When we think of speakers, we typically think square boxy and big and not usually very practical for use on the road. Enter the Volcano, by Orig Audio, a little pocket portable speaker that quite literally erupts with sound when you turn it on.
At first glance, you can see where it gets its namesake. It’s small, weighs 3 oz., fits easily in the palm of your hand but also sits nicely on your desktop. It runs off a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts for about 10 hours with a 2-hour charge.
Switching it on illuminates a little but bright blue LED indicating that there is power to the unit.
Turning it upside down reveals a short wrapped up attached cable that plugs into any standard headphone jack; its compatible with iPhone, iPod any mp3 or music player with a headphone output. I tested it first with my iPad and was surprised how good the sound was. Now it won’t rock the house but the audio was respectable.
But it gets better.
With a little twist, the speaker expands up in a small accordion motion giving Volcano a slight resemblance to a modernized Dr. Who Dalek. The expansion opens up the sound to a richer deeper bass.
There is a mini USB connector at the back and with the supplied cable you can plug the USB into your computer so you can charge your unit while playing
Daisy Chain Volcano
What’s particularly cool about the Volcano and where it really earns its name is that you can daisy chain multiple Volcanoes together; and when you do, the volume actually increases as each one attached, so theoretically stringing a series of them together could sound up the whole room and offer virtually endless, albeit monoaural sound.
It’s a neat little speaker system with a funky design. It’s great to allow you to have external audio and if you pair it for example with an iPod Shuffle you have a completely wireless mini sound system that that sits in the palm of your hand.
I have no issues with the unit itself. My only though is because of its shape and concern that it could be damaged if thrown into a purse or knapsack, it would have been nice to have a compatible carry case to hold it and the cable to protect it.
Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.
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