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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, portability not so much, June 8, 2010
This review is from: Sirius SUB-X1 Universal Plug 'n' Play Boombox (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
The sound quality of this box is great and for that purpose only, it gets 5 stars. I do love loud sirius radio.

The only negatives associated with this unit are around the external wiring (antenna and power).

1. The AC power has a very big and bulky DC converter inline - it is pretty much on par with a laptop AC power cord and adaptor. There is no place on the box to store the AC power cord/adaptor (or any power cord) so basically you wad it up and carry it separately - plug end dangling usually. I carry a separate bag for the ac and DC (not included) cables.

2. The antenna wire is very long, which is good if you need to run it a long way, but if you don't have it run a long way (which you usually don't if you're out and about) - there are two opposing L-shaped plastic clips on the back that you wrap the extra wire around. So far so good. But, when the antenna wire is wrapped around those two L-shaped posts, the wires end up completely covering the AC jack (and the antenna jack for that matter) so that it's very difficult to plug the AC power cord into the jack. What you have to do is pry the wad of wrapped anntena wire out of the way and force the AC power cable male plug into the jack that's hiding behind the wrapped up antenna wire you're prying out of the way. Once you're plugged in, then you're fine until you have to unwrap the antenna a loop or two for reception - because now the power cord is coming from the inside of the looped up antenna cable with the other end plugged into the wall - so you either have to hand the antenna around and around the power cord as you unwrap the antenna wire - or unplug the power cord, unwrap the antenna, then go through the exercise of replugging the power cord in beyind the remaining anntenna wires again. Not a huge deal, but a pain in the neck when you're trying to be quick and portable outside on the deck, at the pool, etc. and worst of all it's completely unnecessary if they had just planned a little better.

Overall very nice sound but not at all well thought out from a usability and portability perspective when it comes to the antenna and power cords. Not that everything has to be as user friendly as an iGadget but a couple of thought out design considerations here (AC/DC converter built in the box, storage for AC cable, AC cable plug not placed directly under the antenna wire storage spot) would have made it really slick.
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