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      30.04.2012 23:52
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      An excellent portable speaker for a cheap price!!

      Having only previously owned large speakers that you have to plug into the mains, I wanted to find some that were small enough to pop in my bag and take with me whenever I went out with friends or went on holiday. A friend of mine had bought these recently and recommended them to me, telling me that they were everything that I had said I wanted. It was a tough decision between trusting my friend and buying these or buying some x mini speakers, reluctantly I went with the trusting option and bought one of these from Amazon.

      Firstly, unlike the picture shown above, you only get one speaker in a pack. Unless of course this was just the kind that I bought, maybe there is a twin speaker pack available? Although I guess if you had two it would create a difficult situation trying to plug them both in.. :p

      The speaker was round in shape, kind of like a widened yo-yo. It is quite simple in design, having only black and silver colouring, and a very simple, easy to access battery compartment. It takes three AAA batteries which are not included, so remember to stock up on these, or buy yourself some rechargeable ones to save money!

      These speakers are definitely small enough to carry around at all times, as it will easily fit in the palm of my hand and only weighs 101 grams. It comes with a carry strap too so that you can wrap it around your wrist, making sure your speaker doesn't get lost or forgotten! Very handy!

      The input cable which you plug into your mp3 player/phone/computer is very easily accessible, yet is hidden in the side of the speaker when not in use so that it doesn't get broken. To use, simply plug it into your audio source and turn them on, press play and voila! Great sound from tiny a speaker. There is no volume control on the speakers themselves but I find this is better as you only need to control it from the mp3 player then, instead of turning it all the way up on one thing and then having to adjust the other too! The speaker gave off quite a high quality sound for their size, and even at their loudest the sound was perfectly clear and easy to listen to, no static noise or crackling!

      I absolutely adore my speaker and would definitely recommend getting one! Although I have heard excellent reviews of the x mini speakers that I was originally going to buy, these are much cheaper and I am very pleased with the product.

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        08.02.2012 00:28
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        You get what you pay for

        Well am not sure if there is much point putting a further review on this, as having just done a Google search I can inform you that this no longer seems to be being sold anywhere, but I will give my 2 cents worth anyway.

        At the time I had been looking around for a set of portable speakers for a while, one that would last a while, as well as having a decent sound quality. Initially I was looking at the growing x-mini range, but the problem here is that everyone is buying them, so I found it off-putting and after doing a little bit of research I went for the mixed review Technika portable speaker. Now the reason I wanted portable speakers was pretty simple for its portability so I could take them on holiday and in places where music is needed.

        So there were in Tesco on offer for around £4, so I went and purchased them. After initially opening them I was surprised at the build quality as they seemed quite sturdy however we all know about how looks can be deceiving. The picture on this page pretty much does the talking for me, but its just a black and silver design, pretty simple, but I didn't buy this for the looks I bought it for the inner goodness.

        This connects up to any 3.5mm device, so pretty much every mp3 player and phone these days, after all I am sure when this was bought it was for people using their portable speakers and their portable devices as the players. It would be bizarre to connect these up to your speakers, but am sure there are a few people who may have to test it out. The cable is of a decent length, I would have preferred it to be slightly longer but for the price I cant complain.

        You will need 3 AAA batteries, which I think is too excessive and I personally find that rechargeable batteries tend not to quite last as long. This I guess is where they make their money back, and only expect a few hours usage if played at the max volume which to be honest isn't very loud. I am struggling to criticise this too much simply because it is so cheap.

        In terms of sound quality it is quite tiny sounding, the treble is OK and maybe better than expected but the bass is not great at all. There is a big difference between this and the x-mini, so personally speaking when looking for a portable speaker I would plump on spending the extra few pound and going for the x-mini as although that is twice as expensive, it is probably four times as good in sound quality. Overall simply cause of the cheaper price I will give this three stars.

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        13.11.2011 15:46
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        Lukewarm sound quality and a reasonable price.

        After my old set of portable speakers finally gave up the ghost, I started to look around for another set to take their place. Now normally I just want a cheap set of portable speakers that I could take on holiday with me, or to a hotel when I'm on an overnight stop for business, so that I could plug them into my phone to use it as an mp3 player. They'll get knocked around a bit as they get buried in various travel bags, hence wanting to go for a cheap set that were 'expendable', but with a decent sound quality. Shopping around in Tesco one day for the weekly shop I noticed this Technika speaker in their Electronics Section for £3.97, and hence thought that it would be ideal for my purpose.

