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This is an ipod docking station really and a lot cheaper than some of the dedicated products out there.
It also has slots for other music systems, using a 3.5mm port, plus a USB port, But as an ipod docker it charges up the ipod
it measure about 115mm high by 160mm wide by 30mm deep, so it can sit on a desk without taking up too much room.
It gets it's power from the mains, which means that it runs all day long without losing any power at all. Or you can use 4 AA batteries if you want to go mobile with it.
On either side that are clear plastic covers that slide around the front of the speakers.
You dock your ipod onto the pins on the front section that sticks out. Then, using the ipod features you select the tunes you want to listen to.
It has two speakers which are small but give out a decent enough music quality, 6 watts in total, so it's ideal for sitting on your desk when you want to listen to something relaxing after a stressful time
the sound quality is great, although it's a big help to have good quality tracks on your ipod to start with, but the speakers in this give out a good enough sound. There's no bass to shout about, and there's very little 'tinniness' to complain about too.
The other good thing about it is that, when you ipods docked with this, your ipod batteries will eb charging up as you listen to your tracks.
This rather fine little docking station sells for about £30, at the most, with some places selling it for a lot less. This is one of those things that is nice to get as a presents as it is not something that you'd actually think about buying for yourself. But once you've used it you'll wonder why you didn't get it for yourself a while back.
Compact and lightweight the i-station 3 is easy to pack and carry on a journey of almost any distance. Being able to run from a mains power supply or batteries makes it equally as useful in small hotel rooms as it is when camping in the wilderness.
The main dock contains an iPod connector for the latest generation iPod classic and touch which ensures a digital sound is streamed to the speakers for a higher quality instead of using an analogue stereo jack in the headphone port. Given the size of the speakers the difference in quality between the two is negligible. Where the decision to make use of this Apple proprietary connection really comes into its own is that it allows the iPod to charge while docked as well so the party stops when you get tired, not your iPod's battery.
There is also a stereo input at the back of the dock and a stereo lead included so any other MP3 player or phone with a standard headphone jack can be played through the speakers. This isn't an iPod only piece of hardware!
The remote control is VERY slim but contains all the functions you could require for basic operation of the speakers or iPod. Unfortunately for some slim may be code for easy to lose but it does mean its extremely portable as long as you can keep hold of it.
The speakers themselves are as good as you could possibly expect from a system of this size. They aren't going to burst down walls or eardrums with thumping bass or result in complaints from neighbours but as a portable system to allow you to listen to music with friends while away from home they are perfect.
This coupled with the variety of power and input options makes them the perfect choice even if you don't actually own an iPod.
I always wanted an iPod dock so I could listen to my iPod music on a couple of speakers whist on the move. Obviously if I am at home, I can use the computer and speakers or hi-fi system, but this iPod dock allows you to take your music with you and listen to it in good quality as you power it with 4 AA batteries and pop your iPod on the universal iPod dock.
This 'station' costs around £30 and has retained this price for a long time, indicating that it's a great product that sells well. I would say it is definitely worth around £30. It comes well packaged in a cardboard box and includes instructions on how to work the device as well as safety leaflets. The whole thing isn't that large at 11 x 20 x 15cm. It weighs just 717g too, without the weight of your iPod. At under a kilogram, this makes it ideal to be packed into your hand luggage to be carried away on holiday with you.
The speakers themselves are of pretty good quality although they understandably lack a bit of power in terms of base, but you can't really blame them as they aren't large or built for amazing base. The great point about the speakers is that they can reach a pretty high volume and not distort your music at all. They are small but very powerful and produce some lovely clear music. You can use your iPod to change the music EQ, and this will alter the way your music sounds as the speakers adjust.
All the latest iPods will be compatible with this station including the iPod Touch, Nano, Classic and even the iPod Shuffle. This is because a 3.5mm audio jack adapter is included in the box, which enables you to connect your iPod Shuffle too and listen to music from here. The station is very easy to use as there's only a few buttons. The power button is to the left side and lights up bright blue as it is switched on, which is ideal if you are needing to switch it off in dim light. There are then two volume buttons to the right hand side, which control your music volume. You must have some volume on your iPod for the music to play, although the controls on the station do override the iPod volume. You can change the volume reasonably quickly using these buttons, which is good. If you have the volume on the iPod reasonably low, you may not reach as loud volumes after increasing the volume on the station. Therefore I tend to make sure the volume on my iPod is turned up to the maximum before I start playing music, so I can control it from there with the station alone.
