Product Type: iDuck speakers
Newest Review: ... bath and my partner would be thankful that the music would drown out my singing voice! The Speaker itself is very cute to look at and is ... more
Member Name: jjrose
Date: 02/05/12, updated on 19/04/13 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Cute looking
Disadvantages: Bad sound quality, uses batteries
As I have mentioned in a lot of my reviews, I love to collect novelty products, provided that my purse is in the good mood of course. I saw this product being recommended to me by an amazon.co.uk email and I was swayed by the novelty and cuteness of this product. I have to say my naivety is sometimes bleeding my purse dry because I ended up buying this product for around £14.00 online, it is not the most expensive one but it's is not the cheapest. I was a bit apprehensive about the quality, and turns out that my gut feeling is right on the spot this time round.
I think the design of this product is quite ingenious. It has two components, the 'egg' transmitter and the 'duck' speaker. The egg-shaped transmitter is white and made of plastic, it has a 3.5 mm standard connector, same as earphones and headphones etc, that can be plugged into the corresponding slot on your music players like iPods, mp3 players and so on. When you play the music on your mp3 player, the egg transmitter than relay the signals to the duck receiver/speaker wirelessly and play the music. The idea is to have the duck in your bath like any other bath-time duck toys, except this one is supposed to play some tunes for entertainment.
From my experience, the sound quality from the duck speakers is disappointing; it is quite fuzzy and the bass is very poor. The quality is also affected by its distance from the egg transmitter; over about 5 metre distance, the signal is lost and the duck speaker becomes a very expensive duck toy. I don't take baths that often but I do like to spend time in baths and I was really hoping that this iDuck speaker might keep me entertained, but I was a let down by its quality.
Another disadvantage is that these transmitter and speaker are powered by AAA batteries: the egg transmitter needs 3 x AAA batteries whereas 2 x AAA batteries are required for the duck speaker. I don't like using batteries because they are expensive and they never last long. So, this adds cost to the product over time. Since I don't use these speakers much, I only have to change batteries twice; but this only happens if I've got guests over, especially kids and they enjoy the novelty regardless of its quality.
I bought this product about eight months or so ago, but I haven't use this product a lot due to its low quality sound and the fact that the batteries are used by quickly, and thus expensive to replace the batteries. I bought this product at a price lower than RRP, I saw on a few websites where this product has been on sale for around £25.00. I think this product and design has the potential to be good and brings out that extra something compared to other normal speakers on the market; it's a bit let down since the developers didn't pay required attention to the quality of this product.
Overall, this iDuck speaker is something different to have in the bathroom. However, I don't think this is worth more than £10.00 considering the quality you get for the price, and also there are good speakers out on the market for less than £10.00. I wouldn't recommend this if you're looking for a reliable bath speaker. However, I would give an extra star for its novelty and trying out a different design.
Thank you for reading. :) x
Summary: iDuck speaker, certainly doesn't have X-factor
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