Speaker System by Sharper Image
Accessories don’t get any more
the Sharper Image iPulse. Its a stereo speaker you can dock your iPod
into to play music without having to be tethered to headphones.
The sound quality is good enough for me, and will satisfy most casual
listeners, but the iPulse is obviously not a high performance
system by any measure.
The main gimmick of the iPulse is the “light show”
flashes red, blue, green, LED lights as the music plays. I turned this
feature off almost immediately, as it was distressing and annoying. The
effect may look alright at a party in between a couple of lava lamps,
but its just not for me. Unfortunately, there is an obnoxiously bright
blue LED for the power indicator that can’t be turned off
the system is on, so if you want to listen to music at night as you go
to sleep, this light will bathe your room in a blue glow unless stack
something against it to hide the light, which will in turn ruin the
Another “feature” of the iPulse is that it
charges your iPod while you use it, but thats not what actually
happened for me.
My year old iPod Video used to provide me a full week of battery life
on a single four hour charge session. Since moment I first plugged in
iPod to the Sharper Image iPulse, my iPod’s battery life
instantly dropped to maximum of a half hour (if I’m lucky) no
matter how long and by what means I attempt to charge it. This thing
permenantly murdered my iPod’s battery and now the iPod is
Of course, the salesmen at the Sharper Image store tried to make it out
like I did something wrong, and accused the iPod of being
“old” and claimed that my iPod battery just wore
that the timing was coincidental.
If you want to use your iPod as a stereo system, shell out and buy a good
unit like the
iPod Hi-Fi, because trying to save money with garbage
like the Sharper Image iPulse may just end up ruining your iPod, and
it’s just not worth it.
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