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      16.03.2012 23:46
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      Awesome speakers that get a thumbs-up from me

      I love music just like any other teenagers. Accompanying my hobby is my desire to buy any novelty speakers for iPods and iPhones available on the market. I was so excited when I saw these speakers. Since I don't travel much, I only use speakers in my room but speakers are handy when I want to move about in my room and don't want to be restrict.


      The child in me was ecstatic when I saw these speakers on amazon. They're designed to look like Lego blocks and comes in a variety of colours: they're available in red, black and white on amazon.co.uk. Since red is my favourite colour, I decided to get them in red. It costs me £8.00 plus shipping, which I think is a very good price for cool looking speakers.


      The functionality is pretty cool as well. It has two speakers on either side of the lego block and the two middle, bottom buttons are for controlling volume. The speaker itself is small and travel-sized, which is good for carrying it around places even in my house when going upstairs and downstairs. The weight of the speakers come in a little over 10 grams, which is very light and convenient. The size of the speaker is 2.9 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm so just about the width of a iPod touch.


      One advantage of these speakers is that no battery is required. Less hassle when it comes to using the product. It has a docking connector just like the charger connector for iPod touches and the speakers uses the energy/power stored in your music devices to function. From my experience, the power usage isn't as bad as I though it be. With my iPod fully charged, I can easily play music out loud with these speakers for about 3 hours. However, as I tend to charge my ipods and phones frequently, I don't really have an issue with the lack of battery system for these speakers. In fact, I think it's a good thing and make it really light-weight for travels and such.


      It has an active bass system and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of these speakers when I first played music using this product. The volume is loud enough to be heard in an environment with medium background noise (e.g. small classroom) for good enough for small parties and such. The clearity is pretty good for the low price tag of this product as well.


      As for the compatibility, it is not compatible with iPhone as advertised on the website, which I thought is a shame. Nevertheless, for what it's worth, it does the job really well. Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase and glad to own this as part of my novelty speakers collection. However, my purse has to suffer for my collection.


      Thank you for reading. :) x

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      14.10.2010 20:38
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      Draws down your ipod charge

      For under a tenner these are not bad speakers for your ipod however it has to be said that they do not give the greatest of sound quality especially when you turn the music up loud on your ipod then you can detect the distortion that you kind of expect to get from a relatively cheap product. We bought these as we wanted a cheap option to use when hiking or camping rather than risking the loss of the more expensive ipod docking stations, plus these have a pretty cool design and at 10g in weight they are easy to carry in your day sack.

      The design is pretty cool, black in colour although other options are available they basically look like a piece of lego with 16 studs in total with the speakers at each end of the device. Two of the studs in the middle control the volume, it is a simple and cool design.

      The one downside of using these speakers is that they are powered through your ipod so the charge will be run down a lot quicker than usual, this is the main downside that I did not really consider as with camping in tents then charging the ipod becomes an issue unless you have a car charger and will be driving enough to recharge it. It is a shame there is not a battery option with it and this was something that I did not really think through.

      The volume range is pretty good although the downside is that the noisier you have it the lower the sound quality, not a problem when camping as you have to consider others and keep the volume down but on other occasions it can be a bit of an issue.

      On the plus side considering the price they are a great buy and ideal for taking on a hotel based holiday where charging your ipod is not such an issue. Overall they have proven to be a good purchase.

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        23.08.2010 22:22
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        Get a set!

        I have a set of these in my bedroom and they are brilliant. The sound quality is very good for the price and if you are the kind of person who likes to have a boogie in the bedroom before going on a night out (you know, while getting ready for a night out with the lads, splashing on the aftershave, choosing the shirt etc) then this would be the perfect accessory to your bedroom or any room in the house for that matter.

        They are compatible with: iPod Classic, Nano, Mini and Touch. However, just watch out if you have a Nano because it isn't compatible with the 3rd Generation one. A slight problem but it's still a great device if you have the right iPod.

        A great part of it is that you don't need batteries or an electrical supply to work it. You can just plug in your iPod and you are ready to go! This is a great feature if you want to take it away for a night like if you are going to a hotel. I took mine on a stag weekend and it was great to have on while getting ready. Safe to say most of the guys crowded into my room for pre-drinks!

        It is easy to use and very straight forward. The volume controls are basically two little bumps at the bottom for putting the volume up and down. You can hold each one down instead of constantly pressing each to get the volume up or down. Playing is just using your iPod as you normally would if you had headphones in.

