Diamond XSTU21 Sound Tube & MSP100B Mini Rockers Mobile Speakers Reviewajmatson - February 14, 2010
Category: Sound Cards
Price: $39.99 & $49.99
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Unless you have been hiding under a rock, any computer enthusiast should know who Diamond Multimedia is. For those of you not too familiar, Diamond Multimedia is known for its high end ATI based graphics cards, going back for years. One thing you may not be familiar with, however, is its accessories lines. Diamond Multimedia also produces a large assortment of multimedia accessories to enhance your video and audio experience. Today we are looking at two products that Diamond was showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 a few weeks back. They are the Diamond XSTU21 Sound Tube and the MSP100B Mini Rockers Mobile Speakers. These two devices are designed to give that extra power and sound to underpowered devices, such as MP3 players and even netbooks. The two devices can be used separately or together to give yourself the best audio possible on these portable devices.
Closer Look (Mini Rockers Speakers):
Diamond was gracious enough to supply us with a set of the Mini Rockers Mobile Speakers at CES 2010 to show us how well they perform. For the review, I will be using the black set, but they also come in a red and white color designed to fit your style and taste. On the front of the packaging, you can see right off the bat you have a great view of the speakers - I love to see what I am buying before the purchase and this keeps me from having to open the package. The Mini Rockers are designed to give you the best sound experience possible for all your mobile devices, as shown on the side of the package. They can be used for your mobile phones, media players, iPods, and more, that support a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Included in the packaging are the speakers themselves, a charging cable, the instructions, and a carrying case. For easy carrying, the speakers are held together by magnets and they are slipped into the carrying case with the charge cable. Each charge is claimed to last for about six hours. The speakers separate apart for use and are connected together using concealed cables contained in the units. Just unwind the cables, plug them in, switch it on, and you are all ready to go. For increased bass response, you twist the caps a bit and they pop up, increasing the depth of the sound that is output from them.
To operate the speakers, there is a physical on/off switch that ensures the device is turned off when not in use to conserve battery life. There is a line-in cable that comes out to plug into the device that you want to use the speakers on, as well as a volume slider to increase or decrease the volume directly without having to adjust it on the device they are being used on. To connect the two speakers together, there is another cable with a mini-USB head on it, which plugs into the mini-USB port on the second speaker. Both speakers need to be connected for them to be used since they are powered by the second speaker with the power switch. To charge the device, you connect the charging cable between the speakers and into a USB port on your computer and they will recharge even while being used.
Now that we have taken a look at the Mobile Rocker Speakers, let's check out the Diamond Sound Tube.