Vestalife Firefly review: Vestalife Firefly

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Vestalife Firefly offers a unique design and handy features such as pass-through syncing and auxiliary line input. Overall, its sound is solid, the speaker can be powered via batteries, and the included remote control can navigate iPod menus and control playback. Magnetically shielded to prevent iPhone interference.

The Bad The Vestalife Firefly will not satisfy bass addicts, and it suffers from some distortion at high volumes. Its speaker positioning makes a noticeable difference in its sound quality.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a unique speaker dock for your iPhone or iPod, the Vestalife Firefly is a good option with solid sound quality, a small footprint, and several handy features.

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If you have a favorite animal, chances are you can now find it in the form of an iPod speaker. We've seen everything from pigs and pandas to cats and dogs. Heck, even insect-lovers are not left out in the cold, thanks to Vestalife's array of winged speakers. One of these is the $130 Firefly, an iPod and iPhone speaker dock with a solid feel, compact design, and pleasing audio quality. For those who are after a different-looking portable speaker with a reasonable smattering of extras, this unit could fit the bill.

Despite the obvious fact that the Vestalife Ladybug is modeled after a cutesy insect, the speaker is not overtly adorable. When the wings containing the speaker modules are folded in, the unit forms a compact ball (roughly 6 inches in diameter) that nonetheless retains an insect-like and vaguely alien look. That is, if a technologically-advanced, insectan species of extraterrestrials sent exploratory pods to Earth, you could imagine them looking something like this speaker. Naturally, such a creature would offer its pods in an array of metallic colors: red, silver, or black, in this case.

Unfolding the wings of the Firefly reveals a central iPod dock, for which Vestalife includes five snap-on adapters for the various iPods. Just in front of the cradle you'll find a pair of tactile volume buttons along with a row of LEDs that indicate the current level; these all glow purple when the unit is powered on. A power key located on the front bottom edge is the only other button on the speaker. Playback controls are found on the included remote, which can play/pause, shuttle through tracks, adjust volume, switch between shuffle and repeat modes, and navigate among menus.

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Where to Buy

Vestalife Firefly (metallic black)

Part Number: CNETFIREFLYSPKBLK Released: Dec 1, 2009

As shown: $129.95

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec 1, 2009
  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Speaker Type subwoofer
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers