Goodmans USB speaker gets personal

Our value hungry friends at Goodmans have launched a clever new stereo speaker for your MP3 player. Plug any MP3 or WMA flash memory player into the

Our value hungry friends at Goodmans have launched a clever new stereo speaker for your MP3 player. Plug any MP3 or WMA flash memory player into the USB 2.0 socket and you'll hear your tunes reproduced via the Active 6USB’s 10W speakers, cunningly hidden behind one grille. Or, plug your iPod into it using the standard 3.5mm audio jack. The real story is the price: just £40. That USB functionality is pretty much unheard of for the cash. And, just for desserts, the speaker could be mistaken for one of KEF’s high-end KHT ‘egg’ speakers. If you were moving particularly fast, and wearing dark glasses. Which you won’t, because despite being designed for portable players this speaker needs to be mains-powered – there's no battery action. Still, it’s a decent hotel room solution. Front-mounted volume and treble controls let you tweak the sound for maximum enjoyment while you take a ridiculously deep bath in the aforementioned hotel room’s facilities. After eating all the biscuits, and watching the ten-minute free view.Related stories: Alienware launches MP3 player and speaker dock