        The downside about it using your iPod battery is that you really need to be near a power supply after it has run out of juice. So you may not want this iPod dock for festivals where you want to listen to it every evening or during the day because you are ultimately going to run out of battery when your iPod dies. The good part is that charging is easy since all you need to do is carry your iPod charger with you. Making a very small and neat little package to pack in your bag; brilliant portability.

        The sound quality is very good for a dock of this price range but don't expect crystal clear quality. Also remember that the louder you go, the quality does go down a bit. But not too much, these are still a good little set of speakers. And at £5-£9, can you really complain?

        All in all, a great portable iPod dock but remember to bring your charger.

        The iBlock comes in red, white and black.
        Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm
        Weight: 10g

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          15.07.2010 15:56
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          Would recommend this

          Headphones are all well and good when you want to listen to music by yourself, but when you want to be able to play music aloud you're going to need a different bit of kit. I'm going on my summer holidays in a few weeks and wanted travel speakers for my ipod that gave me a good sound quality, would be powerful enough to play in noisy situations such as at the beach. They also had to look good and couldn't cost too much. I'm not too demanding, am I?

          Appearance
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          When I saw this online I really wanted them. The speakers are shaped to look like a big Lego block, and if you're anything like I was, you probably loved playing with Lego as a kid. The iblock is 2.9 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm and has 16 studs in two rows, with the actual speakers positioned at either end in the centre of the 4 outer studs. Two of the little studs in the centre control the volume, the left one to decrease the volume, the right one to increase it- child's play.

          In weight the iblock is only 10g, which really is nothing and is very handy if you're trying to keep down the weight of a well packed suitcase. Well, the inner child in me loved this product, and fortunately, the outer adult (that's a phrase, right?) was pleasantly surprised by the price.

          Price
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          The speakers vary in price between websites, but on amazon they are available in black, blue, red, green and white. Price ranges from £6.49 for the black one to around £9.00 for most of the rest of them. They are sold by outside companies, however, and sometimes will charge a shipping fee. I decided to opt for one in fire engine red which set me back by the reasonable sum of £8.90.

          I have since seen that it is possible to also get a yellow iblock on ebay for about £10.

          The low price of the iblock makes it one of the cheapest travel ipod docks, which was one of the reasons I was tempted by these.

          Performance
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          I was a little worried about how good the speakers would be because they are, like I said, at the lower end of the price range, so when they arrived, I unwrapped them and gave them a go. The iblock doesn't have batteries. It plugs straight into your ipod and runs off the power from it. This was handy, because it meant that I didn't have to charge the iblock, I just plugged it straight into my ipod, it also means that you only need an ipod charger, and don't need to worry about buying batteries. However, on the down side, this will use up your ipod charge a little faster as a speaker is a little harder to power than headphones.

          For all of the size of them the iblock does actually pack quite a punch in the volume department. I can leave it playing downstairs in my kitchen and still hear my music when I'm upstairs in my bedroom. I'm not saying that you could use it if you wanted to throw a big party, but it's definitely powerful enough for you and a group of friends at a picnic or lying on the beach.

          Sound quality is good, not amazing. At lower decibels the speakers perform really well, but the louder you turn it up, the poorer that the speakers perform, with the highest levels going a little tinny. The speakers even manage a little base, which is impressive for all the size of them.

          The speakers can't do much, except control volume to a certain extent, so any commands will need to be carried out on the ipod itself. However, the speakers do the job that I bought them for, so this hardly matters.

          Considering the cost of the speakers, I feel that they perform really well.

          Compatibility
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          The iblock is compatible with the iPhone 3G 3G S, ,iPod Touch, Touch, Nano, Classic, Video 5G, Photo 4G Color, Mini. I personally use it with my ipod nano and it works really well. Please note, however, that it is not compatible with some iphones, though I'm not sure which.

          Summary
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          All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase. For such a small piece of equipment and such a small price I'm very impressed with what it can do. After giving the iblock a road test I'm sure that it will be perfect for taking away with me on my holidays, because it's small, stylish, and, because of the price, I won't be too upset if I get it full of sand and it stops working.

          If you want a piece of high performance sound equipment for your ipod, buy a proper ipod dock. If you're looking for something cute and inexpensive, buy this.

