Stocking stuffer review: iMainGo X portable speaker

Last month, we reviewed the iMainGo 2 portable speaker, since then, iMainGo has released a second version of their popular speaker, adding a rechargeable battery, headphone and microphone inputs and a daisy chain feature.

The new iMainGo X can run for up to 12 hours off its lithium-ion battery pack, and along with its digital amplifier, it produces great sound with impressive bass. Despite its small size, the speakers don’t suffer from any kind of distortion, even when your turn the volume up.

With the daisy chain option, you can connect as many iMainGo X units as you want – using nothing but a regular 3.5mm audio cable. If you think one of these is loud, imagine what several of them could do.

Like the iMainGo 2, the X also features a device compartment with a clear panel, which lets you control your tunes without having to remove your player.

The iMainGo X comes with a carrying case, shoulder and wrist straps and an AC charger. The speaker retails for $69.95 and is available from Eastern Mountain Sports and Portable Sound Labs.


Giveaway: Win one of five iMainGo 2 portable iPhone/iPod speaker cases

Do you like music when you travel? Listening to your tunes on headphones is fine when you are on a plane, but once you get to your hotel room (or the beach), it is nice to have a bit more volume. This is where the iMainGo 2 speaker case can help.

This compact battery powered speaker protects your player too – and thanks to its clear plastic back, you can still control your tunes. The iMainGo 2 will definetely receive a mention in our upcoming gift guides – but this is your chance to win one for yourself. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment telling us the first song you’d love to listen to on the iMainGo 2.

  • The comment must be left before Wednesday, November 24 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Each winner will receive one iMainGo 2 portable speaker (valued at $39.95).
  • Click here for complete Official Rules.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.

iMainGo: X portable travel friendly speaker

Last week, we reviewed the iMainGo 2 portable speaker – and barely a week later, iMainGo has released a new speaker to their lineup that builds off the success of the previous one.

Like the iMainGo 2, the iMainGo: X provides full access to your device through a clear panel on the back – but adds an internal lithium-ion battery, a line-in jack and the ability to daisy-chain several speakers to create a larger sound experience. Included with the unit is a custom travel bag, a wrist strap and a carrying strap.

The new iMainGo: X is on sale today through Amazon and Target and retails for $69.95. To celebrate its launch, Target is currently offering a $10 instant discount, bringing the price down to a very reasonable $59.95.


Review – iMainGo 2 portable travel speaker for iPhone, iPod and Zune

With the weekend quickly approaching (how on earth did that happen so quickly this week?), the time has come to relax, turn on some of your favorite tunes, and enjoy a cold beverage. Unless you live in the midwest, where the temperatures are already dropping to the point where hot chocolate is justified.

To enjoy your music on the go, the iMainGo 2 could very easily become your best friend. The iMainGo 2 is a combination speaker case and protection case. Unlike some other portable speakers, once your iPhone, iPod or other player is inside the unit, you can still control it through a clear panel on the rear.

The iMainGo 2 is powered off four (included) AAA batteries, and features two different power modes -on and alarm. When in alarm mode, it conserves power by turning off its amplifier until your iPod turns on – which means you can set an alarm, and wake up to soothing tunes from its speakers.

Installing your player is simple – you plug it into the headphone jack, then slot it behind a piece of padding and lock it in place with a Velcro strap. Once inside the iMainGo 2, your player is well protected.

You can access all the buttons – as long as they are on the front. This means you won’t have access to power buttons that are on the top of a device, or volume controls on the side. In addition to this, you won’t be able to make any calls on your phone when it is in the case.

Audio is crisp, loud and clear. In fact, my volume was originally far too loud, and because my iPod was in Angry Birds, I had to exit it to adjust the volume inside the music app. The front mounted speakers are amazing – they sound good at low volumes, and they sound just as good turned up to max.

The only minor downsides to the iMainGo are a tricky battery compartment and the fact that it can’t charge your iPod when connected – but the price more than makes up for that – just $39.99.

I like the iMainGo 2 – it is compact, sounds good and is well priced. Still not convinced? How about the chance to win one? Check back next week for a contest and you’ll have a chance to win your own iMainGo 2 portable sound system.