Cygnett GrooveCube ReCharge
Like Creative’s TravelSound 400, the GrooveCube ReCharge is a battery-powered unit clearly designed with maximum portability in mind. In fact, it’s even smaller than the TravelSound, measuring just 12.5cm long and small enough to slip into a jacket pocket when you’re ready to get moving. However, there are a few differences between this and the TravelSound. As the name implies, the ReCharge has a built-in rechargeable battery, which runs for about six hours and can be charged from a USB port on a computer or a car power supply - the cables are all included. It’s quite a bit louder than the TravelSound too – although the sound quality gets a bit shrill when you turn it all the way up.
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It’s a bit pricey, but the Duo’s ingenious design effectively gives you two speaker systems in one. The Duo is a two-piece unit that consists of a sub-woofer and a flat-panel set of stereo speakers. When you’re at home you clip the two parts together to produce a powerful 38W speaker system, but you can also unclip the stereo speaker panel and use it as a self-contained set of portable speakers. The portable section is just 2.5cm thick, but produces very good sound that doesn’t break up even when you turn the volume right up. The portable section includes an iPod dock and a secondary input that can be used with other types of players, as well as a rechargeable battery that lasts for 2-6 hours, depending on how high you set the volume.
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There's no such thing ...
as an MP3 speaker! MP3 is a compression algorithm. These would appear to be active speakers (i.e. with built-in amplifiers) which have docks for separate MP3 players.
What I need for talking newspaper playback use is an active speaker with a USB socket and which can play MP3 files from USB flash memory.
I haven't heard any of the others, but a roommate has the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywheres, and they sound worse than my laptop speakers (which are crap as it is).
Shit quality anyway, why bother spending money on something that isn't there?
Seem to have missed the two best portable speakers...
Saitek A200 for long trips where you are sure you have power and a bit more luggage space. (It really needs mains power.)
Sony SRS-T70 for short trips with only hand luggage. (Also allows un-amplified audio when you run out of power.)
Nimzy Vibro Max?
I'm sure her indoors has got one of those hidden in her knicker drawer.