TwinMos is a name that's familiar to me, but for its range of memory products, so I must admit I was slightly surprised to find this Boom System for iPod waiting to be reviewed in the office. Performance memory - iPod speakers: "no link" as Eddie Izzard would say. However, reading the press release that accompanies them, I found something that explained it as clearly as I could have hoped. "We are living in an iPod world and so any associating products are guaranteed to sell well". says Ingrid Chen, TwinMOS Territory Manager. In other words, "we're just jumping on the iPod bandwagon". How refreshingly honest.
Also wonderful is the Ingrish from some of the flash based advertising, my favourite quote being, "Boombox always helps you relax your stress." We'll find out if it does.
The BoomBox comes in two parts, the main speakers, which contain the iPod dock and a subwoofer, so despite the relatively small and worryingly lightweight speaker section this isn't a portable unit. You can use the speakers with the sub, but as I'll cover later, you wouldn't want to.
The look of the speakers is somewhat on the quirky side. The have a white iPod like finish, even though Apple itself seems to have completely moved away from this colour in everything save the mac mini. The speakers are spread out like the wings of a bird, and taper upwards at the corners. It also looks a little like a symmetrical boomerang, and as it weighs only 2Kg, I did have the urge to pick it up and throw it across the room. But that's just me.
You can see into the grille at the front to see that there's one driver, for the mid-range and a tweeter for the high-end frequencies and together the output is rated at 8W RMS per channel, which isn't huge. Two rather dated looking touch sensitive buttons for the volume are located on the front beneath the iPod dock, which supports all iPods with a dock connector, which is third gen onwards. Behind this dock is a USB port - this is for plugging the first generation shuffle directly into the dock.
The words TwinMos Boomsystem are written underneath these, but what really spoils the look is the dark plastic area behind which is housed the infrared receiver for the remote control. It just looks a bit naff. Possibly even naffer are the three small blue lights that shine up from the iPod dock - a bit Max Power. It will at least charge your iPod when it's placed inside the dock.