There isn't much more to say really - it's a great station and works really well for a fair price. It's all black and has silver parts on the speakers to add a little modern contrast. There are some clear plastic parts that fan out from the sides, which can be rotated inwards to protect the silver parts on the speaker from being pierced or damaged when the speakers are in transport. It's all been thought out very well and this portable iPod station is excellent! You don't have to worry about your iPod battery as all the power is provided from the station, although having to replenish the 4 AA batteries every now and then is a pain! The way forward is to get some rechargeable batteries and then you won't have to keep buying new ones.
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I just purchased this for use as a portable speaker to take on holiday with me. I needed small and compact, as well as it having good sound quality. So before purchasing, I read a lot of reviews, mainly all saying that it has good sound quality. My opinion however is that it is not good at all. I would definitely not say its terrible, however I was expecting a lot better. The fuzzyness is just too much for me, for a few minutes, it's tolerable, for a couple hrs each time (which is how I would like to use it), becomes annoying!
The plus side is that it is small. There are however smaller ones out there, but decided to get this one as I thought the extremely small ones would have terrible sound quality, and this one would be fine. However it is still fairly bad sound quality for me, so will have to return this and purchase another one (most probably a bigger one as all the ones on the smaller side compromise on sound quality).
One advantage of this is that the volume does go very loud....however this advantage is counter balanced by the fact that the louder it goes....the fuzzier the sound gets! So the advantage of it being loud, can't even be used without it being extremely annoying!
I bought this docking station not long after I got my first Ipod Nano as I had so many great songs on them which I couldn't listen to apart from using my ear phones so I took the plunge and bought this docking station from Argos. I had little idea about electronics and what would make a good docking station so I literally went with the first one I found and ordered it and I haven't been disappointed with my slap dash decision.
**What is it?**
The Logic 3istation is a portable speaker for Ipods namely, iPod photo, iPod mini, iPod (3G), iPod (4G), iPod nano, iPod with video (5G). As well as allowing you to replay your favourite tracks out loud again and again it can sync your Ipod through its USB device and recharge your IPod as it is doing so which is fab!
**What does it look like?**
First of all it is 16cm x 3cm x 11.5cm so it is quite compact and easily fits on my dressing table making for easy listening. It is patent black which looks slick but if you do touch it this leaves sticky finger marks and gathers dust really quickly! The station has a tripod type style to it, it has 2 rectangular speakers at either side of a docking port in which you insert your music playing device. It also has a speaker at the back which you can choose to be lying flat or upright against the back of your device. On the front of the istation are 3 buttons an 'on/off' button, a volume up button, a volume down button and a 3D button which changes the usual blue lighting to red/orange and you will hear more bass sounds if you opt for 3D.
You can either use the mains adapter to plug the istation in or batteries (4xAA batteries) meaning that it can be easily taken to different places even if it's just different rooms in the house. The istation also comes with a thin, sleek remote control which you can use to switch your istation on and off, alter the volume or switch song-lazy but so handy! The istation is so easy to use all you need to do is plug it in, connect your Ipod and away you go it really couldn't be any simpler! The speaker watts is 12v and I think the speaker quality and volume is great whether your quietly chilling listening to Adele or having a wild party the speakers will continually blast (or whisper, whichever you prefer) your favourite tracks to you.
**Availability and Cost**
As previously stated I purchased my istation from Argos this was several months ago and was priced at £40.00 as docking stations have become increasingly popular they have drastically decreased in price and I have now spotted this same istation on Amazon for £16.65 (June, 2011). I still think that £40.00 is reasonable for the quality and ease of use and for under £20.00 you really would be getting a bargain!
Although headphones create more opportunities to listen to music when out and about or to avoid annoying others, they can be uncomfortable and risk damaging your hearing when used for too long. There's also nothing quite like being able to blast your sounds out now and again when the fancy takes you, which isn't always when you're sat in front of the HIFI at home.
When my wife utters the immortal phrase 'I've been thinking...', my heart usually sinks and I break out into a cold sweat. More often than not, she has dreamt up some radical transformation for the house that is either fiendishly difficult or beyond the reach of our pockets. This time she wanted music in the garden for a forthcoming barbecue, and was envisaging me disentangling the bulky HIFI from the rest of the entertainment system in the lounge and taking it out there.
