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Best of Breed, Pop-up MP3 Speaker
on January 19, 2011
My search for an MP3 speaker ended with this.
I own a Brookstone, a Veho, and an X-Mini-II speaker. They're all the pop-up resonator type. But when I saw that THIS one can play from an SD card, I was entranced because it eliminates the need to carry around (and charge) a separate mp3 player.
So I ordered this Satechi.
Now, here's what's cool:
SD STORAGE AND PLAYBACK (LARGE)
It does play off SD cards and I ordered a couple of the Class 6 16GB SD cards so I could swap out "Classical" for "Soul & RB" and then "Dance Electronica" collections. If all these songs were on ONE card, then I would not be able to have "genres" for my different moods.
NO SHUFFLE MODE
Also, this has NO SHUFFLE mode. And I loaded the SD card with albums, in order. My bad. Meaning, I'd hear the same song and artist all the way through. Workaround: I made ten folders. I arranged the songs in the donor folder by size. That mixed em up pretty well. From the donor folder, I transferred 10% of my music, all jumbled, into each of the ten folders I made on the SD card. (YES, the units seeks in sub-folders!) So when the unit powers up it goes through those folders and plays an unpredictable mish-mash of songs. The saving grace is that THE UNIT PICKS UP where you left off, unless you change the SD card's map (For example: add or delete files) or the unit dead-powers out. So if you loaded a 16GB card, jumbled, you would hear a different song and artist for a long long time, then it would start over.
Are essentially the same as the X Mini "Happy" for sale at $50.00. Satechi, multifunction jog switch, rechargeable battery, plays off SD card the whole nine yards....
THE JOG SWITCH
Is a pain. Push it in, to turn the unit on. Once it's on, push it again to pause. Bump it left or right to back up or go forward to another song, and hold left or right for volume. Sounds simple, meh. No shuffle mode.
Plays through headphones, headphones AND speaker, or just speaker and the units can be daisy-chained. You could buy a hundred of them and have a rock concert.
Just umbaleevable. UMBALEEVABLE. The magnet in the thing is the heavy part. And this thing weighs a 'sturdy' bit. Won't deform your jacket pocket but there's a satisfying "heft" to it. And when that magnet hops, it makes the unit hop. Try this: (pretty funny) lay the thing on it's side and it moves across the counter like an inchworm.
It's rechargeable off USB, it's very solidly crafted with a grippable, almost rubber feel to the surface, the speaker on top is well protected from crush or pocket contents, the SD cards are cheap and the thing comes with all cords needed. In the pop-up resonator category of mp3 speakers, this is "it". I don't, (as a side note), understand how the X-Mini "Happy" is costing $20 more than this, since they have the same features.