"A nice compromise"on by acohn
Pros Tote and blast your tunes anywhere for hours.
Cons Mediocre sound for the price, 1st-generation design flaws.
Summary Until the Logitech mm50 came to market, you had the choice between cheap and very portable folding speakers that made your iPod sound like a transistor radio and $300 devices from Bose and Klipsch the produced wonderful sound but didn't travel well. The Logitech mm50 is in the middle of this spectrum, with a fair degree of portability, and good clock-radio-quality sound that doesn't distort at higher volumes.
One of the unit's strengths is in it lithium-ion battery that, when fully charged through the AC adapter (which charges the iPod as well), last about 6 hours. You'll more battery life if you play your music softly, less if you blast your tunes. It's tempting to crank up the volume, because I experienced no distortion on either the high or low ends of the sound spectrum at volumes that I needed to shout over to talk to someone next to me.
At 13x4x1.5, you can't put the mm50 in your pocket, but it's been portable enough for me to listen to my favorite music of the moment in any room of my apt., including the bathroom while I shower (no shorts so far). The semi-soft carrying case made taking it to work and a party a relatively safe proposition.
I chose the mm50 over comparable products because of the reviews praising its sound as well as its portability. On this score, I've been disappointed, given the price of the unit (even with Costco's discount). Mid-to-upper range sounds are good, but bass and percussion sounds have very little resonance, sounding flat. The result is like a good clock radio, but not a rich sonic experience.
There are also some first-generation design quirks in the mm50. When you dock the iPod, you control the speaker volume with the iPod, even when you use the mm50's volume control. When the iPod is out of the dock, you control the speaker volume through the mm50 itself, but you can't tell what the effects are, because there's no built-in display to show you how loud the speakers are set. So, if mm50 is set to be soft, turning the volume on an iPod all the way up has little effect. Conversely, if you increase the volume setting on the mm50 before you dock the iPod, you could blast your eardrums, even if you had set the iPod volume on low. A small volume-setting display in the mm50 would fix this.
The mm50's infrared remote is poor, having a very limited range and requiring exact line of sight to the IR sensor on the speaker. Would it have killed Logitech to increase the range and put in a multi-IR-beam transmitter to let you control it from anywhere within a 45-degree angle to the unit?
The case also needs some design re-work. There's no handle or shoulder strap on it, and there are no compartments for your iPod itself or for the AC adapter. I'm not an industrial designer, but I think these features should have been obvious to include.
Using the Ipod's sleep timer and alarm clock, I'm thrilled to be able to go to sleep with my RelaxTracks playlist and wake up to one of a few custom music sequences instead of the crap on the radio or a jarring alarm. I love having my tunes with me in the kitchen, the bathroom, and the yard. I will, however, be on the lookout for the next-generation speaker from Logitech.
Pros Sound quality. Portability. Built-in rechargeable battery. Extras (case, remote)
Cons Speaker moves quite a bit when played loud. Remote rather weak. Charger is large and does not fit in the case.
Summary I decided to upgrade to these from the Altec Lansings that I own. I travel a lot so I didn't want to lug around something as big as the Bose or new Klipsch. Sound quality is not as good as those, but it definitely can't be beat for the price. My biggest problem so far is that the speaker actually moves a lot when I play it at reasonably loud volumes. I wasn't paying attention once and it moved itself all the way to the edge of my table and almost fell to the floor...That would not have been pretty.
Pros Good sound; affordable; well built; remote control
Cons Charger is a bit bulky and there is no storage in the case for the charger.
Summary I'm very happy with the MM50. This is not a replacement for a home stereo system but the best compromise of qood sound quality and price that I have found in a portable sound system for iPod. The MM50 produces really good sound for a unit this size. It is great for outdoors; camping; golfing; the beach etc.
The stero separation button actually works, producing a effective but subtle expansion of the sound. The MM50 feels very solid and comes with a durable protective case. This is one of those products that is does what it is supposed to do and at a fair price.
"VERY IMPRESSED"on by gdavis9999
Pros Excellent Sound
Cons IR range too short
Summary My company makes chips for iPod docking stations (and for just about everything else). I am not rating this due to the fact our chips are in this model (they are), but rather because I have tested just about every audio docking station out there.
Now, if you have the room, the Altec Lansing IM7 is the best (it's that big tubular looking thing, and it packs a punch). For more portable applications, this Logitech mm50 is BY FAR the best system out there for the size.
You can easily spent more on other portable systems, such as smaller Altec Lansing systems, but *they do not even begin to compare*. The mm50 is simply the best. Great sound- deep base and crisp highs- and yes, it's loud. I measured over 120dB (C weighted) next to the speakers. That is a measurement of loudness SPL (sound pressure level), and 120dB is the equivalent of a rock concert (keep in mind, this is right next to the speakers). The other systems I have tested do not come close. You can drive these speakers into distortion, but with that power there is no reason to crank it all the way up.
Integrated LiION battery with AC adapter. IR remote (limited range). Switchable 3D sound expansion (makes the music appear to come from speakers that are further apart). Push button up/down volume control. Class D digital amplifier (battery lasts much longer). Has a jack on back for any MP3 player, or just dock your iPod in it, and the buttons on the unit (and the IR remote) control the iPod! It also has a second connector on the back for the iPod sync cable, so you can dock it and bring up iTunes on your PC, and be fully connected.
Interesting note: you can see four speakers in the mm50, but only two are active. The other two are passive cones, which, combined with the case cavity, is perfectly tuned to deliver FAR more sound than what you would expect. Try the mm50 for yourself, you will be very pleased.
Pros Sounds good, cheap, small remote, rechargable battery, portable, comes with travelling case
Cons Doesn't look as cool as JBL, have to charge for 5 hours before using
Summary Let me just start off by saying that I was researching forever on what kind of iPod speakers to buy. It was between JBL On Stage II and iHome, at first. After looking up reviews on here and Amazon, I decided to get the Logitech mm50 iPod speakers. Why? Because it's small, sounds great and is much cheaper than the Bose Sounddock and Klipsch iGroove!! I got mine at Costco for $98! The bass on the JBL and iHome weren't that great and the JBL is $150+. These speakers came with a travelling bag, 3 iPod adapters (20/30GB, Mini and Nano), AC adapter and a small remote. Also, the speakers have an internal rechargeable battery inside so they are portable enough for the beach or a hotel room! The sound is great too! The bass is really nice and the remote controls everything! Also, you can use these speakers as an alarm clock or sleep timer if you set it on your iPod (5th+ Generation only). Rave!!
* I have the 20GB iPod Photo, the one right before the iPod Video