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About three months ago I did a mini round-up of iPod speakers, but while each of them were portable, none of them were really suitable for travelling light. If you want something to supply tunes in a hotel room when you’re on the road, you’re probably not going to want to pack the iPod Hi-Fi into your bag. That said, what’s noteworthy about the mm32s is that they are not designed exclusively for iPod’s – you can also use them with any other brand of player, though inevitably it’s the iPod that has influenced the design and styling.
Build quality isn’t the best. It needs to be light as it’s portable but I wouldn’t be confident of it surviving too heavy a fall. The volume buttons on the front also had too much flex for my liking.
There are two speakers drivers on each side, and the only buttons on the facia are a power button and plus and minus volume controls. The set can be powered either via the AC adaptor, or via four AA batteries which Logitech rates at giving 10 hours playback, which is reasonable. When unplugged it does make for a very light and portable unit, though you still have cables dangling for reasons I’ll explain in a moment.
The dock area sits in the middle but I was surprised to find that there wasn’t an iPod dock connector present. Instead there are holders for the various types of iPod, (Video, mini, nano) and into these you are meant to fit the cable that came with your iPod. For players that aren’t iPods you just place them in without using the dock. To make your player sit firm you bring the backrest closer by turning a dial, which is a bit fiddly.
To actually get sound into the speakers you have to plug in a 3.5mm jack into your player. With the iPod nano the speaker cable is at the bottom of the player and its holder has a hole to accommodate this. However, every other player will have its speaker connection on top, which means you have to drag the cable from the bottom of the speakers set to the top, which is clumsy and looks unsightly.
With the sound coming from the external cable the only reason to place your cable into the iPod docks is to be able to sync and charge without having to move the iPod from the speakers. There’s a cut out on the base of the unit for running the iPod cable but with the power cable, the sound cable and the iPod cable, it all makes for a cluttered mess.