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The Amethyst iPig is an ipod dock music player that focuses on packing a punch within a small budget. Given the size, you'd be forgiven for not expecting much from this little piggy. When you do get round to turning it on, you'll be amazed at the sound quality. The bass is very clearly defined for something so small and it's by no means a tinny soundsystem. The volume is easily (and cutely) adjusted by pressing each ear individually, the left ear reduces the volume, the right ear increases the volume. Nice'n'simple. It needs to be mentioned that the novelty value of using the ears as a volume control does tire. There are times when the volume doesn't change because it's not very clearly defined how to change the volume. The set up is extremely swift, it is very much a plug'n'play affair. Once you've plugged in the pig (hehe), there is a small on/off switch at the back (aswell as a few other controls we'll look at later) which means the pig will turn on and off, go figure. Now that the pig is on, the pigs mouth will illuminate a bright green colour to indicate that it's on. It's as simple as plugging your ipod into the top of the pig and pressing play on your ipod. "I don't have an ipod, can I still use it?" You can indeed! At the back are other controls including; .A bass adjuster .On/Off switch .Input The input means you can easily link it up to your laptop, computer or anything else with a headphone output. The bass adjuster does just that, it adjusts the bass. I've found that the bass usually performs the best when it is set quite high. Although I did mention before that the bass is clearly defined, it is only so well defined when the bass is at a high level. That said, being from an engineering background, I can also say that the bass will vary from room to room. Smaller rooms typically give out more bass and so in a smaller room it might not need such a large boost. We usually have it sat in quite a large kitchen so it is necessary for a high setting. Speaking of high settings, this thing is loud. There's been many a time where I've been woken up upstairs because of my housemates blaring this little piggy at 5 in the morning. It will go beyond your expectation in terms of volume and honestly surprised me on all fronts when I first plugged it in and listened. Below are the technical specficiations for any tech-heads reading this. The iPig efficiently utilizes minimal energy and is designed using environmentally friendly components and non-hazardous materials Product Model-AIP Amplifier output power: left / right 4W x 2 Amplifier output power: Subwoofer 15W x 1 Amplifier input sensitivity: ≤ 400mV Amplifier SNR: ≥ 82dB Amplifier distortion-: ≤ 0.7% Frequency response: 60 Hz - 20 KHz Speaker units: tweeter ф 35mm, subwoofer ф 94mm Power voltage: AC110-240V, 50/60Hz All in all, I'd recommend this for anyone who has an interest in high-quality sound but does not want to break the bank. It is sturdy, easy to use and fairly cheap. What else could you want?
I first saw this iPig early last year when out shopping and I thought it looked very cute but was not something I would neccessarily purchase myself. However on my 24th birthday last year I had been given this by my now ex-boyfriend as a part birthday present. From what he told me he had bought it from Amazon. He had been looking for a music dock for my iPhone 4 and because I had pointed out how cute this one is in the past and the fact that the box states it does support iPhone 4's he decided on this one. ********** Contents As well as the iPig you also get a remote control so your not forever having to run to the dock to control it and also a 3.5mm AUX input to connect to a TV, game console or other music sources. You also recieve a number of different changable plastic connectors depending on what type of iPod/iPhone you have so that it sits in the top correctly. ********** What does it look like? The iPig is mainly hot pink in colour and sits on four little legs. It has a mouth and nose feature (the mouth actually lights up in different colours when the dock is in use) and the eyes are actually speakers. The ears on the top operate the volume - one of the ears puts the volume up and the other puts it down. ********** Spec Here I will give you the following detailed spec for those who know their stuff about iPod docks. *2.1 Stereo Speaker System *Humanized Touch Volume Control *Remote to control the speakers and iPod *Adjustable Bass and Treble *5 Speakers positioned for maximum sound seperation and distribution with tweeters and midrange. *15W Subwoofer *Total output of 25+ Watts *Airflow optimized design for consistent sound performance *Bass Reflex Technology *Shape designed to deliver 360 Degrees of Sound *ROHS compliant, Eco-Friendly material and