Logitech rolls out Pod speaker barrel

Not so long ago we had the pleasure of testing out Logitech’s top-notch mm50 portable speaker system for the iPod [story here]. Like the mm50, this ne

Not so long ago we had the pleasure of testing out Logitech’s top-notch mm50 portable speaker system for the iPod [story here].

Like the mm50, this new cylindrical mm32 is a fully portable compact one-piece system but – try not to swoon – it checks in for half the price.

At a dainty 6cm tall, 6cm wide, and 28.5cm long, the mm32 cuts a dash in the size department and hasn’t compromised on style: it’s a real diddy dazzler.

Nestle your iPod between the cylinder shaped speakers and the system will kindly let you play music while your player charges. Naturally, it’s not just for iPods. Although the overall effect won’t be quite so pretty, the adjustable cradle will work with any MP3 player with a standard headphone jack.

So, it looks good, treats your wallet nicely, and you don’t need to go into weight training to cart it about. But does it sound any good? Well, thanks to neodymium quad micro drivers - two drivers on each side - the speaker sound ain’t half bad for its size.

All this, and it’s a tidy thing too. The speakers include a pass-through cradle, so unsightly charging and audio input cables that connect to the base of your player can be tucked out of sight.

Battery life’s a respectable 10 hours via four AAs, and the speaker comes in black or white with a nylon carry case. You’ll be able to pick one up in early May for £50. If that’s still too pricy for your liking, check out the entry-level mm28 which is a snip at £30.

We've also got an MP3 player speaker grouptest in this month's mag.