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Soulra SP400 iPod & iPhone Solar / Mains Powered Docking Station - Black

by Soulra
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
RRP: £148.99
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  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack
  • Rugged and Rubberised case with Aluminium Body
  • IPX-4 Splash Proof for outdoor use
  • Audio Line input
  • Headphone socket
  • Stereo full range speakers with bass boost
  • Battery Charger indicator
  • Protective cover for iPod
  • AC Mains input
  • Remote control and Mains adaptor supplied
  • Dimensions (cm): 30 W X 16 H X 5.5 D - Weight:1.6 Kg
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 30.2 x 16.8 cm ; 1.6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.5 Kg
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  • Item model number: NSP400B
  • ASIN: B003ICW5X2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,680 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Eton Soulra - Solar powered sound system for iPod and iPhone (including latest 4G model)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technology Amazes me.. 3 Mar 2012
By Harry
this product is superb!!
I bought it with my work partner as we do lots of work out in the fields. we wanted something portable with great sound quality. I looked around and came across this as I watched an episode of the gadget show a few years back that had this on it, the solar panels work amazingly on this, the second you open it up it knows and starts to charge the lithium ion battery's, the battery life is approx 4 hours on full charge but you can extend with the solar panels, but this only works on a lovely day, you can safely store you phone inside the device once its fully charged, its splash proof, and has a very nice sturdy design with rubberised buttons

the sound is very big on this, and fills a room, its great outside, you can even walk around like run dmc with a boom-box on your shoulder. there is quite nice bass on these and the clarity is very nice..

I defiantly recommend this to anyone who works outside or likes to go to the beach.

good buy and for 100quid with this type of technology it is a steal..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solar power rocks 29 Nov 2011
By arron
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although this is not for me again its the sort of system i would most definatly buy for myself .actually saw this product and model first on the gadget show about six months ago and wow sounds great works well with my sons i pod touch easy to use and on top of all that can charge up great in summer my son is gonna love his xmas present cant recommend this highly enough love it i may get 1 for myself too!
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect iPod boom box - indoors or out! 17 Jun 2010
By Michael Trotman - Published on Amazon.com
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The first word that comes to mind as I write this review is "finally"! Finally someone has made a nice rugged boom box for the iPod that can be used inside or out! The moment you take it out of the package you can tell that this is a solid, well made piece of gear. But just as important, the sound is great. If you're not satisfied with the sound you may want to try adjusting the setting on the iPod itself to improve the bass or treble setting to your preference. There's no way to adjust the treble setting on the Soulra itself, it only has bass boost. But adjusting on the iPod works just fine.

A nice undocumented surprise was to learn that you're not limited to only playing the music that's loaded on your iPhone or iPod Touch. If you use an IPhone or iPod Touch with a 3G or 802.11 connection you can stream audio from the internet through the iPhone or iPod through the Soulra speakers. It takes a little trickery to get it to work, but it works just fine.

Step one - pause music playback. If you have streaming playing before you snap it into the Soulra it will play the stream for a second or two and then switch to iPod content.
Step two - press pause to stop the music.
Step three - press play on the iPhone or iPod Touch screen and voila, the internet stream plays through the Soulra. I've tried Pandora, the NPR application, Rhapsody, and This American Life and they all worked flawlessly.

I"ve not tested the solar panel or the "splashability" yet, but I'm certain these features won't disappoint. I can't wait to take this out on the boat!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Etón Soulra - Must have for the Beach 15 Sep 2010
By BLM - Published on Amazon.com
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Our family bought this product mainly for trips to the beach and spending time outdoors. It proved fairly quickly to be a great decision as we used it on our most recent trip this Summer. We made ourselves some extensive playlists on our iPod/iPhones and were able to simply press play and let it go. I do have a couple of observations (both good and maybe a little less than good)...

1. Our unit (once charged) actually performed better than advertised as it lasted for more than 8 hours at 3/4 volume with the Bass Boost on over the course of 3 or 4 days. I must also add that these WERE sunny days and the solar panel was exposed, allowing it to charge while playing during the daylight hours. It was able to play most of the days and into each night, never showing any signs of slowing down.
2. Sound Quality is good. NOTE: If your looking for exceptionally high-end audio quality this may not be for you. I will say that personally, I DO have a certain level of expectation with regard to the audio performance of these type of products (Especially for the $200 price tag). Let me say that I was not disappointed. While it may not blow away an uber-audio enthusiast-type, it was more than adequate for its intended purposes and plays at reasonably high volumes and will decent sound quality.
3. The construction of the unit is great. Its definitely built to last with a tough exterior shell which appears to be able to take some abuse. It's got a little weight to it too.
4. Unit comes with an Auxillary input on the back for additional device connection. Very convenient.
5. I also found that the unit does not always have to be in direct sunlight to maintain its charging status. Again, the sun was out for most of our trip but if the unit is kept JUST out the direct sunlight, it was still able to charge and more importantly, keep it out of the heat. (see my comment #6)
6. In the not so Good/Could be Better category - And is my only real complaint... When the unit sits in the sun, it tends to get extremely hot, preventing you for handling it. Also, it retain this heat for some time. This is not a deal breaker however it is something to consider as this not only will it affect handling the unit, you have to question whether it could potentially damage your electronic devices that are you are connecting to it. GRANTED, I was in 95+ degree heat which may not be recommended for the unit anyway... I would only suggest that future versions of this unit be available in lighter, more reflective colors/materials to help minimize this issue.

