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TDK Sound CubeThe TDK Sound Cube packs powerful sound into a portable box with an impressive array of input connections, including iPhone and iPod compatibility.
-Hey, I'm Donald Bell and this is the TDK Sound Cube. You can think of this is a literal spin on the boombox. So for $299, it can run off batteries that are low power and there are tons of connection options on the back. Like its big brother the TDK Three-Speaker Boombox, there's an input panel on the back here with connections for USB or an iPod cable, RCA, mini jack, and even instrument input for micro guitar. On the front, you get 2 knobs for controlling volume or options like input selection or EQ. I also like how the whole thing kinda looks like the head from an old robot toy. On the top here, you get this sturdy leather handle that feels very nice, and over here on the corner, there's a retractible antenna for the FM radio. The top also has these rubber paddings so that your connected gadgets don't slip off. There's no dock for the iPhone or iPod here, so you just have to have them hang out on the top. Now, the driver is on the side here all exposed so you can really show them off. They're made out of a woven fiber material though so they should stand up to the occasional jab or spill. On the sides here, you also have these edge-driven tweeters mounted in the middle of the cone which can offer better clarity than you'd typically find on a portable system. The overall sound quality is good and it gets loud enough for a party or backyard barbecue. But with sound shooting out of every direction, it's not a great choice if you're really picky about the stereo presentation. I really like the design though. There's nothing else really out there like it and it's actually pretty convenient with the handle on top. Having all these connection options on the back is also a big plus. So that's the TDK Sound Cube. You can check out my full review at cnet.com.