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Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

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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.

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

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.

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

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.

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

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.

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

The switch on the base runs from off, through 'mid' volume, to 'max' volume

RH Recommended Medal

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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Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

Very compact travel speaker that'll play from anything with a 3.5mm audio socket and delivers a surprisingly good sound for its size.
Price: £20 RRP

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