Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker
Accessory of the Week There is no shortage of small speakers for phones and music players, but few deliver much in the way of welly, or even sound quality.
Not that you should expect a pristine hi-fi experience when you're using an ad hoc speaker such as Scorche's new BoomCan, but it's capable of pumping out a reasonably loud sound.
The BoomCan is a 56mm cylinder - with 45mm radius - that has a 40mm speaker cone at one end, a non-slip base at the other and, between the two, a built-in rechargeable battery and a basic, 2.5W amp.
Plays any sound source with a 3.5mm jack
Control is limited to a tiny three-position slider on the base - the BoomCan is either off, on at "mid" volume, or on at "max" volume.
The speaker comes with a cable that sprouts a mini and a full-size USB connector at one end and a 3.5mm audio jack at the other. The latter you connect to the source, the mini USB to the BoomCan.
You can see the speaker cone vibrating
Plug the full-size USB connector into an AC adaptor - not included - or a computer's USB port, and you charge up the speaker's 330mAh battery - good, the company claims, for seven hours' playback, and my experience gave me no reason to dispute that.
Each BoomCan has its own 3.5mm audio output, the notion being that you daisy-chain a series of them for a bigger, but still mono, sound. Alas, Scosche only sent me a single BoomCan so I couldn't try this out. At less than £20 a pop, adding new BoomCans isn't going to break the bank.
The switch on the base runs from off, through 'mid' volume, to 'max' volume
As will all mini speakers, the BoomCan can sound a tad raw when set to max and playing tracks that have been mixed loud. But it generally manages to add enough bass to avoid sounding excessively tinny, and pumps out enough volume to keep, say, a picnic in the park in background music without offending passers-by. Yet it doesn't lose clarity. Not a bad sound at all. ®
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Would have been nice if that functionality had been built in though. Especially since it would have been so trivial to do.
If you want stereo...
Use a stereo 3.5mm to twin phono (RCA) adapter, then a phono to 3.5mm cable to each BoomCan.
You can probably get a 3.5mm stereo to two 3.5mm mono cable from Maplin/Radio Shack too.
it's all subjective
Especcially since the X-mini II are not "recommended" when they get 80% few months ago (at the same price).
On the other hand
I like the fact that you're not forced to buy two when you only need one.
Veho make a similar-looking speaker, but wireless and stereo. Comes with USB cable, charger and transmitter. Available from Gizoo I seem to remember. I've got one and it's great!