At times like this, I count my blessings for the life saver that is Google. My mission was to find some portable speakers that a MP3 player could connect to, which weren't too expensive and could be powered by batteries if necessary. The Logic3 I-Station 3 for £25 from the ever reliable Amazon seemed to be the ideal solution.
First appearances are usually crucial where my wife is concerned, a notable exception being when she met me thankfully! If something doesn't look as expected or work as it should, it is usually given short shrift and discarded, never to be trusted again. So when we unpacked the speakers and realised for the first time how small they were, I feared the worst. At 16cm x 3cm x 11.2cm (WxDxH) surely these would not be able to pack the punch to suit my wife's unforgiving ear.
The i-Station 3 is specially designed with iPod usage in mind, offering connectivity for all models of the 'Classic', 'Nano' and 'Touch' that have a dock connector, although other audio devices can be attached as well. The shiny black unit is folded flat in the box, but stands up by pushing a button on the front to drop its central section, which doubles as the iPod docking interface and a balancing leg. Its two 3 watt speakers are left and right of this, protected by clear plastic travel covers that open like doors when the unit is in use.
The unit is powered either by AC Adaptor or four AA batteries (not included). A 3.5mm line in cable is included so that a MP3 player can be connected to the jack situated on the back and a USB cable so that a docked iPod can be charged or synchronised with iTunes. Unlike the iPod, MP3 players can't be charged or synchronised while connected to the unit, which isn't ideal and can bring a premature end to your enjoyment.
So...it was with bated breath that I connected the MP3 player, switched on the speakers and adjusted the volumes of both to bring the sound through. I needn't have worried. While not reaching the decibels of our HIFI, its full range dynamic speakers nevertheless deliver a loud, yet crystal clear sound that doesn't distort as you crank up the volume. It can be a bit puzzling what to do with your 'daisy chained' MP3 player which trails behind the unit, but among the various adaptors for the docking interface is an indented blank cover that shuts it off and can make an improvised resting place.
As well as coming in useful throughout the house and garden, the speakers fold so compactly they can easily be taken with you. As they take up no more room than a book or DVD, they can easily be slipped into your luggage when going on holiday.
We've had these speakers for three years now and they still look and sound as good as new, which is remarkable as they are often subject to drunken fumbling in outdoor party situations. We have never needed to use batteries, as the unit has always been in range of either a socket or an extension cable, so I can't comment on battery consumption. However, it is always a good idea to invest in a couple of sets of rechargeable batteries and a charger, if like us you have a number of battery thirsty devices in the house.
You will be amazed at the quality of sound that comes out of these little speakers and will rarely feel the need to connect your player to anything else. It can certainly be true what they say...that many good things come in small packages!
Price: bought for £20 from Amazon
Product description: i-Station 3 provides the complete sound, recharge and sync solution for your iPod. Enjoy powerful stereo sound from this compact elegant and portable system. The perfect companion for both home & away.
Dimensions: 112mm (height), 160mm (width), 30mm (depth)
Having just bought a special edition red iPod nano 4th generation last year, which I was completely in love with, I decided that I needed some speakers to match. I like to listen to music pretty much all the time so having some speakers which were portable but still good quality was incredibly important. Slightly limited by funds I browsed Amazon and discovered the i-Station3 for a very decent price. It is also compatible with many of the iPod makes (classic, nano 2nd, 3rd and 4th, iPod touch 1st and 2nd) having been specifically designed for use with these Apple products, which meant I could hopefully use it with future iPods.
Use: In order to work this speaker dock requires either 4 AA batteries or an AC adaptor (which comes included). This means that it can be transported and used away from a plug socket or you can charge your iPod whilst also listening to music. I found this to be one of the most useful things about this dock as I could charge my iPod in the morning and listen to music at the same time as I was getting ready. Other features included are a USB cable for synchronistation and a stereo line-in cable for playing other devices e.g. iPod shuffle, MP3 or CD player. Although I did not use these as frequently they all seemed to connect well and perform the promised function.
The portable element of the speakers I found to be incredibly useful. Folding down into a relatively small rectangle, with plastic covers to go over the two speaker circles, it is small enough to carry around and yet robust enough to survive a few knocks. In comparison to some of the more expensive speakers on offer these are smaller in dimension although I have found this to be a good thing, especially as I do not have a large amount of free space available in my room.