components ********** What have I used it for? In the past I have played music through it directly from my iPhone and my iPod and I have also connected it to my TV when playing on the playstation. ********** Sound Without fail each time I have used it, the sound comes out great and I think its important that you can play around with the sound settings like you can on this one, otherwise it can come out sounding distorted if you are playing bass music. ********** Ease of use The dock is very easy to set up and was also very easy for me to connect up to my Playstation so I would think its likely it works well with other sound sources. My 6 year old daughter also loves this and she has no problems using it. ********** My verdict Overall appearance looks great - it definetly is the cutest ipod dock out there and would be more suited to a teenager / young woman who loves pink and cute things - or a young girl. Its very easy to use and does sound great compared to other iPod docks I have seen. One thing I hate about this dock however is the fact that it is supposed to work with iPhone 4's as the packaging claims - there is changable heads for the top of the dock to place your music device in - when you use these to try and sit the iPhone 4 into it doesn't sit properly and can take a while fiddling round and having to move the iPhone 4 around before you get any sound out of the speaker. It is a bit of a pain to me, and if this will annoy you and you want to purchase this to use with an iPhone 4 I personally wouldn't bother. ********** Price & Availability These seem to be cheaper on Amazon but you do find them in many shops and you can also buy in black, yellow and white - if you don't want a pink one.
When I first got my iPig I most definitely underestimated the clarity and loudness of this amazing piece of tech. I soon realised that I'd be hooked on playing my music through this, as appose to my computer. The clarity is of something I've never heard before, only in hi-end car systems, the bass has a kick to it, but not too much that it ruined the music. I can play a wide range of music from classical to more modern house music and not spoil the wonders of the iPig. With a simple to use volume control; a touch sensitive ear that allows the user to simply apply pressure to the ear and it will reduce, or increase the volume - not for the faint hearted, I stopped at one point expecting it to be the loudest it already was, however - it went a lot louder than I initially thought - I recieved a noise complaint from my neighbour, five doors down - impressive stuff! The remote you recieve is brilliant. You can use it to shuffle, skip, use auxillary output, increase volume, bass and treble. It allows the user to do any of this, without getting up and we all know that we enjoy not having to move! As if that was not enough - it looks like a little pig and if you're friends and family haven't seen it before, it's certainly a sight to see their face when they hear the end product!
I've had many problems with iPod docks in the past. I have found them clumsy, ugly, boring, useless and, frankly, a waste of time putting my gorgeously funky iPod into them. The iPig, however, was something that really caught my attention as not only a stylish product, but as a consistantly good addition to my sound system. I bought my iPig in HMV during a sale and it cost around £45. This is, I feel, a reasonable price considering the quality of the product. There are cheaper docks (and, goodness, have I tried them all) but I have yet to find one that offered such a strong mix of style and substance. Firstly, the design is just cute. It is available in a variety of colours (mine is red) and it really stands out. For a serious consumer, I am sure the design would not be appealing. The little ears act as volume controls, the little feet are sturdy stands and the bug eyes are the actual speakers. The on/off functions and other technical things are at the back. The sound quality is excellent. It can fill a room with loud music (and is a delightful addition to any party) and it can also audible at the lower levels for those nights of quiet listening when everyone else is sleeping. The remote control is good, although sometimes it can be quite unresponsive from a little distance away or if there is something blocking the signal. It is quite small, and can be easily lost. The part where you add the iPod can be a little tricky to get in line sometimes within the plastic covering, but it can be easily fixed by simply looking. Overall, this product is worth the money and very cute. I would recomend for a young woman, yet my brother has recently bought a white SuperPig which is the upgrade of this one, so it can appeal to men too. (especially with motion sensor control) It is a good quality product and very useful.