        To look at it, it does look quite quirky. The housing is a sort of squashed black plastic ball (looks a little like a large yo-yo) with silver circular trimmings and a black speaker grill on the top. It doesn't feel too weighty, coming in at 210 grams, and it is self powered by 3 AAA batteries, where you have a simple on off switch on the speaker, together with a power on light indicator. Now I tend to like self powered speakers because for one, they draw their own power rather than taking it from your phone or mp3 player. Also, self powered tend to have a little more 'umph' to them in terms of sound quality. Of note, I tend to use rechargeable batteries in these because it saves on the costs of new batteries (and is more environmentally friendly). But a full battery charge will give me around 4 hours of playback at a reasonable loudness, but obviously that duration can increase or decrease depending on the volume level you set. The speaker is finished off by a fairly long lead that goes to the 3.5mm jack plug, which is a common plug often used to connect things to your phone, mp3 or cd player.

        In terms of sound quality, well for that price I'm not expecting perfection. The speaker puts out 1.5W of power, which in terms of speaker outputs is quite low. But you tend to find that the lower the power output, the less bass and more tinny the sound becomes. For this Technika speaker, I've got to admit that it is fairly good. It doesn't give a rip roaring jumping bass (which you probably wouldn't expect for the size, but then again, it is not totally tinny with just treble in the output. The sound is not quite warm, but more lukewarm, but then having only paid £3.97 for it (excluding batteries), I personally think the sound is ok. Of note is that the sound quality seems to remain consistent and clear throughout the volume range, so you don't really start to get any distortion unless you're at full volume with a thumping music track on, and then the distortion is only very minor.

        In summary, for the price I paid, this is a good quality speaker. Small and compact, and yet still has a fairly decent sound quality with a reasonable playback duration from a set of batteries. Thus, a 4* recommendation.

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        31.07.2011 17:31
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        Good set of portable speakers

        I purchased these speakers back in April 2011 when we were having a good spell of weather. These replaced an old set of portable speakers that I owned and subsequently lost. I like to have a small set of portable speaker for going on holiday with and if I am heading to the park with friends for a BBQ.

        The portable speakers are ideal for both scenario's. They are small, light weight and they aren't overly loud so you are not disturbing others with your music. I paid just under £6 for these Technika speakers from Tesco. Technika are a brand that I am fairly familiar with and I have always found them to be of quality for what you pay.

        I was not expecting crystal clear sound with these speakers and they certainly aren't the best quality speakers you could ever own, but you get what you pay for. The sound is perfectly audible and I tend not to turn the volume on my MP3 player to maximum for the best results.

        The speakers have a 3.5mm input jack, which is the standard size and should be compatible with most MP3 players. It is certainly compatible with iPod's for example. You can't charge your MP3 player like you can with some docking stations, but again I was aware of this and did not expect that feature for £6.

        The speakers are small and compact and weigh around 200g. They are round and mainly black in colour and to me look pretty stylish. The speakers require 3 AAA batteries and you get around 5 to 6 hours playback time. Again, if you keep the volume lower than the maximum I have found that the speakers last longer. The output from the speakers is 1.5W.

        These are a good set of speakers for the occasional use that I require them for. I have used them a number of occasions since I purchased them and they will definitely be coming with me on my summer holidays.

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        10.04.2011 20:06

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        If you just want some cheap portable speakers, these'll do the job

        My search for speakers hadn't been going well - everything I saw was way too expensive. All I was planning to use them for was bath time, so quality wasn't a huge concern. Like most people I'd heard pretty bad things about Tesco's Technika brand, but I also knew them to be cheap. So, with trepidation, I went to my local store and found this for just under £6. They're very simple to use - basically just plug and play. There's a nice indent that the wire can fit into to make it look a little cleaner. The speaker is pretty compact and can be easily held (not that you'd really want to!). The sound quality is... fine, I suppose. For £6 I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got some fairly decent sound coming out of these. Obviously no where near as good as a decent pair of headphones, but for listening to stuff in the bath they work fine. The battery life is around 5 hours, and towards the end of that the sound quality noticeably drops. The battery compartment is also far too easy to open and the batteries dislodge at the slightest knock. This has meant I've had to fumble around squeezing the batteries back into their slots, while what I'm listening to keeps silently playing. The build quality is what you'd expect from a supermarket own brand - it feels like it'll shatter if you drop it and mine has a funny rattling sound when you shake it, like something broke off on its way to the store.

        Overall though, if you literally just want something to make your music just a tad louder, without caring too much about audio quality, then these are probably a good bet, especially for the very low price.

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        16.02.2011 18:41
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        A great portable speaker

        These are the second set of portable speakers that I have ever brought. They were just £5 in my local Tesco's store. I had had some success with cheap portable speakers before so I decided to get them. They came in a simple Technika box and had a adapter to connect them to the Ipod and that was all. No instructions but it was quite simple to work out. By the way , the dooyoo picture shows two , they come one a pack.