Unfortunately, these speakers came with one major drawback. They were so successful that I used them at least once a day, whether to charge my iPod or to listen to music. This caused the clicker wheel mechanism, which is located just above the charging port on the iPod, to become displaced. Initially this meant the occasionally the clicker wheel would stop working until I had turned the iPod off and on again. However, eventually the wheel ceased to function entirely unless the iPod was connected to the dock (as this caused the wheel mechanism to be pushed back into place). I was absolutely gutted at this because my iPod was so useful and until then the speakers had been perfect. I experienced no problems with sound quality and had found it great value for money. Whether my issues with the clicker wheel was a simple outcome of overuse or a basic fault with the iPod I am not sure but I would just advise being incredibly careful when taking the iPod on and off the docking station, to avoid these problems.
I hope this explains my ratings in the reliability box, features box and the 2* I gave this product. I wasn't sure how to express this particular problem using the rating system as these speakers were perfect but unfortunately caused some unexpected issues. This product was great, as other reviews have expressed, and I used them for just over a year. However, simply because of the bad experience I had right at the end I felt unable to give them the higher ranking they deserve for my earlier use.
==Logic 3 iStation==
After benign a member of rewardtv.co.uk for only a very short period, I earned enough points to be able to enter myself into one of the auctions which are set up to spend the point that you earn. It was the first time I had tried to win an item and as luck would have it I wasn't out bid and managed to secure this Logic 3 iStation for not as many points as I thought I would have to use. The site told me that I would have to wait up to 90 days for my reward (I had vowed not to spend any more time on the site until the item had arrived for fear of it all being a scam). Low and behold 2 weeks later this iStation arrived in the post and I couldn't have been more happy!
Having a look on various sites online I can see that you can probably pick up this ipod docking station and speakers for around £20 as a good price although in some places it does seem to be selling for much more than this. Seeing as I paid nothing but a few virtual points I was really pleased.
The iStation came well packaged with a cardboard box and it was a lot smaller than I had first thought but seeing as this was a spare speaker set for the bedroom and wasn't going to get that much use, it was a great size. Inside the box there came the main iStation, adaptor plug (with US plug adaptor too), a ipod fitting guide (allowing different ipods to be attached) and a small instruction booklet.
I have to say that I didn't need to refer to the instructions as it was fairly straight forward with setting the whole unit up. I attached the correct power adaptor and connected this to the iStation via the port at the back and once plugged in the on/off button on the front illuminated as it was already in the on position. I was able to slot my ipod straight in and away I went. It really was as simple as that.
There are very few things that you can actually do with the Logic 3 iStation as there are three buttons on the front of the item, one being the on/off button and the other two being volume up and volume down.
You position your ipod in the centre of the iStation and the two small speakers are each side of it. These are small speakers and even at full volume it is not loud enough to annoy the neighbours. It is perfect for me to play my Barry White in the bedroom though! The station itself will fit most of the ipods including the nano and the classic which is what me and Himself have and they both work well and look fine.
There is an additional button on the top which is for 3D sound although having used this several times I don't seem to really notice much difference in the sound but that could just be my untrained ears!
The speakers and instruction booklet give no indication of the actual output of sound omitted by the unit but this could just mean that they are fairly feeble in comparison to most. However for the purpose I need the for they are fine.
A really good aspect of the iStation is that it is really portable. The section which has the USB connector to plug in the ipod can be flipped up (once the ipod has been removed) and this makes the whole unit very small and flat. The length of the iStation is around 15 cm and the width 10 cm whilst the depth is a mere 3 cm. This is the sort of device that is perfect for taking on holiday with you. Of course as it is portable, there are slots to put in 4 AA batteries which I guess would make the whole unit far heavier but with these not in-situ the whole iStation is really light anyway.
I can't say that this is the best iStation out there and thankfully I have another in the kitchen which gives out a better sound and is more in usse. However this small unit is perfect to have. It gives a clear sound which although may not be loud or excessively bass filled is crisp and adequate for my needs.
The device not only plays my music but will also charge up my ipod for when I am planning on taking it out and about. The unit is perfect for taking to various places as it fits into my handbag with ease and can use batteries as well as the mains.
I think it is a great little item that I am so pleased to have won/earned on rewardtv! I think for general use and usefulness of this item I am going to award a good score of 4 out of 5 stars. It is not the best out there but it is affordable, useful, transportable and plays the music clearly.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read
A small, robust set of portable speakers. Perfect for almost any situation.
