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October 30, 2006

Xtreme Mac Microblast: The iPod Ghetto Blaster For REAL People

Filed under: Audio and Video — Laura Moncur @ 2:49 pm

XTREMEMAC IPN-MBL-00 MicroBlast for iPod nanoLast week, I blasted the JVC RAP10 for being a sucky iPod boombox, but what do I think is better? Honestly, there is nothing that is perfect, but the XtremeMac MicroBlast is the closest I’ve found. Here’s how it stacks up:

  • It Only Costs 40 Bucks: You’ll have to look around for that price or wait until it goes on sale like I did, but at $40, I can risk it being stolen off my desk or from behind my back. Even then, I’m going to cry, but I wouldn’t even be willing to take that JVC RAP10 outside the house if I dropped over 100 bucks on it.

  • It Sounds Okay…: I have to admit. The sound is nothing compared to the Logitech mm28 Speakers we have in the basement. At about the same size, the Logitech blows the Microblast out of the water, but the Microblast cost half as much. I get what I pay for.

  • The iPod is SECURE: My Nano clicks into the box securely and it takes a little work to get it out. When I pick the thing up to walk down the street, the cover snaps over my iPod and it’s safe as can be.

  • I Can Even Walk and Listen: Even with the plastic cover secured over the iPod and speakers, I can still listen to my music. The treble goes away and the sound quality is reduced even more, but I don’t care. I can blast my tunes while I walk around bringing the soundtrack of my life to everyone I meet.

  • It Runs on Batteries or AC: That’s cool when I want to listen to my music at home on at my desk at work, I don’t have to wear my batteries down. When I’m out and about, I can crank it with four AA batteries.

  • It Needs A Handle: It’s so small that it really doesn’t need a handle, but if I want to walk around town with it, I’m going to need to hack a cool handle. Anyone have any ideas, because all I’ve got is crochet skillz.

XTREMEMAC IPN-MBL-00 MicroBlast for iPod nanoSo, it’s not perfect, but it’s the closest I’ve ever found. Last summer, I sold my JVC CD boombox for ten bucks to the girl across the street. I realized that for the first time since 1986, I didn’t have a boombox. Ever since then, I have been searching for a good boombox that will work with Mike’s Nano. You can’t believe how disappointed I have been. When I saw the Microblast at the local music store, I didn’t buy it because I KNEW the speakers wouldn’t be the best.

I finally decided that sound quality isn’t as important as portability.

When I’m listening to my iPod with friends, I can offer them an earbud, but that is kind of gross. The iPod is amazing, but it isn’t meant for sharing music with buddies. It’s meant for personal listening. I finally caved and bought the Microblast and I’ve been happy with it.

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