Diamond XSTU21 Sound Tube & MSP100B Mini Rockers Mobile Speakers Reviewajmatson - February 14, 2010
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Closer Look (Sound Tube):
The XSTU21 Sound Tube comes packaged much like the Mini Rockers speakers, where you can see the device through the packaging before you purchase it to see if it is what you need. Also on the front are some of the features of the Sound Tube, as well as a photo of it plugged into a laptop so you get an idea of how the device works. On the back of the package, there is more information about the Sound Tube, as well as more features. The side of the package gives you a quick showing of how the Sound Tube can be used to improve your audio from your computers. Included in the package are the Sound Tube, an "L" shaped USB converter, and the instruction guide.
The design of the XSTU21 Sound Tube is simple, yet effective. To use the device, you take the tube itself and connect it to the mini-USB to USB "L" shapped converter and plug it into an available USB port on your computer. In just a few seconds, the device will be installed and ready to go. It will glow blue when the driver is installed, letting you know that the Sound Tube is ready. There is no software to install, as the driver comes from the Operating System itself. I also did try this on a Linux-based operating system as well, more sepcifically, Ubuntu 9.10, and it also installed using the built-in drivers and within seconds was ready to go. There are two ports on the Sound Tube - one is the speakers/headset out port and another is a microphone in port, which is great if you are using a web cam or gaming headset with mic for better sound quality.
With both items out of the package, we can move on to the testing part of the review.