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Etón Soulra Solar Powered Sound System for iPod and iPhone (Black)

3.9 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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  • IPX-4 Splash Proof: Protected against spraying water from all angles at 10 liters/min at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2 for 5 minutes
  • Four-hours of audio playback at mid-volume and continuous charging of iPod and iPhone in battery mode
  • Rechargeable Battery: Two cell lithium ion 2000mAh, 7.4V; 4-hour recharge time via AC; 10-hour recharge time in direct sunlight;
  • Two full-range speaker drivers with a total output of 11W
  • Solar powered charging dock, compatible with iPod and iPhone; Audio line input for connecting iPod shuffle, MP3 players, etc.
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Eton
  • Model Number: NSP400B
  • Item Display Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Color: Black

Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

Where sound and sun meetProduct InformationThe Eton Soulra Solar Powered Sound System is a solar-powered chargingdock patible with iPod and iPhone.  It features a highlyefficient Enhanced Monocrystal Solar Panel that can function in direct sunlightor cloudy conditions and uses a mercial grade laminent to provideextreme durability.  It is also IPX-4 splash proof with aprotective cover for your iPod keeping it safe from accidental watersplashes.  Enjoy up to 5+ hours of playbackfeaturing stereosound with full range speaker drivers and bass boost with the EtonSoulra Solar Powered Sound System.Product Features Enhanced Monocrystal Solar Panel Up to 5+ hours of playback (depends on audio volume) Works with iPod and iPhone Rechargeable lithium ion battery pack Rugged/rubberized case and aluminum body IPX-4 Splash proof from all angles Audio line input Battery charge indicator Stereo sound with full range speaker drivers and bass boostSpecifications Dimensions:  11.857"x 6.625" x3.5" (W x H x D) Weight:  3 lbs 7.9 oz. Power:  AC power input DCpower (9.5 V) Compatibility: iPod Touch:  4th Generation(8 GB 32 GB 64 GB); 3rd Generation (32 GB 64 GB);  2ndGeneration (8 GB 16 GB 32 GB); 1st Generation (8 GB 16 GB 32 GB) iPod Nano:  6th Generation(8 GB 16 GB); 5th Generation Video Camera (8 GB 16 GB); 4thGeneration Video (8 GB 16 GB); 3rd Generation Video (4 GB 8 GB); 2ndGeneration Aluminum (2 GB 4 GB 8 GB); 1st Generation (1 GB 2 GB 4GB) iPod Classic 160 GB (2009) iPod 5th Generation Video (30 GB 60GB 80 GB) iPhone:  iPhone 4 (16 GB 32 GB); iPhone 3GS (8 GB 16 GB 32 GB); iPhone 3G (8 GB 16GB); iPhone (4 GB 8 GB 16 GB) Includes Soulra Solar Powered Sound System Remote Control Protective Cover for iPod AC AdapterNote:  iPod/iPhone not included.

Amazon.com

The Soulra offers versatile functionality with a touch of class. Named after the Egyptian Sun God, Ra, the Soulra is the first of its kind--a solar-powered sound system for iPod and iPhone. Masterfully engineered, the Soulra grabs the sun's rays with its massive solar panel and processes nature's energy within its soul to power and play your iPod/iPhone for your musical enjoyment. If you are poolside or at the beach, the Soulra offers an IPX-4 splash proof body. If you are indoors, the Soulra has an internal lithium ion rechargeable battery that will power and play your iPod/iPhone long after the party ends. A battery charge indicator allows you to see the battery level so you know when to put it back in the sun or plug it in for a quick charge. Stereo sound with full range speaker drivers and bass boost allow music to resonate as the artist intended. Remote control included for full control and convenience.

Eton SOULRA Solar Powered Sound System for iPod and iPhone

  • Solar powered charging dock, compatible with iPod and iPhone
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery pack
  • Rugged/rubberized case and aluminum body
  • IPX-4 Splash proof from all angles
  • Audio line input
  • Stereo sound with full range speaker drivers and bass boost
  • Battery charge indicator
  • AC power input
Soulra 1

The Soulra's space-saving design makes it easy to pack with you wherever you go



Sound by the Sun

Solar Power Solar Power
Generate energy to power the Soulra by simply setting it under the sun. No need to hassle with batteries or power cords. Where the sun is, you'll have your music too.

Soulra 1

Door opens to reveal solar panels.

Audio Line Input Audio Line Input
Simply plug any iPod or MP3 player into the Soulra and take your music with you wherever you go.
IPX-4 IPX-4 Splash Proof
The Soulra will endure water splashing from all directions. Meaning you can enjoy your tunes at the pool, fishing on the river, surfing at the beach, and during many more activities.