I received an iPig iPod dock at Christmas, but as we've been moving house it's only in the past couple of months that I've been using my iPig and keeping him on display. The iPig is available at most electrical stores and is currently available at Argos for £54.99, although it can be bought on Amazon for about £45 to £55 in a range of different colours. I'm by no means technical and wasn't looking for an all singing all dancing iPod dock and asked for an iPig, because apart from being very cute, I'd heard it was very simple to use. The iPig is pretty much round in shape, and it's little legs allow it to sturdily sit on any surface, it's not very compact and does weigh quite a lot so it isn't good for those looking for a portable device for taking out and about as it's also only mains operated. The iPig's eyes are black speakers with a silver surround, the ears can be used to change the volume but this can also be done by the remote which is included, the pig's little mouth also lights up when music is playing. The iPig comes in a range of colours, I've got pink but there's also black, blue, yellow and white making it perfect for any taste, and especially for teenagers. As I said before there is a remote which comes with the iPig, however it really is very small and I often find mine getting lost. The remote holds buttons controlling and the things you'd expect, including on/off, volume, play and stop etc, the buttons are very small and, as I wear acrylic nails find it very difficult to use. Once you place the iPod on the dock you are unable to change song via the iPod itself, you have to use the remote or lift off the iPod, choose a song then place it back on to play. There are also no additional controls on the iPig, apart from the volume control ears, these are touch sensitive and I have found them quite temperamental, and have found myself having to give them a good whack to get them to work. For me, the best part about my iPig is that it's a really simple product to use. I took it out of the box, connected just one cable, a simple plug to iPod wire, plugged it into the wall and flicked the on switch on the back. You then pop your iPod onto the pig and away you go, the dock will also charge you iPod, whether it's just sitting there or playing music. There are a couple of different connectors you can use which enables the iPig to be compatible with any iPod or iPhone. There's also a cable so that you can connect up any mp3 player, and this is great to connect up to your laptop whilst watching a film for better sound quality. As I've mentioned before I'm not technical, but the sound quality of the dock is amazing! I thought as a novelty item this would be more style over substance but this isn't the case at all. I don't tend to have my music too loud but when I've turned it up to test the volume I've noticed no change in sound quality as all, no matter what the volume it sounds perfect every time. Although the technical details mean nothing to me I will include them for those who can translate(!): Features Compatible with all ipod models Humanized Touch Volume Control RF Remote Control Adjustable Bass Control 5 speakers including a 4 in subwoofer Super Hi-Fi Amplifier Interior dynamic airflow optimizer Interior dynamic cooling exchange system High sound stabilization Specifications Power Output 25 Watts Subwoofer 15 Watts Audio 5 x Speakers Connectivity 3.5 mm AUX input jack Frequency Response 60Hz - 20KHz Power Voltage AC 110V-240V @ 50/60 Hz Overall, I am pleased with the quality of my iPig, it's very easy to use and is just the trick for those looking for a straight forward dock. I would like some additional features, maybe a radio function or some additional buttons on the pig itself, although this would ruin the aesthetics and primarily the iPig is a novelty item. I didn't expect such good sound quality from my little pig, and is much better when compared to other docks with a much higher price; the iPig is a great present and comes in a good variety of colours. The remote is a little useless if I'm honest, I find it almost impossible to use, (when I can find it!), and a few little touches would make the iPig an exceptional product.
