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If it can be a little more sound pressure than normal iPod speaker systems then without a doubt the portable speaker from Ion Audio comes into play. The version that I would prefer to present here (Block rocker iPA06), is still delivered without Bluetooth. There is one though new model with bluetooth (Ion iPA66), but unfortunately that only has one customer rating, which is also bad. For this reason I would prefer to introduce the old model of the "Block Rocker", which has already received several 5-star ratings and almost only positive comments.
First of all, you have to say that you don't just carry the Ion Audio Blockrocker around as easily as they do Big Jambox from Jawbone. It's quite a suitcase and it has wheels and a trolley handle built in for a reason. In addition, it does not support Airplay or Bluetooth and the built-in iPod dock has no Lightning connection but the old 30-pin connector. This usually means that the music will be fed in via the stereo cinch input. If you can live with all these negative points, the sound system is an absolutely robust and sonically very good mobile speaker system with which you can cover a large area.
The technical details of mobile sound systems are always interesting. I've already revealed a few things above, but there is a lot more that can be put on the table in terms of numbers: The integrated lead battery, for example, can provide up to 12 hours of music enjoyment (you can, by the way, how to change this battery read here in the manual). And within 4 hours it is fully charged again. The weight is 14 kg and the dimensions are 440 x 470 x 270 mm. It is also practical that the box can also be placed on a 3,5 cm speaker stand via the built-in connection.
In addition to the cinch line input, there are two other inputs: an XLR connection and a 6,3mm jack connection, with which you can also hang your electric guitar to "rock" on the meadow by the lake. The combination is perfect, by the way, if you get one of the effects device apps for iPhone or iPad and hang it in between. Then it gets really fun!
The block rocker can be called Model iPA06 (without bluetooth) or as Model iPA66 (with A2DP Bluetooth and FM radio) on Amazon. The new model is a bit more expensive and certainly only interesting if you really want to use Bluetooth. But take a look at them. Both make a reasonable impression on me, especially since she can also use the PA system at small parties.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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