Bedroom rockers have got their practice amps, but it's easy for the rest of us who love to rock out like Iron Maiden to feel somewhat left out. Which is where this neat Paladone MyAmp comes in.
Taking its styling from classic guitar amps by Marshall and Fender, it's powered either by the supplied USB cable or three AA batteries. We plumped for juice via our PC seeing as the battery cover needs to be forcibly removed with a Phillips screwdriver.
Any MP3 player or mobile phone with a 3.5mm plug can be hooked up to the MyAmp, so that's pretty much everything going other than your Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. Once we'd slapped in our iPod Touch and cranked the volume to eleven, we opted for some Led Zeppelin to get the party going.
Anyone expecting sound to match the likes of some of the mightier MP3 speakers will be disappointed. The sound is somewhat weedy, but is fine if you’re hanging out with some mates on the beach or want to fire out a few tunes from your tent at a festival.
With bassier tracks, the MyAmp struggled to cope, making the likes of Justice and Hot Chip sound a bit, well, Fisher Price. But for a speaker that costs just £20, it's perfectly passable and well worth shovelling in a mate's stocking this Christmas.