DLO DLZ72626/17 review: DLO DLZ72626/17

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DLO DLZ72626/17

(Part #: w007-2626) Released: Jan 1, 2008
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The DLO Portable Speakers for iPhone can be disassembled into a compact and portable football-like shape. It also has excellent audio quality, without any sound interference from the iPhone.

The Bad The DLO Portable Speakers for the iPhone lacks a charging dock, music controls, and is not a very good speaker phone.

The Bottom Line The DLO Portable Speakers for the iPhone are great portable speakers that offer excellent sound quality for its size.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0

Portable speakers for the iPod are nothing new; they've probably been around almost as long as the iPod itself. It follows then, that the debut of the Apple iPhone has also set off a number of portable speakers from numerous third-party manufacturers vying for a piece of the iPhone accessory market. One of them is Digital Lifestyle Outfitter's aptly named Portable Speakers for the iPhone. A truly portable device that can be disassembled and reassembled in a matter of seconds, these DLO speakers can even be used as a portable entertainment system for watching movies on your iPhone. We did find the lack of charging dock and volume controls a bit inconvenient, but that's not a big deal for such great-sounding speakers. That said, though, it doesn't make a very good speaker phone. The DLO Portable Speakers for iPhone is quite affordable at only $49.99.

Design
The DLO Portable Speakers for the iPhone is unlike any other portable speaker we've ever seen. It consists of two speaker cups that can be attached to a rubberized circular base to form a football-like shape. In this ball-like shape, the device measures about 5 inches wide by 4 inches long, and is small enough to fit into a normal messenger bag. To reassemble it, just pop out the two speakers, and connect the two speaker cables to the base. A 3.5mm headphone cable can then be connected from the base to any MP3 player with a 3.5mm headphone jack, including the iPhone. When fully assembled, the cables tend to clutter and tangle a bit at the back, but it doesn't look too unsightly. The base is powered either via an electrical outlet or four AAA batteries. When laid flat, the base is about 2 inches tall. A simple toggle switch on the base powers the speakers on and off.

The DLO Portable Speakers for the iPhone can be disassembled to form a compact, football-like shape.
The DLO Portable Speakers for the iPhone can be disassembled to form a compact, football-like shape.

You can use the speakers with almost any MP3 player, but the DLO Portable Speakers is made with the iPhone in mind. Included with the speaker is a plastic iPhone holder that can be snapped neatly into the rubber base. You can then choose to either prop the iPhone up vertically or horizontally--horizontal would be good if you want to watch a movie. There's no charging dock, so you have to make sure your iPhone has a decent battery charge before using the speakers. Also there isn't any remote or volume controls on the speaker itself, meaning you'll still have to control everything with the iPhone.

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