I love my IPod and was super happy to unwrap it at Christmas time two years ago. For a long time I would put my headphones in and sit the IPod in my pocket whilst I did the housework. I was perfectly content with this until I saw a friend of mine had a docking station for her IPod. Instantly I was jealous and having mine in my pocket was now unacceptable. I tried playing my iTunes songs from the computer but they just couldn't follow me around the house.
One evening I did an internet search to see what the prices were for portable speakers. They are less expensive these days but at the time I was finding docking stations priced at over £130 and I just don't have that sort of money to spend on something like that. My partner said I should look for some portable speakers because they would have the same sort of headphone connections to plug it into the IPod.
I was in luck because that search was showing me prices that made me much happier. For just short of £15 I got the Phillips SBA1500 portable speakers. The 2 speakers slide into the amplifier and the wires roll around it for storage. Very neat and tidy and able to hide away in my filing cabinet which is great. You can choose to use or not use the amplifier but the sound is much better and louder with it.
As they connect into a small bundle it is easy to chuck them into a sports bag or transport to another place (even via handbag).
I started more recently using the speakers when doing my exercise workouts. About 2 weeks ago I plugged everything in and the amplifier wouldn't work. In my great technical knowledge I turned it off and on again. This seemed to do the trick but 15 minutes later it the volume dropped as the amp had cut out again. This time off and on didn't do it. When I turn it on the sound is scratchy at best. I looked at buying a new one but they were out of stock so I decided to wait as I really like these speakers and wait is something I'm so glad I had to do. It suddenly occurred to me that the amplifier is powered by batteries! I felt so dumb! I popped 2 new AA batteries in and my lovely speakers were back to working order.
I can't believe I nearly bought new ones when all I had to do was replace the batteries.
Recommended speakers for sure ... just make sure you replace the batteries before assuming it's bust and throwing it away!
© oioiyou 2011
if you're looking for cheap portable speakers this is a pretty good option. the speaker set comes with two wired speakers and a subwoofer. the speakers are battery powered by two AA batteries and last for quite a long time. i bought mine back in february this year and they are still going!
the sound quality is pretty good when hooked up to an mp3 player with or without the subwoofer, although i have noticed that when it is connected to a pc or laptop sometimes you get distortion when using the subwoofer but this isn't helped by the fact that without the subwoofer the sound from the speakers alone is not very loud.
you can see for yourself that the speakers have been stylishly modelled and are aesthetically pleasing. the speakers can be packed away neatly, clipped in on either side off the subwoofer with all the wires tucked inside.
last but not least i must comment on the price. for all its faults, at £15 its hard to argue with what you are getting. fair enough if you want perfect sound quality go spend £70 but for a low budget, stylist pair of portable speakers look no further.
These speakers are great. They are fully run off battery power, meaning that they are portable and can be used outdoors, on picnics etc. They also clip together into a nifty and very portable little ball (the two semi-circular speakers clip onto either side of the central amplifier part). When clipped together the whole unit is probably about the size, but a rounder shape, of a toilet paper roll, so pretty small.
The sound quality is not fantastic, as you would expect for such small speakers, but it's pretty good, definitely a lot better than regular built-in computer speakers. They reach a pretty decent volume too. The only sound that really suffers is base, as you'd expect, so particularly base-driven music can sound the slightest bit tinny. There is also some distortion at high volumes. For regular listening volume these are absolutely fine though.
They can be easily plugged into either your computer headphone jack or even used in conjunction with an iPod or other mp3 player. This makes them a great alternative to the more expensive iPod plug-in stands.
The only real complaint I have with these speakers is that they can be rather battery-hungry!! I find that we can use these to watch maybe 2 or 3 movies before the batteries begin to get flat. And when the batteries are starting to go you can really hear it as the speakers start to distort quite badly. Therefore I would recommend investing in rechargeable batteries and an charger if you buy these speakers. Three AAA batteries are required for operation.
In conclusion, these are not for you if you like heavy metal or want to play your music super loud, but if you want small set of convenient and portable speakers these are great! They look pretty cool too and have a very small desktop footprint. I'm looking forward to using them in the summer when we're having picnics with friends!