        The speakers are very nice and compact and they fit well in your hand. The cable that connects them to your Ipod or Mp3 player can also be pushed into a groove at the side so it looks very neat and tidy and the cable is protected from getting crushed etc. It comes with a carrying strap so you can carry it around your house and listen to your music out loud at the same time!

        The sound is surprisingly very good. It is much louder than I expected and doesn't crackle when it starts to get loud which I have found is a very big problem with most of the cheaper speakers. This overcomes that though !

        The things that is very annoying is that you have to put battery's in it. This makes it heavier and you have to replace them. I think that it would of been much better if there was a built in battery that you could charge by plugging it into your computer or the mains but this might of made it more expensive so I think they have done ok. The lid that keeps the battery's in place sometimes falls out as well which is very annoying when you are listening to music!

        Overall , a great little purchase for someone who want to listen to their music out loud whilst on the move and not have to spend a lot. I would be giving it 5* but there is just little things that are very annoying like the back falling out and having to use battery's. But overall , very good. Thanks for reading!

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        07.02.2011 00:07
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        Overall a good value product for your portable needs!

        I mostly use my headphones when listening to music via my mp3 player due to sound quality and ease of use. The fact that I am not disturbing other people in the house is also a benefit, but sometimes I like to just play my music out loud in my room or when the house is empty I will use them with the laptop. The Technika MA-309 portable speakers are handy for connecting to anything with a 3.5mm input but unfortunately they require 3 x AAA batteries which is a negative. Obviously this does prolong the battery life of the mp3 player and with a battery life of around 4-6hours I would strongly recommend getting some rechargable batteries.

        These trendy little portable speakers are ideal for using with your mp3 player, any sorts of media players (using a 3.5mm input) and also for things such as laptops and notebooks. The speakers are flying saucer shaped and are black with silver bands on them. They are quite striking, but their output isn't the best I have heard. Now, this is considering I have listened to some of the top end equipment and comparing to headphones or top end home audio equipment is a little unfair. In their own right they are acceptable and they are portable so the sound quality will always be compromised.

        When plugging the speakers in I immedaitely noticed the slightly tinny sound and with a pricetag of around £6 I wasn't at all surprised. This is ultimately where the bad points stop. You may thing that sound quality is the be all and end all, but you have to be realistic sometimes. This is one of those occassions, as I said we have a very compact and affordable set of speakers on our hands here. They come with a useful carry strap and the speakers fit neatly into the palm of your hand they are that small!

        Overall the speakers weigh around 200grams and with dimensions of approximately 29cm x 19cm x17cm they are easy to transport. Ultimately if you have other equipment at your disposal then I would prefer to use that, but if these are convenient for my purposes then I am comfortable with using them to replace the laptop speakers.

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        10.09.2009 23:27
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        Excellent value for money

        Technika is an electronic brand sold in Tesco stores, and known for it's budget prices. It's difficult to find any information on the brand online and on some other websites I've read some quite poor reviews of their products, however I spotted the MA-309 portable speaker for just £5.97, and thought I would give it a go.

        The packaging is the same as most other Technika products; green and black in colour, and not very much detail. The speaker is enclosed in that tough moulded plastic which is difficult to open if you don't have a pair scissors handy. Also once the plastic has been cut, the edges can be very sharp, so watch your fingers.

        The speaker comes with a user guide which displays how the product works and includes a safety guide, information on how to dispose of the product, and details of the warranty; it's covered for 12 months as long as you hold onto your receipt.

        The speaker really looks great; it's round in shape and is mostly black wih a little bit of silver. It weighs only 101 grams, can be held in the palm of your hand, and has a carry strap so you can hang it up or keep it wrapped around your wrist. The input jack (which you plug into your CD walkman or MP3 player) fits into a little groove aound the side of the speaker so when you're not using it, it's not hanging loose, waiting to get damaged.

        The speaker needs 3 AAA batteries to operate; these are not included. It's very easy to use; just plug the input jack into your CD/MP3 player, turn the CD/MP3 player on, turn the speaker on (using the simple on/off switch and checking that the little red indicator lights up) and listen away!

        There is no volume control on the speaker itself, so you just have to adjust the volume levels on your CD/MP3 player. I was surprised at just how much sound came from this little speaker and even when it's at it's loudest, the quality of sound is still quite sharp.

        The only bad thing about the MA-309 speaker is the battery compartment; despite being very easy to access, it barely closes and falls off at every given opportunity. Now this could be easily fixed with a bit of tape but the speaker would end up looking a bit rough, and sticky tape often leaves behind that grimy residue that can be hard to get rid of.

        I should also point out that you do not get 2 speakers in the pack; the dooyoo product photo shows 2 speakers, but you're paying for just the one.

        I find it handy to have a little speaker like this whenever I want to listen to the contents of my ipod without earphones or having to switch on my computer, so overall, it's a great quality product, for the few pounds you have to spend on it.

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