Round the back you’ll find an on/off switch button for the speakers, the power input, a 3.5mm jack for connecting any other audio device and also a composite video out port. This enables you to hook up your video enabled iPod and view the contents. I wouldn’t recommend it though. What looked OK on my iPod looked rather ropey on my TV, though I suppose it would be OK to show off pictures. There’s also a phono connection for the sub, which makes it nice and easy to hook it up.
The sub looks like a robots helmet, which I thought was rather cool. While the speakers are only 2Kg, the sub is made of plastic and weighs only 650g, so it’s not the most substantial thing in the world. There’s a downwards facing driver accompanied by a single port.
The remote is a regular small oblong affair, powered by a cell battery with a silver colouring round the buttons though I would have expected it to be white to match the rest. There’s a red power button, which stands out, and next to this a Bluetooth button. Apparently, there’s a version of this set that let’s you stream music wirelessly to it, but this isn’t it. The remote lets you change the volume of the speakers and has a separate control for the volume of the sub. It also sports Play/Pause, Mute, Skip, and lets you directly activate Random and Repeat on the iPod, which is quite good.
That’s all there is to setting up the BoomBox system, but the proof is in the hearing. How does it all come together? Well actually not that well to be frank, but let’s start with the positives.
The first thing that’s clear is that there’s a reasonably decent volume level. There’s also an impressive sound stage, the physical width of the speakers giving a wider stereo spectrum than most portable iPod sets. What else is good is that that the sub has a serious kick to it, really making its presence felt, and you can adjust its level of influence with the remote. With the speakers handling the higher frequencies and the sub looking after the lower register, a lot of music tracks had a real sense of space, giving the music room to breathe. I could follow the bass line and pick put vocals and instrumentation in the mix.
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