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            28.05.2010 18:16
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            A punchy little speaker for your ipod

            I don't know about you guys but I like to listen to music a lot, in the house, when out and about and even when I'm in the shower, and like a lot of consumers out there, I own an ipod. Now I can't afford to go out and buy one of these fancy ipod docks that cost an arm and a leg but was looking for something budgetesque to play my music through and came across this nifty little speaker that is completely portable not to mention incredibly compact, and you wouldn't even know it was a speaker because it's cleverly disguised as a lego building block - but don't let the kids play with it as this is some serious technology.


            The iblock mini iPod Speakers
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            The iBlock speaker is the ulitmate in compact speaker innovation, it's so small, measuring in at a mere 6.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm and weighing a miniscule 15g, a handy handbag size, you can take this anywhere with you and the best part is it's completely wireless, needs no external power supply, requires no batteries to operate, and it's quite funky looking. This mini speaker is fully compatible with the iPod classic, Nano, Mini, and Touch, however it's not compatible with the Ipod Touch 2G and iPhone which I believe have their own inbuilt speakers, but I've seen a newer version of the iBlock advertised that is compatible with the new 2G Touch and iPhone.


            What attracted me to the iBlock
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            Well like I said, I was looking for something that would allow me to listen to my music without breaking the bank and after searching the length and breadth of the internet I came across the iBlock, which sounded like the perfect little gadget for my iPod Touch, it even has a gimmicky little name to go with it, which of course is just a marketing ploy as immediately you assume it's designed and manufactured to be compatible with the iPods of this world and you would of course be right.

            I wasn't really looking for something that was overly compact because I didn't need something that was going to be overly portable - just portable enough for me to move around the house so the fact that it's a handy handbag size isn't really what attracted me to it. I really like the design - it's fun and funky and to look at it you wouldn't immediately think it was a speaker, what gives it away is the dock connection situated on the top.


            Ease of Use
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            The iBlock couldn't be easier to use, there's nothing to set up, all you have to do is remove the product from it's packaging, connect the speaker to your ipod and press play and the speaker uses the power from your iPod to operate. The volume is pre-set to the lowest setting so when you first connect your ipod and play your music it won't immediately be blasting in your ears. The volume control has been cleverly disguised as part of the building block design with two of the little bumps acting as volume up and volume down right in the centre of the block, the only flaw is there's no actual marking for the volume control and sometimes it isn't immediately responsive to the touch.
            To adjust the volume all you have to do is press and hold the appropriate volume control button. To stop the music just press the stop button on your iPod or detach the speaker dock from the unit itself.


            Sound Quality
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            Now I have to admit, the sound quality from the iBlock isn't fantastic, but it does pack a fair punch for the size of it. If you turn the volume up to it's highest setting I think it sounds quite tinny although the speaker is said to have an 'Active Bass System' that boosts the base and eradicates that tinny sound but for me it was still there although to be honest it could be a lot worse, and the lowest setting just isn't loud enough if you're in the shower, but I find that the middle setting gets it just right with a bright sound and great clarity. The thing to remember is, this is not an expensive gadget and so you can't expect to get the same quality of sound as you would from say a Bose speaker system, but in my opinion, the quality is better than I expected and not reflected in the cost - I probably would pay more for this now, knowing what you actually get out of the product itself.


            So where can you buy this neat little gadget
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            The cheapest place I've seen the iBlock selling for is an online company called In21 Now

            http://www.in21now.co.uk/acatalog/iPod_accessories.html
            for £8.75 which is a bargain price as I paid around £12.99 for mine from Play.com. You can also buy the iBlock from popular websites such as Amazon.co.uk, and with a number of colours to choose from such as black, white, red, green and blue, there's something for everyone. I personally just went for the black version as I wasn't looking for something that was going to stick out like a sore thumb.


            Do I recommend the product
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            If you're looking for something compact and portable to use with your iPod either around the house or even when you're out and about then this comes highly recommended. I use mine when I'm in the shower and when I'm in the kitchen cooking, it's small and discreet as well as being loud and funky and you really can't go wrong. Even though the iBlock weighs in at a mere 15g it is sturdy enough to hold my iPod touch upright without the fear of it falling over - I've had no accidents yet. There are a couple of small flaws such as the tinny sound if the volume is too high, and occassional unresponsive volume buttons but overall I couldn't be happier with the product as it provides me with exactly what I need for enjoying my music around the house.

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