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iJuke and Crosley: Beauty is only skin deep
on July 8, 2007
I selected this item at no cost to myself as part of an employee award program mainly for entertainment value for the kids. It is a very fun item with the flashing lights, bubbling neon looking lights and mini jukebox shape, so keep in mind this item is only for the light and young at heart. It adds fun to a small room quite well which is what it is supposed to do, so I guess it's a success.
Where I disagree with the first two reviewers is regarding the sound quality. It has one four-inch full range paper speaker for each channel and the sound reflects this basic cheapness. Of course if has no bass at all and with an external power supply providing only 14 volts and 2 amps, bass is not possible. The lack of bass I can understand but the lack of crisp highs and any sort of detail I cannot. The sound is below the standard of most computer speakers. The sound cannot come close even to $100 iPod docking stations. For a street selling price of $200 I would have expected better. You have to try to mess up digital sound, the iJuke has done just that and it's clear from the cheap old-school speakers that not even Crosley intended the iJuke to be a music device. My kids love it anyway because it's fun. I'm bitter that I have no reason to listen to it.
The unit is lightly and cheaply made and I give the remote 6 months of use before it stops working.
The second item is, my unit broke within 30 days of new. One of the tubes pulled out of the bubblers in plain sight on the front panel and stopped working. Crosley has not responded to my requests for a return authorization number, neither by phone or by e-mail as the website says will happen.
So in my opinion be aware you are shelling out $200 for a low quality toy if you buy this item. If you have money to burn, don't expect sound on par with docking stations half the price, or don't expect anything more than infrequent bursts of entertainment for the kids then it's an OK purchase.
ADDITIONAL experience a few months later
We recieved a replacement unit a few months later, but not through Crosley as they were unresponsive. I managed to get my company awards program vendor to take the old one back and supply a new one because this is a fun item for the kids.
The new one failed within just days. We were eating dinner while this was on and there was a sharp CRACK! and when we went over to look at the unit, one of the bubbler tubes had cracked, no more bubbles and the fluid weeped out. That one was returned as well.
Since having this unit I have purchased one of the Logitech Squeezebox radios and the difference in sound is just night and day, Bose would be happy to have sound like the Logitech produces. This Crosley has such bad sound and such poor quality a fitting nickname would be the iJunk.