Lasonic i931 High Performance Portable Music System review: Lasonic i931 High Performance Portable Music System

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.3
  • Design: 4.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 5.0

The Good The Lasonic i931 is an unapologetically retro iPod boom box that packs plenty of features into its enormous frame.

The Bad The Lasonic i931's construction is so flimsy it feels fake, and its oversized body is absurd for a portable device.

The Bottom Line Buy it for looks, buy it for fun; but don't expect quality from the Lasonic i931.

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The Lasonic i931 ($199) is a novelty iPod speaker system with a retro look inspired by the ghetto-blaster craze of the 1980s. Constructed mostly of air and cheap plastic, the Lasonic i931 is packed with features that are mostly wasted on its wholly impractical design.

As a fashion statement, there are few iPod accessories that rival the Lasonic i931. Measuring 15 inches tall, 2 feet wide, and 7 inches deep, the Lasonic i931 is bigger than a toddler. The front of the Lasonic i931 is cluttered with graphics, creating the illusion of a product packed with exotic features. Once you get past the glitz and graphics, however, you realize the i931 system could be pared down to a device one half of the size.

Calling the Lasonic i931 a portable speaker system is a bit of a stretch. Whether plugging it into a wall or running it off batteries, chances are you won't be moving the i931 around too much.

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Lasonic i931 High Performance Portable Music System

Part Number: i931 Released: May 1, 2008
Low Price: $132.45 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 1, 2008
  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Tuner Bands AM/FM
  • Output Power / Total 24 Watt
  • Weight 13.9 lbs
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type boombox