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Mini Rechargeable Portable Speaker (Pair)
Share your mobile music or videos and get great quality stereo sound in the palm of your hand with these Mini Rechargeable Portable Speakers from Monoprice!
These small speakers are a perfect match for your portable music player, phone, or tablet and produce a big sound that belies their small size. Now you can watch a video on your phone or tablet and share it with friends without having to get extra headphones and "Y" cables. They are perfect for use in an office, attached to a laptop for a presentation, or plug them into your phone for a louder and clearer speaker phone during conference calls. Do you want music while you cook? Just plug them into your phone or mp3 player and fill your kitchen with both sweet sounds and savory smells!
The speaker drivers measure 36 mm and are each powered by a 1.7 watt amplifier. They have a S/N ratio of ≥ 80 dB and a frequency response range of 280 Hz to 16 KHz. While these frequency response numbers would indicate poor bass and treble response, the speakers produce a loud, clear, and distortion-free audio response across the entire musical spectrum.
The placement of the speaker drivers in the top of the enclosures allows them to really air out and fill a room with sound, without the "boxy" sound so often found in small speakers. Stereo placement is distinct and very much akin to listening to headphones - instruments or voices in the center sound like they are coming from another speaker placed in the center.
Each speaker measures only 2 3/16" in diameter and about 1 5/8" tall when closed (about 2 1/4" tall when opened). They have a magnetic base, which allows them to attach to each other, forming an elongated egg shape when closed. They can also be attached to any magnetic metallic surface.
The speakers open up for use, revealing the controls and connection ports. The set comes with two cables. One is a standard 29" 3.5mm male-to-male stereo audio cable, which connects to the right side speaker. The other cable is a USB Y cable. One end has a standard USB A male plug, which connects to any USB power source and is used to charge the speakers. There are also two USB mini-B male plugs, which attach to each speaker. These carry both the power and audio signal between the two. The Y cable measures 17" between the two USB mini-B connectors and 5.5" between the USB A male plug and one of the mini-B ends. The left side speaker contains the power switch, LED indicator (red for charging, blue for charged/operating while not charging), and the volume control.
Don't let their size fool you. No, they won't replace your 100 watt/channel Dolby 5.1 home theater setup, but you will be amazed that so much good sound can come from such a small package. They make great stocking stuffers for the kids or just a great treat for yourself and your friends at any time of the year!
Add a single High Performance Portable Speaker (PID 8595) to get a bit more low-end bass, while still getting the stunning musical tones and stereo placement from these speakers!
- User's Manual (Nov 21, 2011)
|Driver Size||2x 36 mm|
|Amplifier||2x 1.7 watts|
|S/N Ratio||≥ 80 dB|
|Frequency Response||280 Hz - 16 KHz|
|Signal Strength||380 mV/channel|
|Dimensions (closed)||2 3/16" diameter x 1 5/8" tall (56 x 41 mm)|
|Dimensions (open)||2 3/16" diameter x 2 1/4" tall (56 x 59 mm)|
|Weight||3.5 oz (100 gm) each|
|Charging Voltage||5 ± 0.5 VDC|
|Operating Temperature||32°F ~ 104°F (0°C ~ +40°C)|
- 1x Pair mini rechargable portable speakers
- 1x 3.5mm M/M stereo audio patch cable (29")
- 1x Power/interconnect cable (5.5"/17")
- 1x User manual
The power cable could be longer - but that's a minor gripe. These speakers are great bang for the buck.
PROS: Price sound quality (considering the size) Monoprice customer service
CONS: Nothing worth listing
PROS: Good sound. Loud. Fidelity is surprisingly good.
CONS: Both speakers need to be used or it won't work. One of the speakers has the battery...and the other the amp. so to use it you need to connect the two together with the supplied mini usb cable and then also wire the audio mini plug from source to one of the speakers.
All my genres of music, Progressive Rock, Smooth Jazz, & Classical, came through with amazing clarity, presence, and dynamic sound.
PROS: Sound quality, size, price, & a charge time much shorter than stated in the manual.
CONS: Charge cord too short!
PROS: Good sound and battery life
CONS: Cords are short and plugs can be hard to arrange
(1) I get a power extension cord and plug it into an electric outlet, then plug a little USB charger into that, then plug the speaker's power cord into the USB charger.
(2) I get a USB extension cord, then plug the USB charger directly into the wall, then use the USB extension cord to connect to the speaker's power cord.
(3) This product gets modified to have a longer power cord. About 3' long would be good.
One other comment: All of the cables on this product are pretty thin. They all work fine now, but it feels like they wouldn't survive very much flexing and pulling.
And one positive feature I forgot to mention in my earlier review: The magnets that hold the speakers together. That a very clever idea, and is an elegant way to pack the speakers before you put them in a backpack or suitcase.
PROS: Same as before, plus the magnets
CONS: Power cable is short and the cable feel kind of flimsy - but overall this is still a great value.