Wireless Touch Speaker Review

23 05 2013

The Wireless Touch Speaker by Thumbs Up is a product sold by The Great Gift Company UK.


The product retails for £30, and is pretty competitively priced in the market with a great deal of competition seen online, as well as any local music stores/HMV etc.

These sort of devices have came out in barrel loads over the past number of years, with sizes decreasing and more increasingly clever ways of making them portable and wireless.

The thing that interested me most about this speaker was the fact that it did not connect to the device it was amplifying by any cables or Bluetooth. I’ve reviewed an amplifying solution that did this before, but never to the extent of this device. It works by claiming to use ‘Near Field Audio’ technology. This means that the device does not connect to the phone or mp3 player, and simply if the device is placed on top then the music is amplified using the inbuilt speakers with the volume being controlled by your device as you usually would.

There is also an option to plug your device into the speaker with a Headphone jack on the device, and also an option to plug into DC if you don’t want to use the 3 AA batteries required to use on the go.

The amplification is massive, I was astounded as to how loud it was at first. Due to the wireless nature, I had expected to be let down, but I wasn’t in the slightest. The volume can fill a room easily, and for £30 it is a pretty good purchase. The device feels well made, it is simply designed to look at, and includes a rubber band to hold your device to the speaker if you are using this on the move.

Discovering a flaw with the NFA technology, the amplification only works when the speaker is directly on top of a certain place on the device. As you can see in the videos posted, If the iPod is turned 180 degrees, no amplification is achieved. This was discovered completely by accident, but I am assuming this is to do with the technology it uses. This could potentially be an issue with centrally located speakers, and I’d also be curious to see how this would work with devices such as the HTC One with front facing speakers.

Coming up to Father’s Day, www.thegreatgiftcompany.com has lots of great items that anybody would be thankful for and reasonably priced. If your looking for something unusual or unique, I’d recommend giving this website a look, especially if your stuck for ideas as there is a lot of items that will spark anybody’s imagination !

TDK ST700 Over-Ear Headhones review

6 01 2013

The ST700’s by TDK come in at an RRP of £129, but can be bought for cheaper than this in most places ranging from £70-90.



The headphones are extremely comfortable, they grip but not too tight and the ear cups fit well over/on the ears to give some great noise cancellation.

The wire is attached to both ears and isn’t removable, it feels like it will last well but this could potentially cause an issue if this breaks, where as similar headphones this can be replaced if the wire is detachable.

The sound off of them is great, they are round about £60 cheaper than Beats Solo HD, but definately do not sound it. There is no distortion even at full volume, and they have a great vibrant bass filled sound. Many have wrote the sound of these exceed the Solo headphones but I’m reserving judgement giving it an ‘each to their own’. These are some great headphones and if you cant spare the extra money for Beats, I’d wholeheartedly recommend them.




Clingo Parabolic Sound Sphere Review !

19 09 2012

Thanks to the guys at Allsop I recently received the Clingo Parabolic Sound Sphere, a weird dock-like device for your smartphone or Mp3 player.

The piece of kit looks great and is shown above, it looks modern and sleek and doesn’t take up too much space at home.

The Sound Sphere is made up of a large sphere that is placed on a removable base, this is separate to the sphere and means that you can adjust the angle of the sphere depending on the size of your room or where you want your sound to be directed and also has a cut out in the centre allowing you to feed a charging cable through and charge the device whilst playing.

The Sound Sphere has no power supply and no batteries, and operates using something I know and love, Science !
When your iPod or smartphone is placed on the sticky centre pad and music is played, the music reverberates around the sphere and the sound is amplified and projected from the sphere.. This works really well and makes the device significantly louder than before especially when listening to anything with a great deal of bass!


The centre piece that your device sticks to is something that clingo specialise in, this is of an excellent quality.
Usually anything that involves a ‘sticky pad’ or anything that my device doesnt clip into or get strapped into, usually make me a little sceptical and instantly turns me away. This has changed my views ! This pad is so strong it feels like it could hold a brick nevermind a phone (Queue Galaxy Note joke)!

There are a lot more products that Clingo offer that make use of this technology including Wii controllers, Tablet Docks, Lanyards and more. This works great and leaves no residue on your device and the sphere comes with a lint free cloth which can be used to clean the surface if this requires cleaning and can be easily cleaned with warm water back to as good as new regardless of how dirty it gets.

