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This is a review I originally wrote on Epinions.com
I started travelling with work, so was looking for something to play my music through in the hotel rooms.
Found this speaker in Tesco for £7
It is very basic in construction, but very well built from what I can see. It come with it's own neoprene case that you place it in and zip up.
The bottom twists off and you add 3 AAA batteries.
A single 3.5mm jack lead comes out from the bottom and there is a push button for power on the side.
And that is basically it as far as descriptions go!
Now onto the important bit, the sound!
I only have an iPhone 4, so that is all that ever gets used with it. I have found that you need to turn the volume on the phone up to about 80% to get a decent volume out of it.
Once I got the volume right, the sound on it was surprisingly good, not tinny and light like other speakers I have tried.
The sort of music I listen to is Counting Crows, Oasis, Coldplay, and Christian praise music, which all involve guitars and drums.
I haven't found anything yet that has troubled the speaker. Obviously it doesn't match the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 bookshelf speakers I have at home, but you wouldn't expect it to.
It provides solid bass that doesn't overpower it and the high notes and vocals don't cause it to ring out.
Overall I am very pleased with it and it is a must take on my trips away.
One thing to be careful of though is forgetting to turn it off when finished. I did this once and it ran flat in about 24hrs just on standby.
Let me introduce you to a little fellow with a big voice.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Altec Lansing Orbit!
A 40mm diameter speaker that fits into the palm of your hand but can fill a room with a big sound thanks to a full bodied 360 degree sound with a nice rich bass tone, considering it's a portable speaker, this is a real bonus and makes it a far better choice than many in the same price range.
I mostly use mine for my work pc but I do plug it into my mp3 player when I'm working alone, but hey... don't tell my boss! So equally fine for health & safety modules or The Ramones!
It takes 3 x AAA batteries, I would recommend that you use rechargeable if you are going to use this often and loud as I do or it will cost you more in the long run.
On the downside, the on/off control is a pain in the bum. You activate it by twisting the ring around the edge of the unit which sounds simple but is a tad trickier than it should be. Also, it would be nice if you could buy a case to protect it in transit, so far though, I've not come across one.
Apart from that it's all good and perfect to pop in your bag when travelling as it is small and lightweight at just 230g so you hardly notice it's there. You also get a nice long cable that conveniently wraps around the unit when not in use.
As far as the price is concerned, it will currently set you back £16.95 on Amazon and I have seen it cheaper, so shop around for a bargain.
I love mine and I'm happy to recommend it.
Four Stars, losing one for the rather fiddly on/off control.
Thanks for reading.
The Altec Lansing Orbit is a speaker which can be used for a variety of different MP3 players and for iPod's. You plug the lead into where your headphones go and it provides sound out from the speaker which is placed on the top of the device.
It has a flat base and overall is a very simple idea. The only control on it is the on and off switch which is used by turning the speaker round. For £25, it's a mid range portable speaker, but it's much easier to use and great for travel. Measuring up at just 400mm, it easily fits in your pocket making it a highly portable device.
The volume is controlled by your iPod or MP3 player, which is unfortunate as this means the volume doesn't go up high enough. When at the highest volume setting it does have a tendency to crackle in and out. Unless listening to music this will definitely ruin your enjoyment of a podcast or audiobook - inaudible.
I recently bought this speaker on holiday, and to be honest they really suprised my at how loud they are!! however when the ipod is at full volume the speakers do crackle a fair bit but even at 3/4 vol they are sufficently loud for me. There is no volume control on the speakers them selvesso you need to be able to control them on the device. they also came in a case so they are protected and I believe them to be worth the money and i have told my friends to all buy them as they out strip some ipod speakers my dad and brother bought at fifty pounds. louder and better sound quality so I recomend them to every body. This single speaker i use with my iopd in the bathroom to her it in the shower and bath and even with my old noisy shower you can hear evry word crystal lear. as i said the only fault is if the volume is set too high, it takes 3 tripple a batteries so lasts a while before new batteries are needed.