I was given my ipig as a present over a year ago, when I was on the lookout for a good but stylish ipod speaker and so far my cute little friend has not let me down. Cost The ipig is made by Amethyst and costs around £40-£50, depending on where you shop. You can also pick them up second hand or refurbished on ebay and Amazon for between £30 and £40. I think it is as popular as when it came out, as I haven't noticed the price drop very much, though I think it's reasonable to begin with. Style The ipig is about the size of a small football and has little legs which enables it to sit safely and securely on a table top. As you can see, it's designed to look like a pig complete with two front speakers as eyes, ears at the top, little piggy nose and a mouth which lights up green when the speaker is on. I cannot fault the look of this unique little speaker. It comes in a variety of colours - black, white, red, pink and yellow. There is also a black and white panda version. My ipod, unsurprisingly is purple, but as the ipig does not come in a matching colour I got a white one, white goes with everything and matches the white controls on my ipod. After over a year there is no discolouration, and he's as bright white as the day he came out the box! All I do to clean him is give him a wipe over once in a while to give him a dust. The Geek Bit I am by no means technically minded so I shall list the spec of the speaker for those of you that are here, though I am unable to translate some of it! *Features* Compatible with all ipod models Humanized Touch Volume Control RF Remote Control Adjustable Bass Control 5 speakers including a 4 in subwoofer Super Hi-Fi Amplifier Interior dynamic airflow optimizer Interior dynamic cooling exchange system High sound stabilization *Specifications* Power Output 25 Watts Subwoofer 15 Watts Audio 5 x Speakers Connectivity 3.5 mm AUX input jack Frequency Response 60Hz - 20KHz Power Voltage AC 110V-240V @ 50/60 Hz Ease of Use The dock couldn't be easier to set up. Mains adaptor into the back, plug into the wall, switch on. Even I can manage that! The dock is not designed to be portable and is mains only powered, no battery option. There are a few size cradles to attach to the top to make it compatible with your ipod. It claims to be compatible with all, though obviously I haven't tried all! I have a 4th Generation ipod nano which it works fine with. I recently had a friend round who had an old classic, but I had misplaced my other cradles and it did not fit into the same one as the nano so make sure you keep hold of them! You can use this speaker with a whole host of devices using a standard jack to jack lead which we used in the end to attach the classic. I won't charge like it does with the dock at the top but plays just the same. This is the only way you would be able to use an ipod shuffle with this speaker. So whilst it says it's compatible with all ipods it will not charge a shuffle due to the different connector. I have also used the speaker via the jack lead to enhance the sound from my laptop and it's brilliant to use when watching films on my laptop. As I'll go into more detail in a minute, the sound is exceptional. You can use the controls on your ipod to choose the music you want to listen to and then pop the ipod in the dock, however you can't get to the controls on the actual ipod once the device is on the dock and there are no controls on the actual speaker unit apart from volume. The volume controls are the pigs ears, which are touch sensitive. Hit one to increase and the other to decrease. I think this is a very cute feature and witty (ears to control the volume!) However, at times they are a little temperamental and you have to hit them fairly hard! The rest of the controlling is done via the minuscule little remote which is so small and flat is powered by a watch battery! The only way I can describe the buttons is like small bubbles on the surface. It does all the things you'd expect, skip, fast forward, rewind, volume control and on/off as well as up and down buttons to navigate the ipod menus, however it's a little flimsy considering the sturdy quality of the main unit. It's still working fine however, but I can't see it lasting the life of the main speaker and I don't know how easy it would be to get a replacement. The remote control only controls an ipod that is in the dock, and not a device plugged in using the audio jack, however you can use the devices controls as normal if it's plugged into the speaker this way. Performance There are five speakers in total on the unit, all cleverly placed to fit in with the design whilst achieving maximum impact. As I mentioned, there are two at the front which act as eyes, two on the top, under the 'ear' controls and a large one on the base. I was blown away by just how good the sound is on this little ipod dock. Often with products such as these, it's style over substance and I thought the cuteness may come at the expense of poor quality. Thankfully this is not the case. My flat is fairly little however I use the speaker at a fraction of it's full volume and it fills the place with music. Even at close to maximum volume there is no disintegration in the quality of sound which is impressive. Durability As I've mentioned I've had this little guy for a while now and I wouldn't be without him. I use it every day and it's looks and works as well as the day it came out the box, even that dinky little remote, and the battery in that is still going too! As is usually the reverse with a lot of items, I use it more and more all the time, using it with lots of devices whenever I want a bit more volume! It's also so simple to set up and small enough to transport that I can take him form one room to another with no hassle. Conclusion This is a great ipod speaker at a fantastic price. The design is quirky and fun, and the quality of sound is not compromised. It may not be made by a leading brand, but it does just as good job. Top marks.
