"Excellent value and performance in a compact design"4.0 starson by seedubbU
Pros: Portable, light, powerful, long battery life, good quality sound
Cons: not a single component and requires a little set up/wiring to use
Summary: I really like these speakers. I have used nearly every compact speaker system for a portable mp3 player including the Altec Lansing Orbit, IM9, IM7, Bose Soundock, Logitec MM50, NXT Exciters, Boomtube EX, Sharper Image Speaker backpack, etc. The X-Mini Max II's nicely bridge the gap between the ultra portables and the boombox (IM7/Soundock). Honestly, anyone expecting true bass out of a 40mm driver does not understand the physics of producing a low frequency sound wave. Either a subwoofer or a woofer is the only way to generate true bass. That being said, the addition of the accordion expansion function to the X-Mini Max II's shows that the manufacturer understands the principle of an acoustic suspension speaker. Simply put, by expanding the volume of the speaker enclosure, a fuller sound is achieved. For the price, these speakers can't be beat. The excellent Altec Lansing Orbit more closely competes with the X-Mini II as both are single driver units (mono).
*footnote: iHome has introduced a blatant copy of the X-Mini Max II with its IH79 unit. I have not tried it, but the price is slightly higher and my prior experience with other iHome mp3 speakers leads me to believe that they are not likely to outperform the X-Mini Max II's.