Useful for charging your iPod, so you don't need to bring along your iPod charger on holiday; just take this and you have your speakers and charger in one! It also folds away nicely and comfortably for packing into a rucksack or suitcase.
Volume and sound are decent too, considering the size of the speakers, although the louder the volume the more the quality of the sound lessens, although the same could be said of most speakers. At the highest volume settings the sound becomes distinctly tinny, but, too be honest you hardly need the loudest settings. Anywhere before then is perfect for just listening along, these aren't built for supplying clubs with rave music!
All in all, I would recommend these for anyone who moves around a lot, and gets fed up with carrying portable speakers and an iPod charger; why not save yourself some space in your holiday bag and buy these?
Just add some rechargeable batteries and your practically set for life!
The i-station is smaller than it appears in pictures; fold it in and it's even smaller, easily big enough to be taken travelling with you, which is what I primarily bought it for. If you don't travel much, the istation is still a good device to have around the house and a much more efficient music device than a standard CD player - obviously, it's about 4 times smaller, and the amount of music you can play is, again obviously, much more significant.
Where the istation isn't entirely superior to a CD player is in the sound department. Most speakers have the disadvantage of becoming tinny when they reach higher levels of sound, something that CD players tend not to do quite as easily. The istation is no exception, which isn't that much of a problem for me considering I don't play music at ear-shattering levels. If you're a person that does, you should probably purchase something with a more hardcore listener reputation.
For casual listeners like myself keeping things at reasonable levels of sound, though, the sound is fine.
The ipod charges on the dock while you listen to it, which is standard, and the istation comes with a remote that works from good distances.
The best price listed for the istation is £22, which you can't go wrong with at all, especially considering some of the bigger brand name ipod speakers cost much, much more than that (around £70 for some of them). This was even more surprising for me when you consider how well-designed the istation is, with its smooth black matte design. The whole device is for you if you're a casual music listener.
In my daughter's bedroom space is at a premium, so I bought the i-station so she could use her ipod instead of a big CD player, & it's mostly been a big success.
It's surprisingly small: about half as high again as the ipod, & when the front dock section & speaker covers are folded in it's about the size of a paerback book, so ideal for travel & small bedrooms alike.
The i-station comes with a selection of adaptors for the older ipod to sit in depending which type it is, so that needs setting up before the speakers can be used. Newer ipods come with their own adaptor. I found the adaptor business a bit fiddly & sometimes it pops out of the base & has to be shoved back in. Occasionally it looks fine but the sound comes out of the ipod instead of the speakers & you have to switch the i-station off & back on again.
Apart from that we've been really pleased. The sound quality probably lacks the power & depth to please a real music buff, but for a 10-year-old's bedroom it's perfectly fine.
The ipod charges on the dock, & with fairly frequent use I find this keeps the ipod in enough power not to need extra charging.
I have never known a lot about Logic products and it wasn't a brand that people were ranting and raving about so I never really gave it much thought until I was, as you would say, in-between speakers and needed to borrow one from my brother who happily let me borrow this Logic3 iStation 3.
My first impression of this speakers were "cute" came to mind, they look a little feminine, but I figured never judge a book by its cover right?
The Logic3 iStation 3 is Width 16cm, Height 11.2cm, and Depth 3cm. these speakers are a very powerful black with a Apple docking station protruding from the front, the speakers are on either side of the docking station, the actual speakers themselves are a silver colour and a black rubber rim to help cushion the vibrations of the silver cylinders, the power button located on the base of the docking station, volume up/down in the same area as the power button, also in-between the power button and volume up/down You have the writing "Logic3", and in-between the two speakers at the top you find the writing "iStation". another thing that may surprise you with this speaker is although it looks like it only runs on 2 speakers there is actually a sub-woofer in the bass of the unit that gives you your Booming bass. Just below the writing iStation you will notice another button that says 3D on it to give the illusion that when this button is hit the music will sound fuller as if the music is playing through multiple speakers instead of just 2.
On the reverse side you find a jack for "line in " this jack is used for those cases you don't have an apple product, or the Apple product you have is too new for these speakers in which case you connect your mp3 player into the "line in" jack with a cable that is provided in the box. Even though you are provided with an AC power adapter this unit can also run on batteries if ever you are not near a in wall power supply, all you need is 4 AA batteries and these can last for quite a while. If you use the AC adapter the apple product can charge at the same time as all the other docking speakers, also if you are using batteries the Apple product will still charge at the same time also, which just makes it that little bit more impressive on the batterie life, that it can last so long while charging a ipod/touch...etc.