Otherwise, a solid product that performs as advertised (thus far-owned for about 3 months) and something that I would certainly recommend to others.
61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars iPod gets hot and overall sound is nothing great 23 Aug 2010
By Mr. Derrick - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is what I don't understand. The unit is solar powered yet it takes 10 hours to recharge only giving you 4 hours of power. Wouldn't this make more sense if the unit could recharge in the same amount of time that it gives in playing time? Giving you the option of continuous play while charging. Currently after 4 hours you are left with a sound system that has ran out of power.

I had mine for a total of 18 days which gave me plenty of time to really test it out. It just did not do it for me. Here is what I found.

Pros:

* Very nice looking and durable. Smooth black finish all around
* Splash proof with cover that protects your iPod
* Light weight with an easy to carry handle
* Remote control although the distance was only about 2-3 feet for me

Cons:

* I felt the sound was very one dimensional and did not provide a nice wide angle or much of a stereo separation. For $199.99 this should sound much better than what it does currently.
* I got about 3 1/2 hours of play time on a full charge via AC, about 1/2 hour shy of what is claimed
* If this provided 4 hours of power it would be much better if it recharged in the same amount of time for continuous playback using solar. It needs 10 hours in direct sunlight to charge again
* Lack of low end. But to be honest I was not expecting much. It does have a bass boost but will distort and higher volumes.
* iPod gets hot and will not function if too hot. Now obviously you should not have any electronics in direct sunlight or things like this may happen. But this is designed to be in direct sunlight and is based on using an iPod. What good is it if you have the chance of your iPod overheating?

We had a party in the park for about 2 1/2 hours. It did last the entire time but I really had to turn it up a bit to hear it well with all the people there. About 3/4 high. They claim about 4 hours of use when the volume is half way.

I am returning the Etón Soulra for a Soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth Pocket-sized Audiophile Loudspeaker System with Bluetooth and Hands-free Microphones (Black). This was actually my first pick as I have never heard anything on the market that sounds this good. The Etón is simply not for me but I am happy I had a chance to check it out.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, rugged, and portable. Solar panel faces the wrong way. 2 Mar 2011
By Frugal Off-Gridder - Published on Amazon.com
I waited awhile before I purchased a speaker dock for my iphone because I was looking for certain things and all the others fell short or were overpriced. I live off grid and am currently building a little studio. I like to listen to music and podcasts when I'm building and since there is a some cement dust and other debris floating around, as well as some water being splashed here and there, I needed something rugged that would also protect my iPhone. This unit is well built and is like armor for my iphone when shut. When opened, the plastic insert covers the iphone while protecting it, allowing me to see the screen of the iPhone. I can keep the remote in my pocket and skip tracks from across the room while streaming Pandora or pause a podcast, etc.

The sound is very good and gives a lot of volume for its size.

The solar panel is a nice extra feature, and probably solidified this purchase for me. It is good for charging up the unit's battery, but it does take awhile. If camping or off grid, it also doubles as a solar iPod/iPhone charger. It is best to charge the unit separately and then use the charged unit later to charge your device. The testimonials about the iphone overheating when placed in direct sun are true and so I typically don't charge the unit with the iphone in it, but rather use the flap to shade my iphone from the sun. This could easily be remedied if the manufactures were to flip the panel around so that the solar panel is facing outwards. This way, the panel acts as shade for the iphone while it is facing the sun and if placed in a window, would still allow the listener to see the screen of the device. If the panel was reversed and a DC charger was offered, I would give this 5 stars.

All in all, a great system. Rugged. Excellent quality. Get it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for "on-the-go" 26 Jun 2010
By luckycharms - Published on Amazon.com
We took the Soulra to the beach and I loved the idea of not worrying about battery life! It's so nice to finally see an ipod player out on the market that is solar powered. As a mother on the go, having a place to charge my ipod and play it makes my life so much easier!
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