Old School Style High Performance Portable Music System with Ipod Slot
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- Supported USB flash disk and SD/MMC card to playback MP3 files
- Enjoy your iPod without earphone
- iPod control and charging
- Watch video on your TV if using iPod Video
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The beautiful Lasonic i931 is a portable music system in true retro ghetto blaster style.The i931 features playback of MP3s via an iPod dock, usb port, or SD/MMC card slot. In addition, the i931 has AM/FM radio, remote, mic input, and bass and treble EQ controls. The system is capable of blasting out 15 watts per channel through separate woofers and tweeters.Headphone jack output Radio function (AM/ FM) Large text display on LCD Full function remote controls Separate bass and treble controls Many adjustable features in menu Accurately real time clock display Volume level indication (LED) Powerful Audio Output USB slot compatible Support USB flash drive and SD/MMC card to playback MP3 files iPod control available for playback, charging and interaction Mic Mix with /ECHO VOL Max power 15W x 2 Dimension (mm):650 x 166 x 365
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Lets be honest, a system with 4 inch woofers and 1 inch tweeters, that sounds this 'poor' (relatively speaking) is kinda disgraceful. Its not bad by any means, but you'd think such a huge system (and it is surprisingly big) would be able to fit the technology in there to make it sound better. I have speakers smaller than this unit that sound much better. To be kind to lasonic though, my guess on why the speakers are this week is that the entire system was designed to work on battery power alone. But this baby uses an ungodly amount of battery's, leaving only the dedicated to actually go out and go 'portable' with this unit. So the vast majority of users will probably just use this as a really cool looking shelf unit. To them, they might find the sound some what lacking.
That being said, this box is surprisingly useful. It has an aux in jack for a microphone (with built in echo effects for massive awesome), so you can use this to rap over beats, easy karaoke, or even a make shift PA system if your so inclined. It also has a plethora of inputs on it. From the useful (regular aux in for mp3 players, USB port) to the kinda weird (SD card slot?). But they do get points for that. Its even a functional alarm clock as well, and its pretty easy to set to boot. Its got pretty good radio reception as well, though I never played much with this, as I never listen to the radio.
As far as ipod integration goes... well they get points for trying. It plays the ipod just fine, secures it well, and the ipod even looks cool in there. But dont expect to use any of the promised menu functions, like changing playlists or albums. It can be done, but the display on this is too small to read from a great distance, leaving you do actually be close to the unit to see what your doing, and at that distance, its almost faster to get the ipod out and manually change the music yourself. (BE WARNED: itouches and iphones will not fit in this unit. If you keep the ipod door open, it will actually play songs off the units, but it'll look awful. I have seen a gold version of this boombox that does reportedly play itouch devices, but dont spend the 300 it retails for, its not worth that much)
As far as complaints go, there aren't much for me. The decals for the radio settings are kinda dumb looking. The old boombox actually visually showed what radio channel it was set too at the top. This has instead been replaced with a sticker mimicking the old boombox. It woulda been nice if they spent the extra 10 bucks and put in the real functional radio indicator up there. The whole unit is somewhat 'plastic-y' as well in some places, namely the knobs and buttons. But the unit is pretty hefty, and has a solid feel to it overall.
But all in all, this is a solid boombox. It sounds good for the price point (though to pay what this unit used to be retailed for, it would be a rip off). If you get this to ride the nostalgia train, or to have a good looking decoration (its probably the coolest looking ipod soundsystem out there), then you really cant go wrong. But if your expecting audiophile quality (or to play this super loud with no distortion) then there are better options out there for you.