Video review: Music Showcase, the waterproof iPod speaker

Summer: girls and boys by the lido, barbeques using half of China’s yearly coal consumption and lots of liquid in precariously-placed glasses.This new

Summer: girls and boys by the lido, barbeques using half of China’s yearly coal consumption and lots of liquid in precariously-placed glasses.

This new iPod speaker case won’t be good much against your barbie’s jet of petroleum-fuelled flame, but it will protect it from the water. To prove that it works, we shot the little video below for you – just click on the play button to get started.

To the relief of the Stuffer who loaned his iPod for our tests, the case did a sterling job in a sink of water, despite being pummelled at (moderately) high pressure by a tap. The Music Showcase floats with an iPod inside, and you can even control what’s playing using the rubber membrane, though you have to press quite firmly.

There’s also an all-important volume control on the front of the speaker. For such a small speaker dock, it pumps up surprisingly loud, rivalling the desk-bound likes of Altec Lansing’s InMotion for maximum volume. Sound quality is tolerably good rather than great. Our favourite ‘feature’ is the way bass-heavy tracks – such as the Gorillaz one in our vid – cause water to dance up and down like a fountain.

So far, we have nothing but love for this water baby. Four AA batteries power it for 30 hours – we’ve not had time to test that yet – and there’s a fold-out stand round the back so you can prop it up by the pool side and annoy your fellow bathers. We recommend pairing with a private pool and mansion.

For your delectation, we've also slipped in some speakers that glow in time to music at the end of the video. Full info on that week.

Essentials

Ez-ech Music Showcase

Price: £80

On sale: Now, coming to Comet shortly

Contact: UKPreview

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