What's in the Box

Soulra Speaker System, Remote Control, Protective Cover for iPod, AC Adapter

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 11.9 x 6.6 inches
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 7 pounds
Manufacturer Eton
ASIN B003ICW5X2
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number NSP400B
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #351 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Portable Speakers & Audio Docks > Audio Docks
#24,462 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#162,335 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com May 10, 2010

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By Michael VINE VOICE on June 17, 2010
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The first word that comes to mind as I write this review is "finally"! Finally someone has made a nice rugged boom box for the iPod that can be used inside or out! The moment you take it out of the package you can tell that this is a solid, well made piece of gear. But just as important, the sound is great. If you're not satisfied with the sound you may want to try adjusting the setting on the iPod itself to improve the bass or treble setting to your preference. There's no way to adjust the treble setting on the Soulra itself, it only has bass boost. But adjusting on the iPod works just fine.

A nice undocumented surprise was to learn that you're not limited to only playing the music that's loaded on your iPhone or iPod Touch. If you use an IPhone or iPod Touch with a 3G or 802.11 connection you can stream audio from the internet through the iPhone or iPod through the Soulra speakers. It takes a little trickery to get it to work, but it works just fine.

Step one - pause music playback. If you have streaming playing before you snap it into the Soulra it will play the stream for a second or two and then switch to iPod content.
Step two - press pause to stop the music.
Step three - press play on the iPhone or iPod Touch screen and voila, the internet stream plays through the Soulra. I've tried Pandora, the NPR application, Rhapsody, and This American Life and they all worked flawlessly.

I"ve not tested the solar panel or the "splashability" yet, but I'm certain these features won't disappoint. I can't wait to take this out on the boat!
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Our family bought this product mainly for trips to the beach and spending time outdoors. It proved fairly quickly to be a great decision as we used it on our most recent trip this Summer. We made ourselves some extensive playlists on our iPod/iPhones and were able to simply press play and let it go. I do have a couple of observations (both good and maybe a little less than good)...

1. Our unit (once charged) actually performed better than advertised as it lasted for more than 8 hours at 3/4 volume with the Bass Boost on over the course of 3 or 4 days. I must also add that these WERE sunny days and the solar panel was exposed, allowing it to charge while playing during the daylight hours. It was able to play most of the days and into each night, never showing any signs of slowing down.
2. Sound Quality is good. NOTE: If your looking for exceptionally high-end audio quality this may not be for you. I will say that personally, I DO have a certain level of expectation with regard to the audio performance of these type of products (Especially for the $200 price tag). Let me say that I was not disappointed. While it may not blow away an uber-audio enthusiast-type, it was more than adequate for its intended purposes and plays at reasonably high volumes and will decent sound quality.
3. The construction of the unit is great. Its definitely built to last with a tough exterior shell which appears to be able to take some abuse. It's got a little weight to it too.
4. Unit comes with an Auxillary input on the back for additional device connection. Very convenient.
5. I also found that the unit does not always have to be in direct sunlight to maintain its charging status.
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Here is what I don't understand. The unit is solar powered yet it takes 10 hours to recharge only giving you 4 hours of power. Wouldn't this make more sense if the unit could recharge in the same amount of time that it gives in playing time? Giving you the option of continuous play while charging. Currently after 4 hours you are left with a sound system that has ran out of power.

I had mine for a total of 18 days which gave me plenty of time to really test it out. It just did not do it for me. Here is what I found.

Pros:

* Very nice looking and durable. Smooth black finish all around
* Splash proof with cover that protects your iPod
* Light weight with an easy to carry handle
* Remote control although the distance was only about 2-3 feet for me

Cons:

* I felt the sound was very one dimensional and did not provide a nice wide angle or much of a stereo separation. For $199.99 this should sound much better than what it does currently.
* I got about 3 1/2 hours of play time on a full charge via AC, about 1/2 hour shy of what is claimed
* If this provided 4 hours of power it would be much better if it recharged in the same amount of time for continuous playback using solar. It needs 10 hours in direct sunlight to charge again
* Lack of low end. But to be honest I was not expecting much. It does have a bass boost but will distort and higher volumes.
* iPod gets hot and will not function if too hot. Now obviously you should not have any electronics in direct sunlight or things like this may happen. But this is designed to be in direct sunlight and is based on using an iPod. What good is it if you have the chance of your iPod overheating?

We had a party in the park for about 2 1/2 hours.
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