They have a little stand at the back at the bottom of the speakers that flips out and holds the speakers balanced and upright while you are listening to your music. Also the docking station at the front flips up and is hidden away when not in use and gives it a more slicker and elegant look.
The docking station it is compatible with the following Apple products:
iPod photo, iPod mini, iPod (3G), iPod (4G), iPod nano, iPod with video (5G)
To top it off just like all other good speakers this one is provided with a remote control that matches the black colour of the speakers just giving you that little bit more freedom, with its basic controls of:
Just remember that the range of the speakers is 10 meters so at home it should be fine, but it could get frustrating if you're out doors and forget.
For such a small set of speakers the sound is very good and full, with the combinations of the two dynamic speakers and the sub-woofer it really adds all you need, but a down side is when you turn on the 3D sound button it doesn't do anything really, you hear a slight shift in the music but nothing to write home about. The good thing about the sub-woofer is that the bass isn't banging like it would do in the back of a 19 year olds car who has ripped his back seats out to make room for the sub-woofer, it just a nice throb that adds a perfect quality and clarity to a cute set of speakers, but when listening to these outdoors, although nothing happens to the sound the louder you raise the volume, you just can't hear all the detail of the music like you would do in doors so if you don't mind how they sound out doors then these are fine, but if you want that same quality outdoors you may need to purchase some different speakers.
The colours I know you can get this in are Black and white.
You can get these speakers from Amazon for £23.16
Which I think is a pretty reasonable price for a set of speakers that work well indoors and well enough outdoors.
I recommend these to everyone who is looking for some all round decent speakers for a decent price
When I was looking into purchasing cheap speakers for my iPod i was told different makes and brands all reaching into the 60 pound and upwards price range. When in the Apple Store for a different reason on of the employees pointed me in the direction of the Logic3 iStation. For 30 pound I decided it was worth a go.
BEST IDEA EVER! Had the speakers for around 3 years and they are the best purchase I have made. The speakers come with a base which is extremely unusual for a product so cheap and the little remote seems to work from all types of distance and even on battery they last a good while. Enough to last a BBQ or even garden party. The iStation charges the iPod as well as plays the music to a reasonable level...it will never replace a high fi or more expensive system for a party but perfect for garden and bedroom use. Even in the living room for background music. A wall charger from Apple costs 22 pounds so go a few higher and get speakers for the same price.
However, they are a little cheaply made. But looking at the price who can dispute them. The speakers have cheap metal coverings that when pressed you can hear the change and leaves little dents behind. Yet, I have had them for years and the sound quality is just as good. The higher the sound the more tinny it appears to be, but again for reasonable levels they are unbeatable. If you are looking for a system for quality music at all levels then these will not be sufficient!
When I got rid of my stereo in my bedroom a while ago I wanted something to replace it but as I don't buy CD's anymore I wanted something that would connect to my iPod to play music through speakers. There's no end of products designed exactly for this purpose on the market today so I had a very wide selection to choose from but I finally decided on this which is a Logitech brand of speakers called the I-Station.
I purchased this stylish device about a year ago now and haven't looked back since. At the time of purchase it cost me £49.99 from Argos however a couple of weeks later I found it on play.com for only £17.99 which I wasn't happy about so it definitely pays to shop around because that's a massive difference!
Although the £49.99 price tag may seem a bit steep to some you need to consider that there are other speakers on the market today that can cost somewhere in the region of £200 so I think I've found myself a bargain with these excellently designed speakers.
The speakers will fit any iPod Nano, Classic iPod or iPod Video however I'm not too sure whether it will support the new iPod Touch so if you're planning on purchasing this it's best to check beforehand to save yourself a lot of time and money.
