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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
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I just received my pair of wireless speakers and after putting them through their paces, I have to say, they perform very well.

Sound quality is fantastic, especially for voice and most music - even rock comes up surprisingly well. The bass experience is pretty much what you'd expect from a pair of speakers in a mug-sized enclosure, but considering this size I think they do very, very well. Considering everyone's first task for any bite-sized speaker set is to try and break them by cranking up the volume and seeing how closely they resemble 'real' speakers, they're doing well!

Useability is so-so and the buttons feel a little plasticky, however the rubberised paint that covers most of the units is very nice to the touch and makes the whole thing feel like a quality product. The style is very clearly ripped off another brand's item, however that item doesn't sport the feature list (or the lower price) of the Aluratek package. At around $100 for the pair they're not all that cheap, however if you're looking for a solution that can play music anywhere, any time, from anything that has a 3.5mm jack (or use an SD card or the built in FM radio) then I would recommend you get yourself a pair.

I'm also intending on using them during board meetings as replacement laptop speakers - one at each end of the table. This means you can have each speaker at lower volume (therefore better quality) and everyone can still hear and speak over it if necessary.

As far as portability goes, you'd keep them in a briefcase or backpack, but probably not a laptop tote or handbag. Battery life is yet to be determined and probably isn't worth talking about anyway, as it will vary greatly on the mode of use.

Overall I'd give it 5 stars and am very happy with them so far.

BC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
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The first unit I received did not function properly - the wireless function was kaput. However, tech support from the manufacturer was GREAT. Call was answered quickly, no language barriers, knew what he was doing, went thru the process quickly with me and told me it was a defective unit. Quickly got a free replacement from Amazon - their usual, good customer service.
I bought this unit because my wife and I agree on NO TV shows, and our televisions are close together. We end up competing with our remotes to raise the volume to hear our own shows. I thought this would be solved by putting a speaker near my head, and shutting off all other sound from the TV.
My TV allows me to mute the internal speakers. I plug the main speaker into the headphone jack on the TV. I turn the sound down to nothing on the main speaker, which sits by the television. I have the audio portion of the show wirelessly transmitted to the bump speaker which is right by my head. The volume control on my remote even controls the loudness on the bump speaker.
Problem solved. If you have a need to keep the audio low, this product works well. However, don't expect a high level of sound quality. It is fine for TV, but I have my doubts about music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
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I completely regret buying this product. I've had it for a little over a month now and more problems just keep coming up! I'll just mention some its many awful features:

1. Clock: You cannot control the am/pm mode. The numbers only go from 00 to 12.
2. Alarm. Although I've programed both alarms to be OFF, the speaker somehow changes the setting and always turns on the radio in a random station. This is driving me insane!!!! I cannot stop it from turning on. This is particularly problematic when the battery dies and the clock is not synchronized. I've actually received calls from my neighbors complaining about the loud noise when I'm not at home.
3. EQ Settings: Apparently only works when using a SD card and not when you use the audio-line port. By the way, this is never mentioned in the instructions.
4. Preset stations: Frankly pathetic. You cannot choose the preset stations. As a matter of fact, the automatically chosen ones often are stations with no signal!!!

Please, do not waste your money on this product.
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I have zero complaints, We didn't want to spend the money to wire our office ( it would have been thousands) so I got 5 of these. They have been going strong for a few years now. they are plug and play, super easy and the sound is really good. I would buy again in a heartbeat.
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on May 19, 2014
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The product has good quality, but the battery has a short life, the mechanics are reasonable, especially the interface of the SD card sometimes does not connect. I also had trouble finding another expansion box.
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on December 25, 2013
As another reviewer noted, you cannot control the pm/am setting. And the instructions are not clear on how to shut off the alarm. I'm still not sure how to turn it off properly. It has a so-called equalizer so you can set it to some pre-programmed sound settings like you have on your tv, but this is only available when you insert a SD card with music on it. You can't adjust the sound when listening to the radio or your mp3 player - you can only control the volume. Also, you cannot play music that is on a thumbdrive. A port for a thumbrive would have been much more useful than the SD card slot. There does not seem to be a way to save your favorite FM stations. And when you scan through the channels, there does not seem to be a way to stop the scanning when you hear a station you like. Maybe the capability is there, but it's not in the instructions, and it does not stop when you press the scan button again. The sound quality is pretty good, but I can't believe these were originally sold for $80. These are still currently overpriced. If they come down to less than $25, then you may get your money's worth.
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on April 21, 2013
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I bought this for my dad who is flipping houses. He can put the speakers in various rooms so he can always hear music while he works. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any of the additional speakers.
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on August 17, 2012
The device goes to a sleep state roughly every 20 seconds, where nothing can be seen on its LCD screen. This happens when the radio is running on battery power and when plugged into an electrical outlet. Strangely the device stays "on" when plugged into a USB port. This can make its use a clock somewhat limiting. The speaker playback is better than expected for such a small device but still lacking.
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on February 3, 2015
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Stereo reception is poor and cannot configure the audio tone for bass or treble as intended. Product has more of a "high" tone and is airy sounding.
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on January 11, 2015
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It works good just wish the charge lasted longer
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