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.
The Lasonic i931's features may not justify its ridiculous girth, but it does include a few unique features worth mentioning. As a portable iPod speaker system, standard features such as an iPod charging dock, FM radio, EQ, headphone jack, LCD readout, and a composite AV output are all included on the Lasonic i931. Unexpected features such as AM radio, 1/4-inch microphone input, SD/MMC and USB Flash drive playback support, might inspire some users to purchase the Lasonic i931 in spite of its substandard construction quality.
Keeping in the ghetto blaster tradition, playing the Lasonic i931 at full volume will probably draw an angry mob to your doorstep. The quality of the Lasonic i931's sound, however, is nothing to brag about. If you're serious about reviving the '80s, or need a convincing prop for your break-dancing crew, the Lasonic i931 is a justifiable investment. Those of you simply looking for a powerful iPod boom box should consider more durable products such as the Altec Lansing iM7 or Blaupunkt Velocity 2Go 6.