I love my pink piggy, it sits next to my bed, I got this as a present for christmas. Lol. The retail price is £49.99 which is a little steep as it dosnt really do much. You can get the pig in many differant colours and you can also get differant animals, Along with the ipig you get Remote control, Power supply, 3.5-mm auxiliary cable, Dock adapters and Instructions.Smiley mouth lights up when the iPig on and blinks when receives commands from the remote, It has 4 speakers,a 4-inch sub, bass reflex system, two tweeters, two 1.5-inch mid-range drivers, a sound stabilization system and 25 watts of powerful sound, and it does go really loud which you wouldnt expect when you see it and the sound is very clear, You can also connect your ipig to gaming consoles, mobiles and computers. It's about the size of a childs football and it is quite heavy. (2.7 x 2.3 x 2.1 cm ; 2 Kg) The volume button are it's ears which are very delicate so you only have to press lightly, The left one is vol down and the right one is vol up. The ipig is deffo a must have and a good buy, The only downfall is the price, i have had no problems or complaints about it yet, I've had it for a few months and i used it all the time. =)
We brought this item for my daughter to have in her room as she likes to dance around to music while I clean and also listening to audiobooks while she falls asleep. As she is only 3 we thought this was a good bet as it would still fit in with the rest of her room theme (not pigs, pink) The product looks great and is very well made. The speakers are tiny though, and in any other room in the house this would be a problem, however for her room it is more than adequate and means I am not constantly going in and turning it down. The volume controls are the ears, left to go down, right to go up and she still hasn't worked this out which is a definate bonus. The price is a bit on the steep side, we paid £45 for it. I'm sure you could get a copy somewhere else for alot less money, but we wanted that exact shade of pink so had little choice. Overall it is a good little product, slightly overpriced and could be more powerful but does what it says on the box.
With so many people now owning an Ipod, Apple have a lot of competitors when it comes to accessories for your Ipod. The official Apple Ipig Ipod speaker system is just another gimmicky invention in Apple's art of extracting cash from consumers' wallets. Upon first looking at the Ipig you would be forgiven for thinking this is another well made Apple product and I must admit that Apple's reputation at designing aesthetically pleasing products is still intact. The problem first rears its head when you dock your Ipod on the back of the Ipig. The speakers are smaller than the tweeters in my car audio system - they lack very little punch and give off no more than a squeal. It's really hard to get away from the look of the Ipig, though. Shaped like a little fat round piggy, they come in a whole host of colours, including the 'normal' pink colour. It is to no surprise that the pricetag is extravagant, and at £45+ Apple have not lost their touch in that department. As this product is designed especially for Apple's own brand products this is forgivable, but you still cannot get away from the fact that many other companies offer better value speaker docks than this one. For me, the whole point of these devices is sound quality, and as it isn't exactly portable then it has no excuses for such poor sounding. The Ipig has 2 4W full range drivers and the 15W subwoofer just fails to do the product justice. The left and right ears are touch sensitive and are used to control the volume, again another unnecessary addition. You can adjust the bass and reflex to suit your preferences. Overall I think the Ipig will appeal to people purely on looks, but personally I would save spending all that money and buy a simple stereo system that you can attach your Ipod to and enjoy much crisper sounds.
This is a pretty cool gift, which looks great in my living room. It is basically a player for your i-phone or i-pod shaped like a plastic pig. It costs £49.99 which I thought was ridiculous but it actually has been used daily in our household and is our preferred music system of choice, its small enough to be portable but large enough to fill the house with good and sometimes awful music (Depending on whose Ipod gets to the player first!!) Shaped like a little round pig, it is bright pink, has little legs to allow the speaker to sit on any surface, a mouth that lights up to show the I-Pig is plugged in, it also blinks to show that a command has been received. and two eyes which are basically the speakers. The speakers are a 2.1 stereo with 360 degree sound meaning it sounds the same no matter where you are in the room, the music is aimed a certain way.The pigs ears are also used as speaker volume control, you gently touch the right ear to raise the volume and the left ear to lower the volume. The speakers have a sub-woofer and the I-Pig can also be connected to games consoles to add to the quality of the game. The Pig has a really cool Japanese Manga look to it and always gets conversation started when we have guests, its popular with younger family members and is easy to clean. Fitting your ipod is simple, just placing it in the available socket and it fits all sizes of I-pod. Overall i'm delighted with this, I was sceptical about it but have been converted, its good quality, reliable and looks fantastic. The pig is a novelty item, which is set up simply by plugging it into your nearest socket, but the sound quality is actually excellent and it is a fantastic alternative to using your dvd or blu ray player to play your mp3 player.
