simply needs to go into the slot in the side of the speaker and the battery will charge. I have found the battery life to be very good, lasting around 4 hours and you can use the speaker whilst it is charging which is an extra bonus.
Of course the most important thing when it comes to a speaker is the sound quality. If I'm honest I wasn't expecting much when I tried out this product. I figured it was a cute gimmicky product that would produce a 'tinny' sound when music was played through it. However, I am pleased to say I was very wrong. The sound quality of these speakers is excellent. The speakers can reach quite a high volume (controlled through the device that you are listening to your music on) but the quality remains high. The sound is crisp and clear and very listenable. I was highly impressed with the volume that these speakers can reach and the fact that the sound quality remains high even when the volume is on maximum. These speakers are never going to give you professional levels of sound or pristine quality, but considering how inexpensive the product is and how small it is, I think the sound quality is very impressive. I believe that the people behind the company Kitsound, who make this product are professional musicians and they had a big say in the development of the sound quality- you can definitely tell that this has paid off!
Another really neat thing about this speaker is that you can connect it to other speakers to allow for a higher volume. The speaker has a slot on the side that fits a standard 3.5mm jack lead, meaning you can connect your speaker to another with a jack to jack wire. This isn't something I have tried as I don't need a higher volume from my speaker but if you were having a party this could be really useful to ensure the volume levels are high enough (although your neighbors might not thank you!).
--- My Opinions ---
I really like these speakers. I was not expecting much when I received them, but thought that they were really cute and the little owl would look nice in my bedroom. However, I was blown away by the quality of sound that these speakers provide. Add in the fact that the design of this speaker is adorable and fun I think these speakers are a definite winner in my book! Considering that this speaker only costs £10 on Amazon, I think that is a very good price for a high quality speaker. I use my speaker often when I am listening to music at home and the volume is easily loud enough for me. I also take this speaker with me when I am travelling and I really enjoy how easy it is to transport.
To be honest, I don't really have any negatives with this product, perhaps if you prefer a more plain or neutral design then this is not for you, but aside from that I think it is great! I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a good quality portable speaker at a reasonable price, especially if you love cute designs!
Compatible with iPod, iPad 2/3/4/Mini, iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C and Android Devices