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The best musical experiences in life are shared—and we’re not just talking about the Pearl Jam concert you attended with your buddies in the early ’90s. Whenever you want to hear the music played loud—at the beach, say, or in a hotel room—a good bet is this snappy-looking Portable Speaker. Available in design-centric zebrawood or rosewood finishes, it promises to please both your inner DJ and your inner aesthete.
I think the speaker itself is a cool concept, but this is probably the least useful item I have received. I have speakers in my house, car and at the office. I would never use it in public, so I am not real sure what I will do with it.2
Very nice packaging, very nice to look at. Sound is okay, probably what you would expect for a 29 dollar speaker. Charge holds for about a day, I have mine set up in my office running off my work computer and I've been very happy with it.2
Upon first getting this (in my first Birchbox) I had a certain moment of delight to get an unexpected gadget. The wood looks beautiful and it's a fun design. The problems: It's light weight enough so that any movement of the attached phone tips the cube off of it's corner angle. That's a bit annoying, but certainly acceptable to just leave on it's side. What was unacceptable is that every time the phone accessed the Internet, the speaker would crackle and buzz. It's got me thinking I actually do want a portable speaker to travel with, but will look for a Bluetooth wireless one. This one, as cool as it looks, will be given away.2
I was bummed to find a buzz when used with my iphone5. The cables appear to be inexpensive/cheap, though generally that wouldn't be an issue. The sound quality (when not buzzing) is better than the phone speakers, but the buzz was frequent enough that I couldn't see using it much at all. The construction itself is sweet. The wood & inlays are beautiful, but my copy was not cleanly glued so it showed at the seams. Also, I noted the mini-stereo plug doesn't sit flush in the socket. Lastly, I have a hard time with the power switch because I don't have much in the way of fingernails... it's small and tight, so it requires a bit of an edge to switch on & off.
Bottom line: it has awesome potential, but falls down in quality. It's a no-go for me. :(
Its a great looking little product and seems to be built very well but the sound is very lacing. Not only does it sound hollow but the high end is almost nonexistent.
I have had unpowered 15 dollar computer speakers sound better than this thing.
I'm really hoping that this gets re-done by triple-c-designs because at the moment it is more form than function.
It was a nice looking little speaker, however the sound quality just wasn't there for me. It sounded muffled.2
I love the packaging and the look to this little portable speaker, but it's incredibly tinny, akin to the sound of old laptop speakers. I think it succeeds as a desk prop, but utterly fails as a speaker.2
The wood makes the product look and feel very solid, giving a good first impression. The included cord to plug it into your device is really too short to be functional. It's annoyingly difficult to get it to lay on the intended side without falling over with the slightest touch. You have to put it on a flat surface and set your phone/mp3 player directly next to it and leave it there for the duration of use. The sound quality is overall mediocre. There is an almost constant static noise that makes this speaker unusable. Perhaps mine is defective, but other reviewers have published similar responses.2
This is a nice looking product with a nice weight to it. However, I am not particularly interested in having a speaker for my electronics so it was not particularly useful to me. I do like the ideas of it being made of wood; very unique.2
This speaker was only okay at best, but when you incorporate the price tag it leaves even more to be desired. The shape and wood are cool but not worth the money. Plus I already use a Bose Bluetooth portable speaker so my tastes may be a tad bit skewed toward uncompromising. I would not purchase this speaker on my own and I wouldnâ€™t pay more than $12 for it.2