Before I begin talking about these devices, I thought I should defend myself. Yes, the product name does suggest they are iPhone/iPod accessories. Which they are. Now don’t hate me just yet. We all know that the iPhone/iPod is a huge product with a much larger accessory base then Android currently has. It only makes sense that at some point in time I would end up with something that will work for us Android users as well.

With the recent launch of Google Music and Netflix, I think audio products are going to start making a statement in our world. I wanted to spend some time getting my hands on a few great audio products for everyone to take a look at.

The first device is called the iMainGo2 by Portable Sound Laboratories. Take a look at the specs:

  • Battery Life: up to 30 hours
  • Speakers: 32mm premium high output stereo
  • Amplifier: premium state-of-the-art digital
  • Bass: Tuned porting
  • Plug: 3.5mm gold-tipped stereo
  • Power Supply: 4 AAA Energizer® Alkaline batteries (included)
  • Weight: 9 ounces (255 grams)
  • Size: 5.7” x 3.8” x 2.4” (145mm x 96mm x 61 mm)
  • One year limited warranty
  • Material: Neoprene Water resistant

 

 

 

 

 

What I found good about this device: It is small, compact and very durable feeling. The Neoprene material is soft to the touch but the overall feel is very solid. Although this device does require 4 AAA batteries to operate, the 30 hour battery life is easily worth keeping it around. Sporting a standard 3.5mm gold tipped plug gives this device ultimate cross platform use. Although I may not own any type of iPhone or iPod product, I knew that it would still plug into my Android phone, my daughters MP3 Player, my wifes Blackberry, my tablet and my laptop. This makes the cost of the device very reasonable. As far as sound is concerned, I was blown away by how clear and loud this device was. I set it up in my garage and turned on some tunes to see how it sounded and was able to walk to the sidewalk and into the neighbors yard and still hear my music. There is a video below you can watch that should help demonstrate the sound quality. You will also notice in the bottom right picture the OFF/MUSIC/ALM switch. The ALM setting is designed for iPhone for using it as an Alarm speaker system.

What I found not so good about the device: It should come as no surprise that my Vibrant didn’t fit inside the case. After all it was designed around a specific size and shape, iPod/iPhone. Even if I was able to zip up my Vibrant inside, I would be limited to what I could do anyways since I prefer to not leave my screen on I wouldn’t be able to access my screen with out unzipping. My spare Moto Cliq, MyTouch Slide, T-Mobile G2, Blackberry and MP3 player fits just fine. I would imagine that just about anything similar and smaller in size would tuck nicely inside the case and allow you to zip it up. On a minor side note, with the MyTouch Slide, it fit perfectly in both units and I was able to unlock the screen due to the center button and navigate the device very easily. My only other minor issue is installation of the batteries. When you open the battery door to insert the batteries, you will see what I mean. They made the compartment 2 X 2. Which means the batteries stack on top of each other. It can be a little troublesome to get them installed the first time. Thankfully it has a pretty long battery life so changing them won’t be all that often.

Please forgive my horribly trashed garage. I figured being in an everyday location and moving at a descent distance from the speaker system would give you a better understanding of the sound these push out. I am just outside my garage door with the street and traffic passing by at my back at about the distance I am from the speakers.

All in all: If you have been looking for an excellent portable speaker system that fits into your budget, I highly recommend picking one of these up. Coming in with a moderate price tag of $39.95, you won’t be disappointed at all.

Next up is the iMainGoX. This is what I would consider the deluxe model. In this case, they state the X means Xtra. Either way, this little guy is a game changer in portable audio. Take a quick gander at the specs for this device –

  • Battery Life: up to 12 hours
  • Speakers: Extra large 37mm premium high output stereo
  • Amplifier: premium state-of-the-art digital
  • Bass: Tuned porting
  • Extra large device compartment
  • Simplified and improved device holding mechanism
  • Headphone jack, combination jack/auxillary, mic-in
  • Daisy-chain feature
  • Power Supply: rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)
  • Plug-in charger included
  • External power controls
  • Plug: 3.5mm gold-tipped stereo
  • Weight: 9 ounces (255 grams)
  • Size: 5.7” x 3.8” x 2.4” (145mm x 96mm x 61 mm)
  • One year limited warranty
  • Material: Neoprene Water resistant

