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Sounds cool as a good portable iPod alarm. I have not yet seen a portable one that uses the IPOD'S alarm as a basis.

Posted by anti-luddite on November 14, 2006 at 6:42 PM (PDT) Comment 1

love this... where can i get one? anybody know. great for parties or on the beach with your friends.

Posted by danno007 on November 15, 2006 at 2:52 AM (PDT) Comment 2

awesome-great sound-ipod is protected-take it to the beach-it is a mini i19-takes any ipod-winner

Posted by jsklar on November 28, 2006 at 8:41 AM (PDT) Comment 3

I don't know what sounds you were listening to Jeremy, but this is by far the best sound I have heard from a portable stereo (I wouldn't call the iH19 portable!).

I purchased one of these yesterday after reading your reviews and it by far out performs the FX300 (see my comments after I ditched it). If it had an AC adaptor and rechargable batteries it would be perfect.

I also stuck my mates Gigabeat in it and it just rocks as well, including the radio!

Posted by Roadcrew on December 20, 2006 at 11:11 PM (PDT) Comment 4

I bought this speaker system today, for travelling, and I am very impressed by it. Most of what I listen to is podcasts and audiobooks, and they sound great. The few songs I have tested sound fine too. Perfect for a hotel room or office and small enough to take up very little space in my suitcase, unlike the other two travel speakers I have tried before - the SonicLogic i-Fusion and the Logic3 iStation, the power bricks for both of which take up way too much space.

I was very nervous about the speakers when I first saw that they work through the headphone jack rather than the dock connector, but my concerns were unfounded.

This one looks to be a keeper!

Posted by oilseeker on January 26, 2007 at 2:52 PM (PDT) Comment 5

I got one today and the sound that comes out of this Imaingo is amazing. The unit is very well built and looks great. I tried it with a variety of music from jazz to hip hop , i mean the thing cranks , nice bass even outdoors. Maybe a tiny bit of distortion but maybe your ipod had the limit to high on the volume in the settings menu. even the headpohones that come with an ipod distort at the highest limit. Everyone i have shown it to says the sme thing. Where can i get one.!!!

Posted by billcat on February 12, 2007 at 6:33 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I experienced to same bass distortion problems. I just experimented with the equalizer setting on ipod til i found a solution. I put equalizer on bass reducer and this solved the problem. You still hear plenty of bass. I also was disappointed in the volume output. Outdoors imaingo isn't loud enough. To solve this problem i used and application called ivolume only for Mac OS X found at http://www.mani.de. I raised the perceived loudness of my music from 92 dB to the max 100dB. Now the volume output is much higher. I listen to the imaingo in a room 20' x 15'. i place it on a bookshelf about 5' from the floor. I can truly hear how incredible this little speaker sounds. If you are looking for a portable speaker which sounds great and is very well made, you must buy imaingo.

Posted by Scooterfry on February 15, 2007 at 8:39 PM (PDT) Comment 7

I forgot to mention, ivolume does what soundcheck in itunes is supposed to do... make all your music play at same volume level. I use to hate it when i had to adjust volume on some songs because they were too low..

Posted by Scooterfry on February 15, 2007 at 8:43 PM (PDT) Comment 8

While I like the alarm function, they forget that many people also like to fall asleep to music. I set my ipod to go off after 30 minutes, but the maingo speaker does not shut off, and even though you are not hearing any sound, the battery drains overnight. I used this two nights in a row, only 30 minutes each night actual listening time with the ipod 'sleep timer', and the batteries were drained! (that's one hour of play time and 16 hours of wasted time as the speaker is still on while you sleep) Why can't they incorporate a 'sleep function in these things? This would not be a problem if there was an ac adaptor option. Also, tripe a batteries are hard to find, and hard to buy cheaply.

- another small negative is that while the ipod is accesible through the clear plastic, it's not very accessible. I have a 40 gig version with the click wheel and the 4 smaller buttons above it. Forget about accessing the smaller buttons through the plastic screen as it's too thick. Most of the time I'm exerting tremendous pressure on the plastic and the buttons are still not responding. If you have an ipod that is only 'click wheel', it probably works better.

- I don't know if you can get 30 hours on a battery. I've been using rechargeable NIcad triple A's, rated at 800 ma. This gives you about 15 hours play time. Alkaline batteries may give you a bit more.

- other than these gripes, the sound was very good, even at high volumes and I had no distorion problems. Bass was fine. You can hear the stereo seperation quite well, which is surprising considering how close the speakers are to each other. The unit is so small I can even prop it behind my pillow at night and get the full stereo sound while I go to sleep, and you don't even notice that it's there.

Posted by spatzi on March 14, 2007 at 12:41 PM (PDT) Comment 9

Update to above post: I just talked to maingo direct, and they told me that if you leave the maingo on 'alarm' setting all the time, it will power on 15 seconds after you turn on the ipod, and will power off when the ipod goes off. So my previous complaint about having it drain battery all night is now VOID. smile

I also found out it's very easy to make your own ac adaptor for this, but they will incorporate it in a future model

- The best rechargeable triple A's can be found at hobby stores or by searching a real battery retailer. I was not aware that there were any over 900 ma, but maingo told me that you can now buy them at least as high as 1600 ma! Excellent. I am now a satisfied customer.

Posted by spatzi on March 14, 2007 at 1:47 PM (PDT) Comment 10

There are some SERIOUS design flaws in this product:

1) There is no way to recharge the batteries
2) The iPod must be removed to recharge it, using a flimsy velcro strap a cheap plastic shims
3) The power switch is concealed inside the unit
4) connects via headphones jack, not docking plug

If you need a portable iPod speaker system, look around. This one is overpriced for the features and there's better options available.

Recommended:
No

Posted by reviews3589 on August 15, 2007 at 10:32 PM (PDT) Comment 11
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