An amazing speaker dock. I love this product and would actually be lost without it now. The sound quality is superb for the price which was £44.95. with 5 speaker (one being a sub) and adjustable bass and treble you can't go wrong. Due to the novelty look of the speaker it is often underestimated at what it can do at first glance, but Its quality has shocked many of my friends and it's definetely a hit. It comes with a remote control which makes it very handy If you don't want to keep getting up and changing the track. Also it is very easy to carry with you its quite big but the pig is light and so handy as you can take it in too any room when needing music. This spaker is that loud and bassy It could even be used at a houe party. Once I was playing the ipig in my garden and a woman from the next street came round and said "you've obviously got a good sound system, but you can hear it all the way in my street can you tun it down please". I wasnt actually aware it was that loud but was extemely pleased with my purchase and would actually have payed alot more for this pig it also looks amazing, and my young niece loves the volume control on the ears as you have to stroke it to change the volume. Perfect buy for adults and children.
I got this as a gift from my sister for my birthday and absolutely love it! Its really different and funky. It comes in the shape of a pig and you can get it in a number of colours but I got mine in pink. I like it because it looks really girly and pink suits the pig too! I love my music and I admit I am an Apple fan! I had been using a speaker that was bought in Aldi and was really mediocre so it was a nice change to play my music on something a little more sophisticated! The pig itself contains a dock that your iPod or iPhone will slide into and you just choose the music from the mp3 player to play on the speakers. The eyes in the front are the actual speakers themselves which looks cute and clever. You turn the volume up and down by touching his ears. The only problem I had with that is that my two year old figured it out and had great fun experimenting with the sound! It also includes a remote control which comes in really handy. It charges your device unlike a lot of other speakers and its lightweight enough to move from place to place without breaking your back. I would recommend this adorable pig to anyone who wants iPod speakers. I'm not an expert but they sound great too!
I've had an ipod for years now (is there anyone who doesn't own one?) but I've only ever used it for when I am out and about and stuck to CD's in the house. This all changed when for my last birthday my lovely best friend bought me the Amethyst ipig docking station. As soon as I unwrapped and seen the ipig in all its glory it was love at first sight. Who could resist such a cute looking pig? I didn't really expect to use it all that much as from the look of it, it seemed to be more of a novelty item rather than a serious set of speakers. Well looks can be deceiving. Setting up the ipig out of the box was so simple and really I think the type of people who are going to love this item are not going to be the most proficient with technology like me. All you have to do is plug it in to the socket and then attach to the ipig and you are ready to go. It comes with different adaptors so is compatible with all the ipods available and you just put your ipod into the correct adaptor and switch it on at the back. The ipigs little mouth will light up green to tell you that it is switched on. The sound quality that comes from this little piggy is absolutely amazing. The manufacturers give all the usual guff about how is has a 4 inch sub, bass reflex system, tweeters, 1.5 inch drivers, 2.1 sound track, blah blah blah. What this translates to in the real world is an incredibly rich crystal clear and impressively loud speaker for your music. The bass is great and you can really crank it up and dance along with your favourite tune. What I was saying earlier about looks being deceiving is true with this speaker, to look at you would never think that it could give off sounds this good and really does sound like it is coming from a speaker at least 4 times the size. The good thing about when you have your ipod connected to the ipig is that it also charges it for you which I love as I am always forgetting to charge mine. The ipig that I got is a metallic pink colour and is absolutely gorgeous. It's really vibrant and shiny looking and it looks great sitting on my shelf. It is available in other colours as well including black, white and yellow if the pink is a little to in your face. It can also be used with other devises that aren't ipods including mobile phones and laptops via the 3.5mm cable that is included in the box. Controls are really simple with the ipig, to turn up or down you just have to touch the ears of the pig and it also comes with a remote control. There isn't really a lot of extra features with the ipig it is basically just an excellent speaker that also just happens to look brilliant. I am absolutely thrilled with my ipig and use it all the time but it's cute looks won't be to everyone's taste and as a portable speaker it is rather heavy to be carrying around with you. I'm not sure the exact amount my friend paid for the ipig but a quick look on Amazon shows me the pink one is currently selling for £44.95 which seems a bit of a bargain for this gorgeous little piggy and a snip compared to a lot of the higher end docking stations which I'm sure will struggle to offer the same level of sound quality as this one. Highly recommended!