 

What I found good about this device: With its extra large device compartment, my Vibrant was able to fit, although snuggly, it still fit and was able to be zipped closed. This would ensure the protection of my phone while using the device for hiking, biking, camping or any other use you can think of. The audio from this one seems a bit louder then its lesser expensive iMainGo2 counter part. The added features of the X really makes it stand out as more then just a portable speaker system. It sports dual headphone jacks for multi-party listening. The set up of the headphone jacks makes for a very unique experience. If you plug your headphones into jack 1, the speakers shut off and direct the audio through your headphone. If you plug in a pair of headphone into just jack 2, the speakers stay active and also direct audio through the headphones. That doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? The purpose of setting the jacks up in this manor allows you to “Daisy chain” devices (see video below). This allows you to double your output using a second iMainGo or other accessory. There is also an AUX/MIC jack. This allows you to use the device as a sort of portable kareoke speaker system or loud speaker during meetings. This port also double as an input for your electric guitar. Although it is not incredibly loud, it still works to play a little acoustic if you are in a pinch. The added benefit of of a lithium-ion battery and charging cable can really save you on replacement battery costs. Even though the battery time is lowered from 30 hours with the iMainGo2 to 12 hours with the iMainGoX, I personally prefer to not replace batteries. With this unit you also gain a lanyard and a slick carrying bag.

What I found not so good about the device: I spent a good amount of time trying to find anything I didn’t like about the iMainGoX. I’m really struggling to find anything. Maybe the fact that the battery is only a 800mAh battery? That could have easily been increased to give longer battery life. I still think 12 hours of continuous music is more then enough and most players or phones will die before the speakers do.

All in all: If you can afford to move up from the iMainGo2 to the iMainGoX, I would personally recommend it. With all the additions compared to its lower end counterpart, you will be much happier overall. This particular unit does cost a bit more. Considering the added features and benefits you are gaining, it is well worth the additional cost. If you are looking to pick the iMainGoX up you will be looking at $69.95.

Finally, here is a quick little video of the devices set up in a daisy chain. Hopefully you will be able to hear the audio increase that I can pick up.

There really isn’t much more to say about these two compact little devices. If you have been looking for a great, versatile, well built portable speaker system for any of you many devices, you should definitely look into picking up one these little guys. I can’t wait to take them camping and on hikes this summer. They will be better then earphones and pesky cords hanging down and have enough sound to let me set up the campsite. Stay tuned for many more audio products that I have coming to me to share with you guys.

If you want to get a further look into either of these devices please feel free to head on over to the iMainGo website. You can purchase these through various retailer locations such as Target, REI and Amazon.

3 Responses

  1. Jon

    Is there a sound difference between the imaingo2 and the imaingoX. I have read many reviews on both and so far all that is different is the added features. I dont see myself using any of the other ports. I just need to play music off my iphone and would like to save the money if the sound is the same. Thank you.

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    • Stormy Beach

      I personally think they sound very similar. The iMainGoX has the added benefits of the additional headphone ports and the input jack. The iMainGoX also has the benefit of a rechargeable battery located inside, which saves you money on batteries. I have found over time though, the iMainGo2 which takes 4 AAA batteries tends to last longer with fresh batteries than they rechargeable version. On the flipside of that though, the X has a larger compartment and can house more devices than the 2. It is a tough call.

      here is a link to each one on Amazon – iMainGo2iMainGoX

      also, another really great product that I also reviewed that has just as much sound, has a much larger houseing for various devices is the Eco Extreme. Comes in 3 colors and is water proof and floats. You can check out that review HERE, or head to Amazon for purchase HERE

      The only downside is you don’t have the clear rear panel for music controls. everything is locked inside. It definitely sounds great and has external volume and power controls. Check it out real quick and you will see how cool they are.. Let me know if you need any more information and if I helped answer your questions.

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      • Jon

        Thank you very much. You definitely did answer my question. I have decided to go with the eco extreme. I like the durability more and as long as the sound quality is just as good and loud, I know I wont be let down. I appreciate your time.

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