I was given the black version of the F529 as a gift a couple of Christmases ago by my Mum and I'll be completely honest it had me a little perplexed, after a little time and a read through of the instructions I have grown to love my Aigo and would highly recommend it.
*+*+*SO WHATS IT ALL ABOUT?*+*+*
The Aigo F529 is a mains powered omnisphere MP3 music system it stands just over 6 inches high and has a diameter of around 6 inches at its base going into a point at the top. It short it is An up-turned speaker with controls on the top. It is advised that you stand it on a flat surface such as wood or glass for the best results and with a space right the way around it for better acoustics. The top of the pyramid is the controls, by pushing it forward, back left and right you control everything so no buttons here.
Turning on the omnisphere is achieved by pulling the top towards you and holding it for around one second and repeating this turns it off. Once on pulling if towards you again for just a click starts and pauses play. Left and right work as the forward track and previous track buttons but when held in until the light turns green double up as the volume controls as well. Pushing the top away from you during play activates the different play modes of which literally turns shuffle on and off.
An added bonus to the Aigo F529 is that when you initially turn it on before playback you can change the light modes.
Default mode: soft transitions through the variety of colours
Disco mode: Fast multi-coloured light transitions
Cool mode: soft transitions between just the gentle colours.
The Aigo F529 has 1gb of internal storage as well as an SD slot and audio input socket on the back making it easy to connect your mp3 players.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The look is amazing, it has a black shiny complexion almost mirrored that makes it look modern and sophisticated The control section which forms the peak of the pyramid is clear with white inside detail giving it that intrigue, that I've found makes people instantly touch it...which can be a little annoying if its mid play. The omnisphere's colour changing lights and modes make this really stand out and it looks great either just in your bedroom or as the music for a get together.
This could not be easier to use, the top of the sphere manoeuvres effortlessly and with only to four positions after you have figured out just which direction does what its easy than an Ipod.
Connection to a computer is just as easy, the connecting USB cable is supplied allowing you to simply fill the 1gb internal storage full of your favourite tracks, it really is a doddle. It only gets easier when you slip in an SD card for those extra tracks or attach your mp3 player so wherever you store your music the omnisphere is ready to make your listening experience fabulous. There is no screen though so this makes it a little awkward if you are looking for a specific song however we usually fill it with all our favourite tracks for parties and stick it on shuffle and disco mode with the added bonus of the flashing lights it fits perfectly.
The sound quality however makes up for any imperfections if you follow the instructions (placing it on a flat surface with space around it) it is clearer than any CD player I've ever had. It is also easy to transport which means mine makes an appearance at most parties and always gets a fair amount of attention (I think the flashing lights draw people in)
I would recommend this to anyone but would say if you are the sort of person who has loads of tracks but skip through to find your favourite repeatedly this probably isn't for you however if, like me you believe variety is the spice of life this is the gadget for you.