Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

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Two sequels to Portable Sound Laboratories’ 2006-vintage iMainGo belatedly showed up on our doorstep without much explanation: the 2008-vintage iMainGo 2 ($40) is now a cheaper direct replacement for the original model, still sporting the same look and same zippered neoprene case with rear-firing double 32mm speakers and a soft plastic touch-through window for your iPod or iPhone. Four AAA batteries (included) power iMainGo 2 for up to 30 hours; you’re supposed to use thin foam sheets to space thinner (well, virtually every) iPods and iPhones properly so that they can be used through the window. By comparison, the newer iMainGo X ($70) uses an extremely similar body design but packs a 12-hour, 800mAh rechargeable battery for power, and comes with a wall power adapter for refueling. This version has a slicker-looking silver speaker panel with larger 37mm drivers, twin headphone ports and a microphone port in addition to a port for connecting the wall adapter; unlike iMainGo 2, it has a power switch on the outside. Both come with hand straps; X comes with a carrying bag and a second, thick necklace like strap as well. We found the Home Buttons of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S somewhat hard to access in both cases when we installed the devices with the included foam spacers — say nothing of the mismatches between tiny current iPod nanos and shuffles with the big case — but there are ways to make each device work inside, and the speakers undeniably have more power than anything found inside today’s models. It’s a shame that these models are so old, but hopefully they’ll be retooled with new and more currently iPod/iPhone-appropriate styling.

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X


Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Preview: Portable Sound Laboratories iMainGo 2 + iMainGo X

Our Rating

NA
Not Rated

Company and Price

Company: Portable Sound Laboratories

Website: www.iMainGo.com

Model: iMainGo X, iMainGo 2

Price: $40-$70

Compatible: All Full-Sized iPods*, iPhones*

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.