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.