"Outstanding multipurpose speaker system!!"4.5 starson by TMT904
Pros: Loud enough for almost any occasion, Portable, Long battery life, iPod friendly, Professional microphone
Cons: A little heavy for lugging around, iPod jack exposed, No cable storage compartment
Summary: I've owned this thing since June 2008 and have used it for several functions to include a highschool reunion. It worked out perfectly each time. The speaker itself is a little large and heavy but any battery that lasts greater than 6 hours isn't going to be light. It comes with two side spring loaded handles for picking up the speaker with one or two people. It also comes with an extendable handle like a piece of luggage and has wheels for rolling the system. That was a convenient option. The dials have a logical layout with easy access to microphone jack.
For those with iPods, it is convenient to just plug in the unit to the system. I'm not an iPod owner so I have not used that function. However, I wish they had built it into the system and allowed it to be fully enclosed. I had to buy an extra RCA audio cable to use with my Archos .mp3 player....not a big deal. CNet's review commented that there is no remote....the only work-around for this is to have a player that comes with a remote. My Archos AV500 does have a remote so it worked out perfectly for me. It also has plenty of audio options.
The sound was plenty loud enough. I actually prefer the larger single speaker as opposed to two smaller ones that may not produce as loud of an output. I didn't get any reverb while using the microphone but I didn't have it cranked all the way up either.
The battery showed two leds lit out of 3 after about 6.5 hours at roughly 75% volume. I did turn it down a few times while I was speaking but the nice thing is the microphone volume is independent of the music volume. Overall, I would recommend this system, it works well for just about anything. The ability to use it in the absence of power for so long is nice. I gave this a 4.5 due to the weight, iPod interface, and absence of a compartment for cable storage...otherwise it's awesome.
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