Setting up I found to be a little difficult on first use, I read the very vague instructions but ended up having to figure the majority out for myself however when you know how it's incredibly simple. The speakers will arrive packed neatly together in the box, all that needs doing is to push down the middle part of the speakers and you'll reveal the slot for the iPod to be placed in. Behind the iPod will be a plastic transparent screen which slides into place behind the iPod and makes it look a lot more stylish and modern. The great thing about this device is that it can be powered by both batteries and the mains therefore it can be taken with you if you go on holiday or camping and with the size of it it's easily transported around and you may even forget it's there! The battery compartment is located at the back of the player and is very stiff to open, it took me a good few minutes to prise it open with a knife, this was a little annoying as I was planning to use batteries to power it but as it was so difficult to get the compartment open I decided to use the mains instead which is a lot easier. Of course if you're planning on taking this away with you it may be something to think about whether this is the right device for you, unless that is if you find it easy to open the tricky compartment. The device requires 4 AA batteries.
So that's the device set up, you'd think you'd have to read up about how you use it but no, all you do is slot your iPod into the compartment where it fits nicely (it slots into the USB slot) and you're away. If the speakers are turned on then the iPod will automatically turn on and begin charging which is one of the reasons why I bought this device. I lost my mains charger whilst on holiday therefore the only method I have to charge my iPod is either the computer or this simple and easy option. I sometimes charge it while I'm watching TV or occasionally not even in the house, you simply switch the device on standby and your iPod will charge instantaneously which is fantastic because not all iPod speakers have this feature. I've even found that after leaving this device on standby for a prolonged period of time wont cause the device to overheat. Either side of the iPod slot you'll notice two lights, when the iPod is playing these will light up blue and will illuminate the iPod which looks fantastic with the lights turned off and when the iPod is being played using 3D surround sound you'll see the same effect but this time in a bright orange colour.
Using the device couldn't be simpler, you have only 4 buttons in a very handy position on the device, these are right at the front below the iPod and consist of (from left to right) power on/off button, volume up, volume down and a 3D sound button. 3D sound is supposed to make the system sound like it's playing through multiple speakers around the room which sounds a lot better than it is as it really doesn't make much of a difference to the sound quality to be brutally honest and I prefer keeping the 3D sound turned off.
The picture above could be quite misleading as it appears that there are only two speakers when it actual fact there are three. The two that are visible are what's described as Dynamic Tweeter Speakers (don't ask), then there's a speaker behind the iPod which lies parallel to the floor, this is a sub-woofer which is larger than the other two. These three speakers combined produce a fantastic sounding machine that even the most musically inclined of us couldn't dismiss. The sub-woofer at the back is great for tracks with a heavy bassline as it has more area to cover and project the sound giving it a rich and crisp sound with no interference whatsoever. The speakers go very loud too which is a bonus if you're having a party, on the face of these speakers don't appear big enough to be blasted round an entire house however I've tried it and from my bedroom I can hear the music in every room very clearly, luckily when the speakers are on the highest volume you don't start getting the crackly sound that you can sometimes from other speakers. They'll also go to a very low volume too which is great if you just want to relax with a book or a magazine with some background music.
Speaking of interference, this wont interfere with your TV, radio, or even your mobile phone signal and vice versa which I was pleased with because I often place my phone next to the speakers and if you've ever left your phone beside a TV or a computer while in use you'll know what I mean because you'll get a lot of interference whilst making/receiving calls and texts which sound similar to an old modem connecting up to your phone line.
The speakers even come with a little compact remote control which is a very handy thing to have to save you having to get up and manually change the song on the iPod. The control wont do everything for you though, you can skip songs back and forth, fast forward and rewind, pause and play but you can change the lists in the iPod so if you have lots of play lists that you want to switch to on a regular basis you'll have to get up and do it using the iPod itself. You can also turn the device on and off using the device as well as switch between regular and 3D sound. To make use of the control you will have to be at a relatively close range, the control works at a distance of around 10 metres which is great considering the size of most rooms.
My one bugbear with using this product is that when the iPod is fitted in the dock connector port you need to be very gentle when pressing the buttons on the iPod, when the buttons are pressed the iPod will tip back slightly which puts pressure on the dock meaning that with some force it could snap off and both the speakers and the iPod will be deemed useless therefore be gentle when operating the product.
This is the best iPod accessory I've ever bought and even though the price was a bit high when I purchased it I don't regret it one bit as there are no substantial downsides to this device. The speakers produce a fantastic sound, it looks very stylish, it's reliable and extremely easy to use. Setting it up may take a bit of getting used to but unless you're planning on taking it away with you then you should only have to do this once. These speakers are also available in black if that's your preference but I personally prefer the white option. Upon seeing mine my friend actually bought the exact same device and they too are extremely happy with it. I can't recommend this product enough and it deserves all the praise it gets.