In comparison with many docks, the Sound Sphere is cheap coming in at $39.99. This is ideal and doesnt require upgrading when you upgrade your device as it obviously doesn’t have a specific jack so it doesnt require changing over. I’ve been fairly impressed with this and will be looking into more sticky peripherals from Clingo in the future !

Ipod Nano 6th Gen Review

6 07 2012


The receipt of this Ipod was a bit of a surprise to me, I’ve had Ipods since the first Nano, and many Apple products since including the Iphone, Ipad and Ipod Touch.

Being a hoarder I dont through many of these older products away, so when Apple recalled the original 1st Gen Nano due to a potential issue, I sent it back and swiftly received a new 6th Gen 8GB Nano.

               1st Gen                                    2nd Gen                           3rd Gen

                4th Gen                                5th Gen                       6th Gen


The Nano has changed drastically over its life, From small and curved, to distinct straight lines, to boxy to losing its distinguishing scroll wheel alltogether!

The current 6th Generation Nano is closely related in design to previous Ipod Shuffles, its a similar size and is the first of the entire family to be drastically changed in terms of design. This, as mentioned doesn’t have a scroll wheel. This originally, was what most people recognised as being an Ipod, but with the growing popularity of touchscreens in nearly all of modern technology, and the massive improvements that have been made in regards to the hardware the decision was taken to include this and to scrap the slightly dated scroll wheel.

Again, the Ipod is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, a well known trait of many Apple products, but it does have a very high quality of finishing and will last the test of time in comparison with some its rivals.

The Nano also includes a clip on the back of it, this is something that has never been seen before on a Nano but with this device being increasingly popular with joggers and runners, this makes perfect sense as it can be clipped on to any article of clothing without the need for additional accessories, cases or straps. Another feature we can see that is aimed at this market is the inclusion of Nike + compatibility, a feature that can be used to track a runners speed, distance etc over a set period.

The device only has 3 buttons, power, volume up and volume down. These are used for the obvious with the touchscreen taking over and doing the rest of the work, the icon or song that is to be used is touched, with a swift swipe to the left acting as a back button.

The inclusion of a radio function is also one that the original Nano didnt have, and has added to the popularity of the device.

The new Nano is a great device if being used as a jogging companion or as an addition to an Iphone, but in my opinion the best option to go for would be the Ipod Touch. The Touch has far more features and is effectively an Iphone lacking the ability to text or phone, and makes a far more sensible purchase in my eyes with the price difference being relatively small for the massive amount of features you gain with it.


House of Marley, Positive Vibrations Rasta Headphones, Who needs Beats?

30 06 2012

As little as a couple of years ago, most people used the headphones that came with their MP3 player or Ipod and replaced these as cheap as possible on a near enough monthly basis due to wear and tear.
Today we find ourselves engulfed in a market where headphones bring in astronomical levels of revenue and having the latest and greatest headphones is far more important!

When I first stretched to £50 for a set i couldnt believe the amount of money i was spending, but now with Beats and other such brands, we find that most options are above the £100 mark and can range up to £500 or more.

Dr Dre’s Beats, Ludacris Soul range and 50 Cents SMS Audio are to name but a few of the most recent high end headphone designs that are functional as well as a fashion accessory to many. But if your not willing to spend hundreds of pounds to enjoy your music ? What should you do ?

The House of Marley, another headphone brand based on the principles of questionably the biggest musician of the above 3 can act as a reasonably priced replacement. Whilst the House of Marley does also have headphones in the same price range, some of their cheaper ranges are remarkable in terms of quality and style.

I picked up these headphones for £50, and for that price the sound quality is excellent and is far more impressive similarly priced products. The aluminium and cord used in the manufacture dont only add to the design and durability but also increase the performance of these headphones in their own wayThe House of Marley, as you may have guessed from their name bearer, are also very keen on the environment. This means that all of the packaging for the products are recylced and the manufacture of their products have as little an impact to the environment as possible. A very admirable stance, especially in todays economy as this isn’t always the best way to maximise profits.

If you would rather save a few bucks and stray away from the crowd, Definately check out the House of Marley, these headphones dont let down in style or performance!

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