When I bought the Ipig I was skeptical about how good this pig was going to be and if it really had as good as a sound quality than it was advertised and I was very pleased with it and couldn't believe how easy it was to use you just plug and play like any other Ipod dock. I think that the pig pig is better than the other colours you can buy, its more real. It fun as well because you can turn the volume up and down by its ears just be touching them. You can turn the volume up very high and still hear the music just as clearley with no distorted sound that was very surprising. Then for just under £50 I did expect quite a good product for that amount and thats what I got. I use it about 3 times a week and had no problems with it. I think it could be used for a house party the volume and sound are that good depending on how many people you had at the party of course.
Yes, I should say that I am rather ashamed to admit that I own one of these. Surely, a man in his early thirties, should not own a pink ipod speaker pig? Where could that possibly sit in his house and look half decent? Why, he sits proudly in my living room! I may be a tech geek but I do also have a sense of humour! :-D This is why Percy (yes he has a name) sits looking over my living room and inviting guests to take a closer look. It is definitely a talking piece and breaks the ice when I have guests over that I don't know too well. He instantly lights up the room and greets everyone with his big eyes and silly face. Percy is more than just a speaker system, he is my friend. Whoa. Ok he's not quite my friend (I am not that lonely) but he's a pretty neat little dude! I have various speakers around the house for my ipod but he has got to be my favourite. The main point that you will be wanting to know (apart from his name) is whether the output is good or not. Am I right? The quality is surprisingly brilliant. I did think it would be slightly questionable, as many of these novelty speakers can be, but it can blast out Metallica like any other good quality set of ipod speakers. I am happy with the sound, with no 'tinny' sounds or vibrations from not handling the bass. A nice little subwoofer has been built in on the underside of Percy so bass handling is very easy. A useful point to mention is the 3.5mm cable which comes with him, which means it can handle other audio source such as other mp3 players or for your laptop. If it were 'ipod only' then I could see the sales dropping but luckily they were smart about it and did their research. A remote also comes with him so you can control the volume and other features such as the bass. Handy if you are sitting on the other side of the room and want that bass booming on the next song! You can use the ears for volume control as well with a gentle tap, the Right to Raise the volume and the Left to Lower the volume (get it?!). The eyes are quite obviously speakers, the mouth lights up to show you whether or not piggy is turned on or off. Swivel him around to his butt and you will see the on/off switch, bass control, aux input and the power socket. There is no way to have him battery powered unfortunately (so no taking Percy to the festivals!) but you are given a very long power lead. He can also charge your ipod or iphone. Clever pig! When he has carried out a command he will blink so that you know he is doing what you asked. Cute. Set up is easy, with informative instructions. You will have him up and playing in about 5 minutes. Then all that is left is to start dancing around your living room to a pink pig blasting out your music! Oh yes, it will happen. You will see. But pink isn't my colour I hear you say... you can also get him in black, white, yellow, red, superpig version, ghost and panda. I am not going to admit which ones I have but I have more than just this little guy. Perhaps my later reviews will give that away in time... Admitting I own a pink pig ipod dock is enough for now! Specs 4 inch subwoofer Two tweeters Bass reflex system Two 1.5 inch mid range drivers Ear volume control Fully functional remote Long power lead 3.5mm input connector Sound stabilisation system 2.1 sound track structure Interior dynamic airflow optimiser Cooling exchange system Compatibility with many audio devices Around £45 to buy new. But check ebay you may get him used for half that price or less.